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Too drunk to gamble?

A California man is suing a Las Vegas casino because he says they plied him with drinks en route to his losing $500,000.

Boy, if you didn't know it already, we're not Las Vegas. We rarely give out drinks.

In Florida, gamblers at horse tracks, dog tracks and jai-alai frontons are not allowed to receive free or discounted drinks. Seminole Indian Tribe casinos generally don't offer free drinks as a business decision, officials say, but some make exceptions in the high-roller areas and at table games where the action costs $100 or more per hand.

And every casino employee is trained to spot when a customer has had too much to drink, and has the authority to ask him to leave.

Mark Johnston, of Ventura, Calif., says he had 10 drinks before he entered the Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel and Casino during Super Bowl Sunday to play blackjack and pai gow. He says the casino served him 20 more, to the point that he was dropping chips and fumbling cards.

"They should have cut me off," he says.

Johnston's suit is pending, and the casino could face a license revocation or fines.

Quite a few states don't serve free alcohol, especially in the Midwest, says Steve Bourie, the Hollywood-based author of "American Casino Guide." He says he has watched friends drink too much in casinos and lose their money.

"Part of the problem, though, is that the drunken people can become belligerent and not listen to anyone who tries to help them," says Bourie, pictured here.

He has his own limit: "One beer."

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