Known fraudster sues Canada casino resort for letting him lose.
As an educated gambler, I’m well aware that when I go to the
casino, the odds are not in my favor. I know that there’s an
element of risk with ever wager I make. The larger the wagers I make,
the larger the risk involved. I also know that it doesn’t take a
genius to figure that out.
One Canadian casino goer would certainly seem to be lacking the intelligence gene. Not because he wagered a large amount of money, nor because he lost it all in just two days, but because he seems to think the province of Ontario is going to give it back to him. Let me explain…
Man Sues Canada Casino Resort for Letting him
According to FoxNews,
a Canadian man by the name of Tarwinder Shokar is suing
Ceasars Windsor for permitting him to gamble away hundreds of
thousands of dollars across two visits to the casino. All told, Mr.
Shokar lost $260,000; $70,000 on the first trip, and $190,000
a few days later.
When I first read the tag line for this story, I thought the lawsuit
might actually have some merit. After all, casinos are required to
step in when a patron is showing clear signs of problem gambling.
This wouldn’t be the first time a gambler has sued a casino for
allowing them to gamble away everything, and yes, such cases have
But then I kept reading, and it became clear that this guy has a
problem – but maybe not the problem he’s projecting to the
courts. Let’s take a look at the evidence.
#1 Tarwinder Shokar is a known fraudster.
This one got me right away. FoxNews reports that Mr. Shokar
apparently knows his way around a court room. He has sustained
multiple convictions for criminal fraud in the past. This
alone has to make you question whether this is just another attempt
at defrauding the innocent for personal gain.
#2 The timeline is sketchy.
According to court documents, Mr. Shokar’s extravagant losses
occurred more than six years ago. He claims his first visit to
Caesars Windsor began on October 17, 2013, and lasted well into the
next morning. He says he was comped all sorts of freebies, and even
offered a room at the hotel, but that he chose to return home after
sinking $70k into the casino. He then returned, via a comped taxi
ride, a few days later, losing another $190k.
First of all, why wait more than six years to file the lawsuit?
Secondly, how does he expect to prove his claims after so much time
Mr. Shokar’s case states that the casino should have been aware of
his gambling and alcohol addictions; that prior to October 2013, he
had been banned from multiple Ontario casinos due to disruptive
behavior. Instead of stopping him, Shokar claims the casino
intentionally over-served him alcoholic beverages, and encouraged him
to gamble more while grossly intoxicated.
Unless there’s video evidence, I don’t see that story holding up
6 years down the road. But wait, there’s more…
#3 Exploiting the Statue of Limitations.
The statute of limitations to file a lawsuit is in Ontario is just
two years. That means that Mr. Shokar would have to have filed
his lawsuit against Caesars Windsor no later than October of 2015 in
order for the courts to even consider his arguments. So how is it
he’s getting a moment in the legal spotlight? Because he isn’t
just suing the casino. He’s also suing the Ontario Lottery and
Gaming Corp (OLG).
In Ontario, there’s a little known clause found deep within the
fine print of the Statue of Limitations that applies an exception
to any lawsuit filed against a government agency. By
tossing the OLG into his lawsuit, he avoids the statute of
What does he expect to get out of this?
Mr. Shokar is suing the casino, and the OLG, for incompetence. The
lawsuit is seeking return of the alleged victim’s $260,000, plus an
additional $500,000 in damages.
Shokar’s attorney, Iain MacKinnon, clarified his client’s
“Our position is he was a compulsive gambler and the casino and/or the OLG were either well-aware of his past background — or should have been… They did everything they could for him to gamble as much as possible.”
The defense team maintains that Mr. Shokar “chose the amount of
money he wanted to wager in full knowledge of the risks associated
with that wager,” each time he placed a bet. Furthermore, the
Canada casino claims its staff had no knowledge of Mr. Shokar’s
alleged problems, or, “per long-standing company policy and
practice, we would have taken immediate and effective action to
MacKinnon is looking forward to the trial, which he anticipates will
begin sometime later this year. The majority of educated gamblers and
realists are expecting the case to be thrown out long before then.
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