High-roller sues RWS for detaining him

High-roller sues RWS for detaining him

SINGAPORE- A high-roller is suing Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), claiming its staff wrongly detained him and caused him injury after a squabble over a gambling chip.

Australian Adesh Goel, 41, is seeking at least $250,000 in damages in what is believed to be the first reported suit of wrongful imprisonment against a private party in Singapore.

RWS yesterday told The Straits Times it is disputing Mr Goel's claims and defending the action.

In court documents filed, the company countered that Mr Goel was properly managed and alleged that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

A High Court pre-trial conference was held yesterday.

Mr Goel, a frequent RWS casino patron who holds a Genting Rewards Gold Card, was playing pontoon in a restricted-access high- rollers section on April 22 last year. Four others, including a couple, were playing beside him at about 4.30am.

A verbal exchange occurred between Mr Goel and a man who apparently had taken his chip by mistake. The latter allegedly challenged him to a fight outside the casino.

The man, who was not named in the plaintiff's papers, called RWS staff and Mr Goel agreed to discuss the matter in a private room. Mr Goel said after a short conversation, he asked to see the gaming manager or shift manager but was allegedly refused. He also alleged he was detained in the room for about an hour and his attempts to leave led to scuffles.

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