Shuffle That Deck – Gamblers Ordered to Hand Back Winnings

How many times have you been on a really bad losing streak and felt the casino had everything stacked in it’s favour.  Of course this is always true, however for one lucky group of people this situation was briefly reversed.

Unfortunately for them, it didn’t end too well, with a judge ordering this week that they needed to hand their $1.5 million winnings back tot he casino.


The story took place in the Golden Nugget casino in Kansas City, after the group played mini-baccarat.  However this eagle eyed group noticed something wasn’t quite right, the cards in the deck they were playing hadn’t been shuffled.  They naturally upped their bets and won 41 straight hands before the management presumably noticed their mistake.

The owner of the casino – Tillman Fertitta, originally allowed the group to keep their winnings on the condition that they dropped some other legal claims they had made against the casino.  They foolishly refused this condition and the casino sued for the return of the money.

You would have expected this to be a fairly fruitless appeal, after all it was the casino’s fault and no cheating was involved.  However the judge sided with the casino stating that the games were actually illegal.  The reason was that there are very specific gambling regulations stipulating how these games must be played in Missouri.  These regulations state that because the cards were not shuffled according to the rules, then the games were illegal.

The official verdict stated that the game violated the Casino Control Act and were therefore not authorised to take place.  The games were ‘null and void’ and the players were ordered to return all their winnings in return for their original stakes.

Jeju Casino Cheating Allegations Continue

The most important thing for any casino is to maintain a good reputation.  Nobody in their right mind will play any money based gain if they suspect that there will be a problem collecting their winnings.  Which is the problem with many online casinos, the vast majority of them target customers with hugely enticing offers of free money, free spins and plays.   They look good on the outside but if the casino doesn’t pay out winnings reliably then they’re completely worthless.    Unfortunately there are many of these casinos online but fortunately very few real, physical casinos that engage in these tactics.  It’s why it’s important when gambling on the web to pick a decent name like Bodog, try their Baccarat here.

There are still some stories however and the latest comes from the South Korean Island of Jeju, and their dealings with four Chinese customers who were refused payment of 1.1 billion won (just over a million US dollars) last May.   The tactic is one that is extremely common in dodgy online casinos, when you try and collect your winnings – they accuse the player of some sort of cheating.

Of course these accusations are nearly always made up, they are made merely to provide a convenient excuse to not pay up.  With online casinos, a bad reputation can be discarded easily though.  Couple of hours with a web designer and an online casino can be rebranded with a completely different identity, not so with a physical casino.

Jeju Casino Fails to Pay up

Jeju Casino Fails to Pay up

There is nothing that can destroy a real physical casino more quickly than a lack of confidence and reputation.  The choices for gamblers particularly for a huge market like the Chinese grow every year.  Which is why the casinos in Jeju are so worried about this particular case, four Chinese nationals reporting the Seogwipo casino to the police for refusing to pay and cash out their chips.

The casino originally alleged that the four had been cheating, however during a civil case this appears to be untrue.  It appears that the employee was instructed to make the allegations and no evidence can be produced to support their allegations.  The reputation of the Jeju casino industry looks in real trouble and many are very worried.

A million dollars might sound a lot, but the casino industry in South Korea is huge fueled largely by the Chinese, with Japanese gamblers a distant second. This story if it turns out to be true will definitely have a large impact on the Jeju casino circuit.