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Gamblers claim illegitimate decks of cards lost them $250K

Written by The Associated Press | May 23, 2019 4:52 PM
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FILE: Gamblers place bets in the temporary sports betting area at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


(Philadelphia) -- Two gamblers have filed a federal lawsuit against a Philadelphia casino claiming they lost $250,000 because of faulty shuffling machines and illegitimate decks of cards.

The lawsuit against SugarHouse was filed in Philadelphia on Wednesday and accuses the casino of failing to "provide an honest wagering environment."

The Pennsylvania Gaming Board last year fined SugarHouse a total of $100,000 for using decks with the wrong number of cards. The casino also admitted employees did not properly address warning lights on automated shufflers over an eight-month period.

It was during that period that William Vespe, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, says he lost $104,000, and Anthony Mattia, of Philadelphia, says he lost $147,000.

Both men seek unspecified damages from SugarHouse and parent company Rush Street Gambling.

SugarHouse denies the claims.

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