Casino sues winning gamblers and card manufacturer because casino employees did not shuffle the cards

This casino is suing the card manufacturer, and the players who won lots of money, because the casino’s employees didn’t shuffle the cards, which allowed the players to win 41 times in a row.

This has got to be about the most ridiculous lawsuit that I have ever heard about. Yes, I realize there are quite a few contenders in that contest, but this one is even dumber than the other dumb ones… I think.

Associated Press reports:

At first, it seemed like a coincidence, the kind of thing that happens from time to time at a casino, where the same number or same sequence of cards happens twice in a row.

But when the players at an April game of mini-baccarat at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City kept seeing the same sequence of cards dealt, over and over and over again, their eyes grew wide and their bets grew bigger, zooming from $10 a hand to $5,000.

Forty-one consecutive winning hands later, the 14 players had racked up more than $1.5 million in winnings — surrounded by casino security convinced they had cheated but unable to prove how.

In a lawsuit against a Kansas City playing card manufacturer, the Golden Nugget contends the cards were unshuffled, despite being promised to be pre-shuffled and ready to use.

That’s just dumb. Even if the cards had been pre-shuffled, you’re still supposed to shuffle them after each game anyway.

It also says a lot about the security people that they didn’t notice that the dealers weren’t shuffling the cards. Security personnel are supposed to watch the dealers as well as the players, because dealers are sometimes in on the cheating. This time, the dealers were acting out of stupidity instead of malice, but the security people should have noticed it, regardless.

The article continues:

in a lawsuit filed against the 14 gamblers in July… The casino’s lawsuit asserts the gamblers and the casino both began the game believing it was legal and proper — until the players kept winning over and over again.

That lawsuit is absurd. It’s not the players’ fault that the casino didn’t shuffle the cards.

The article also says:

The Golden Nugget said it flooded the area with floor persons, managers, supervisors, surveillance and security officers, believing they were watching “a sophisticated swindling and cheating scheme” in progress.

Yeah – real “sophisticated.” Even if this had been deliberate cheating, it’s about as simple as any cheating scheme could get.

The article goes on say that one of the winning players

was sleeping in his room at the casino when someone knocked on the door. When he answered, he was rushed by four Golden Nugget employees who pinned him against the wall and searched him and his belongings, according to his lawsuit. He said casino personnel held him in a room without food, water or an interpreter for eight hours.

It then goes on to say that the casino denies that this happened to the player. I think the casino is lying, because if the casino is immoral enough to file these lawsuits, then the casino is also immoral enough to rough up the player like that.

Not shuffling the cards is incredibly dumb – but it’s nothing more than dumb. However, filing these lawsuits is immoral – it’s immoral, because the players did nothing wrong, and it is the casino itself that is at fault. Whenever someone who is obviously guilty for what happened sues an obviously innocent person, that is immoral.

Shame on the Golden Nugget Atlantic City for filing these absurd lawsuits.

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August 21, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Dumb lawsuits, Humor, Math.

One Comment

  1. Speak2Truth replied:

    It seems the casino could sue the card distributors for a faulty product, if the purchased cards were ‘guaranteed’ to be shuffled.

    But what about the dealers not shuffling? Perhaps that is the casino’s guarantee to the players that a slick dealer isn’t conspiring with one of the players or against others. A skilled and crooked dealer has a lot of power to mess with the game.

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