A popular destination for gamblers in Atlantic City is suing some of their patrons for what they call cheating. The casino in question is the Golden Nugget, one of Atlantic City’s largest casinos and hotel operators. The lawsuit is reportedly for the $1.5 million in winnings the players had accrued while playing at their casino.
The game was mini Baccarat and 14 players were involved. The game started out with players betting only $10 at a time and the table was considered to be a low stakes table. However, after a few rounds of betting the players noticed a peculiar trend. All hands were coming up the same. The players then began to increase their bets up to $5,000 in some cases.
The casino was quick to notice this and immediately sent floor personnel, security and other employees to scope the table. After 41 hands and a few hours the players walked away with the $1.5 million in winnings. The casino admits they could find no evidence of cheating, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.
It was later discovered that the card manufacturer Gameco, a Missouri based company told the casino that they had shipped a batch of un-shuffled cards. Gameco promises to pack all decks of cards shuffled and ready to be used at the tables. In this instance they were not and the players quickly noticed.
Nine of the players cashed out, totaling $558,900 and the others have yet to claim their winnings. One of the defendants claims that security personnel went into his room and put him in a locked him up for over 8 hours with no food or water while they searched his belongings. Nothing was ever found and he was later released.
The suit claims that the game was illegal and all winnings should be voided and the casino should not have to honor them. There are no laws in New Jersey that state a casino is off the hook for a faulty deck of cards.
Three of the accused have filed counter suits against the Golden Nugget claiming they were discriminated against based on their Chinese heritage. The casino was quick to deny any of this stating, they have specific Asian betting rooms and an Asian restaurant just to attract this population of players.
The counter suit can be seen as more of a play or intimidation against the Golden Nugget to get them to back down, but this remains to be seen.