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


  • Tim

    Idiot is all thats learned in this story. Pay up cause if you won a million bucks drunk, you wouldnt be on this news site trying to give it back saying you were lucky punch drunk and want to give the money back.

  • kell

    You are a fool sir,you got drunk and messed up, now you want someone else to pay for your STUPID drunk mistake.


    Nevada law says its illegal to serve or take advantage of a obviosly drunk person therfore they should have escorted him out and not knowinly take his money.ur right he was a drunkn fool!

    • Tim

      And I am sue if they stopped this man in his drunken stupor from gambling or serving him drinks, he would have caused a major scene like a total jacka$$. So serves him right…he is a grown adult and should know how to handle himself outside his own home.


    Im not feeln sorry for the guy cuz hes probly a loaded millionare. The problem is they took his money knowingly that he didnt know what he was doing at the time.they have laws there that they dnt enforce so the casino is at fault too.

    • cosmosdad1

      thats exactly the problem with this country, always looking for someone else to blame for our actions, if you going gambling then dont get that drunk. they didnt pinch his nose and put a funnel in his mouth and pour the booze down. this is just as ridiculous as a restaurant getting sued over a drunk driver, lets go back to holding people accountable for their own actions. Choices and consequences, when people start havening to pay for their irresponsible actions, this country will have far fewer problems.

  • FaithC

    If the casino stopped him from gambling he would be suing them claiming he has a right to gamble.
    If you are going to do something stupid, then you have to live with the consequences. The only way you don’t realize you are gambling away money is if you are so drunk you are passed out. He knew he was gambling.

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