Canada is home to a large and profitable casino industry. Most of the country’s provinces allow gambling establishments to operate. This week, a popular Canadian casino is being sued for allowing a man to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It’s a surprising thing to see. Casinos aren’t often challenged for allowing their patrons to lose. Today, we’re going to look at why exactly this is happening.
Let’s get into it!
Canada’s Laws on Casino Gambling, Explained
As we’ve just mentioned, Canada has a large casino market. Much like the United States, Canada allows its provinces to set most of their own laws on gambling. Of course, the federal government has the ability to set broad laws that affect each province.
Today, most provinces allow casino gambling. This is especially true with the major provinces, including British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario. Some of the northern provinces simply don’t have specific laws on different forms of gambling.
In Ontario, both land-based and online casino games are perfectly legal. The government has firm control over which companies can offer gambling options. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is responsible for ensuring that these companies are doing everything above-board.
There are a huge number of casinos in Ontario right now. Some are small and offer just a few forms of wagering. Others are massive and provide slots, table games, and poker gambling.
Gambling is hugely popular in this territory. Unfortunately, not all locals enjoy the relaxed gaming regulations in the province. This week, a Canadian casino is being sued for allowing a man here to lose too much money.
A Canadian Casino is Being Sued By Compulsive Gambler
It’s common for individuals to lose money gambling inside casinos. Sometimes, these losses can be significant. Losing hundreds of thousands of dollars inside one of these venues, however, it a little extreme. That’s exactly what’s happened with one Ontario native, according to Fox News.
One man claims that he lost $260,000 while playing inside Caesars Windsor. He’s claiming that the money was lost during just two visits to the popular gambling establishment. Now, this Canadian casino is being sued for allowing it to happen.
The man, named Tarwinder Shokar, believes that the casino should have been aware of his issues. He claims that it’s the casino’s responsibility to protect patrons from themselves. Obviously, many are quickly dismissing his lawsuit.
It’s important to note that Mr. Shokar has criminal fraud convictions to his name. He’s asking for $500,000 from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. Defense lawyers for the government body responded to the lawsuit in a statement to the media this week.
“Each time he made a wager, he chose the amount of money he wanted to wager in full knowledge of the risks associated with that wager,” they said.
The trial is unlikely to begin by the end of 2020 at the earliest. We’ll need to wait and see how it plays out.