posted on Mar, 6 2014 @ 10:23 AM
So, I just read a story (below) about a man who went to Vegas, got wasted (like most do in Vegas) and gambled away money (like most do in Vegas). The
issue with this story here is that the man who is suing a Las Vegas casino suggests that he has zero recollection of gambling that money and taking
out repeated markers (IOU's) at the table. This story annoys me a great amount because I'm admittingly a gambler, I enjoy the rush it gives me and
I've always felt that money won always felt greater than money earned, but that's a whole other discussion in itself. Here with this story I feel
like there could be a bad precedence set, call it a slippery slope, that if a person goes to Vegas and gambles away a small fortune that they can go
out and say "I was blackout drunk, I don't remember doing this, you should have never allowed me to gamble".. blah blah blah, like this man is
doing... I believe that if you are willing to drink recklessly, understand that there are possible consequences out there, i.e. losing all your
money, getting a DUI, arrested, etc... But in all those other scenarios (not gambling related) you can never use the "I was too wasted to know what I
was doing excuse", so why SHOULD or WOULD it be okay for that excuse to be used here with the man who lost $500k at the casino??? People are flying
into Vegas every day to go gamble and drink, this is what the city was built on and to see some jaded loser try to sue to get his money back is beyond
Anyways, wanted to get other ATS members thoughts on this. Do you hold the man responsible? Do you hold the casino responsible? Do you hold both
responsible? Should the man get his money back?
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A businessman who lost $500,000 on table games at a Las Vegas casino on Super Bowl weekend is arguing that he shouldn't have
to pay because he was blackout drunk.
Southern California gambler Mark Johnston, 52, is suing the Downtown Grand for loaning him money and serving him drinks when he was visibly
Nevada law bars casinos from allowing obviously drunk patrons to gamble and from serving them comped drinks.
Johnston's attorney, Sean Lyttle, says the Grand, which opened last November in the old part of Las Vegas, intends to pursue Johnston for trying to
shirk his gambling debts. Johnston put a stop-payment order on the markers, or casino credits, the Grand issued, and is also seeking damages from the
Grand for sullying his name.
Johnston says he was thoroughly drunk during the hours he spent playing pai gow and blackjack at the Grand. His legal team plans to rely on eyewitness
testimony and surveillance video to prove that he was visibly intoxicated.
Johnston lives in Ventura and made his fortune in car dealership and real estate ventures.
The Grand issued a statement saying it does not comment on pending litigation.
The state Gaming Control Board is investigating.
"It's certainly an extraordinary case. This is not a story that I've ever heard before, where someone was blackout intoxicated where they couldn't
read their cards, and yet a casino continued to serve them drinks and issue them more markers," Lyttle said. "It's a very heavy-handed and unusual
approach that we haven't seen in this town in a long time."
Johnston arrived in Las Vegas with the woman he was dating on the Thursday before the Super Bowl. He drank in the limousine from the Las Vegas airport
to the Grand, drank more during dinner with friends, and then says he blacked out.
The suit alleges that the Grand comped him dozens of drinks while he gambled away hundreds of thousands of dollars, finally sleeping off his
drunkenness on that Saturday, which was Feb, 1. Johnston says he didn't learn how much he had lost until the next day.