BY BOB HOLT
Don’t bet against the house at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City. If you do, make sure you shuffle the cards.
The Golden Nugget will be recovering $1.5 million that it lost to 14 gamblers three years ago due to house rules in New Jersey.
My9 New Jersey reported that problems took place during a mini-baccarat game at the casino in April 2012. The Golden Nugget bought decks of cards from a Kansas City manufacturer that were supposed to be pre-shuffled, but were not. The gamblers increased their bets from $10 to $5,000 after they learned this, and won 41 straight hands.
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Donna Taylor ruled that the mini-baccarat games violated the Casino Control Act. “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," Taylor wrote, according to an Associated Press report on NJ.com.