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Australian gambler sues casino over binge

5 November 2008

MELBOURNE, Australia -- As reported by Reuters: "An Australian gambler who lost millions in a A$1.4 billion ($909 million) gaming spree is suing one of the country's largest casinos, claiming he was targeted by managers despite a known gambling addiction.

"In a case which lawyers say could have implications stretching to China, gambling addict Harry Kakavas is suing Crown Casino in Melbourne for A$50 million damages after a mammoth 14-month baccarat binge in which he lost A$37 million.

"At the time in 2007, property developer Kakavas had been barred from every casino in Australia.

"But the Supreme Court in Victoria state was told that Crown's management did not 'give a monkey's' about a prohibition in place since 2004, the Age newspaper said..."

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