Drunk man sues casino for $500 grand he lost while drunk

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  1. gregjrichards

    gregjrichards Active Member

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    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.


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ses-500-000-blackout-drunk.html#ixzz2v91AqZnn
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    I haven't seen this posted. What do you think?
     
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  3. al66pine

    al66pine New Member

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    Greg
    What do you think?
     
  4. LinasK

    LinasK Verified insider- Mark Dribin case

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    Good Luck with that!:floorlaugh::floorlaugh::floorlaugh:
     
  5. Tawny

    Tawny Bye

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    Breathalyzers at the loan window? Sheesh. Know your limits, maybe!
     
  6. gregjrichards

    gregjrichards Active Member

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    Obviously this man has some personal responsibility but should casinos have a moral obligation to ensure people don't lose more than they can afford when under the influence.

    I don't think being drunk and in a casino is ever a good idea

    I personally hate gambling I wouldn't ever go in a casino. I used to play the lotto but haven't for years as I never won anything ever.
     
  7. LinasK

    LinasK Verified insider- Mark Dribin case

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    I'm really surprised there is a gaming regulation about it. I would think this kind of thing happens all the time. Casinos encourage alcohol. What happened to personal responsibility??? I think the guy is an idiot!:twocents:
     
  8. i.b.nora

    i.b.nora I am polka dot

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    After reading the article, I think he might have a case.
     
  9. EmmaliLucia

    EmmaliLucia New Member

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    He totally has a case, if he was noticeably inebriated then NO ONE should have given him a loan.

    There's personal responsibility, and then there's also the responsibility of the establishment to make sure that they are staying within their own regulation.

    If a man got a tattoo at a tattoo parlour while black out drunk would you guys think that the tattoo artist should not get his license taken away because of the clients personal responsibility?
     
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    PHB New Member

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    BBM.

    I've seen career alcoholics who were walking and talking @ 0.3+.

    If this doofus had gotten into his car and killed someone, he'd be a felon, but since he made bad decisions after voluntarily getting wasted, he's a victim?

    Sorry, but stupid should hurt.
     
  11. Tawny

    Tawny Bye

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    RSBM

    Tattoo artists (reputable ones anyway) will refuse to work on a person if they even slightly suspect the person is under the influence.

    That said, I do not think a tattoo artist should be held responsible if a client appears sober and signs all the appropriate paperwork.
     
  12. Fairy1

    Fairy1 Divided We Fall

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    Johnston said he was invited to stay at the Downtown Grand over Super Bowl weekend by a casino host he knows. The civil complaint indicates he drank before and after his flight to Las Vegas, later having dinner and more drinks at the Triple George Grill downtown.

    "He has no recollection of leaving Triple George or the next events of the next day and a half," said Johnston's attorney, Sean Lyttle.

    The complaint refers to this as the "blackout period." Johnston claims he can't remember events that transpired over a 44-hour period.

    http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/24899851/gambler-claims-he-was-too-drunk?hpt=ju_bn3

    This fellow was an invited guest over Super Bowl weekend. He is a gambler and this was not his first rodeo. The above bolded phrase is quite interesting to me. This would be HIS casino host - not just someone he knows. It most certainly would be someone who knows him, his gaming history and his financial ability to pay. I don't know much about the casino in question but most casinos are very particular about conducting due diligence, particularly when such large sums are at stake.

    Will be very interesting to see how this plays out. Personally, I don't believe he will be successful.

    As to how drunk he was - he seems to have been sober enough to sign what were most likely several markers over the course of the weekend.
     
  13. Frigga

    Frigga New Member

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    Um... no. I actually wouldn't. I think that's SOP when it comes to a large portion of tattoo acquisitions!
     
  14. 21merc7

    21merc7 New Member

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    People do get fast and free with their money when drinking.

    This man sounds like he can hold his booze well. That's a whole lot of drinking, and I'd guess he even sobered up some a couple of times within that 24 hours. If he can hold that much booze and drink for that long, then he may be one of the unfortunate hard core alcoholics that never appear drunk. They do not have distorted features, drooping lids, slurring words, or stumbling walks. They can literally drink themselves to death and no one would have noticed any change at all to alert them to the fact that the person is completely intoxicated.

    Have no idea what will happen here. I do know gambling and booze is a flat out stupid choice no matter how much you lose. Lesson plan for the day: Don't drink and gamble!
     
  15. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    For the most part I think it's evil for casinos to loan anybody $500,000, drunk or not. Anybody who needs to borrow that kind of money to continue gambling can't afford to lose it.
     
  16. LadyL

    LadyL New Member

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    oh how I would love to be a lawyer on these cases:

    "you've drunk alcohol before the night in question, correct?" yes

    "you knew then that alcohol can affect judgment and cognitive ability right?" yes

    "directly before your flight and again upon landing, you willingly and voluntarily drank alcohol, knowing that this was a gambling trip and that you would be making decisions regarding money?" right ...

    "you voluntarily went to a restaurant and voluntarily ordered more alcohol for yourself, knowing that this was a gambling trip and that you would be making decisions regarding money correct?" ummm, yeah

    "nobody tied your hands and forced it down your throat?" ......

    "I need an answer, is that a yes or a no?" no one poured it down my throat against my will, no

    "so what percentage of responsibility would you say you have for your own decisions in your own life?"
    repeat the question please?
     
  17. 21merc7

    21merc7 New Member

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    Agreed. I don't think casinos should be loaning any money at all! You either have the money you expect to gamble with or you don't. That simple. No loans.
     
  18. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    Yeah and does it even make any financial sense? How many penniless gambling alcoholic losers will ever pay back huge loans anyway?
     
  19. Frigga

    Frigga New Member

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    Forgive me if I don't feel sorry for the casino's- AT ALL.

    I hope he does win- boy would that set a precedent they will no likey!
     
  20. Fairy1

    Fairy1 Divided We Fall

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    Few people who can afford to play $500,000 actually carry it on their person. Credit lines are generally established prior to arrival and one of this size would have been granted based on many factors - one of which would be his ability to pay it back. Another factor that is quite standard is the player's history. It would be very unusual for a casino to offer a half a million dollar credit line if the player never played to that level in the past. In any case, a line of that size was most likely not approved on the fly. Increased maybe, but not entirely established during that weekend. And the casino would have done their due diligence. You don't get a credit line just for the asking.

    The gaming industry is heavily regulated and the casino operators - particularly in Las Vegas - are not stupid. They're not going to do something they shouldn't in order to allow some guy off the street to rack up a huge debt he can't pay. They're also not AA, so if the fellow has a drinking problem, that's his problem.
     
  21. EGirl

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    BBM Yep!


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