Poker Player Suing Caesars for Fraud: Claims Inappropriate Ban

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PokerNews.com is reporting that a poker player has filed a lawsuit against Caesars after the casino hit him with a ban to avoid honoring his Global Casino Championship seat.

From PokerNews.com:

Robert Anthony "Tony" Lay seeks an unspecified amount in excess of $75,000 for damages he contends were inflicted upon by Caesars. He accuses the company of pulling a bait-and-switch wherein they allowed him to accumulate points on the WSOP Circuit grinding toward a seat in the Global Casino Championship. After he secured a seat, he says, Caesars sent him a notice banning him from entry on all Caesars properties, effectively barring him from the August tournament.

According to the court documents, the ban stems from 2013 federal charges on 57 individuals that resulted in Lay pleading guilty to participation in an illegal sports gambling operation.

"The poker industry is all too familiar with the practice of colloquially '86'-ing players, sometimes going too far," said Lay’s attorney Mac VerStandig in an interview with PokerNews.com. "And while there is no doubt a need for casinos to keep certain bad actors at bay, Caesars enticing Mr. Lay to partake in a year-long, multi-stop promotion, only to subsequently ban him based on conduct well in the past, strikes less as a normative security measure and more as the sort of bait-and-switch maneuver prohibited by controlling law."

- Ace King, Gambling911.com

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