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Poker News Briefs: First Wave of Full Tilt Refunds Reaches Players

by Haley Hintze

Full Tilt Remissions Administrator Wires $76M in Refunds – DOJ-authorized claims administrator Garden City Group has delivered the first wave of Full Tilt Poker refund payments to US players whose bankrolls on the online site have been in limbo since April, 2011.  On February 28th, GCG sent a total of about $76 million to more than 27,500 former FTP players. The mass refunds represent the first of several payment waves to be issued by GCG over the coming months, and represent those players who accepted the balances shown in Full Tilt’s system without protest. Players with disputed balances and players who enjoyed either affiliate or rakeback relationships with the site, which was at one time the second-largest US-facing online poker offering, are subject to lengthier, individual review.

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Player Lawsuit Against Borgata No Class Action—Yet

Wendeen H. Eolis

Wendeen H. Eolis

by Wendeen H. Eolis

It has been one full month since the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) ordered the Borgata Casino to cancel the opening event of its annual Winter Poker Open, but New Jersey regulators have yet to reach a conclusion to their investigation of bogus chips that were introduced into the competition. The extended delay has led to escalating agitation among players according to Bruce Licausi attorney for Jeffrey Musterel, plaintiff in a lawsuit filed last Friday against the Borgata.

Musterel is a recreational poker player from Egg Harbor Township, near Atlantic City. He is among the 4000+ players who participated in the tournament, but failed to cash in the tainted competition. The primary thrust of the legal papers is that the Borgata failed in its obligations to adequately protect the playing field, adequately.

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Poker News Brief: LV Sands Websites Targeted by Hackers

by Haley Hintze

The internet homes of prominent Las Vegas casino resorts Venetian and Palazzo were knocked off line for several days in February following attacks by internet hackers.  The attacks appeared motivated by the pro-Israel politics of LV Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, and text left by the hackers included a reference to an oblique recommendation Adelson made last year about bombing the Iranian desert as a show of strength supporting Israel.  The hacking included the publication of private information of LV Sands employees.  The LV Sands corporate website was also affected, as were the sites of its other casino properties, in Pennsylvania and Macau.

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Poker News Brief: Pro-Online Gambling Lobbying Group C4COP Debuts

by Haley Hintze

A new lobbying group favoring the regulated oversight of online poker and gambling has debuted.  The new Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection (C4COP) is funded by MGM International with support from the American Gaming Association.  C4COP was created to counteract the anti-online push of CSIG, with C4COP immediately announcing a $250,000 media buy, primarily around Washington, D.C., to promote a pro-online political agenda.  Among the political figures already signed to front the group are former GOP Congressmen Mike Oxley and Mary Bono and former Obama administrative staffer Jim Messina.

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Poker News Brief: Pennsylvania State Senators Seeks to Criminalize Online Poker Playing

by Haley Hintze

Pennsylvania Pols Announce Support for Online-Gambling Ban – Three Pennsylvania state legislators have announced support for a yet-to-be-introduced piece of legislation that would criminalize the playing of online poker and other forms of online gambling. The statements by State Sen. Mario Scavello and two others propose summary fines and misdemeanor penalties for playing poker and other forms of gambling online, and if enacted would make Pennsylvania only the second US state where playing online poker is regarded as criminal. (The state of Washington passed a felony law in 2006.) The LV Sands-funded Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG) immediately hailed Scavello’s proposal; Scavello’s PA district, coincidentally, is adjacent to the one where the Sands-owned Sands Bethlehem casino is located.

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Borgata: Aftermath of Counterfeit Chip Caper - New Twists in Suspect Christian Lusardi Story

Wendeen H. Eolis

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By: Wendeen H. Eolis

The leading suspect in a scheme to rig a poker tournament, at the Borgata last month, has gotten into more hot water with the law, this week.  Christian Lusardi of Fayetteville, North Carolina was arrested January 24th in connection with the introduction of counterfeit chips in the opening event at the Borgata Winter Open. Unable to make the $300,000 cash payment for bail, Lusardi has been sitting in a jail cell since.

This week, prosecutors have upped the ante for Lusardi with new charges against him--wholly unrelated to the allegations of meddling with the publicly exhibited Borgata contest.  While Lusardi was holed up in Atlantic City, federal agents apparently acted on a search warrant. They d found  more than 37,500 illegal DVD disks in his home.  Lusardi is now charged with a DVD bootlegging operation, as part of his rap sheet. 

The picture is still not clear, however, as to whether the current status of the investigation into Lusardi’s activities will soon prompt the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) to come forward with a final resolution concerning the tainted poker tournament.

Investigation of Borgata Chip Caper is Ongoing According to DGE

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It Went - Largest Bad Beat Jackpot in Region's History Hits at the Horseshoe Cincinnati

by Barbara Rogers

After six months of growing into the regions largest Bad Beat jackpot to date, the Horseshoe Cincinnati paid out the largest Bad Beat jackpot in the regions history.  $270,000 was paid out on Feb. 12th. Gary Costa of Cincinnati had the losing hand of quad 7's, and took the larger share, a whopping $108,000.  Michael Humphreys, also a local, had the winning hand, a jack high straight flush. His cut was $54,000 and the other six players sharing the table received $18,000 for being in the right place at the right time.

(Photo: Gary Costa is to the right of the dealer; Michael Humphreys is on the left. Behind them are the other six players at the table.)

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Poker News Brief: Sentence for Ting in NYC; WSOP.com Leak Reveals Possible $10 Million Main Event Guarantee

by Haley Hintze

Five-Month Sentence for Ting in NYC Poker / Sportsbetting Case

Edwin Ting, one of 34 defendants in a large sports betting and poker ring based in New York City, was sentenced to five months in prison for his role in organizing and operating high-stakes poker games for the ring’s leaders, who have been alleged to be part of the Russian mob.

WSOP.com Site Leak Reveals Possible $10 Million Main Event Guarantee

Will the 2014 World Series of Poker main event guarantee $10 million to its winner? That’s possible, following the capture of a partial schedule of events for 2014 that appeared briefly on the site before being removed by programmers, possibly in advance of a later press announcement. Sharp-eyed observers captured screengrabs of the possible goof during the few hours it was visible. The page showed only those events with buy-ins of $10,000 or higher, including the main, which will be Event #65 if the information proves correct. The possible $10 million guarantee would make the 2014 winner the second-richest ME winner in WSOP history, behind only the $12 million snared by Jamie Gold in the final pre-UIGEA year of 2006.

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Poker News Brief: Las Vegas Caesars Palace to Relocate Poker Room

by Haley Hintze

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, home to one of the largest poker rooms in Las Vegas, will relocate its games elsewhere in the casino to dedicate more floor space for the adjacent, popular PURE nightclub. The imminent move likely means a need for a new home in 2015 for the annual National Heads-Up Poker Championship, which has been filmed in late February or early March and has been televised by NBC in recent years. Several other Caesars tournament series and regular cash-game action will also be transplanted. Caesars has not announced a new location within the sprawling Caesars Palace complex for a relocated poker room, nor whether the casino will downsize from the 62 poker tables currently offered.

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Poker News Brief: New Jersey Online Poker Bill Seeks to Add International Players

by Haley Hintze

New Jersey’s Lesniak Seeks International Players – New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak, one of the state’s most instrumental legislators in getting New Jersey to authorize and offer intrastate online poker, has now proposed legislation which would allow the state’s licensed online sites to accept players from other countries in addition to New Jersey residents and visitors. Lesniak’s new S980, with State Sen. Jim Whelan as co-sponsor, renews a bill sponsored by Lesniak in late 2013 which would allow the international players, though players from other US states would still be barred.

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