Tarwinder Shokar is suing a casino in Canada after he lost $260,000 during two visits. The unlucky punter has stated he should have never been allowed to place bets in the first place. As the casino should have known about his compulsive gambling and alcohol addiction. Tarwinder had also been banned from other casinos for disruptive behaviour.
Shokar, who also has criminal fraud convictions, said:
- the casino over-served him alcohol
- encouraged his gambling while he was intoxicated,
- All this whilst he was banned from all Ontario casinos.
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), which regulates the province’s casinos and lottery, is also named in the lawsuit. Shokar is asking for his gambling losses and an additional $500,000 in punitive damages.
“Our position is he was a compulsive gambler and the casino and/or the OLG were either well-aware of his past background — or should have been,” said Iain MacKinnon, Shokar’s lawyer.
During his first visit on Oct. 17, 2013, Shokar arrived with a bank draft card loaded with thousands of dollars and was given special treatment, according to the civil lawsuit. Mr Shokar was treated to a steak dinner and checked into the casino hotel, although he opted to spend the night at home instead. Tarwinder Shokar lost $70,000 over several hours in the evening and morning, the lawsuit said.
The individual then lost $190,000 during another visit a few days later, before the afternoon was over. He said the casino footed the bill for hundreds of dollars in taxi rides to and from his home.
“They did everything they could for him to gamble as much as possible,” MacKinnon said.
The defendants are asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying Shokar has only himself to blame for his losses.
“Each time he made a wager, he chose the amount of money he wanted to wager in full knowledge of the risks associated with that wager,” defence lawyers said in a statement.
MacKinnon said he expects a trial to begin at the end of 2020 at the earliest.