Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Drops Suit Against NHL’s Evander Kane

  • Cosmopolitan issued Kane $500,000 in casino markers in April 2019
  • Casino filed lawsuit claiming that Kane failed to repay what he owed
  • Lawsuit dropped on April 2, casino did not provide details
The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas sign
The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas hotel and casino dropped its lawsuit over $500,000 in casino markers against the NHL’s Evander Kane last week. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Casino claimed Kane owed $500,000 in unpaid markers

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has dropped its lawsuit against NHL left winger Evander Kane for allegedly not paying his casino markers. The luxury hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip originally filed suit in Clark County District Court in early November.

eight credits were issued with values ranging from $20,000 to $100,000

The casino claimed that Kane did not repay $500,000 in markers extended to him during an April 2019 visit. In all, eight credits were issued with values ranging from $20,000 to $100,000.

A casino marker is a cash advance given to a gambler with the expectation that it will be repaid. Some think of it as a form of credit, while others compare it to an unofficial check that the gambler writes to the casino to be cashed later. Either way, most of us would not be given markers – they are reserved for famous or wealthy gamblers so that they don’t have to transport lots of money.

Reasons for dropping suit not revealed

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Thursday that the lawsuit against Evander Kane was dismissed last week, on April 2. The Cosmopolitan’s attorney, Lawrence Semenza, confirmed the ending of the legal action, but did not say if it was settled out of court or provide any other details on the matter. We do not know if Kane repaid anything, if it was all a misunderstanding, or anything else.

The casino issued the markers “on or about” April 15 of last year, a date that makes sense. It was then that Kane’s San Jose Sharks were in Las Vegas to play against the Las Vegas Knights in a first-round Stanley Cup playoff series. San Jose came back from 3-1 deficit to win the series in seven games.

The Cosmopolitan was also seeking legal fees in the lawsuit, in addition to repayment of the markers.

Kane has had issues in Vegas

Kane has been persona non grata to Las Vegas fans since that playoff series a year ago. He got into a fight with the Knights’ Ryan Reaves during Game 3, which just so happened to be the night before the Cosmopolitan extended him the markers.

He further raised the ire of Vegas fans in the final preseason game of this season last September. The 28-year-old got into another altercation, this time with Deryk Engelland. As referee Kiel Murchison tried to split the two apart, he knocked Kane down. Kane then got up and shoved Murchison in the chest.

His $113,000 salary for those games was given to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund

Kane was suspended the first three games of the season for that incident. His $113,000 salary for those games was given to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. San Jose and Las Vegas played each other again in the season opener.