There always seems to be a new issue in gambling that results in a player vs. casino lawsuit. This time, the casino involved is the Golden Nugget Casino and the game in question is baccarat.
The Golden Nugget launched a $1.5 million lawsuit against a group of players, with the lawsuit pertaining to the game of baccarat. The lawsuit alleged that these players were aware of a loophole in the game that they exploited to the tune of $1 million. The loophole is referred to as a few decks of unshuffled cards. These cards were provided to the casino by a third party. This company has admitted they sent cards that were unshuffled, creating an imbalance in the game.
The judge in New Jersey that was presiding over the case had a fairly easy verdict to make. The law in New Jersey states that if a deck of cards is not shuffled, the card game is not legal. With this law in mind, the casino was automatically relieved of the $1 million owed to players who won under these circumstances.
Golden Nugget will also be allowed to chase after players for $500,000 that they paid out in winnings. This money was won in games that involved the unshuffled cards.
Two Years –
The lawsuit has stretched for over two years, when the initial games took place. There were around 14 players involved, with the total winnings at $1.5 million in just 40 hands of baccarat.
It did not take the players long to realize that the cards were unshuffled, because the cards came out in a specific pattern. Having started off with tiny $10 a hand bets, the players suddenly began betting $4,000 or $5,000 a hand. A few of the players managed to cash out and leave before the casino realized what was going on. The other players were kept for questioning, which led to the filing of a lawsuit.