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Barred loser sues casino

20 June 2007

USTRALIA -- As reported by the Australia News: "A 'pathological gambler' who lost more than $600,000 playing roulette at Star City casino after he begged management to keep him away now wants his money back.

"Behrouz Foroughi, 43, volunteered to go on an 'exclusion list" of problem gamblers to bar him from the gaming floor.

"Mr Foroughi's lawyer Greg Laughton SC told the Federal Court in Sydney the casino had failed in its duty of care after his client informed staff of his gambling problem.

"...Mr Foroughi agreed under cross-examination that he found gambling exciting and that he spent his winnings on dinner parties and sex with prostitutes.

"...It emerged that when the casino put Mr Foroughi on the exclusion list they also gave him an information pack with the numbers of counselling services for gambling addicts. However, Mr Foroughi had never accessed the services, the court heard.

"...A psychiatrist attributed Mr Foroughi's 'pathological gambling' addiction to his upbringing in war-torn Iran and to the gruesome murder of his brother, who was studying at university..."

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