Too drunk to gam­ble?

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A Cal­i­for­nia man is su­ing a Las Ve­gas casino be­cause he says they plied him with drinks en route to his l os­ing $500,000.

Boy, if you didn’t know it al­ready, we’re not Las Ve­gas. We rarely give out drinks.

In Florida, gam­blers at horse tracks, dog tracks and jai-alai fron­tons are not al­lowed to re­ceive free or dis­counted drinks. Semi­nole In­dian Tribe casi­nos gen­er­ally don’t of­fer free drinks as a busi­ness de­ci­sion, of­fi­cials say, but some make ex­cep­tions in the highroller ar­eas and at ta­ble games where the ac­tion costs $100 or more per hand.

And ev­ery casino em­ployee is trained to spot when a cus­tomer has had too much to drink, and has the author­ity to ask him to leave.

Mark John­ston, of Ven­tura, Calif., says he had10 drinks be­fore he en­tered the Down­town Grand Las Ve­gas Ho­tel and Casino dur­ing Su­per Bowl Sun­day to play black­jack and pai gow. He says the casino served him 20 more, to the point that he was drop­ping chips and fum­bling cards.

“They should have cut me off,” he says.

John­ston’s suit is pend­ing, and the casino could face a li­cense re­vo­ca­tion or fines.

Quite a few states don’t serve free al­co­hol, es­pe­cially in the Mid­west, says Steve Bourie, the Hol­ly­wood­based au­thor of “Amer­i­can Casino Guide.” He says he has watched friends drink too much in casi­nos and lose their money.

“Part of the prob­lem, though, is that the drunken people can be­come bel­liger­ent and not lis­ten to any­one who tries to help them,” Bourie says.

He has his own limit: “One beer.”

Too much al­co­hol and gam­bling can be an un­for­tu­nate com­bi­na­tion.

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