Casino allowed problem gambler to bet AUD 30m

Claims Crown casino allowed a banned problem gambler to blow AUD 30 million are headed for an explosive Supreme Court showdown.

Lawyers for Crown and multi-millionaire Gold Coast property developer Harry Kakavas have been ordered to a two-day hearing starting on September 24.

Mr Kakavas alleges casino chiefs lured him back to Crown, despite an earlier self-imposed life ban.

He is suing Crown for AUD 30 million plus damages.

Mr Kakavas’s 14-month gambling binge, which ended in August last year, saw him betting up to AUD 300,000 a hand in private gaming suites on the 29th floor of the Crown Towers Hotel.

He claims he was flown 32 times on Crown’s VIP jet and was regularly handed bags and boxes of cash containing up to AUD 50,000.

Crown has so far not filed a defence to the allegations and is believed to be hoping to have the matter struck out at next month’s hearing.

Mr Kakavas’s extensive legal team is led by top Melbourne silks Allan Myers, Cliff Pannam and Leslie Glick.

Crown is being represented by law firm Minter Ellison.

Documents seen by the Herald Sun reveal how Mr Kakavas was given a fake name by casino staff.

He was regularly booked into complimentary hotel suites, complete with private butlers, under the pseudonym „Harry Kay“.

Mr Kakavas’s writ extends to Crown’s former chief operating officer John Williams – the stepson of casino developer and one-time owner Lloyd Williams.

John Williams has been relocated to head up PBL‘s European gambling interests.