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UK – Aspinalls player counter sues for losses claiming no breaks were offered

By - 2 February 2022

Malaysian businessman Han Joeh Lim, 62, is suing Aspinalls in Mayfair casino for £3.9m lost playing double chance baccarat because he said it breached its responsibilities under the 2005 Gambling Act by offering him more credit instead of taking a rest.

Mr Lim said back in 2014, Aspinalls upped his credit limit to £1.9m and then gave him another £2m in credit, which he lost, playing for 72 hours with ‘limited breaks’.

In 2018, Aspinalls won the case but Mr Lim did not pay the money owed. The judge ruled that Mr Lim had given ‘deliberately dishonest oral evidence during the hearing’ and fined him £100,000.

Now, Mr Lim claims that any debts should be annulled due to Aspinalls breaching its duty of care under the Gambling Act 2005, which says ‘vulnerable people should be protected from being harmed or exploited by gambling’. 

His writ said: “Rather than forcing the claimant to stop and rest, Aspinalls increased his credit to £2m. However, Aspinalls took advantage of the claimant’s distressed attempts to claw back the losses by allowing further funds and more time to gamble.”

Aspinalls commented: ‘As the matter is currently under consideration by the court, we await their decision and will not comment further.’

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