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AC cops bust high stakes poker scheme

26 July 2007

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "The police weren't bluffing when they busted in on a high-stakes poker scam at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

"What they found was a room filled with high-tech surveillance equipment that allowed a cheating ring to rip off poker players who participated in private games, authorities said.

"One of four men arrested at Borgata on June 7 by New Jersey State Police was Steve Forte, a Las Vegas gaming consultant who is an internationally recognized expert on ways to thwart casino cheaters.

"...Peter Aseltine, a spokesman for the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, said Forte and his alleged co-conspirators set up private, big-money poker games at Borgata to cheat unsuspecting players. The private games were not connected to Borgata's normal casino operations.

"...Forte, who lives in Las Vegas, was charged with using a computer and cheating devices to commit theft, attempted theft by deception and conspiracy. Joseph T. Ingargiola, 50, of Playa del Rey, Calif., Stephen Phillips, 52, of Las Vegas, and James Calvin Harrison, 41, of Duluth, Minn., are facing the same charges..."

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