Casino Sues NHL's Eugene Melnyk, Hard Rock Buys JACK Casino

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This week’s casino news delivers a variety of headlines, including a tragic story of a gambler losing a lot of money in a short period of time. We’ll start with the news of an NHL owner, who apparently has an outstanding gambling debt that he’s yet to pay off.

Ottawa Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk Sued For More Than $900K

The owner of the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators is in hot water. The latest news comes out of Connecticut where a casino is suing Melnyk for more than $900,000, alleging that he tried to pay them with bank drafts back in 2017. The Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut filed the lawsuit in July of this year. According to the official court documents, it’s alleged that the notes Melnyk tried to pay the casino with were “dishonored” by the bank. Casino management has asked for the money it lost out on to be paid back in full, as well as an additional $15,000 in damages and costs. It’s unclear if Melnyk skipped out on the bill, whether there’s a banking error or what has transpired for matters to get to this point.

It’s important to note that none of the allegations have been proven in court. According to Melnyk’s lawyer, he expects a “swift result” to the ongoing dispute between the two sides.

Hard Rock International Completes Purchase Of JACK Casino Cincinnati

The Hard Rock International and VICI Properties have completed its purchase of the JACK Casino Cincinnati. The final announcement came down just two days after the Ohio Casino Control Commission approved a new casino operator license for the Hard Rock at its most recent meeting. According to the terms of the deal, which is worth $745 million, VICI Properties acquired the JACK subsidiary that owned the downtown Cincinnati casino. VICI quickly turned that deal in to another arrangement with Hard Rock, which will operate the casino and own the gaming assets moving forward.

The venue, formerly known as the JACK Casino Cincinnati, features 1,800 machines and 100 table games across its 100,00 square feet. It will be completely rebranded under the title, “Hard Rock Cincinnati” by next spring. Hard Rock is expected to invest up to $100 million to upgrade the building complete with new machines, full branding and some other state-of-the-art changes that casino patrons can’t wait to see.

Gambling Addict Commits Suicide After Going Bust At Casino

One of the darker stories we’ve heard in the gambling community is reminder for all players to gamble responsibly.

A 32-year-old woman from the United Kingdom committed suicide after gambling away $39,000 in less than two full weeks. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the woman’s mom was left completely bankrupt following the suicide, which forced her to leave her home. The woman’s mother has spoken out about the problem with gambling addictions, telling people that she feels that the situation could have been avoided entirely if her daughter had somebody to reach out to and talk to about it.

It's important to always play within your means and gamble responsibly. In this case, the woman went overboard and ended up impacting many other people’s lives as a result.