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Banned Gambler is Trying to Sue Borgata Casino Over Loss of Earnings


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04 Aug

A semi-professional poker player is taking Borgata Casino to court over lost earnings after being banned over a quip about jumping from his window whilst checking in. Scott Robbins was barred from the Atlantic City property in 2019 and is now claiming $850,000 in lost profits over 10 years, plus damages.


Inappropriate Joke

Scott Robbins’ version of events details a brief conversation that qualifies as banter, even if many would think it inappropriate. According to the Massachusetts resident, he asked if a low or high room would be better in the event that he had to jump out of the window in an emergency. The clerk, clearly perturbed, responded not to do that. Robbins, now thinking he was being funny, continued the joke by talking about his survival chances.

After checking in and going up to his room Robbins thought nothing more about the exchange until a short while later when an armed security team arrived to escort him from the premises, telling him not to bother coming back until he had been seen by a psychiatrist.

Bizarrely, Robbins decided to comply, and even travelled in an ambulance phoned by the Borgata reception that stung him for $1,157. The psychiatrist signed him off as safe to return and play poker (another $865), and back he went.

Upon arriving back at the casino, Robbins was informed he was banned for life and wouldn’t be able to play in the $3,500 buy-in tournament he had a ticket for. Talk about having a bad day!

Robbins argues that what constitutes off-the-cuff remarks should never have led to such an over-reaction. It was also noted that the windows in the Borgata Hotel are several inches thick and impossible to break through by a patron.


Exaggeration

Scott Robbin is claiming Borgata owes him $850,000 for lost earnings over the 10-year period since the ban, which definitely looks like an exaggeration given that he only has $417,325 in lifetime cashes according to HendonMob.

He also thinks that he’s due $200,000 from lost sponsorship deals, plus another $200,000 in damages. It’s difficult to know where reality begins and ends in the US legal system.

This whole story came to light in June when Borgata successfully applied to have the case heard in federal court. We await the outcome of the next hearing.

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