The DGE has ruled in favor of players in the million-dollar lawsuit over an unshuffled baccarat deck during the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. (Image: atlanticcitynj.com)
The Golden Nugget New Jersey can breathe a little easier this week, after the Atlantic City casino had been exonerated for a game title of mini-baccarat that sparked a million-dollar lawsuit. The overall game has now been considered legal by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) following a two-year investigation.
And here's the back story: In 2012, a group of clients at the Golden Nugget nj casino spotted a deck that is new of at one baccarat table that appeared to be unshuffled. The cards were being dealt in specific order that repeated itself every 15 fingers, allowing them to know with almost complete certainty which cards were coming next. Upping their wagers to as much as $5,000, opportunistic gamblers managed to win 41 hands in a line and collectively bank $1.5 million.
The casino quickly put the kibosh on the fishy game and called State Police and the DGE, yet not before it had paid out $500,000 associated with the $1.5 million.
It appears that the cards were supposed to arrive from the maker, Kansas-based business Gemaco, in a pre-shuffled state, via a machine that uses complex algorithms to guarantee that no two decks are the same. This particular deck, nonetheless, somehow slipped through the device.