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Gambler sues casino: High roller claims $500,000 loss while drunk

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Gambler sues casino for losing $500,000. Mark Johnston, 52, claims that he lost the money while he was drunk at a Las Vegas, Nevada casino. According to CBS News on Mar. 6, the Southern California businessman is suing the Downtown Grand for serving him while visibly drunk and loaning him the money.

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

Johnston, the gambler who sued the casino, was playing the blackjack and pai gow tables on Super Bowl weekend, one of the busiest of the year. The Grand is pursuing the gambler for his debt markers plus damages. His legal team plans on using both surveillance video and eyewitness testimony on Johnston’s behalf.

This could be the first time a gambler sues casino under these circumstances. Johnston's attorney, Sean Lyttle, said, "It's certainly an extraordinary case. This is not a story that I've ever heard before."

Johnston is a wealthy businessman who made his money from a car dealership and real estate. He was reportedly drinking in his limo from the airport and at dinner before arriving at the Grand. He claims that he blacked out sometime after dinner when the casino forced even more alcoholic drinks upon him.

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