'I am not a sore loser,' says gambler suing Vegas casino after losing $500K

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(CNN) -- A California man who lost $500,000 at blackjack and pai gow is suing a new Las Vegas casino, alleging he was too drunk to be allowed to gamble over a 17-hour period just before Super Bowl weekend.

Mark A. Johnston of Ventura, California, is claiming he shouldn't have to pay the Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino the $500,000 debt because employees served him so much alcohol that he suffered a blackout and was unable to remember the losses or even his gambling, the lawsuit alleges.

In an interview Thursday with CNN, Johnston contended he was plied with liquor and victimized in an old-time hustle.

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