A casino in Las Vegas went for legal action against a player from the US National Hockey League. The player in question is Evander Kane and the casino is claiming that he has a massive debt. The same debt is over $500,000 in gambling markers that Kane has not paid as of yet.
The facility in question is the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It filed a civil suit against Kane, a forward at the San Jose Sharks. They are going for the full repayment of the half a million in gambling markers. The casino issued these to the player in April 2019.
Besides this sum, the casino is also looking to get another $15,000 in legal fees, interests and additional costs. The story came from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In it, the casino claims that it issues eight markers. Each was worth between $20,000 and $100,000 on April 15. During that time, his team was in Vegas to play against Golden Knights.
Silence on the Other Side
So far, both the Sharks’ management and Kane himself failed to provide any comment on the lawsuit. Kane is a Canadian citizen and he signed a deal worth almost $50 million with the Sharks in 2018. The media is speculating that the markers and the additional fees should be no financial problem for him.
However, the issue of him not paying his bills seems to have a bit of back history. In 2012, a fan implied that Kane was often leaving his restaurant and bar bills unpaid in the Winnipeg area. The local media investigated this but did not find any facts that supported this claim. Yet, in the same year, Kane also posted a photo on his social media of him in Las Vegas with bricks of US dollar bills.
This was an homage to Mayweather, a boxing legend who is famous for carrying a lot of cash with him all of the time. Right now, all of these tidbits are apparently coming back to Kane in a bad way. He is not the only NHL figure to come into a situation like this.
In September Eugene Melnyk of the Ottawa Senators got into trouble with the Mohegan Sun facility in Connecticut. This lawsuit claims that he failed to pay $900,000 in markers from 2017. In this case, Melnyk has a legal defense against these claims. According to his lawyers, the casino refused to pay out the player while he was winning.
Instead, the defense team is arguing that the casino pushed him to play further until his luck changed. While there are some examples where casinos were being truly hostile to celebrities, this does not sound like a solid legal argument.
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