BBC News reports that a California man is suing a Las Vegas casino after he lost $500,000 gambling while he says he was clearly intoxicated. His lawyer says his client was “blackout” drunk.
From the article:
“…[the man says the casino] served him 20 alcoholic beverages during his [17 hour] gambling session, on top of about 10 drinks he had consumed before even arriving at the casino.”
Three Questions That Arise From This Story
1. Isn’t having 10 drinks before going into a casino also kind of gambling? If so, shouldn’t a man in such a situation be suing himself for allowing himself to gamble with his health and also gamble that he won’t do something very regrettable?
2. If someone was “blackout” drunk, how did they remember they had 30 drinks? As many people lose track after several beers, it seems anyone who could keep track of this was very good at counting, and perhaps would have fared better counting cards than counting drinks. In fairness, maybe the man gained this information from security footage, in which case he may be lucky that evidence exists that a casino served him enough drinks to run for Mayor of Toronto. And if the footage makes the news, it may relieve the Mayor of Toronto of some of his drunkest-person-on-YouTube duties!
3. Dear readers: if you are considering bringing $500,000 in cash or credit to Vegas, you are familiar with the overused slogan “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” right? Because based on probabilities that’s where the briefcase full of money you bring will stay, too.