Borgata sued by poker pro for $1.2 million following lifetime ban
By Bob Garcia
Scott Robbins wants the casino to pay for kicking him off the property
Poker player Scott Robbins was banned for life by the people at the Borgata Atlantic City casino after he joked about jumping out of his hotel room window. However, he doesn’t plan to sit idly by and accept the ban, which is why he has now taken the matter to a legal forum. Through a lawsuit, Robbins is demanding $1.2 million in possible lost profits, as he indicates that the casino management’s alleged reaction was taken to a high level of exaggeration and that some comments are clearly in violation of his civil rights.
It all goes back to September of last year when a WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event was the reason Robbins decided to stay at the Atlantic City casino. That night, while checking into the hotel, the front desk clerk, as usual, asked Robbins which he preferred, a low floor or a high floor. According to the lawsuit, Robbins jokingly asked, “If you had to jump out of a window on a high floor [i.e., in case of fire or earthquake], would you do it?”
The comment was not so well taken by the employee, who immediately asked him politely not to say such things. However, Robbins continued to ask similar questions. “Would you make it if you had to jump from a lower floor?” Robbins asked. The employee again told him not to jump, but Robbins made it more than clear that this was not his intention, but said anyway, “Since I wouldn’t survive either, I guess it doesn’t matter what floor you give me.”
Robbins indicated that the context was understood as there was laughter involved and, after getting the 50th floor of Borgata, in the lawsuit, he points out that the windows could not even be opened. Once he was placed in his room, casino security arrived to inform him that he was a danger to himself and that he needed to attend a specialized facility to be seen by a psychiatrist. Although he complied and paid for the consultation, he was surprised to find that he had been banned for life. Based on past winnings and percentage of annual winnings, plus punitive and compensatory damages, the sum of over $1 million was established as just compensation for his ban.