The Ritz Club London, one of the city’s
most exclusive members-only casinos, has won a £2 million lawsuit,
plus interest, against a Swiss Businessman who refused to pay his
debts by claiming he is a gambling addict.
The 52- year-old Safa Abdulla Al Geabury who has homes in Chelsea in London and Geneva, was attending Mayfair's Ritz Club when he went on the wild gambling spree on February 19 last year.
He insists however that he was battling an "uncontrollable" urge to place the bets, and claims the casino should have intervened instead of offering him a casino credit line of 拢 5million.
The businessman demanded that the debts be written off, while counter- claiming for a further 拢 3.4million, which represents the amount he said he lost at the Ritz between October 2010 and February 2014.
Al Geabury shocked the High Court when it was told how he insisted to a psychiatrist: "The devil made me gamble." Ruling in favor of the Ritz, Judge Simler declared that Al-Geabury had “failed to establish that he had any gambling disorder at any material time and ultimately accepted that he never told any of the casino staff about any such problem.
The Ritz Club said in a statement: “We welcome today’s decision from the high court. As a responsible provider of gambling we are committed to ensuring the strictest standards of care towards both our customers and staff at all times.”
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