More information has hit the stands in regards to the court case surrounding Golden Nugget’s casinos unfortunate circumstances, that saw a group of their players taking full advantage of the fact that decks of cards were not shuffled. They observed the pattern and placed bets accordingly in a recent game of mini-baccarat, winning from the house a grand total of $1.5 million in chips – which were promptly frozen by the land-based casino, as Golden Nugget and owner Tilman Fertitta refused to pay out on the jackpot.
The players, understandably, decided to fight back, taking the case to court, where a judge recently found that it was not the players’ fault that neither the casino nor the manufacturer providing the cards had shuffled them correctly. While the game of chance did gain an element of predictability in this particular circumstance, the burden laid with the casino, and they must be responsible for paying, because, boiled down, they were in violation of state law by not complying with proper shuffling standards.
Immediately following, Fertitta offered to willingly pay out the $1.5 million to the gamblers, so long as both sides drop lawsuits and appeals. It was an offer supposedly made with an air of generosity, with Fertitta having the intention of suing the manufacturer himself, rather than pursuing an appeal on the case as was expected by many in the online gambling industry. Last week, it seemed as if the case was closed, until players and their legal teams got back on the scene this week, saying effectively, “Thanks, but no thanks.”
As it stands now, Fertitta’s offer isn’t looking nearly as attractive as what the players could be in to get if they just follow the case through on the basis of the judge’s ruling. If that turns out to be the case, the Golden Nugget casino and Fertitta could have to pay out significantly more than the original $1.5 million, as they are pursuing compensation not only for the gambles of the game, but also the fact that those winnings were confiscated, and some players were even held in custody at the casino, subjecting them to personal, and possibly, illegal searches.
With players having rejected the offer, the online gambling community looks on to see just how much money they are pursuing, and whether or not Fertitta will give up his fight, or set in for a long appeal process.