The "Atlantic City 14" and the Future of Advantage Play
The saga of the 14 gamblers who won $1.5 million from the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City by exploiting un-shuffled cards in mini-baccarat continued this week. In case you missed the story, in April, 2012, these 14 players (the “Atlantic City 14″) noticed that the cards being used on a mini-baccarat table were un-shuffled. As a consequence, they won 41 straight hands. This week presiding judge Donna Taylor once again ruled in favor of the casino finding that the game was illegal as played.
Early on in the dispute, casino owner Tilman Fertitta offered to let the Atlantic City 14 keep their winnings if they would drop their other claims against the Golden Nugget, including illegal detention and racial discrimination. I have no idea what these players experienced during their detention, but clearly they collectively felt that their claims were worthy of rejecting the settlement offer.