2 gamblers sue Pennsylvania casino for losing at poker
SugarHouse is accused of using faulty machines and illegitimate cards
A couple of gamblers visited the SugarHouse Casino in Pennsylvania for a little poker fun, but walked away with lighter wallets, instead. Now, they are blaming the casino for their losses and have filed a lawsuit in order to try and recuperate their money. They claim that SugarHouse didn’t provide “an honest wagering environment.”
Anthony Mattia of Pennsylvania and William Vespe of New Jersey filed their lawsuit last week after having lost $250,000 playing card games including poker, blackjack and mini-baccarat. The pair tried for eight months to turn their unlucky streak around to no avail, and finally threw in the towel. They now want the casino to be held accountable.
The lawsuit may not be completely without merit, depending on how the judge sees it. Last year, SugarHouse had to pay $100,000 after it was found to have used card decks that didn’t contain all the necessary cards and for failing to fix faulty shuffling machines. The fine was levied by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the gamblers are using this as proof that the losses should be covered by the casino.
Attorney Steven Feinstein, who is representing both men, said, “The thrill in playing table games at SugarHouse is knowing that while the odds are against them, they can still ‘beat the house.’ But that all goes out the window when a casino uses broken equipment or ‘illegitimate’ decks as Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board previously found SugarHouse to have done.”
Mattia reportedly is looking to recuperate losses of $103,844 and Vespe wants $147,026. SugarHouse has denied any wrongdoing.