A poker pro from Massachusetts that was suing an Atlantic City casino for $1.25 million over a lifetime ban voluntarily dropped the lawsuit.
It was revealed last July that Scott Robbins filed a seven-figure lawsuit against the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa after he was booted from the property and handed a lifetime ban over a suicide joke Robbins made while he was checking in.
According to court records, the two parties reached an agreement on Sept. 9 but there wasn’t a formal filing with the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. The lack of paperwork indicates that Robbins dropped the case voluntarily.
An account on a popular poker forum that claimed to be Robbins said that New Jersey’s highest-grossing casino gave him three different settlement offers to choose from. Details about a settlement were not disclosed in any court documents or on the forum.
Robbins was checking into the hotel in September 2019 and an employee at the front desk asked Robbins would prefer a room on a high or low floor, according to the suit.
“If I had to jump from a low floor window, would I make it?” joked Robbins.
The employee pleaded with Robbins not to jump and he assured her that he was kidding. When he went to his room on the 30th floor, the Millbury native was met by security guards that forced him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to stay at the hotel. Robbins took an ambulance ride to a local hospital where he passed the exam. The trip to the hospital cost him nearly $2,000.
Upon returning to the hotel, his personal belongings had been removed from his room and he was informed that he received a lifetime ban over the suicide jokes he made at the front desk.
Robbins claimed that he wasn’t making a suicide joke and that he was highlighting that in the event of an emergency where he had to jump, he wouldn’t survive the fall from either a low or high floor.
He came up with the seven-figure amount after claiming that he would lose $85,000 per year in poker earnings over the next decade, as well as another $200,000 in sponsorship money. He added $200,000 for false imprisonment, interference with prospective economic gain and libel.
He also pointed out that the hotel’s windows are more than an inch thick and do not open. But there was a suicide at the casino just a few months before when a 25-year-old jumped out of a 29th floor hotel room.