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Gambler sues Crown Casino

6 March 2007

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australia Age: "A Gold Coast property developer who excluded himself from Crown Casino is suing the gaming venue for the $30 million he lost in little over a year, amid claims they lured him back with cash and other inducements.

"According to Harry Kakavas, the conduct of Crown was 'high-handed', 'in flagrant disregard of the law of the state of Victoria' and designed to cause him to lose 'substantial amounts of money'.

"…Born in Melbourne, Mr Kakavas moved to Queensland and in September 2004 sold his house for a state-record of $18 million. He was one of three men charged over an alleged armed robbery in Melbourne in 1999. One of the other men charged was soccer star Con Boutsianis. The charges against all three were dismissed.

"After being granted an exclusion order in 1995, prohibiting him from entering the casino, it is alleged that Crown's chief operating officer, John Williams, 'devised a scheme' to induce Mr Kakavas to recommence gambling in late 2004…"

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