Borgata sues card maker, Gemaco

Borgata sues card maker, Gemaco

August 08, 2017 3:00 AM

The Borgata in Atlantic City is now suing Gemaco, a major playing card manufacturer, for knowingly selling the casino/resort cards with manufacturing defects.

According to news sources, the casino/resort has recently filed for a summary judgment in its case against Gemaco. If the MGM International-controlled casino/resort wins that case, the card manufacturing company may be required to pay the amount of $10.1 million the casino lost after poker pro Phil Ivey and companion Cheung Yin Sun won $9.6 million during four visits in 2012. The difference between the money sought in the suit and the money the pair won is believed to be related to casino comps received by the duo.

The partners asked the casino for a Mandarin-speaking dealer, a deck of purple Gemaco cards, as well as for the dealer to rotate and position the cards in a certain way in a technique called “edge sorting.”

It’s alleged the particular type of Gemaco cards appeared to have a manufacturing defect on their backs. Spotting the discrepancies on each of the cards, Ivey and Sun were able to win millions of dollars.

The casino’s ongoing lawsuit, over the incident resulted in a federal court ruling that said Ivey and Sun’s actions did not represent fraud, in general. However, the two players were ruled to have violated New Jersey’s casino regulations.

That decision remains under appeal.