Gamblers in unshuffled cards case ask to keep the money

Gamblers in an unshuffled cards case in Atlantic

Gamblers in an unshuffled cards case in Atlantic City are asking a judge to be allowed to keep the money.

ATLANTIC CITY - (AP) - Gamblers who have been ordered to return $1.5 million they won at an Atlantic City casino that unknowingly used unshuffled cards are asking a judge to let them keep the money.

The 14 gamblers say they won the money through no fault of their own playing mini-baccarat at the Golden Nugget in April 2012.

They also say that if the ruling stands, it would send a chilling message to the gambling public that no jackpot is ever safe.

The casino says the judge made the right decision last month.

The Golden Nugget paid a manufacturer to shuffle cards, but the company never did.

Once players realized the pattern in which the cards were emerging, they drastically upped their bets and won 41 straight hands.

The judge heard the motion Friday but did not issue a decision.

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