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New Jersey gambler lost his money and his lawsuit

June 20, 2019 - 4:00 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  In the 1985 Albert Brooks movie “Lost in America,” a couple sold their possessions to live in an RV but at their first stop in Las Vegas, the wife proceeded to gamble away all their money.

The husband tried to convince the casino president just to give them their money back. 

The President politely declined, saying “Gambling. That’s why people come here, to gamble. The casino is our main means of income. If we give everybody their money back, we can’t pay our bills.”

Sounds obvious, but a New Jersey gambler tried to make a similar argument with Harrah’s casino, at which he’d lost a $160,000 on a line of credit they’d extended him.

He argued to Harrah’s and later all the way to the New Jersey appeals court that Harrah’s was under a duty not to extend credit to him because they knew of his compulsion. 

Sadly, for both Al brooks and the New Jersey gambler, the court decided it was not the casino’s job to protect his nest egg from himself.