ATLANTIC CITY – An alleged cheating scandal during the 2014 Winter Open poker tournament at the Borgata casino has led to a second lawsuit.

Six poker players have filed a lawsuit, alleging that the casino did not properly monitor and run the tournament and that the payout to remaining players after the tournament was halted was insufficient.

Duane Haughton, of New York, Michael Sneideman, of Connecticut, Cuong Tran, of Michigan, Cuong Phung, of New Jersey, Alvin Vatanavan, of Virginia, and Christopher Korres, of Connecticut, filed the suit Tuesday in Atlantic County Superior Court.

More than 4,800 players entered the winter tournament, which began Jan. 14.

On Jan. 17, state regulators suspended the tournament after players complained of irregular chips.

Christian Lusardi, of North Carolina, was charged with rigging a public contest after he allegedly tried to use counterfeit chips in the tournament.

Lusardi also allegedly then flushed chips with a $2.7 million tournament value down a toilet in another Atlantic City casino, clogging the plumbing and leading to his discovery.

In February, Egg Harbor Township resident Jacob Musterel, is filed a class-action lawsuit over the tournament.

The casino refunded the entry fee for over 2,140 players.

The suit alleges that Lusardi was able to enter fake chips into play because the casino had moved some tables to an overflow room that was not properly monitored.

A state investigation found that Borgata properly monitored the tournament and was not at fault.

When play was suspended, 27 players remained. Those players received $19,323 from the prize pool.

If the remaining 27 players had received an equal share of the $1.43 million in prize money, they would have been paid $53,079.44 each.

The players’ suit requests $33,756.44 each, which when combined with the intial payout would equal the value of the prize money split 27 ways, plus attorney fees.

Steve Hughes

Local news editor at the Press of Atlantic City. SUNY Geneseo and Syracuse University grad. New Jersey transplant.