Yahoo – Gamblers who won $1.5 million at a casino after realizing the cards hadn’t been shuffled have been ordered to return the money.
State Superior Court Judge Donna Taylor has sided with the Golden Nugget casino in its long-running dispute with 14 gamblers who say the fault wasn’t theirs and they should be allowed to keep their winnings.
At issue were games of mini-baccarat played in April 2012 using decks of cards the casino had paid a manufacturer to pre-shuffle but that hadn’t been shuffled. Once players realized the pattern in which the cards were emerging they drastically upped their bets from $10 a hand to $5,000 and won 41 straight hands.
In the ruling, issued Monday and publicized by the casino on Thursday, the judge determined the games were illegal under state law because they didn’t conform to gambling regulations specifying the way each game must be played.
“The dealer did not pre-shuffle the cards immediately prior to the commencement of play, and the cards were not pre-shuffled in accordance with any regulation,” the judge wrote. “Thus, a literal reading of the regulations … entails that the game violated the (Casino Control) Act, and consequently was not authorized.”
Oh man is this bullshit. If I were these guys I wouldn’t have been able to handle myself in court. I would have completely lost my shit. I mean are we even in America anymore? Seriously. Where’s the internet-outrage people over this because this shit is real. If a casino fucks up and you benefit, they fuck up. By law they should have to own their fuck up. I can’t walk up to a roulette table and put a stack of chips on black and then when it lands on red say “oh no wait I wasn’t looking, I meant to put it on red, give me my chips back”. If any person fucks up in a casino there is absolutely no chance of you getting your money back. It has to be a two way street. These guys did nothing wrong. I’m actually fired up about this. Hopefully these guys can file a civil suit or something and get their money back. Fucking casinos. I don’t think there’s any other entity in the world that you really enjoy going to and give your money to that at the same time you want to put out of business.
ps – I’ve never played baccarat. Is it complicated? I need to get into baccarat.