NA shards came down briefly this morning for 1.7 Hotfix #8.5. This update was already included in EU's Hotfix #8 patch. Here are the patch notes:
RIFT 1.7 Hotfix #8.5 - 3.8.12
- Fixed an issue with the Place Your Bets gambling game so it can be re-enabled!
- The Ring Toss game now plays the correct 'hit' audio sound.