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Kakavas Files Case Against Crown Casino for Gaming Losses

On May 20th, 2009, a compulsive Australian baccarat gambler banned from the casino facilities in Sydney blew a total of $2 million ($1.5 million) on the card tables in an adjacent state in just forty three minutes. Property developer Harry Kakavas is suing Melbourne's Crown Casino in the Supreme Court of Victoria for aiding his pathological gaming despite knowing he had a chronic gaming addiction.

42 year old Kakavas was barred by the Sydney police from playing at the local Star City Casino facility and he claims that the order should have been followed all over the country. Kakavas' lawyers stated that Crown Casino intentionally offered to fly their client to Melbourne on fourteen different occasions and handed him gift boxes of $50,000 in "lucky cash" on the private plane to induce him to play.

During a period of sixteen months in 2005 and 2006, Kakavas allegedly turned over a total of $1.5 billion and was permitted to wager $300,000 in a single card hand. He lost a total of $30 million and is suing Crown Casino officials for about $20.5 million.

Crown Casino's lawyer Neil Young stated that Kakavas was eventually blocked from playing at the casino in August 2006 after losing $2 million at baccarat in just a span of 43 minutes. But he dismissed claimed that Crown Casino officials deliberately tried to take advantage of Mr. Kakavas.

If Crown Casino is found to have violated the Casino Control Act by permitting Kakavas to play, it could also be liable to pay a total of $700 million in illegally paid winning to the Victoria government.


Thursday, June 04, 2009
John Palmer

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