BetMGM came out swinging in its motion to dismiss the lawsuit Sam A. Antar filed against the company back in September. Attorneys for Borgata, BetMGM, Entain, and MGM Resorts filed the response last week and advised the court it would be seeking to have the motion heard in January 2023.
In the suit, Antar alleged BetMGM, Entain, Borgata, and others conspired to keep him addicted to gambling at the BetMGM online casino in New Jersey and purposefully rigged the games to time out when he was on the verge of big wins. The online casino company
Early in the motion, BetMGM pointed out Antar’s legal issues beyond this lawsuit, suggesting the civil action was an attempt to find money to pay restitution:
“Antar intends to take money from BetMGM based upon his false representations in this lawsuit, to repay himself for the court-ordered restitution that he must pay to the victims of his fraud crimes, whose money he has taken to repay other victims in a rolling Ponzi scheme.”
Antar has a pending criminal case where he is accused of defrauding victims out of money but using those funds to pay gambling debts.
BetMGM’s legal team contested many points of Antar’s claims, but the biggest legal argument the casino company made was that the terms of service Antar agreed to as a BetMGM customer meant these issues can’t be litigated in court and must go to arbitration.
The motion went into great detail to show that, arbitration aside, BetMGM believes the lawsuit failed to meet judicial standards. The motion was very clear about how the defendants felt about the accusations:
“This case is frivolous–a desperate act by a con man who will sink to any depth to steal money from those unfortunate enough to come in contact with him.”
When asked for a response about the motion, BetMGM had no comment.