Gambler Runs Out Of Luck
Los Angeles attorney and gambler Ernest Joseph Franceschi Jr. has sued MGM MIRAGE, accusing casino officials of ejecting him about a year ago after he won thousands of dollars at the company’s New York-New York casino playing blackjack.
He sued MGM and its casinos in Los Angeles Superior Court for invasion of privacy, defamation and allegedly violating California’s unfair business practices laws.
The complaint says casino officials photographed Franceschi while he played high-stakes blackjack and circulated the photo to other Las Vegas casinos after he left the table with his winnings. When he returned later to resume playing, casino officials escorted him out of the property and said he was barred for life from MGM MIRAGE casinos, the suit said.
Franseschi, who describes himself in the lawsuit as a “better than average blackjack player,” said he was ejected from three other Vegas casinos on the same day within minutes of sitting down at the blackjack tables.
Franceschi is requesting $74,000 in damages and is asking a judge to require the company to include a disclaimer in its California advertising warning gamblers that they can be barred for winning.
An MGM spokesman said, “This lawsuit has no merit and we are confident we will prevail.”
Source: Las Vegas Sun, “Attorney sues Las Vegas casino over ejection” March 3, 2004.