A California man who willingly labeled himself a drunk has sued the Downtown Casino in Las Vegas because he lost £300,000 while smashed out of his mind after guzzling quarts of booze.
Mark Johnston, 52, claims the casino broke Nevada laws by continuing to ply him with liquor and loaning him money to gamble despite the fact that he was incapacitated by the rivers of hard liquor flowing through Sin City.
Johnston, an experienced gambling man, freely admitted that he engaged in a challenging drinking bout before he made his grand entrance onto the casino floor.
Johnston began his weekend binge before he entered the plane at the Burbank airport on 30 January by chugging down two to four drinks at the lounge. He slugged down more booze on the one-hour flight. On arrival in Las Vegas, the limo driver ambushed Johnston with additional drinks. From here, the numbers get hazy. He allegedly entered a restaurant where the sneaky staff managed to pour great volumes of spirits into the staggering, incoherent Johnston. Then it was off to lose enough cash to pay Zambia’s national debt.
If nobody is keeping a tally, the number of drinks is in excess of seven and maybe more.
Apparently, the nearly comatose Johnston entered the gambling floor and started betting on pai gow and blackjack. During the 17-hour boozy soirée, the waitresses and bartenders were able to splash most of 20 or more drinks down the unsuspecting though eager gulping gullet of Johnston.
In the lawsuit, Johnston claimed that he was so smashed that he couldn’t read the cards,
and his chips floated off the table for a roll on the floor.
Nevada law forbids gambling houses from serving obviously tippy patrons. Johnston’s attorney, Sean Lyttle, said that a pit boss should have at least told his client to go to his room and change his tyres.
Johnston awoke the next morning where he found his pocketbook $500,000 lighter. He complained that the casino’s drunk babysitting service was insufficient and at fault. What if I had choked and died, Johnston said rhetorically.