Gambler sues casino after losing $500,000 while he was drunk

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LAS VEGAS — A businessman who lost $500,000 on table games at a casino on Super Bowl weekend is suing the casino claiming he shouldn’t have to pay because he was “blackout drunk,” according to KSNV.

Mark Johnston, 52, of southern California, is suing the Downtown Grand for loaning him money and serving him drinks when he was “visibly intoxicated.”

Nevada law makes it illegal for casinos to allow obviously drunk patrons to gamble.

Johnston’s attorney said the casino intends to pursue Johnston for trying to avoid his gambling debts.

Johnston put a stop-payment order on the casino credits and is seeking damages from the casino for damaging his name.

The Grand issued a statement saying it does not comment on pending litigation.

Johnston told KSNV while he doesn’t expect sympathy from others, he still feels wronged.

“I feel like they picked my pockets,” he said. “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,” Johnston said.

The Downtown Grand told KSNV it does not comment on pending litigation.

Read more: KSNV

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