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Bob Nersesian Esq: Cheated' gamblers are finally turning the tables on casinos :-)

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Posted: February 29, 2016, 7:19 pm - IP Logged

~Compliments of Eddessa_KNIGHT With Light on behalf of all players vs casino losing prepositions, manipulations & counteractions especially against advantage players

*Baron Nersesian has the best winning batting average vs casinos


Cheated’ gamblers are turning the tables on casinos


Lawyer Bob Nersesian, outside of The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

If the chips fall against them, serious gamblers call Bob Nersesian.

The 58-year-old attorney is the go-to guy for card sharks who claim they’ve been roughed up or feel they’ve been cheated by the house. His clients are often well-versed in card counting, a practice he says is just skillful betting.

“It is not illegal and it is not cheating,” says Nersesian. (In 1982, a New Jersey state judge ruled as such.) “Card counting is nothing more than playing the game offered by the casino.”

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.Ph

A stocky, aggressive pit bull of a man, he has, over the past 21 years, spearheaded 70 such cases and won millions of dollars for gamblers. He details his legal exploits in his forthcoming book “The Law for Gamblers” (Huntington Press, March 31).

“Casinos everywhere like taking shots at ripping off players,” says Nersesian, who is based in Vegas but has taken on gambling dens in New Jersey and Connecticut. “[They] will detain players or not cash their chips for any reason imaginable.”

Nersesian says the laws vary from state to state as to whether or not a casino can kick a player out without cause, but that it’s always illegal not to redeem chips that have been legally won or to physically attack a patron unless it’s in the name of defense.

“Clearly, they don’t want certain people near their games,” he says.

“But if they offer a game to the community — and it’s their odds, equipment and rules — [how can] they exclude smart people from participating?

A few years ago, Nersesian helped a professional Atlantic City gambler who games under the name Keith Burks take on a casino. He was playing blackjack and smartly monitoring the deck when a floor supervisor came over and grabbed Burks’ cards.

“He killed the hand!” Burks recalls. “Things got heated. Security guards ended up tackling me and handcuffing me. I woke up Bob with a phone call.”

While the terms of Burks’ settlement are confidential, Nersesian says he’s won verdicts as high as $600,000 for gambler clients.

Thom Kho

Thom Kho, a 24-year-old barber from Piscataway, NJ, hopes the attorney will be able to get him a six-figure sum.

Last summer, Kho, a skilled card counter, was playing blackjack at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas — the same gambling den that Ben Affleck was kicked out of in 2014 for card counting. Kho won nearly $6,000 his first two days in Vegas, and was actually losing on his third day, when a Hard Rock employee abruptly stopped him.

“Cash in your chips,” the casino suit said. “You’re done.”

The man demanded that the baby-faced Kho show his ID, and when Kho refused, because he’d already given it to the dealer earlier, he was handcuffed and bullied into a back room. A guard rifled through his cargo-short pockets and removed his wallet, cellphone, $3,625 in Hard Rock chips and an envelope containing nearly $30,000.

An hour or so later, Kho was released and given his possessions back, but the casino wouldn’t let him cash out the chips.

‘Casinos everywhere like taking shots at ripping off players.’

 - Bob Nersesian

“Next morning, I called Bob,” Kho says.

When he told Nersesian what had happened, the lawyer laughed and said, “If they did exactly what you say, we can make a lot of money.”

Court papers have been filed and the case is ongoing.

Though Nersesian makes a handsome living from taking on casinos, he insists that there is more at stake than money.

“It’s about bringing thugs to justice,” he says.

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    Court nullifies $150,000 award against Imperial Palace


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    Imperial Palace


    CARSON CITY – The Nevada Supreme Court has nullified a $150,000 punitive damage award against the Imperial Palace because of “egregious” misconduct by a Las Vegas lawyer during trial.

    The court did, however, uphold a $99,000 judgment against the casino in favor of James Grosjean who said he was illegally held by security guards of the resort.

    Grosjean was detained by casino security and two agents of the state Gaming Control Board because he matched the description of a person in whom a third gaming agent was interested. He was handcuffed, searched and detained by casino personnel.

    When it was determined Grosjean was not the person being sought, the casino security still held him for an additional time, according to the suit.

    Grosjean complained this was part of conspiracy to exclude professional gamblers from gambling at the casino.

    The search turned up a large sum of money, chips from various casinos and two sets of identification, one of them false. Grosjean was also wearing two pairs of pants.

    The court, in a unanimous decision written by Justice Michael Douglas, said the jury in the punitive damages hearing appeared swayed by the improper behavior of attorney Robert Nersesian rather than the evidence. He represented Grosjean.

    The court in its 33-page opinion ordered a new trial on the punitive damage phase of the suit.

    The court said the testimony and evidence during the five day trial “reasonably could support the verdict rendered here” in awarding $99,000 to Grosjean. He was held for 45 minutes during which no physical injury occurred. The jury also awarded Grosjean $9 against Donnie Espensen, a casino security official.

    But in overturning the punitive damage award, the court said Nersesian wrongly asked the jury to punish the Imperial Palace for not making substantial charitable contributions despite being a highly profitable corporation. He said the casino gave $3,026 to charity despite making $7 million.

    The court said Nersesian violated the so-called “golden rule” by asking jurors to place themselves in the position of Grosjean. And the Imperial Palace claimed Nersesian cried and brought his personal feelings into the case during his presentation.

    The court said professional conduct standards prohibit an attorney from expressing personal opinions regarding the justness of a cause.

    Douglas said “this misconduct in this matter is so egregious as to warrant a new trial on punitive damages.”

    The Supreme Court rejected the argument of the Imperial Palace that they were shielded from suit because they were acting on the instructions of the state gaming agents. The court ruled that District Judge Lee A. Gates was correct in holding that the casino was not entitled to qualified immunity.

    The jury at first came back with a $500,000 punitive judgment award against the Imperial Palace. The judge reduced it to $150,000. And that issue will now go to trial again.