Monday, September 1, 2014
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Guy says he was 'too drunk for blackjack,' sues casino over $500K

We've all been there. The free booze is flowing and the dealer's doing magic math to land on 21 every, single damn time. So, you stumble back to the ATM and swallow the $Billion.99 surcharge just to drunkenly squander $200 more than the limit you had originally set for yourself. It happens. Atlantic City really should be further away. Or they should breathalyze you at the table to save you from yourself.

Guy says he was 'too drunk for blackjack,' sues casino over $500K

A dealer hands out cards at the blackjack table.( Michael S. Wirtz / Staff Photographer ).
A dealer hands out cards at the blackjack table.( Michael S. Wirtz / Staff Photographer ).

We've all been there. The free booze is flowing and the dealer's doing magic math to land on 21 every, single damn time. So, you stumble back to the ATM and swallow the $Billion.99 surcharge just to drunkenly squander $200 more than the limit you had originally set for yourself. It happens. Atlantic City really should be further away. Or they should breathalyze you at the table to save you from yourself.

One man isn't taking his losses sitting down, though. A 52-year-old man is suing a Vegas casino over $500,000 he lost while playing pai gow and blackjack.

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 last November in the old part of Sin City, is countersuing Johnston for trying to shirk his gambling debts. Johnston put a stop-payment order on the markers, or casino credits, the Grand issued, and is also seeking damages from the Grand for sullying his name.

Johnston says he was thoroughly drunk during the hours he spent playing pai gow and blackjack at the Grand.

Oof. This is the part when you're supposed to slap anyone who feels the need to make a Hangover joke. [Review Journal]

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