Gambling trio denies cheating claims, sues Foxwoods for $3M

In a case brought before U.S. District Court, Foxwoods Resort Casino has refused to pay three customers who claim the casino owes them nearly $1.2 million in winnings plus damages, The Day reported Monday. More

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Gambling trio denies cheating claims, sues Foxwoods for $3M

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THREE GAMBLERS, INCLUDING a defendant in a separate case involving Atlantic City's Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, have sued Foxwoods Resort Casino claiming the gambling establishment owes them $1.1 million in winnings and $1.6 million in front money that the casino withheld after ruling the trio had cheated.
Posted 8/11/14

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In a case brought before U.S. District Court, Foxwoods Resort Casino has refused to pay three customers who claim the casino owes them nearly $1.2 million in winnings plus damages, The Day reported Monday.

The three plaintiffs in the Foxwoods case said they deposited $1.6 million with the casino during a visit to Foxwoods in December 2011. After they won $1.2 million playing the card game mini-baccarat using a strategy called “edge sorting,” which they claim is a legal technique, the casino refused to pay the $1.2 million and withheld the $1.6 million in front money.

The plaintiffs – Chinese nationals Long Mei Fang and Zong Yang Li of Los Angeles and Cheung Yin Sun of Las Vegas – are seeking $3 million in total damages from the casino.

Sun was previously named as an accomplice in a separate case, filed in April, in which Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa alleged Sun used edge sorting to help poker champion Phillip Ivey Jr. cheat the casino out of more than $9.6 million in 2012.

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Gaming Commission director ruled in February 2012 that the plaintiffs in the Foxwoods case had violated the casino’s gaming regulations by using the edge-sorting technique, which allows players to identify specific cards by spotting certain visible asymmetries on the cards’ backsides and having the dealer turn those cards opposite to the rest of the cards.

The Foxwoods case was filed in New Haven U.S. District Court on July 31.

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