Judge rules BetMGM has no legal obligation to stop compulsive gambling

A moral obligation is different from a legal obligation

A judge has dismissed a New York man's lawsuit against the Borgata and its parent company MGM Resorts International, saying Atlantic City casinos – and their online gambling sites – don't have to stop people from gambling, even if they engage in compulsive behavior .

In her ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Cox Arleo said that New Jersey law “comprehensively regulates the responsibilities of casinos with respect to compulsive gamblers, but is particularly silent on whether casinos or online gambling platforms are compulsive gamblers who confess to compulsive gambling behavior can be enticed to patronize their businesses.”

It's not that Arleo personally thinks it's okay for casinos to continue allowing compulsive gamblers to do this, but rather that state law doesn't make it illegal.

“The New Jersey legislature … has not yet seen fit to require casinos to prevent or stop gambling among those who exhibit problem gambling behavior,” the said Associated Press cites Arleo as author. “As a matter of law, (the) defendants do not owe a common law negligent duty of care to the plaintiffs.”

Over $29 million in nine months

Sam Antar's lawsuit against Borgata, MGM, BetMGM and Entain dates back to September 2022, when he claimed that BetMGM was aware of his gambling addiction and paid him to keep quiet about technical problems at BetMGM that caused him to constantly Games are separate from gambling addiction.

In the lawsuit, Antar said he gambled over $29 million at BetMGM over a nine-month period in 2019. While playing live blackjack games and online slots on the site, he claimed to have lost his connection every 15 minutes, often in his hands he would probably have won. He believes he lost hundreds of thousands of dollars due to the disruptions.

He contacted or attempted to contact many people at BetMGM up and down the food chain. Antar claims he was given $30,000 a month to keep him happy and not attract the attention of government regulators. During an email and text conversation with MGM on July 17, 2019, Antar was told that “other players don't get anywhere near what you get.”

Sam Antar also said he was addicted to gambling and MGM knew about it. He doesn't know exactly how much he lost in that nine-month period, but his lawyer Matthew Litt estimates it was “at least six figures.”

There were times, Antar said, that he played for at least 24 hours straight. During a 16-day period in January 2020, he bet more than $5 million.

Sam Antar is the nephew of Eddie Antar, the famous founder of the Crazy Eddie electronics retail chain and notorious for defrauding investors out of $74 million.

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