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VegasCourtTV: MGM Grand vs. Gamblers

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 22nd August 2005 12:33am
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Over the past few months, Nevada regulators have ordered the MGM Grand casino to pay two gamblers whose chips were confiscated by the city's biggest gambling hall after employees said they couldn't verify whether the players had won them.

The incidents, both settled out of the public eye, involve a little-known regulation intended to protect casinos against theft.

But the players, who won't reveal their identities for fear that they will be banned from casinos, say the MGM Grand used the regulation as an excuse to hassle gamblers who are skilled at blackjack.

Unlike most other casino games, blackjack is considered "beatable" for people who are good enough to track, or "count," cards.

At issue is a regulation that allows Nevada casinos to confiscate chips if the casino "knows or reasonably should know" that the person with the chips isn't a customer.

A graduate student from the South learned about that rule in January when he approached the casino cage at MGM Grand with $5,000 in chips he had won at the casino during previous trips to Las Vegas. He said he decided to cash out after spending a few days in town with his wife.

[ Make no mistake folks, the casinos are NOT your friends (by any stretch of the comp card, handshake, room upgrade or imagination) - Ed ]



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