Hallandale Beach: Gulfstream closes casino temporarily after fish tank leak causes flood – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
HALLANDALE BEACH—A little crack can cause a mighty mess — and a heap of disappointment.”The casino’s closed today,” Lucille Sfalanga told customer after customer Monday outside the Gulfstream Racing and Casino Park.A mysterious chink in the casino’s floor-to-ceiling fish tank caused a deluge around 12:15 a.m. Sunday, forcing the two-story casino to close even while the village’s shops, restaurants and racetrack remained open.Video: Blow torch ignites fire at gas station during demolitionOn Monday, dehumidifiers and fans were at full blast, removing moisture from soggy carpets on both floors. Engineers were still trying to figure out what caused the leak, said Mike Couch, director of gaming at Gulfstream.Sfalanga was working in the casino the night the 13,000-gallon saltwater tank cracked.She remembers around 100 people hanging out on the second floor, drinking or gambling near the 13-foot-high aquarium, the centerpiece of the room.”All we heard was a big bang and all the water started shooting out the top of the tank,” she said from her perch outside the casino. “It sounded like a cannon.”Within two minutes, all but two feet of water had streamed from the tank, Couch said.The aquarium was home to more than 100 fish, including two small nurse sharks, angelfish, grouper and lionfish.
ATLANTIC CITY — At first, it seemed like a coincidence, the kind of thing that happens from time to time at a casino, where the same number or same sequence of cards happens twice in a row.But when the players at an April game of mini-baccarat at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City kept seeing the same sequence of cards dealt, over and over and over again, their eyes grew wide and their bets grew bigger, zooming from $10 a hand to $5,000.Forty-one consecutive winning hands later, the 14 players had racked up more than $1.5 million in winnings — surrounded by casino security convinced they had cheated but unable to prove how.In a lawsuit against a Kansas City playing card manufacturer, the Golden Nugget contends the cards were unshuffled, despite being promised to be pre-shuffled and ready to use.The April 30 incident was the latest instance of unshuffled cards causing big headaches for an Atlantic City casino. In December, the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort used unshuffled mini-baccarat cards for 3½ hours before realizing something was wrong. That episode led to a $91,000 fine against the casino, which fired nine people it said were involved.