Scott Robbins claims he was joking when he asked the front desk clerk at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa whether he would survive if he had to jump from a higher floor window. Borgata took a different view, banning Robbins for life even after a psychiatric exam cleared him.
There is no question Robbins escalated the joke. As the clearly alarmed front desk clerk asked him not to jump, he asked if he might survive a jump from a lower floor. Robbins claims in the lawsuit that he was talking about a fire or earthquake emergency forcing him to jump, and he was eventually able to convince the clerk to give him a 30th floor room.
Shortly after settling in to watch TV in his room though, hotel security showed up at his door and told him he’d need to submit to a psychiatric evaluation or be evicted from the hotel. As he was already qualified for a WPT event at Borgata, he didn’t feel he had much choice.
To make matters worse, even after he was cleared mental health experts, Borgata still banned him for life. In the suit, he claims this would mean lost income of $85,000 a year for ten years, and is also asking for $200,000 in punitive damages.
The allegations are yet to be tested in the courts, but Robbins is suing for more than $1.25 million in total damages. It remains to be seen if Robbins’ sense of humor will cost him, or if Borgata will have to pay for missing the joke.