Lengthy court hearings are a classic procedure in the casino world. Another case between Asian businessman Lester Hui and Britain’s Crown London Aspinalls casino concluded last week.
This happened in 2016 and is described in detail on Poker.co.uk. Lester is a regular visitor to Crown Casino where he has a line of credit.
One night he lost £589,724 (approximately $718,000) at baccarat and refused to pay the bill, saying the casino regularly offered him hard liquor to force him to continue gambling.
Leicester’s lawyers argued that casinos had a “social responsibility” to protect their patrons but they ignored that obligation.
After that proved unsuccessful, Xu decided to pay and wrote a check. When he tried to redeem, he was rejected because there wasn’t enough money in the account. The evidence was provided by lawyers for Crown Casino, who launched a counterclaim against the high rollers. They also disputed the fact that Leicester claimed a reduction in losses on that unfortunate night.
Xu’s machines played a key role in commercial disputes. After leaving three-quarters of a million at the baccarat table, Lester jumped in his Bentley and drove nearly 20 miles home. According to casino officials, this proved their customer was not as drunk as he claimed.
Ultimately, the presiding judge ruled that Mr Xu had exaggerated the extent of his drinking and that Aspinalls staff had no reason to believe that he was therefore too drunk to continue playing. So Leicester should pay his bills for seven years.
As so often happens in cases like this, winning in court is only half the battle. Now he has to get the money, which could take another seven years.