INDIO, CALIF. (CN) – MGM Mirage Casino preys upon alcoholics for hundreds of thousands of dollars by sending a corporate plane to fly gamblers to Las Vegas, where MGM “comps” them for booze, meals and shows so long as they drink alcohol, a class action claims in Superior Court. The plaintiff, who says he lost $420,000 this way, says MGM changes the deal if the suckers stopped drinking.
Named plaintiff Donald Hopp claims he lost more than $420,000 after MGM solicited him through phone calls and sent a corporate airplane to pick him up in Palm Springs.
Hopp claims MGM Mirage fraudulently claims to have a policy to “back players off the game if employees observe a customer that is incapacitated.”
In fact, Hopp says, MGM Mirage preys upon alcoholics. He says he lost $320,000 in this fashion in February 2007, and “hundreds of thousands of dollars” more in May that year.
The complaint adds: “In February 2008, after plaintiff stopped losing hundreds of thousands of dollars because he was incapacitated by complimentary alcohol served him by defendants, and each of them, because he stopped drinking, defendants, and each of them, without prior notice, retroactively changed the terms and conditions under which plaintiff and defendants, and each of them, transacted business.”
Hopp is represented by Clark Garen of Riverside.