>> Court to try $55 mil casino winning lawsuit today
>> $55 mil winnings must be paid to gambler: lawyer
>> Vietnam casino refuses to pay $55 million prize
Yesterday all of the plaintiff, defendants, witnesses and related parties were present at court for the trial under the chair of Judge Mai Xuan Binh, but the jury announced a postponement of the trial, for the reason that the prosecutor’s office needed more time to look into the case file.
All concerned parties will be notified of the date of the re-opening of the trial later, the jury said.
Sam, the plaintiff, is a 61-year-old American entrepreneur of Vietnamese origin, and the defendant is Dai Duong Joint Venture Company, which owns the Palazzo Club at the five-star Sheraton Saigon Hotel.
Sam filed a complaint to the court in HCMC after Dai Duong refused to pay him the exact winning amount US$55,542,291.70, which was shown on the screen of game machine No. 13 that he played at the club on October 25, 2009.
Dai Duong told Sam that due to “some fault” within the machine, the result was “invalid.” The company also said that due to technical faults, the actual winning amount was displayed in the wrong place on the screen.
Commenting on the lawsuit, lawyer Truong Thi Hoa, from the HCMC Bar Association, said that if Dai Duong claims that the machine was faulty when Sam put his coin into the machine to start his game, then it will have to provide evidence for this claim.