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Gambler Sues Casino, Says He Lost Money While Drunk

    March 5, 2014
    Emily Greene
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Who knew you could sue for losing money while gambling? I guess if you’re drunk you have a valid excuse to get your money back.

At least that’s what businessman Mark Johnston, 52, is hoping, and suing over.

Over Super Bowl weekend Johnston, a southern California gambler, lost $500,000 on table games in Las Vegas.

And you thought Broncos fans had it bad that weekend.

Johnston is suing the Downtown Grand for “loaning him money and serving him drinks when he was visibly intoxicated.”

The law in Nevada states that casinos cannot continue to give money and drinks to patrons who are obviously intoxicated.

Johnston says he was very drunk while he played pai gow and blackjack at the Downtown Grand.

According to Sean Lyttle, Johnston’s attorney, the Downtown Grand says Johnston has been avoiding his gambling debts and they plan to pursue him to get their money.

Lyttle and the rest of Johnston’s legal team plans to prove Johnston’s level of drunkenness with eyewitness testimony and video footage from the casino.

“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. It’s a very heavy-handed and unusual approach that we haven’t seen in this town in a long time,” said Lyttle.

According to the suit Johnston arrived in Las Vegas on Thursday, January 30. He drank while in the limousine from the airport to the Downtown Grand, continued to drink while at dinner with friends, and blacked out sometime after that. The suit also alleges “that the Grand comped him dozens of drinks while he gambled away hundreds of thousands of dollars, finally sleeping off his drunkenness” on Saturday, February 1. Johnston said he didn’t realize how much he lost until Super Bowl Sunday.

One person on Twitter thinks Johnston will win, but it may cost him in the long run. That is if gambling in Las Vegas is really his thing.

Another person on Twitter has become a fan of Johnston.

Image via YouTube.

  • Giles

    You would think a journalist who wanted to be taken seriously wouldn’t post such an idiotic picture of herself with her article. Stick to fashionista-ing.

    • David Michael

      It’s pretty much the same article on all the news services. It’s like one person wrote it, and every one else is paraphrasing, if not outright plagiarizing.

  • Ken G

    oh sure blame the casino you moron. take responsibility for your own lame moves.
    what a dk head to sue casino. like its there fault

    • Harmony Mercedes

      Guess he figured he’d pull a “Kerry Kennedy.” Afterall, she got drugged up, went behind the wheel, smashed into another vehicle, and then claimed she wasn’t responsible because she didn’t mean to take the drug. And she got off! So hey, it worked for her. Oh wait – he doesn’t have the Kennedy name and power. Sorry, bud, you’re out of luck.

  • Reid

    he’s an idiot and what do they say about a Fool and their money ?? It’s bush’s fault.

  • jack

    if he won he would probably give the money back since he should not have been allowed to gamble.

  • Chopper Jake

    This is ridiculous, an this A-Hole could lead to drink limits at the tables, Win or Lose! Get a grip on your alcohol consumption.

  • Ronnie R smith

    What really pulls my chain are these shows about cheaters. These so called lawmen talk about these thieves like they’re scum, all the while protecting the scummiest people on earth. Casinos are run by thieves. Period. Scum. How people can go into these joints and give away money is beyond comprehension. Every single one should be shut down.

    • David Michael

      Lost a lot at a casino, did you?

  • Michael Adnah

    Hey I think most of the country was drunk when they voted in Obama. Can we have a revote??

  • Stargazer

    Nobody twisted his arm to make him drink the free drinks! What a complete dolt! I would throw this case right out!

  • thomas

    This guy is 52 years old. He should know better. Drinking and gambling don’t mix. How he made it to that age without dying tragically (the Darwin Effect) is beyond me. Aside from the “he should know better” argument is, is he good for the $500,000? Now if the casino extended credit and ply him with booze then the casino is out the $500,000 (plus fines from the state in violation of the law) but only that money. This guy should still have to pay for his own attorney in this as a reminder that he was stupid, dumber than a box of rocks in all this. He should not profit from this in any way just as the casino shouldn’t.

  • David Michael

    My question is, do you know what you’re doing when you’re blackout drunk? I mean besides the obvious lowered decision making ability? Or, are you fully aware and just can’t remember it afterwards?

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    *I wanna put it all on 0*

    *Sir, you’re playing Blackjack*

  • skulldruggery

    so now all you dead beats can claim you were drunk when you welsh on a debt! i would not be surprised if leg breakers and collectors become en vouge again

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