Gambler Sues Downtown Grand For $500,000 He Lost
A gambler named Mark Johnston is suing Downtown Grand for $500,000 saying the casino cheated him out of that much money Super Bowl weekend.
Johnston states he had way too much to drink and the casino should have stopped him from blowing all of that money. According to KNTV, Johnston says “I feel like they picked my pockets.” He continued saying, “I feel like they took a drunk guy . . . like a drunk guy walking down the street, and you reach in his pockets and grab all his money.” He also claims to have had multiple drinks before arriving at the casino and doesn’t remember anything after dinner at Triple George Grill.
Gaming regulations state that a casino isn’t supposed to allow a visibly drunk person gamble. Additionally, casinos aren’t supposed serve comp’d drinks to someone that’s visibly drunk. If any casino is caught letting a drunk person gamble, they are subject to discipline from the Nevada Gaming Commission. Johnston says that an investigation has begun, but the Commission won’t confirm that, only saying they’re aware of the situation.
If this lawsuit goes to court, both parties will have to look at the surveillance tapes from that weekend and make their case that Johnston was or wasn’t too drunk to gamble. People have sued casinos for gambling losses in the past and often settle with the casino before going to trial. At this point, there's no guarantee this lawsuit will ever make it to court.
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