Court Rules that Baccarat Players did Win $1.5 Million Dollars 06.09.2012

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In April of 2012, 14 gamblers were playing mini-baccarat at the Nugget Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, when they eventually realized that the deck was not properly shuffled. The players switched their $10 bets to bets of up to $5000 a hand. Over the course of more than 40 hands, the 14 players racked up more than $1.5 million in winnings.

Initially, the casino suspected that the players were cheating but eventually found out that the company which produces the casino’s cards, Gemaco Inc., had not given the casino shuffled decks as they were supposed to. Because the cards were in a pre-set Gemaco pattern as opposed to a numerical sequence, the dealer and casino managers did not see the pattern but the players certainly did.

Before leaving, some of the players cashed out around $500,000 of chips but the casino refused to pay out the remaining $1 million dollars and the dispute ended up in court. The casino tried to prevent the players from not only cashing in the remaining chips but also requested that the previously paid money be returned. The judge ruled in favor of the players because they did nothing wrong and the sequencing could have changed at any point so there was still an element of chance with every hand dealt.

Although the casino could appeal the ruling, it has stated that it will not do so and will pay the players, many of whom are regular visitors to the casino. The casino’s owner, Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta, just wanted the entire issue to be put to rest and after the ruling said: “We have a company (Gemico Inc.) we can go back against that had admitted fault.”

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