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Unshuffled Cards Leads to Atlantic City Court Case

The Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City is suing a group of gamblers who won close to £1 million thanks to a mistake which lead to them playing with un-shuffled cards.

A group of Baccarat players won almost £1 million after they realised the cards were coming up in an identical sequence.

Fourteen players were participating in a game of mini-baccarat and noticed that the cards were coming out in an identical sequence. They quickly realised this was a one off opportunity and began to raise the stakes to the table maximum of $5,000.

They played 41 consecutive winning hands and won £974,816. At this point the casino realised something wasn’t right and a large number of staff surrounded the table to try and find out how they were winning, however, they could find no evidence of cheating.

When the game ended, nine of the gamblers were allowed to cash in their chips and leave but the remaining five, who had won over $970,000, were refused their money.

The security staff then started trying to work out what they thought was a cheating scheme. One of the players was woken in the middle of the night, restrained in his room and kept there without food or drink for eight hours while they searched his belongings.

In the end it was discovered that a batch of cards from the supplier, which were labelled as having been pre-shuffled, were sent to the casino in the standard sequential order. As expected the casino is suing the card supplier, but they are also suing the players claiming that they have no right to be paid.

The casino is relying on a New Jersey law which insists that odds for all games be fair, the law applies equally to the gamblers and the casino. However, the gamblers’ lawyer, Benjamin Dash, is determined to fight back. He says that his clients were not breaking the law in any way and are fully deserving of their winnings.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.