In this day and age, lawsuits are pretty commonplace. Lately, however, it seems like there have been quite a few lawsuits against casinos. The latest example is that of millionaire Henry Kakavas who attempted to sue the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia for taking advantage of him.
Kakavas tried to make a case from a very interesting angle. After losing a whopping sum of $35 million dollars on Baccarat over a period of 18 months, he was diagnosed as having a pathological gaming problem (Hmm…What was the first clue?). Kakavas then wanted to make an example out of Crown Casino by filing a lawsuit against them claiming that they knew he had a problem, and they took advantage of him.
The claim is based on the fact that, even after it was established that Kakavas had a gambling problem, the Crown Casino would send him private planes and tried to spoil him with countless cash gifts. Kakavas could not resist the temptation and kept going back.
Justice David Harper made the decision that produced the outcome of the case. Despite his intentions, Kakavas was the party of whom an example was made. Harper dictated that, though the Crown was careless in its actions, Kakavas is liable to pay an outstanding $1 million dollar debt which he still owes.
Gambling is a very popular pastime in Australia. Estimates indicate that Australians spend more money in a week on gambling than they do on petrol. In complete compliance with Australian gambling laws, the Crown Casino was able to draw much more than the average petrol bill out of Mr. Kakavas.
Internet gambling in Australia is also very popular but, to date, such cases have not been brought to light indicating that online gambling may be much safer on the punters behalf. Though there are many online gambling sites in Australia that Kakavas could have visited, none of them would have sent him a plane to entice him.
According to court decisions, Crown Casino was in compliance with Australian gambling law when Henry Kakavas lost $35 million in less than 2 years.
By john Mayre