A businessman is suing a Las Vegas casino for $500,000, the amount he lost while gambling for more than 17 hours. The man in question claims that he was too drunk to play, and was not in the right state of mind to be wagering such sums of money.
Mark Johnston is adamant that he has a good case against the Downtown Grand, and says that the casino should have stopped him from playing once it was apparent that he was inebriated. Nevada law states that an establishment should stop someone from gambling if they are visibly intoxicated. Johnston says that he was so drunk he had no recollection of the previous night’s events when he woke up in his hotel room.
He had this to say on the matter: “I believed that they were just trying to take advantage of a player. If you’re intoxicated, you’re not allowed to gamble, they’re supposed to stop you.”
The lawsuit he has filed says that he was already under the influence when he arrived at the gambling joint, where he was given many more drinks in an attempt to get him to freely gamble away his money. His mental state was described as “blacking out” by his attorneys.
The events in question took place on the 30th of Jaunary, and continued late into the next day at a casino a few miles away from the Las Vegas Strip. The games played were pai gow and blackjack, and Johnston is said to have been served around 20 drinks.
According to documents filed in the lawsuit, Mr. Johnson was “dropping chips on the floor, confusing chip colors, slurring in his speech, and unable to read his cards properly.”
Mr. Johnston is a self made millionaire, a shrewd gambler, and someone who has plenty of experience at casinos. This is not some reckless teenager who threw away money while gambling and is now looking to get away with the consequences. His allegations are serious, and there is a strong chance that the casino will have to settle the dispute out of court. For more information on this story, along with a video interview, click here.