NHL player being sued by Las Vegas casino for owed money
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is suing Evander Kane, claiming the San Jose Sharks forward failed to pay back $500,000 in gambling markers given to him in April.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the casino filed the lawsuit against Kane on Monday, saying that he took out eight separate credits that totaled $500,000 in mid-April.
Markers are special credits that allow gamblers, if qualified, to be able to more easily receive access to large amounts of money on the spot.
Kane and the Sharks were in Las Vegas when he is alleged to have used the markers, where San Jose played local NHL team, the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The court documents state that Kane, a Canadian citizen, took out eight credits of amounts varying between $20,000 and $100,000 on or about April 15. The date appears to have fallen between playoff games 3 and 4.
It was during that series Kane became a villain in the eyes of the Golden Knights faithful where his brawl with Ryan Reaves sparked one of the most intense on-ice rivalries in the league.
Kane and Reaves continued to trade jabs, physical and verbal, throughout the playoff series and have renewed hostilities during this year’s pre-season, according to ESPN.
Casino also seeking repayment of legal fees
The Cosmopolitan also seek to receive repayment of legal fees associated with the lawsuit.
Kane, 28, is in the second year of a seven-year, $49 million deal he signed with the Sharks.
Although it seemed expected that visiting players in the NHL would be attracted to the entertainment options in Vegas when heading there to play matches against the new franchise, there has been a reasonably clean record of players records since the Golden Knights inception in 2017-18.
Earlier this year, Washington Capital’s player Evgeny Kuznetsov was suspended by the International Ice Hockey Federation for testing positive to cocaine which was alleged to have been used on a visit to Las Vegas in the summer of 2018 after visiting Las Vegas follows the Capitals Stanley Cup triumph.
There has not been any comment on the type of gambling Kane was conducting.
In terms of gambling with the NHL, league commissioner Gary Bettman announced last month that player and puck-tracking technology may be introduced where sportsbooks can use as part of live and in-play wagering by the 2019-20 playoffs.
Speaking on the third day of the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, he said “my people are telling me that we should be scaled in all 31 buildings certainly by the playoffs, if not before.”
“It’s a work in progress. We were going to use it at the All-Star Game, principally as a broadcast enhancement, but I’m told we’ll be up and running at least by the playoffs.”
Bettman also said the NHL eventually plans to ask sportsbooks to pay for their proprietary data.
“We haven’t asked them yet, although MGM is entitled to that data when we do it,” Bettman said. “At the end of the day, we’re going to spend tens of millions of dollars to install it, and we’re going to spend millions of dollars to operate it each year.
“The player tracking will create something like 200 data points a second, and the puck will create something like 2,000 data points a second. And if you’re going to do prop betting, you have to have it in real time. This is something we’re going to create, and the only way you’re going to be able to access it is through us.”