Highstakes Gambler sues London casino for over £3.9m
A Malaysian businessman who lost £3.9m ($5.25m) in 72-hour gambling spree in an East London casino sue them to get his money backclaiming that they should have cut his credit.
62 years old Han Joeh Lima well-known businessman £40 millionwas playing high stakes baccarat to Crown London Aspinalls Casino in the exclusive area of Mayfair in London.
After losing a first £600,000 in checks play the game made famous by james bond in various films, then Phil Ivey in real life, the Malaysian tycoon has moved on to a £2 million line of credit offered by the casino.
The gruesome 3-day race, during which Mr Lim took almost no breaks, was held at 2015with Aspinalls is suing Mr Lim for recovering the money in 2018 – a case they won. Lim was fined £100,000 for contempt of court when he failed to comply with the disclosure of his worldwide holdings.
Now, Mr. Lim claims that the casino owed a duty of care to them and that they breached the Gambling Act 2005which obliges gaming establishments to protect vulnerable people.
“Aspinalls granted the claimant an additional £2 million line of credit, which he also lost. The claimant went on a losing streak and was visibly desperate and panicked,” claims Mr Lim’s lawsuit against the casino. continues: “However, Aspinalls took advantage of plaintiff’s distressed attempts to recoup the losses by awarding additional funds and more time to play.”
Aspinalls is said to be “defending this case and asking that the claim be struck out”, adding:
“As the matter is currently being considered by the court, we await its decision and will not comment further.”
Lawsuits by players against casinos, and vice versa, are far from uncommonand most famous of all saw poker legend Phil Ivey suffer a double whammy in the US and UK.
Phil Ivey and the Edge Sorting Scandal
Ivey’s infamous edge-sorting saga saw him win nearly $10 million to Borgata in Atlantic Cityand £7.8 million at Crockfords Casino Londonin 2012.
Although the Borgata paid in full, Crockfords only returned Ivey’s £1m stake after discovering him and his colleague, Cheung Yin ‘Kelly’ Sunhad used a edge sorting technique.
Ivey continued Crockfords for his earnings, while the Borgata sued Iveyand it took years of court battles before Ivey finally ran out of legal options, having lost several cases on both sides of the Atlantic.
Ivey and Sun were marked as “cheaters” in the UK and Ivey’s wealth was hunted in the US, with the feds confiscating his 2019 WSOP winnings.
In July 2020, it was reported that the Borgata and Ivey had reached a regulationAlthough the details were not disclosed.
Loose Leon and the $3 Million Drunk Poker Loss
Another high profile poker case saw the owner of Kings Casino, Leon “Loose Leon” Tsoukernikand Aussie Matt Kirk mingled with legal wrangling after late night drunken one-on-one match at the Aria saw Tsoukernik lose $3 million.
With Kirk pursuing for the $2 million he said was $3 million debt outstandingTsoukernik counter attackclaiming:
“I have been exploited and I can no longer be silent.”
The owner of King’s Casino alleged that the Aria made him drink on purpose and refused to allow his friends to help him leave the Ivey room.
The case was finally settled amicably and the pair were later seen playing multi-million dollar cash games in Rozvadov and Montreal, Tsoukernik take Kirk for $3.5 million in a massive PLO game.
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