NHL Player Sued by Las Vegas Casino for $500,000

  • San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane is being sued by Cosmopolitan Hotel
  • Player allegedly used $500,000 worth of gambling markers at hotel's casino in April
  • Property now seeking payment for all eight markers and legal fees
NHL player Evander Kane smiling
NHL player Evander Kane is facing a lawsuit from the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino for allegedly failing to pay $500,000 worth of gambling markers. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Gambling markers allegedly unpaid

Evander Kane, the San Jose Sharks forward, is facing a $500,000 lawsuit from the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The casino claims the NHL player did not pay the debts he owed it after using gambling markers at the facility. 

The size of these markers ranges from $20,000 to $100,000. 

The lawsuit was filed in the Clark County District Court on Monday. It alleges that eight gambling markers were used by Kane in and around April 15, 2019. The size of these markers ranges from $20,000 to $100,000. 

Markers are used in casinos by high-stakes players instead of them carrying around large sums of cash. The casino facility provides markers on credit, and these are to be paid back through methods like wire transfer.

Kane’s casino visit and its aftermath

Kane’s casino visit occurred at the same time that the San Jose Sharks were in Las Vegas to play the Vegas Golden Knights, as part of the first round of the Stanley Cup play-off series. The Knights were victorious in controversial fashion after seven games in the series. 

As well as the sum of $500,000, the Cosmopolitan is also seeking the payment of legal fees from the NFL player. It will not be commenting on the issue as this is an ongoing legal case.

As well as the sum of $500,000, the Cosmopolitan is also seeking the payment of legal fees

No comments were made on the allegations by Kane, the San Jose Sharks, or the NHL to date. 

Earlier incidents of misconduct

The 28-year-old has been a controversial player since he first entered the league in 2009. He has been playing with the Sharks since 2018, arriving as part of a seven-year $49m deal. He was suspended from the first three games of the 2019 NHL season for his abuse of game officials. 

Kane was also arrested in 2016 for allegedly grabbing three women by their necks and hair during different altercations in Buffalo. The charges were subsequently dropped on condition that Kane would not get into trouble again. The prosecutor on the case deemed his alleged behavior “arrogant, boorish and surly, but not criminal.”