Casino to Gamblers: You Owe Us $1.5M

Golden Nugget casino says mini-baccarat cards were unshuffled
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2015 4:47 PM CDT
Casino to Gamblers: You Owe Us $1.5M
This Aug. 31, 2012 photo shows the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

So you failed to unshuffle the deck—why is that our problem? That's essentially what a group of 14 gamblers are arguing in an effort to retain $1.5 million they won at an Atlantic City casino in 2012, the AP reports. They filed a motion yesterday in an attempt to persuade a judge to reverse her ruling favoring the casino. Back in 2012, these gamblers were playing mini-baccarat at the Golden Nugget when they realized the card decks were unshuffled (the manufacturer had failed to pre-shuffle them). So the players increased their bets from $10 to $5,000 and won 41 hands in a row. The casino only let them cash out $558,900, and sued to get back that amount and legally retain the rest, Consumerist reports.

To no one's surprise, the attorney for the casino's parent company supports the judge's February ruling: "The trial judge considered the law and made a very thoughtful and correct decision," he tells the AP. "We see no reason why she would change her mind." The judge hasn't indicated how she'll decide, but the players say her ruling could upset other gamblers: "By ordering the patrons to return the monies that were paid out by (the Golden Nugget) nearly three years after the game ended sends incredible conditional messages to the public: A win isn't necessarily a win," they say in the filing. Meanwhile, Atlantic City is suffering hard times: Four casinos closed last year and the city itself may face bankruptcy over plummeting tax revenues, Reuters reports. (More casino stories.)

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