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Poker News | Gambling and the Law

Christian Lusardi of Borgata chip shame incident now charged with Bootlegging DVDs from China

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The dark side of the life of Christian Lusardi appears to be getting darker. First it was the introduction of counterfeit chips into the Borgata Winter Poker Open, (which, to date remains unresolved as to what will happen to the funds still held while the investigation continues and if the 27 players that were in contention for a championship crown will get to play off the rest of the event), for which Lusardi was arrested. And now he's been charged with copyright infringement.

Wral reported that more than 37,500 pirated DVDs were discovered in Lusardi's home in Fayetteville, N.C. The evidence becomes even more incriminating when DVD burners and packaging equipment that would be used to make bootleg discs was also discovered.

Lusardi has apparently been under surveillance since mid-2012. Shipments of counterfeit DVDs from China had been sent to his area and investigators believe that Lusardi has made almost $1 million from his bootleg DVD business by using the flea markets as a market place and sales made online.

A court document has revealed that a recent shipment from China bearing the label "plastic chips" was received by Lusardi. Lusardi's house was raided in 2008 in an illegal gambling bust and he was charged with gambling and illegal alcohol sales so Lusardi's record is far from clean.

The Borgata Winter Poker Open $2 Million Guaranteed event was compromised and later suspended when 2.7 million in counterfeit chips from the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa were found at Harrah's Resort and Casino plugging up a sewer pipe. The poker event was suspended before the discovery of the chips and cancelled after the counterfeit chips were found. It was discovered that Lusardi had introduced the counterfeit chips into the tournament multiple times.

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