Court of Appeal to hear Test Case on Problem Gambling

Mr Reynolds is seeking to recover $57,000 of the money that he lost at Katoomba RSL Club between 1992 and 1994 while he was a compulsive gambler. The Club cashed personal, business and third party cheques for Mr Reynolds during this period to enable him to gamble.

Mr Reynolds claims that Katoomba RSL breached its duty of care to him to responsibly provide gaming services and exploited his vulnerability by assisting him with funds to gamble when the Club knew his gambling was compulsive and allowed him to gamble well beyond his means. It also failed to observe a self banning order requested by Reynolds and his family.

It is the first such case to be heard by the Court of Appeal. It takes place against the background of increasing alarm about the manner in which gambling services are provided. The case will be heard at 10.15 am on Wednesday, 2 May 2001 at the NSW Court of Appeal, Queen’s Square, Sydney.

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