Skip to comments.New Jersey Casino Suing Gamblers Who Won $1.5 Million, Blames Unshuffled Decks of Cards
Posted on 08/21/2012 8:05:12 PM PDT by Justaham
A New Jersey casino has sued a group of gamblers who won $1.5 million after they allegedly realized the eight decks of cards used in a game of mini baccarat were not preshuffled.
The Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, N.J., filed suit against the gamblers and playing card company Gemaco after 14 players collectively won $1,536,700 in 41 winning hands.
As the same sequence of cards kept appearing April 30, the players increased their bets from $10 to $5,000, the casino alleged.
"The gamblers unlawfully took advantage of the Golden Nugget when they caught onto the pattern and ... by passing money to fellow gamblers in order to place bets in excess of posted betting limits," the casino said in a statement.
In a lawsuit filed in New Jersey Superior Court, the casino cited gambling regulations that state gaming odds must be fair for both sides.
The Golden Nugget is seeking a return of the $558,900 it paid out to several of the players and the nearly $1 million worth of chips.
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The safe money is on the Casino to lose this one, at least as far as the players are concerned. They might have a case against Gameco if the decks were labelled as pre-shuffled.
I cannot see them winning a lawsuit that alleges the casino’s failure to practice due diligence in ensuring a deck of cards was properly shuffled and some card players noticed and made their bets accordingly.
That’s why it’s called gambling. Tough luck casino.
The casino would rather that the lawyers (Their share holders) get the winnings than their patrons. Win or loose the patrons don’t end up with the winnings.
(What would Joe Pesci do?)
Somebody’s gonna get whacked over this.
The odds of winning at a casino are stacked in their favor, because the casino lost money due their fault now they throw a hissy fit and want their money back.
There was no cheating, counting of card, nothing.
I say go pound sand.
Oh, wait ...
The casino lets it go on for 41 hands and then says they were cheated?
“Hey restaraunt, this meal is bad - I want my money back!”
“Whaddya mean it’s bad, you ate the whole thing!”
“Well I had to be sure!”
I need to start “gambling”.
Did the piece of paper this was written on start snickering when the complaint was filed with the court?
Fair for both sides? Thats a laugh.
Disagree with those who think this is a slam dunk for the patrons.
My money is on the casino. These types of cases almost always end up in the casinos favor. It would be akin to a slot machine malfunctioning. They win them almost everytime.
Fair for both sides. Except for the house’s take, that is.
When a slot machine goes bad, it’s a provable mechanical malfunction that results in improper awards. There’s no human factor. In this case, there was a casino representative handling the cards, and as noted elsewhere, the streak went on for 41 hands without the dealer (or anyone else) noticing. The casino failed to act, so it’s on them to pay.
The casino wins, and it’s, “So long, Chump!”
The gambler wins and it’s, “Hey, wait a minute, that isn’t right!”
Case dismissed. Shuffle next time, casino.
I’d say “tough luck” to the casino. They won 41 hands and no one at the casino noticed? Not buying it.
The people running this casino are idiots as they missed out on a good PR opportunity. People would have flocked to their casino hoping for similar luck and the casino would have quickly made up their losses and then some with all the extra business. Instead, nobody is going to want to play there because they will be afraid of being sued if they win.
Bwahahahahaaaaa....that is too funny.
In this case, the casinos are going to argue that the gamblers recognized that there was a pattern of cards being dealt and SHOULD HAVE notified the casino.
Given the history of these court cases, I have a feeling that the casino may very well win.
Don't get me wrong, I think that the casinos should be FORCED to pay out the winnings in all cases, as long as no cheating by the gambler is proven, including in the cases of "software errors."
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