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Crazy Gambling Story: Man Sues Las Vegas Casino For Taking Blackjack Winnings

Gambler Alleges Theft, False Imprisonment And Battery


A New Jersey man is suing the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas because he says the property took $3,600 in casino chips he won while playing blackjack. The casino allegedly believed he was card counting.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Thom-Matthew Kho claims theft because the casino allegedly didn’t contact state gaming regulators about the incident and chip confiscation.

Kho’s lawsuit says that he refused to give the casino his identification when asked and then he was handcuffed on the gaming floor in front of other patrons.

He then was taken to a private room, the lawsuit says.

“Plaintiff, while in the security office, was physically searched against his will, his wallet unconsensually removed from his pocket and rifled, his picture taken against his will […] a copy of his driver’s license taken against his will, and held in handcuffs against his will,” the lawsuit alleges.

Kho alleges minor injuries as a result of the incident. He says the incident resulted in the “destruction of his vacation to Las Vegas.” He wants more than $10,000 in damages.

Card counting is not an illegal practice, but casinos do have the right to restrict or bar a card counter from playing. Kho alleges that his money was taken solely because of card counting, however.

Tags: Las Vegas,   Nevada


3 years ago

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