The poker community learned that Scott Robbins was suing the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey for $1.25 million in July. While the Borgata has had its fair share of lawsuits over the years with different poker players, this was the first time that the casino was facing a lawsuit over alleged ‘suicide humour’.
What Really Happened?
It all started in September 2020 when Robbins won a $400 satellite to take part in the popular WPT Borgata Main Event which had a buy-in of $3,500. Robbins decided to check into the Borgata and take part in the tournament. During his check-in process, he is alleged to have cracked a suicide joke that caused red flags with the Borgata staff.
Robbins joked with the receptionist and asked them if they felt he would make it out alive if he jumped out of a high floor window. His humour was interested as a potential suicide threat but Robbins is alleged to have meant would he make it out alive if he had to jump out in case there was an earthquake or fire.
He went to ask if he would make it out alive if he jumped out at a lower floor. There is no information as to what he was told but he would later go on to say if he is not going to make it out from a lower flow, it did not really matter which floor they gave him.
His comments were then escalated to hotel security who would go on to surprise Robbins when they busted into his room and cornered him. He was given two options by hotel security. The first was to exit the property and not come back which he wasn’t willing to do as he wanted to play the WPT Borgata Main Event.
The second option was to go to the hospital and undergo a psych evaluation which he had to agree to. He paid for the ambulance as well as the psych test which came out in the clear for him. He tried to return to the Borgata to take part in the WPT Borgata Main Event but was not allowed to do so as the casino deemed him a risk and decided to ban him for life and prevent him from playing the WPT Borgata Main Event.
Suicide Humor Lawsuit
Robbins was not happy with this ruling and felt he was treated unfairly with the Borgata. He decided to file a lawsuit for $1.25 million against the Borgata in a New Jersey Superior Court. He filed a total of 28 charges against the casino which include Interference with prospective economic advantage, Violation of civil rights under New Jersey law, Breach of duty of public accommodation, Failure to exercise reasonable care, breach of contract, false imprisonment, defamation, slander and libel.
The $1.25 million lawsuit against the Borgata was split into $850k for loss of earnings over a 10 year period and $200k in compensatory and punitive damages. The Borgata fought back and pushed for the case to be heard in Federal Court and won. The case was supposed to be heard on Sep 20 in a U.S. District Court of New Jersey.
However, Robbins has dropped the lawsuit against the Borgata after the two reached an agreement. The dismissal filing said “In this matter all claims having been amicably adjusted by and between the Parties, it is hereby stipulated and agreed that any and all claims, cross-claims, counterclaims, and third-party claims asserted by or between the undersigned parties be and are hereby dismissed with prejudice and without costs.”
 

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