Atlantic City Casino Sues Players, Gaming Company
The Golden Nugget Says It Shouldn't Have To Pay $1.5 Million In Winnings
Atlantic City’s gambling industry has taken another hit, but perhaps this time to its reputation.
The Golden Nugget, one of the city’s 12 properties, is declining to honor $1.5 million worth of winnings at a table game that it said was improperly set up by a third-party vendor, the Associated Press reported.
More than a dozen players took the casino for the hefty sum after they realized a deck being used for mini-baccarat wasn’t quite right.
The casino reportedly is suing the card game manufacturer for not pre-shuffling the deck like it was supposed to and the players, who were permitted to cash out some of their winnings because the casino, at the time, had no idea what had transpired, despite heavy surveillance.
A few of the gamblers countersued the Nevada-based gambling operator, saying that it unlawfully discriminated against them.
A lawyer for the group of players said they should all be paid their winnings.
According to the AP, a similar incident happened late last year at the Trump Taj Mahal.
Due to a myriad of reasons, most notably rapid gambling expansion in neighboring states, New Jersey’s Atlantic City has seen its casino revenue fall by more than 36 percent since 2006, according to a study done by the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
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