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Judge reinstates $1.5M unshuffled cards lawsuit

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 4, 2014 at 4:08 pm •  Published: August 4, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A case pitting a casino against gamblers who won $1.5 million in a game with unshuffled card decks may be heading toward trial.

In April 2012, 14 mini-baccarat players racked up the winnings over 41 straight hands when they realized the cards hadn't been shuffled and were coming out in a specific pattern. Many of them quickly upped their bets from $10 a hand to $5,000.

The Golden Nugget casino doesn't want to pay them, and it wants to collect more than $500,000 it already paid.

In June, Atlantic County Superior Court Judge James Isman ruled that the game was illegal under state casino regulations and said the casino didn't have to pay.

Isman recently retired, and on July 25 a different judge granted a motion to reconsider the decision. Judge Allen Littlefield said that the gamblers can continue the discovery process and argue their case at trial this fall.

Lawyers for the casino said that it is shocked that Isman's rulings were overturned and will appeal.

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