The Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya) has filed appeals to the Supreme Court (sp. Tribunal Supremo (TS)) against two judgments of the High Court of Catalonia (sp. TSJC), which nullified two decrees in the field of gaming adopted by the government headed by Pasqual Maragall (former President of Catalonia).
A billionaire gambler known as the ‚Fat Man‘ has won a bid to avoid paying a GBP 2 million debt to an exclusive casino. Businessman Fouad al-Zayat totted up the massive loss in just one night’s play at the roulette and blackjack tables at Aspinall’s in London. But the 66-year-old withheld payment after a row over a croupier. Last year the Syrian-born gambler – one of an estimated 180 high-rolling international gamblers known as ‚whales‘ – was told by a judge to pay up.
It was one step forward, one step back for the city this week as it battles with developers for two local casinos about their controversial riverfront locations. The state Supreme Court yesterday ruled that then-Mayor Street’s administration properly issued a license last year for SugarHouse to build its casino on state-owned „riparian lands“ along the Delaware River. Half of SugarHouse’s 22 acres in Fishtown are riparian lands.
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