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Gambler and Casino Locked in Legal Battle
Aspinall’s Club is suing a patron, who refused to pay a debt after losing a ton of cash in double-chance baccarat. Lester Hui, the gambler in question, is claiming that the casino plied him with alcohol, which led him to lose 600,000 pounds. On the basis of said claim, Mr. Hui is refusing to pay his debt.
The Case in Question
The private gambling club, Aspinall, revealed they are suing one of their patrons for refusal to pay his debts. Lester Hui claims that the staff continuously plied him with alcohol, to the point where he could no longer make the right decision. According to Mr. Hui’s testimony, the casino kept serving him glasses of Moutai, a Chinese hard liquor, that many know as firewater. Despite noticing that their patron was too drunk, they kept serving him the drinks.
According to Hui, “the staff deliberately failed to intervene.” They could tell the man was too drunk to make correct decisions and did nothing to prevent him from gambling. In fact, they let him keep on playing, and continued to ply him with alcohol, for which he was visibly drunk. The event took place seven years ago, in February 2016. Ever since Lester Hui has absolutely refused to pay his debt.
Lester Hui’s lawyers claim that the club and casino failed to live up to the social obligation that every gambling establishment has. The gambling license issued to the club demands that they prevent gamblers from recklessly spending their cash.
Of course, every story has two sides. The Aspinall Club is claiming that Lester Hui was, in fact, in his right mind, and sober enough to make decisions for himself. In fact, according to the casino, Lester Hui even drove himself home that night, which serves as evidence that he was sober. They demand Mr. Hui pay his debts. Aspinall’s lawyer, Alexander Robson publically called Hui’s defense “implausible”, and insisted his clients did not fail to uphold their social responsibility.
Of course, gambling establishments have a social responsibility to uphold. If Lester Hui’s story is indeed correct, then the Aspinall Club should be punished, and the man’s debts washed clean. However, The Aspinall’s Club’s claims seem to hold up water. And if Mr. Hui was indeed sober enough to drive himself home, then his claims of being “too drunk” fall flat. Who is in the right, we can’t say. Both sides present a valid defense, and the case continues to be argued, having reached the High Court.