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NJ Fines Showboat Casino For Unshuffled Cards

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top casino regulator has fined the Showboat casino hotel $7,000 for playing games with unshuffled cards, and violating rules regarding the money counting room.

State Gaming Enforcement director David Rebuck issued the fines Nov. 25. They were made public this week.

The casino declined comment.

According to initial charges, the Showboat engaged in play a total of nine times between September 2012 and September of this year with cards that had not first been shuffled. The documents do not detail how many customers won or lost as a result of the unshuffled cards.

This past April, the gaming enforcement division wrote to the casino advising it that on four occasions between Sept. 2012 and Feb. 2013, dealers dealt cards that had not been shuffled. The instances ranged from five hands in one instance to 11 full minutes of gambling on another.

According to the division, the Showboat acknowledged receiving the letter and said it put in place "a course of remedial conduct."

But the violations continued.

On March 11, 2013, a dealer played 12 rounds of cards with unshuffled cards. On Aug. 4, six rounds were played. On Aug. 9, four more rounds were played, on Aug. 20, two rounds were played, and two more rounds were played on Sept. 27.

The casino also was fined for violating rules regarding the money counting room, including a requirement that anyone who enters it wear a one-piece pocketless garment. It also violated internal control procedures designed to ensure the integrity of money counting operations inside the counting room.

The state did not allege that any money was lost or stolen as a result of the violations.

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