Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Casino Deals Unshuffled Cards, Gamblers Catch On, Gamblers Win $1.5 Million... won't pay up.

From the New York Post:

Goodbye, Mr. Chips: Casino wants $1.5M back from winners
This gambling den made it hard to lose.

An embarrassed Atlantic City casino is suing 14 gamblers — including two Big Apple residents — demanding they return the whopping $1.5 million they collectively won after realizing the mini-Baccarat table they were playing at was using unshuffled decks of cards.

The sharp-eyed gamblers racked up a staggering 41 winning bets in a row at the Golden Nugget after seeing cards in the eight-deck shoe coming out in sequence and adjusted their wagers accordingly — as the clueless croupiers kept on dealing.

Such a pattern would have allowed bettors to know in advance which of the two sets of hands in each deal — banker or player — were going to win.

Stunned casino workers swarmed the hot table suspecting the players of cheating — but only later realized that the cards that had been ordered as pre-shuffled from a Missouri company “were not shuffled at all,” a Golden Nugget spokeswoman said yesterday.

“The gamblers unlawfully took advantage of the Golden Nugget when they caught on to the pattern and increased their bets from as little as $10 to $5,000,” the casino said in a written statement....MORE
The Post also has a second, longer version of the story.