Las Vegas Sun

July 18, 2019

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Court rules Wynn can go after $800,000 gambling marker

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Court of Appeals has ruled in a split decision that the Wynn Las Vegas can go after an unpaid $800,000 gambling marker from an Italian lawyer who lost to the casino in September 2011.

Cristiano Augusto Tofani has argued he was drunk and suffered from a gambling addiction when he lost the money.

Efforts to collect on a marker were unsuccessful, and Wynn filed suit.

A jury awarded the Las Vegas casino $450,000 for breach of contract and $455,607 for costs, attorney fees and interest.

Both Wynn and Tofani appealed. Wynn wanted repayment of the entire marker.

Judge Jerome Tao said the marker constituted a valid contract. “There is simply no scenario in which Tofani just gets to keep the money he borrowed and convert it to his own use without paying back a single dollar,” Tao wrote.

Tao also rejected an argument that Tofani paid back the money by losing it all at the casino. “Gambling isn’t paying money back; gambling is spending the money,” he said.