Last year, Rear Admiral Timothy Giardini was fired as the #2 man in charge of America’s nuclear forces. It’s now been revealed why he was fired and it fascinates me for two reasons. First, because it involves poker: He was cheating at poker by creating $500 poker chips to use in casinos. I’ll give the second reason a bit later.
The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press.
Although Rear Adm. Timothy M. Giardina’s removal as deputy head of U.S. Strategic Command was announced last year, evidence of his possible role in manufacturing the counterfeit chips has not previously been revealed. Investigators said they found his DNA on the underside of an adhesive sticker used to alter genuine $1 poker chips to make them look like $500 chips.Nor had the Navy disclosed how extensively he gambled…
The records obtained by the AP under the Freedom of Information Act show Giardina was a habitual poker player, spending a total of 1,096 hours — or an average of 15 hours per week — at the tables at the Horseshoe casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in the 18 months before being caught using three phony chips in June 2013.
15 hours a week doesn’t seem like all that much to me. From 2008 to early 2013, I probably averaged 25-30 hours a week at the poker tables. But the phony chips is obviously a problem. Now here’s the second reason I find this interesting: This is one of those three military leaders that the deranged Jim Garrow claimed were fired because they refused to carry out Obama’s order to drop a nuclear weapon on Charleston, South Carolina.