Posted - 09/20/2009 : 02:55:02 AM
| Gambler wants casino to return his losses
Detroit -- Italo Mario Parise has sworn off gambling for good.
The 61-year-old professional engineer indulged his appetite for cards, slots and game tables at MotorCity Casino in Detroit for a decade, losing $673,854 of his own money.
Looking back, Parise says he believes he was brainwashed by the casino to keep coming back to gamble more.
And now that he says his head is clear, Parise -- who says he hasn't set foot in a gambling hall since March -- wants his money back from the casino he blames for his losses.
In what appears to be the first lawsuit of its kind in Michigan, Parise is suing MotorCity Casino to recover his money, claiming the gambling house had a duty -- under an obscure Michigan law -- to stop him when he was down.
The statute -- called "gaming: action by loser" -- has been on the books since 1961 and remained there after the passage of Proposal E, which established non-Indian casinos in Michigan in 1996.
Jennifer Chambers / The Detroit News
Sunday, September 20, 2009
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