Unshuffled cards at Golden Nugget in Atlantic City costs $1m+
Interesting little story reported by iGaming Post here. Essentially the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City was supposed to receive it's cards from the manufacturer preshuffled, but it transpires that a number of decks were put into use that weren't preshuffled - a number of guests realized what had happened when the same sequences of cards kept coming out of the pack at regular intervals, they started increasing their stake sizes dramatically, and 41 consecutive winning hands later the casino was out of pocket by over a million bucks!
The casino has now filed suit against the winning players asking for their money back and in turn some of the players are counter suing the casino for various reasons (not surprisingly they were treated as criminals because it looked at the time like they were possibly part of a gang).
The article is quite long, worth a read though... here's the start of the article:
Unshuffled cards in Atlantic City causes huge dispute : The iGaming Post
By Associated Press, Published: August 20th AP
Forty-one consecutive winning hands later, the 14 players had racked up more than $1.5 million in winnings
At first, it seemed like a coincidence, the kind of thing that happens from time to time at a casino, where the same number or same sequence of cards happens twice in a row.
But when the players at an April game of mini-baccarat at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City kept seeing the same sequence of cards dealt, over and over and over again, their eyes grew wide and their bets grew bigger, zooming from $10 a hand to $5,000.
Forty-one consecutive winning hands later, the 14 players had racked up more than $1.5 million in winnings – surrounded by casino security convinced they had cheated but unable to prove how.
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An update to this item - the Golden Nugget have said they won't fight a court order requiring them to pay out $1.5m to the 14 gamblers who were beneficiaries of the unshuffled decks of cards. To quote the article on Calvin Ayre:
On Friday morning, Superior Court Judge James Isman said he didn’t accept the Nugget’s argument that the card cockup had created “a rigged game” and thus the Nugget would have to pay the gamblers their winnings. The Nugget’s attorneys and casino officials originally declared their intention to appeal, but several hours later, Nugget owner Tilman Fertitta called a press conference to announce that the gamblers would get their money. Calling it “100% my decision,” Fertitta said the Nugget is “a people business, and is prepared to allow the gamblers – most of whom continue to gamble at Golden Nugget – to realize the gambler’s dream of beating the house.”
And another update to this - the players have now rejected the Golden Nugget's offer to keep the winnings from the unshuffled card fsck up and are pushing on with their original law suits against the GN (which included suits for stuff like battery/assault and racial discrimination):
The 14 gamblers who took Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget casino for $1.5m in April after a stack of unshuffled cards was mistakenly loaded into a mini-baccarat dealing shoe have declined Nugget owner Tilman Fertitta’s offer to keep their winnings in exchange for dropping their lawsuits against the casino. Last Friday, a judge ruled that the gamblers were allowed to keep their windfall, a decision the Nugget’s attorneys initially said they would appeal, only to be overruled by Fertitta later that same day. But Fertitta’s offer was conditional on both sides of the dispute dropping all legal actions against each other, and the gamblers – some of whom were detained for hours by Nugget security following the wonky deck deal – have decided they want to keep their winnings AND press ahead with their lawsuits, which allege the Nugget subjected them to “ethnic discrimination, false imprisonment and assault and battery.”
On Tuesday, the Nugget filed papers to stay the court order to pay up while the Nugget’s attorneys prepared to appeal the judge’s ruling. Fertitta told the media he was “disappointed” by the gamblers’ decision not to take the deal. “This absurdity is beyond belief and forces us to continue on with the litigation.” Alan Feldman, one of the attorneys representing the gamblers, responded by saying the Nugget’s legal strategy to date “has been incomprehensible.” Another attorney, Benjamin Dash, helpfully translated Fertitta’s offer to pay up: “What he said is, ’I’ll do what I was obligated to do in April and what the court told me on Friday I have to do – if all the claimants drop all their complaints.’ That is not in the offing.”
Something that is in the offing for the Nugget is outdoor blackjack, as the casino has received the okay from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement to move three blackjack tables onto its outdoor deck. The move outdoors required more than simply shifting some tables and chairs; a web of elastic strings has been put in place to keep the sea breeze from blowing the cards off the table. (Can you imagine that lawsuit?) Nugget manager Tom Pohlman told the Associated Press that the response to the move, which was made right before Labor Day, has been better than expected. See, this sums up Atlantic City in a nutshell – why on earth couldn’t they have rolled out this plan on Memorial Day, when they might have been able to reap the benefits all summer long?
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