After losing thousands of dollars, a man is suing Caesars Windsor because the Ontario casino allegedly allowed him to gamble and lose.
The gambler, Tarwinder Shokar, is suing the casino for all his losses which comes to about $342,000 and $500,000 on top of that in punitive damages, according to the Windsor Star. He was banned from several gambling areas beforehand but now finds himself banned across all casinos in Ontario.
On October 17, 2013, Shokar arrived at Caesars Casino with a $55,000 bank draft and had the full luxury treatment.
With $25,000 in chips, he played roulette for about an hour, went to eat with an escort, then returned to the gaming floor, according to the Windsor Star.
He then withdrew another $25,000 and managed to lose it all.
Next, he took a taxi to his home in the Greater Toronto Area and back to the casino in the morning. He accumulated $800 in taxi fare, which the casino paid for, even though he had a room at the casino hotel.
During those two days, Shokar lost about $92,000, according to the Windsor Star.
Days later, he returned with a $100,000 bank draft, purchasing $50,000 in chips and then the rest about an hour later.
He then showed up with another two $75,000 bank drafts to add to his casino account and eventually lost $250,000 that day.
The civil lawsuit was filed back in 2013 but it was only until this year that the case reached the Superior Court of Justice in Windsor, according to the Windsor Star.
Apparently this isn't Shokar's first rodeo when it comes to gambling loses.
At one point, he tried to end his life by stepping in front of a truck after having gambled all his money, but failed and managed to get a big insurance payout with which he decided to gamble again.
Soon he headed to Caesars Windsor and managed to lose the $342,000 that he is now trying to gain back.
Iain MacKinnon, Shokar's lawyer, told the Windsor Star that their position is that his client is a compulsive gambler and the casino and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) should have known since he was banned from other Ontario casinos for disruptive behaviour.
In response, the OLG told Narcity in an email “As the matter is before the courts, it would be inappropriate for OLG to comment.”
According to the Windsor Star, Shokar also had a criminal record after being convicted for fraud.
The lawsuit accuses the casino of doing everything in their power to make the man gamble as much money as possible, said MacKinnon.
The Windsor Star says the defendants argue Shokar can only blame himself for gambling his money and losing it all.