Golden Nugget Wins Back $1.5M from Players

A New Jersey judge ruled in favor of the Golden Nugget in the case of the unshuffled cards.

It seems that 14 players won a total of $1.5 million from the casino and State Superior Court Judge Donna Taylor has ordered them to return the money despite their argument that the shuffling, or lack of, was not their fault.

The case dates back to April 2012 and a mini-baccarat game. The Golden Nugget used cards that had already been shuffled by the manufacturer, or so they thought. In fact, the deck was shuffled and the players caught on fairly quickly resulting in increased bets from $10 up to $5,000. The players won 41 straight hands only for Judge Taylor to deem the games illegal under state law since they were in violation of state gambling regulations.

"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," said the judge. "Thus, a literal reading of the regulations ... entails that the game violated the (Casino Control) Act, and consequently was not authorized."

The “pre-shuffled” cards were purchased from a Kansas City Manufacturer, who did admit that the cards were not shuffled. The case between the manufacturer and the casino has been closed; however the specifics will not be disclosed per a confidentiality agreement.


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    catapultaudio

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    I think there must be a typo in the article as it seems the just of the story is that this dealer sat there and played out a whole deck of unshuffled cards??? And so what, the players caught on quickly but the dealer didn't ?? Seems almost unbelievable, if the players were paid I cant imagine how the casino can hope to get them to give the money back, though I suppose thats what this ruling is all about. Think I'd take my 1 million dollars and leave the country personally :)
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    I would fight this one . The casino should clearly be held responsible , it was the dealers fault of negligence not shuffling the cards . Speaking of the dealer ...you know he / or she lost their job . This should have been chalked up as a lesson learned for the casino . I wouldn't put it pass the casino of some greasing of the judges palm in one way or another , campaign donations etc . It should have played out as Casino sues the manufacturer for the losses the players won ( then they wouldn't be out anything ). The players should not have had to return their winnings. If the manufacture has to pay and the players have to return winnings ...hmm doesn't that make a win for the casino?
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    If the cards were supposed to be “pre-shuffled” by the manufacturer, this should be a law suit between the casino and the manufacturer. If the cards were to be shuffled by the dealer, let the casino take it up with the dealer. When a player sits down at a table to play whatever game, they place their bet, it is up to that casino to ensure that everything that needs to be done before and during that play has been completed in a legal and ethical manner. They spend enough time and money to take care of everything else. IMO, this case should have been thrown out of court. When did it become the players responsibility to be sure that a casino has completed it's responsibilities prior to playing any game.
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    LoL, This is how casino doing their bussiness, if I were a player I will not get the money, because its not my mistake if dealer is not shiftless in this case...offcourse, they have other methods to get the money back, so it's not the best idea though :D I've heard similar stories around, but 41 hand in a row...Have to say "better luck next time" or "run baby run" :D
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    Like they say in this business, the house always wins, but this is a really tough way to loose your winnings especially if they are honestly earned, but I'm not shore this is the case in that one. I heard for similar cases when the house compensate the players with % of their winnings and maybe this is the right way for the both sides.
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    Pre-voided play. It would be disappointing to get your deposit back after such a huge "win". Meanwhile, if you're a brain surgeon, and the game took five minutes, that is around $10,000.00 worth of time, and I'd be suing for it. I don't know what the service station attendant or the secretary would get, but, I'm sure the ....wait - that makes the "ev'ry day I'm shufflin'" lyrics MORE painful than they need to be - - add in a 'pain and suffering' settlement too. .....I would be serious if I could about that. But I definitely doubt there will EVER be a non-shuffle moment at the Golden Nugget...EVER again.
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    Hahaha.. what a scam. I cant figure out why this judge was on the casinos side. The fact that dealer didn't pre-shuffled the cards are not players concern. If there was some deal between players and the dealer, players should have their money that they won and casino should find another way to "punish" that dealer. But judge have the last word, and he decided like he decided.

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