New Jersey Gambler Sues Caesars Entertainment Corporation
James Miller, a New Jersey local and professional gambler, has filed 2 lawsuits – one in Clark County against the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas and the other with the New Jersey Superior Court against the Caesars Entertainment Corporation – after he made claims that the Las Vegas casino detained him illegally and confiscated (stole) nearly $5000 in chips after they caught him counting cards.
During a phone interview with a journalist from the Las Vegas Review, Miller said that, “the casinos in general have this negative stigma,” and that “they dislike professional advantage players.” He has gone on to say that card counters are not cheaters as the technique is merely a “playing strategy” and that casinos treat them as cheaters.
When Caesars was contacted for a comment on the matter, the company’s spokesperson, Gary Thompson, said that the company does not comment on pending litigation.
While Miller is being represented by Las Vegas attorney Gary Thompson for the lawsuit against the Planet Hollywood Resort, he has chosen to represent himself in the New Jersey case against the Caesars Corp.
According to Miller, he was first detained in May of 2013 at Caesars in Atlantic City, but was acquitted of disorderly conduct a year later. He claims that the details of the incident, as well as his details, throughout the Caesars Entertainment company.
Details released about the Nevada lawsuit indicate that Miller was counting cards at a Planet Hollywood Blackjack table in June 2013 when he noticed he was being monitored by casino security and as such, decided to leave. When he attempted to cash out his chips, a sum of $4975, Miller claims personnel took the chips and requested identification, which he refused to provide. When the casino’s staff refused to cash out the chips, he attempted to call the Nevada Gaming Control Board, however he was unable to make the call as he lacked cell signal in that part of the casino.
According to the lawsuit, Planet Hollywood personnel had an obligation to contact the Gaming Control Board themselves, but failed to do so. Instead, Miller was again asked for identification, this time by security personnel and after he refused, he was told to leave the casino or face charges of trespassing. As Miller was about to leave the casino, he paused to take a photo of the chips with his phone. When he took the photo, he was then “grabbed and handcuffed by Planet Hollywood personnel,” according to the lawsuit.
After he had been detained, the casino called Las Vegas police who then opened a criminal case against Miller, however that case ended favorably for Miller but he has yet to receive the money he won at the casino.
Among the claims made in the lawsuit filed in New Jersey are: theft, false imprisonment, defamation, battery and malicious prosecution. According to the document filed with the court, Miller suffered cuts and bruises during his detainment in the casino.
“In these particular cases, the stuff they did really hurt me,” Miller said to the Las Vegas Review-Journal during his telephone interview.
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