Drunken Vegas Gambler Sues Casino For Allegedly Helping Him Lose $500,000!

March 7, 2014  |  

This is how we imagine Matthew Johnston, but this is not him. Shutterstock

Drunken SoCal native Matthew Johnston blows $500,000 in Las Vegas and is blaming the casino for his huge monetary loss! Now, before you dismiss this as another “I’m-suing-even-though-I’m-clearly-responsible-for-my-own-misfortune” case, Johnston might actually have a good argument here.

Apparently, according to CBS News, Nevada law mandates that bar employees should discontinue servicing visibly drunk patrons who want to gamble or chug down more alcohol. Johnston, 52, is suing the Downtown Grand for contravening that statute by loaning him money and giving him drinks.

The middle-aged gambler reveals that he was “blackout drunk” while playing Pai Gow and Blackjack at the downtown Las Vegas casino. “His legal team plans to rely on eyewitness testimony and surveillance video to prove that he was visibly intoxicated,” CBS adds.

The Downtown Grand, of course, isn’t going down without a fight. According to Johnston’s attorney, Sean Lyttle, the casino plans to hunt Johnston down for attempting to stiff them of their $500,000 — the Las Vegas high roller put a stop-payment order on the $500,000 in credits the casino issued him during his intoxicated night.

Johnston is also suing the casino for slander.

According to Johnston’s account, he went to Las Vegas the Thursday before Super Bowl weekend. On his way to the Downtown Grand, he drank in the limousine, at dinner with his friends, and finally blacked out at the casino. The Grand, according to the suit, “comped him dozens of drinks while he gambled away hundreds of thousands of dollars,” CBS adds.

After sleeping off his drunkenness, Johnston says he had no idea how much he lost until Saturday, February 1.

“It’s certainly an extraordinary case. This is not a story that I’ve ever heard before, where someone was blackout intoxicated where they couldn’t read their cards, and yet a casino continued to serve them drinks and issue them more markers,”  Lyttle said.

Johnston is a businessman who made his fortunes through his car dealership and real estate ventures.

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