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Gambler sues, says he lost $500,000 playing drunk

By Hannah Dreier

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:39 a.m. HST, Mar 05, 2014

LAS VEGAS >> Nevada gamblers lost nearly $20 million on Super Bowl bets last month. But one man, who was playing table games while others were focused on the football championship, is trying to get back $500,000 he lost at a Las Vegas casino that weekend.

Southern California retiree Mark Johnston is suing the Downtown Grand for loaning him money and allowing him to play while he was blackout drunk.

Nevada law bars casinos from allowing visibly drunk patrons to gamble and from serving them comped drinks.

Johnston's attorney Sean Lyttle says the Grand, which opened late last year, is countersuing Johnston for trying to shirk his gambling debts. The Grand did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The state Gaming Control Board is investigating.

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CriticalReader wrote:
He should sue his parents for support. It's their fault.
on March 5,2014 | 09:41AM
eoe wrote:
I lost $5 once playing drunk.
on March 5,2014 | 09:47AM
lwandcah wrote:
If this clown has any family, they should be suing him for being and idiot.
on March 5,2014 | 10:40AM
juscasting wrote:
New plot for "Hang Over 4"
on March 5,2014 | 10:50AM
primowarrior wrote:
Seems like the gambler was partly at fault for drinking while gambling; the casino was partly at fault for allowing him to continue while visibly drunk. Perhaps a compromise deal would be appropriate?
on March 5,2014 | 11:23AM
copperwire9 wrote:
Abstaining from gambling would be a good approach.
on March 5,2014 | 11:37AM
HOSSANA wrote:
This guy is a WEASEL claiming he was drunk such that he is trying to weasle out of paying his gambling debt. What a PUNK!!! There is no way he should be let off of his gambling debts. No way!!
on March 5,2014 | 11:30AM
cojef wrote:
Agree, a bet is bet. Suppose he won $500,000,???? Would he have return the money. I say tough sh-t.
on March 5,2014 | 12:03PM
nigelUV001 wrote:
I agree, he is a true weasel!!! There should be no way he gets his money back. I would not go to any casino that gives money back to losers and cheats.
on March 5,2014 | 01:04PM
Readitnow wrote:
What?!! I didn't know you could gamble in Las Vegas!
on March 5,2014 | 12:55PM
808ikea wrote:
He must be pretty well off for the casino to extend him $500K in credit. The casinos do not just give out that size of credit without doing background checks on their big players. Bottom line is this guy is an established player that fully knew what he was getting himself into.
on March 5,2014 | 01:30PM
HOSSANA wrote:
I wouldn't be surprised, nope, not one bit, if this weasel absconded or used company funds for his selfish purposes and now is trying to get the monies back before he is exposed as a thief. Oh, well, you never know.......you read about this all the time......
on March 5,2014 | 06:29PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Boo hoo
on March 5,2014 | 01:45PM
eastside808 wrote:
So, the casinos should sue gamblers who have won while visibly drunk.
on March 5,2014 | 02:26PM
SueH wrote:
I wonder if he WON $500,000 would he give it back, claiming he won it while drunk??
on March 5,2014 | 03:22PM
LKK56 wrote:
on March 5,2014 | 03:52PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Mark Johnston's defense is "Drunk no count".
on March 5,2014 | 06:17PM
Barefootie wrote:
Dude, no one told you to get drunk and gamble your money away! It was your choice and you made it, blaming the Casino for taking your money is just BS; you could have walked away at any time, sober or drunk! Then adding insult to injury, you went and borrowed money from the Casino to continue gambling and losing, what you borrowed, like a fool and his money, it was soon parted!
on March 5,2014 | 07:36PM
control wrote:
Good one, blame the casino. Just like suing your parents for your HS and college education after getting kicked out of the house. What did Forest say...stupid is as.....
on March 6,2014 | 07:51AM
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