Gambler chases $20M suit against casinos

March 8, 2008 2:24:56 PM PST
She lost nearly $1 million at Atlantic City's casinos, and now she wants them to pay. Arelia Margarita Taveras says they had a duty to notice her compulsive gambling problem and cut her off.

She's suing six casinos for $20 million. Experts say it's a longshot.

Taveras said she was so addicted to gambling that she would go days at a time without eating or sleeping, brushing her teeth with disposable wipes so she didn't have to leave the table. Sometimes, she'd pass out.

The president of the Casino Association of New Jersey said casino workers undergo training on how to spot problem gamblers and refer them to help. But he said it's ultimately the individual gambler's responsibility to seek it.