Gambling site BetMGM reportedly disconnected player to prevent him from speaking to New Jersey regulators

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A New York man filed a lawsuit in New Jersey against MGM Resorts International and some of its affiliates and partners this week, alleging he was paid $30,000 a month for not telling New York gambling regulators Jersey that he was disconnected several times while playing online.

Sam Antar filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Middlesex County State Superior Court. Antar, a convicted fraudster who faces additional jail time in November, said he was well known as a compulsive gambler by MGM, its Borgata resort in Atlantic City and BetMGM and Entain Plc. affiliates.

MGM had no comment on the lawsuit on Friday.

According to the lawsuit, Antar, a live blackjack and online slots player, wagered more than $29 million over nine months, logging out of the BetMGM system roughly every 15 minutes. His lawsuit accuses the defendants of fraud, racketeering and other transgressions, claiming he was paid not to tell New Jersey gaming division regulators about his high rate of disconnection from the BetMGM system.

Antar’s lawsuit said he had thousands of disconnects from online platforms, often when he had a winning hand that was later wiped out.

His attorney, Christopher Gramiccioni, told The Associated Press that Antar experienced a nearly 50% disconnection rate in the nine months covered by the lawsuit. He added that Antar, 46, had “easily lost hundreds of thousands of dollars” during that time.

“It’s one thing if you have technical problems intermittently,” Gramiccioni told the AP. “It’s another when you have them 50% of the time. The casino has not taken the required corrective action. They kept doubling down and giving him $30,000 a month, giving him extra money to try and avoid the scrutiny of regulatory agencies.

In 2013, Antar was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for taking $225,000 in a fraudulent investment scheme, the AP reported.

“I was in jail once, and I’m probably facing jail again, and it all had to do with not being able to admit I was a compulsive gambler,” Antar said in a post. interview with the AP on Thursday. . “When I look at what I’ve done, I’m fed up. Many people have this problem and they need help.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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