Three players in the tournament, Jacob Musterel, Farid Vaghefi and Steven Celeste, were not happy with the New Jersey DGE's decision and as such launched a class-action lawsuit against the DGE for its decision and against the Borgata for its failure to recognize the counterfeit chips until very late in the tournament.
They claimed that the redistribution of chips greatly disfavored them because they had chips left while the majority of players who received parts of the redistribution did not, and that the majority of the players who received the paybacks had never even gone up in a hand against Lusarti, therefore they did not really suffer any losses because of Lusardi's fake chips.
This case was the last of several other similar suits against the NJ DGE, and the plaintiffs lost in all of them, including their appeals.
My take: This was a very interesting case, and I agree with the plaintiffs that they were shortchanged in not receiving bigger parts of the redistribution, but at the same time I understand the difficulty that would have ensued trying to administer the redistribution according to what each player's actual probabilities of winning the tournament were at the time the decision to refund the remaining prize money was made.
And the best part of this all? That was certainly when Lusardi was caught trying to flush hundreds more of these counterfeit poker chips down the toilet at Harrah's casino...fucking up the bathroom's plumbing!!! LOL