Gambling Addict Wins Case Against Novomatic

A gambler from Austria, who had Euro 800,000 in gambling debt by playing Novomatic land based slots, filed a lawsuit and won!

The punter, who claims Novomatic exploited him, won a judgment of Euro 440,000 after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation which proved his gambling addiction.

Agence France-Press reported that slot games are available outside of casinos in various establishments. This will change as of January 1, 2015 when new law takes effect restricting slot machines to casinos.

A large portion of the slots offered at these establishments are provided by Novomatic so the company has concerns about how the law will effect it.

With regard to the court case, Novomatic intends to appeal the ruling.
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    CashJo.

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    :)) This article s very funny. I don't know the legal system in Austria but I don't thinks it has legal precedent. If it has the gambling industry is screwed. Anyone in Austria can claim now that they are gambling addicts and win (let's be honest, I think 80% of them are addicts), he should try now to sue every gaming software in every land based casino :)) Did Novomatic win in the appeal? Can you sue Novomatic if you win a lot? The case should be like "money destroyed my life" :))
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    This cannot be true :)) I think I will do the same with netent and microgaming :)) The truth is I am not an addict.But how can he win this?Now he has more money to gamble :))
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    If the slot machines are located in most convenience stores, grocery stores, bars, restaurants, etc., they would certainly be difficult to avoid during ones normal daily activities. After January 1, 2015 the new law takes effect restricting slot machines to casinos in Austria. Someone has to purposely go into a casino to play a slot. It will decrease the amount of addicts with the excuse that they couldn't get away from the machines. I'm not sure how I feel about this so called addict winning his case against Novomatic, but they are going to appeal so it isn't over and he probably hasn't received a penny of that money.
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    He could well be a gambling addict as addiction does happen to a lot of people. It seems a bit of a grey area though because of the amount of people who have gambled and claimed they have an addiction because they lost is quite a high number. Gambling addiction is a serious problem partly because gambling is everywhere and for an addict, it's hard to escape. Research was done to say that gambling addiction is actually an illness. Any casino/gambling company that takes money off people who are vulnerable and are ill with a gambling addiction deserve to be fined. It's no different to a company deciding to add a fee for wheelchair users each time they use 1 of that companies wheelchair ramps. The problem is proving that person does have a genuine gambling addiction illness. Until a mainstream device is made available to determine this, casino's will always assume a player is saying they have an addiction to get their money back
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    I totally agree with seculla. We could all do this I suppose. This could set a precedent. Lose a lot of money, say I am a gambling addict, sue the slot makers, and get most of my money back. Now wouldn't that be fun???
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    I can't believe what I'm reading. I really don't know if I should cry or smile on this. It sounds very crazy to me and it seems like "science fiction" :D He won in court because he said " they exploited him and he claims that he is a gambling addict" I don't think that they "put a gun on him" to play on slots and loose all that money. Anyway, he found a way to get back some of lost money :D

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