SugarHouse Casino Faces Lawsuit for Card Deck Issue

The SugarHouse Casino of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is currently being sued by two gamblers who claim the venue used shuffling machines that were broken as well as illegitimate card decks. The result was that the gamblers lost over $250,000.

Anthony Mattia and William Vespe filed their lawsuit against the casino in late May within the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Named in the lawsuit is the parent company Rush Street Gaming and the SugarHouse HSP Gaming L.P.

Mattia claims he lost $147,026 and Vespe is claiming $103,844 due to the issues at the casino. The losses reportedly took place from May 2017 until January 2018. During that time frame, the gamblers visited the SugarHouse several times.

The two men are claiming that they saw seven incidents in which broken card shufflers were used along with decks of cards that they felt were illegitimate. The issues took place at the blackjack, mini-baccarat and poker tables of the casino. The result was that the gamblers odds against the casino saw a significant reduction.

According to the lawsuit, the first incident took place on May 28th when a casino employee found 16 cards in a shuffler that was not in service. The cards were eventually found to be part of a six decks that had been used in blackjack games earlier in the day.

Also in the lawsuit are other incidents, such as a dealer setting the shuffler not to shuffle cards at random but by suit in sequence. This took place during a poker tournament. The suit claims as many as 16 hands were dealt during the event before the dealer realized the mistake.

A spokesman for the casino has stated that the integrity of gaming operations within the venue is of the utmost importance. Employees involved in the incidents were disciplined or fired. The casino was handed a $100,000 fine last year by the state Gaming Control Board due to the casino using illegitimate decks and card shufflers that were malfunctioning from the time period mentioned in the current lawsuit.  

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