Gambling addict Harry Kakavas loses case against Crown Casino - Wednesday 9th of December 2009

A PATHOLOGICAL gambler has failed in his bid to sue Melbournes Crown Casino for the millions of dollars he lost at the venue.

Gold Coast property developer Harry Kakavas lost $30 million during the 15-month, $1.5 billion gambling spree in 2005-2006.

Kakavas, 42, was taking civil action against Crown Casino, its chief executive Rowen Craigie and its chief operating officer John Williams in the Victorian Supreme Court for more than $20 million.

He argued that the casino had preyed on his gambling addiction.

Justice David Harper ruled today that the casino did not prey on Kakavas and ordered the gambler to pay back the $1 million he owed the casino.

"Crown was not in a position to prey on him," Justice Harper said.

"Despite his attempts to persuade me to the opposite conclusion, he was not a person so helplessly entrapped by his love of cards that he found it impossible to resist Crowns attentions."

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