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Blackjack Dealer Suing Casino Over Trauma

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

A 32-year-old Australian woman is suing her former employer, Casino Canberra, for negligence. According to the lawsuit, their negligence has caused her to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as the result of an incident with a customer.

The woman, who has not been identified, says that an altercation has left her “shattered” and suicidal. She now suffers from night terrors, where she dreams about someone entering her bedroom and attacking her with a knife.

According to the woman, it all started with an incident that took place in March 2008. On that day, the woman was working as a blackjack dealer when a man grabbed a handful of $100 chips. He then immediately fled the scene and escaped, with no security close enough to stop him.

Prior to employment with the casino, the woman had been diagnosed with depressive bipolar disorder. According to the woman, the robbery incident caused her to develop acute anxiety disorder. She said that she had needed further treatment to ensure that she did not develop post-traumatic stress syndrome.

According to her, though, they instead put her back to work in June 2008. The casino showed evidence that a doctor had deemed her fit to return to work. In June, she went to work inspecting the Pai Gow tables. Then on one day she was inspecting a pit that contained poker tables, pontoon and blackjack. There was an intoxicated man at the pontoon table who became aggressive. The woman asked him not to swear at her, at which point he allegedly threatened her. The man was then escorted from the casino.

According to the woman, the incident, so soon after the robbery, caused her to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Two days after the incident, she was treated for the disorder. The woman says that her night terrors and suicidal thoughts are the result of the casino’s negligence. Under cross-examination, though, she admitted to recreationally using ecstasy, speed and marijuana. The defense alleges that her condition is related to illicit drug use, as evidenced by previous hospital records. The court case is continuing today.

California casino sues over video of brawl

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

A California casino is suing an unknown individual over video footage that they allege was illegally obtained, illegally published and detrimental to their business. Lucky Chances Casino, located in the Bay area, filed a lawsuit over two videos that have appeared on YouTube.

The two videos, titled “Casino Fight 555” and “Casino Fight 333,” show physical altercations taking place on the casino floor while customers are playing blackjack. Initially it was believed that the videos were taken with a camera phone. However, given the birds-eye view and the time and date stamp, it is now believed that the video was recorded from the casino’s closed-circuit security camera feeds.

Publishing a video taken inside private business without the consent of the business is illegal, as is stealing security footage. By releasing the footage without Lucky Chances Casino’s consent, the unknown individual has already broken the law. In addition, the casino says that the videos have been bad for their business because they portray the casino as a dangerous place. With that in mind, the individual could be sued for the loss of revenue resulting from the videos as well as possibly defamation.

At this point, it seems that the casino does not know who they are suing. The uploader of the YouTube videos is identified on the website as only “rick5x5.” It is likely that the court will subpoena YouTube to obtain the name of the poster and the person’s actual name will be put on the lawsuit.

All of this is interesting, but it also brings up another advantage of playing blackjack online. If you play at an online casino, you don’t have to worry about any violence on the casino floor. It’s true that violence is rare and when it happens, it’s usually the security taking care of a player who needs to be subdued. Even so, you can avoid any possibility by playing at home. You also don’t have to worry about being on videotape and then released on YouTube if you play from home.