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Disabled Ameristar Vicksburg Customers Sue Casino over ADA Violations

Two regular customers of Ameristar Casino Hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi are suing the property, arguing that it violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, local news outlet the Clarion Ledger reports.

In a federal lawsuit filed August 17, Hope Elly and John Smith said that they enjoy gambling and staying at Ameristar Casino Hotel, but also pointed out that the property has architectural and other related barriers preventing them from fully enjoying their time there because they feel limited from using all services offered because of their disabilities.

According to the court filings, Ms. Elly suffers from cerebrovascular accidents (or more commonly – strokes) that have affected her motor and sensory functions. As a result, she needs mobility aids in order to be able to get around. As for Mr. Smith, he has lost both his legs after being diagnosed with diabetes more than four decades go. He relies on a wheelchair to get around.

The lawsuit claims that Ameristar’s parking is not accessible for people with disabilities and is thus not compliant with the ADA. In addition, court filings read that the hotel and casino property offers a hostess counter for able-bodied individuals to receive services, but there is no such opportunity for the portion of its patrons that have disabilities.

Gaming and hospitality company Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. and its Vicksburg subsidiary PNK Vicksburg LLC are defendants in the lawsuit.

Disabled Customers Want Removal of Barriers

The attorney for Ms. Elly and Mr. Smith, Bradley McAdory, has explained in court filings that his clients seek removal of all existing barriers at the Vicksburg property that prevent disabled people from fully taking advantage of all services available. In addition, the lawsuit asks the hotel and casino to introduce practices and polices that will keep the premises free of any barriers in future.

The lawsuit further asks the federal court to require the casino’s owners to comply with the ADA’s standards. Attorney fees and other court remedies are also sought by the two disabled Ameristar customers.

According to court papers, Ms. Elly will keep on visiting the hotel and casino venue but not only to stay and gamble there but also to make sure that the necessary actions are taken by owners.

The Ameristar lawsuit is the latest of a series of lawsuits filed across Mississippi and other states, arguing that casinos are failing to comply with ADA standards. Ms. Elly is a plaintiff in a number of those, the Clarion Ledger reports.

Earlier this week, Ameristar Vicksburg became Mississippi’s latest casino property to launch a sportsbook following the May annulment of the federal ban on sports betting and the recent legalization of sports betting in the state.

The End Zone Sports Book at Ameristar Vicksburg offers customers full-service betting experience and features a number of large-screen TVs, four service windows for placing wagers and a number of other options.

The post Disabled Ameristar Vicksburg Customers Sue Casino over ADA Violations appeared first on Casino News Daily.

Pedro Marques Leads 13 Players into Penultimate Day of EPT Barcelona Main Event

Friday was a long day of quality poker at Casino Barcelona where this year’s edition of the EPT Barcelona festival is currently running. Eyes are set on the Main Event, which is entering its concluding stages. The tournament attracted a record-breaking field of more than 1,900 entries, but there are only 13 of them left.

Day 4 of the tournament was supposed to end when there were just 16 players left at the tables of the host casino. However, Level 6 of the night kicked off with 17 hopefuls in contention and organizers had to decide whether to stop play when the original target of 16 survivors was reached or to allow players to complete the level.

A decision was made and action ran until the end of the level. As a result there will be 13 players to return today at noon local time and to continue their battle for the title and the €1.6-plus-million prize pool.

It will be Portugal’s Pedro Marques who will lead the 13 finalists into the penultimate day of action. The player had accumulated a stack of 9.15 million by the time play ended for the night. There was a little bit of action on the very last hand of Day 4 when Brazil’s Fabiano Kovalski eliminated his fellow countryman Upeshka De Silva in 14th place to scoop a massive stack. That final hand rocketed the player just one spot below the top.

Former EPT Barcelona Champ Eyeing Second Title

John Juanda, one of poker’s most accomplished players, is still in contention for the title and the first-place cash. The player won the EPT Barcelona Main Event in 2015 for over €1 million. Now he is looking to double his achievement. Juanda will have a difficult start to Day 5, though, as he will enter the day as the short stack.

Another former EPT Main Event champion is vying for a brand new title from the popular series. Bulgaria’s Ognyan Dimov won the EPT Deauville in 2015 and is now still in contention for a title from another EPT stop. Just like Juanda, Dimov is at the bottom half of the chip counts chart, but we all love poker for being a game of fantastic twists and turns and there will certainly be many twists and turns during the two remaining days of play within this year’s EPT Barcelona.

As mentioned above, play is set to resume at noon local time at Casino Barcelona. The 13 remaining players will play down to the final six. And the final six will return at the host venue tomorrow to play down to a champion.

Each of the remaining 13 survivors is guaranteed a minimum cash of €88,250. And each of the six finalists will leave with no less than €287,050. However, it is more than clear that all remaining survivors have set the first-place prize of €1,611,500 as their ultimate goal.

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