Thursday, 6 March 2014

Blame it on the alcohol: Gambler sues Las Vegas casino after he loses $500,000 while blackout drunk

'They should have cut me off!': Mark Johnston says the Dowtown Grand in Las Vegas took advantage of his drunken stupor when they gave him a $500,000 loan

And this is why some people are called FOOLISH.

Via Dailymail

A California man who lost $500,000 during a Las Vegas trip over the Super Bowl weekend is suing the casino for his losses because he was blackout drunk.
Retiree Mark Johnston is suing the brand new Downtown Grand for loaning him the money and allowing him to play while he was inebriated.
Nevada law bars casinos from allowing visibly drunk patrons to gamble and from serving them comped drinks.
'I feel like they picked my pockets,' Johnston told MyNews3. 'I feel like they took a drunk a drunk guy walking down the street, and you reach in his pockets and grab all his money.'
According to Johnston's complaint, he drank at the airport and on the way to the hotel.
He and his friends at at a restaurant, then things get fuzzy for Johnston.
'After that, I don't remember anything,' he said.
But memory or no, Johnston appears to have had quite the time in Sin City.
So much so that he took out a loan with the hotel for $500,000. And promptly lost it all.
And therein lies their claim, said Johnston's attorney Sean Lyttle.
'You certainly arent't to issue half a million dollars in markers to someone who's intoxicated,' he said.

The state Gaming Control Board is investigating.
The Downton Grand does not comment on pending litigation but Lyttle says the Grand, which opened late last year, is countersuing Johnston for trying to shirk his gambling debts.
Johnston says this all boils down to responsibility and, not surprisingly, he blamed the casino.
'They should have cut me off,' he said. 'The bottom line is the casinos are supposed to not gamble to you and not overserve you in alcohol. That's gaming regulation.'

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