Bob Child / AP
Published Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 | 7:49 a.m.
Updated Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Three gamblers have filed a lawsuit against Foxwoods Resort Casino alleging the eastern Connecticut establishment failed to pay them more than $1.1 million they say they won in a table game in 2011 and didn't give them back a $1.6 million deposit they put down to cover any losses.
The Day of New London reports that the gamblers filed the lawsuit in federal court in New Haven July 31, seeking $3 million in damages. The plaintiffs are Chinese nationals Cheung Yin Sun of Las Vegas and Long Mei Fang and Zong Yang Li of Los Angeles.
The lawsuit says Foxwoods officials didn't pay the men because they believe the gamblers cheated.
The men say they won nearly $1.15 million in December 2011 by playing mini-baccarat with a card-monitoring practice that is legal in Connecticut.
"Basically, edge-sorting is possible because some brands of playing cards are not cut symmetrically across their backs and some players are gifted with eyesight keen enough to tell the difference," the lawsuit says. It argued the casino could have easily thwarted the strategy and that card dealers turned certain cards at the gamblers' request.
In a February 2012 ruling, the director of the tribal gaming commission's Inspection Division found that the gamblers had violated Foxwoods' gaming regulations and warned they would be subject to arrest by state police if they returned.