Event #1 of the Borgata Winter Poker Open has been cancelled following an investigation concerning accusations of “use of counterfeit chips by player or players” the Associated Press (AP) reports.
The event attracted more than 4,000 registrations across its first three days and was reaching its final as just 27 players remained when play was suspended for 24 hours in order for the investigation to take place.
“The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement canceled the first event of the Borgata Winter Poker Open. It had suspended the game Friday after suspicions about the use of fake chips arose.
No charges have been filed in the case.
“Thus far, investigators have found that one or more tournament entrants improperly introduced a significant number of counterfeit chips into the tournament, gaining an unfair advantage and compromising the integrity of play for the event,” Tom Ballance, the Borgata’s president and chief operating officer said Saturday.
“It is extremely unfortunate that the criminal actions of these individuals can have a detrimental impact on more than 4,000 other entrants,” he said. “We fully understand and regret the disappointment this cancellation causes our valued customers, and we will work diligently with DGE investigators to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. The integrity of our games and the confidence of our players is of the utmost importance to us.”
Ballance said the Borgata has thoroughly examined its remaining stock of chips, which were cleared by investigators for use in dozens of other events in the poker tournament, which will be played as scheduled.”
It was not made clear what would happen with the buy-ins as the investigations seems to be ongoing. You can read the whole AP report here.