The old adage ‘The House never loses’ was upheld once more as a US Court ordered a group of 14 gamblers to refund The Golden Nugget casino $US 1.5 million ($AUS 1.93 million).

The ruling came as a New Jersey State Superior Court Judge Donna Taylor decided that unshuffled cards used in a game of baccarat constituted a breach in state law.

“The dealer,” she wrote, “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.

“Thus, a literal reading of the regulations … entails that the game violated the (Casino Control) Act, and consequently was not authorised.”

The gamblers were ordered to return the money they won while the casino was ordered to return the players’ buy-in stakes.

The Golden Nugget was using what were thought to be cards pre-shuffled from a Kansas City manufacturer. This manufacturer acknowledged in court that it had failed to correctly shuffle the cards and shipped them to The Golden Nugget anyway.

The casino has said its dispute with the manufacturer has been settled, but a confidentiality agreement prevented any details from being revealed.

In April of 2012 the group noticed the pattern in which the cards were coming from the dealer’s shoe. They immediately upped their bets from $10 to, in some cases, $5000 a hand, and won 41 straight hands.

Gambling, by its very nature, is supposed to have an element of chance. When the unshuffled cards came out in a predictable pattern all chance was removed, making the game illegal according to gambling regulations.

The casino’s owner, texas billionaire Tillman Fertitta, had originally allowed the players to keep their winnings on the proviso they dropped other litigation against The Golden Nugget.

When the gamblers decided not pursue these other lawsuits Fertitta went ahead with his case to recoup the lost monies.

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