ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Yes, Michael Wax stank. He's the first to admit it.
The 440-pound New York City man said he was playing poker in an Atlantic City casino for 17 hours Tuesday and didn't have time to clean up. He understands why grossed-out gamblers complained about his body odor, but said he didn't deserve stinky treatment from the casino that asked him to leave.
Dave Coskey, a spokesman for the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, said it is company policy not to comment on matters involving customers.
Wax said he told casino officials: "There's no question I stink. I'm not denying it. I do have an odor. I've been playing for 17 hours."
The 54-year-old limousine company owner, who says he is a frequent gambler at the Borgata, said a poker room manager followed him into the restroom and informed him that patrons at his table were complaining about his body odor.
When the Brooklyn man tried to retake his seat at the table, he said a manager told him to leave. He said he asked for a free room to freshen up, and the casino refused.
He promptly filed a complaint about his treatment with the Casino Control Commission. His complaint will be reviewed to determine whether any state gambling laws or regulations were violated, a commission spokesman said Wednesday.
Wax said his instincts tell him to find a different casino to patronize, but he likes gambling at the Borgata. He said the casino was out of line to tell him he stinks in front of other patrons.
"I would like an apology," Wax said.
Stinky man booted from casino.
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- at January 30, 2010, 17:49:42
- last active 5 months ago
- This story remind me of last night while I was at Hollywood Video. It was packed and only one person working so line was out of control. The couple behind me and my daughter stunk so bad and they were too drunk to even care what they were saying to each other loud .I tried to ignore their conversation but my daughter kept giving me her usual eye rolling and mouthed 'O my Gawd~~~Mum, they stink so Darn...I had to give her my scarf to cover her nose... :'( :'( :'( after 34 minutes later, we finally checked our movies out and we were freed!!!
- Yes, it's not easy gambling while holding your nose, choking and your eyes watering, odor like that.. it can even make you have a sick feeling.
I think it's just as offending as someone sitting there cussing loudly. It's very uncomfortable and not pleasant. To have odor like that and know it, not be courteous enough to get up and take care of it, is shameful. If he knew he was stinky, the casino will save his seat for him to go clean up, the excuse to not have time is just rediculous. (17 hours sitting there thats alot of time, only might take 20 minutes to clean up)
Thank goodness for those people that did complain, my daughter will tell someone they stink in a sec flat, even handing them some deordorant, tic tacs or whatever out of her purse, she can't stand it, neither can i, but i don't have the nerve to tell them.
I know some people can have medical conditions which can cause it, but in a casino 999 out of 1000, it's not the case.. 17 hours playing and not washing up is the most likely the cause.
It never fails though, theres always someone in a casino.. that hasnt washed up.
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- at January 30, 2010, 22:41:01
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- at January 30, 2010, 22:56:10
- last active 8 months ago
I will bet ya my bottom dollar this guy was not winning when he asked for a room to freshen up and was told NO! Had he been winning a boat load of money the casino would of bent over backwards to please this guy!!
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- at January 31, 2010, 06:38:28
The casino would of rolled out the red carpet, stank and all. Money has no sense of smell in situations like this.
It is very sad story, for someone to be at that weight and the complications that come with it. Yes, i know the bad odor on anyone that we have to endure has no sympathy. But there is a sense of empathy for someone this large. More than likely he has a food addiction, and a very tuff addiction to control. And from the sound of it, a gambling addiction on top of it. The fact he was forewarned in the men's room and proceeded to go back to his seat indicates his vice is bigger than his self respect.
I don't think he needs an apology, he needs serious counseling.
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