Saturday, July 5, 2014

Gambling addict wife of Omani politician blew £2MILLION in one night - and sues casino

This has been trending the last day or so, From the UK's Daily Mirror, July 3, Gambling addict wife of Omani politician blew £2MILLION in one night - and sues casino


The (ex?) wife of the Foreign Minister of Oman, Badr Al Busaidi (the 'Get Real Omanis' Tweeter) has sued the London Ritz Hotels gambling club for allowing her to gamble away two million pounds with out stopping her. Mrs Al Daher is originally Saudi. It seems to be a interesting month with both making headlines.

It's easy to be cynical when reading headlines. But, we don't know all the facts, and from the article the gambling seems to be an on-going issue for her. We wish her well and that she can overcome these challenges at the moment for the better. Generally, the first step in recovery is taking personal responsibility according to National Center for Responsible Gaming. Atlantic City, New Jersey casinos keep an 'exclusion list' which doesn't allow known addicts to gamble and turns them away if they come to play which would be in support of the 'reasoning' of her case. I find it peculiar that she would sue the Ritz in the first place.


But Mrs Al-Daher insisted that it was the club’s fault that she lost the money, not her own, and that staff should have stopped her from playing.
She claimed that workers were aware of her gambling problem yet stood behind her at the table and encouraged her to keep playing, extending her cheque cashing facility as her losses built up.
She told the High Court: “I needed someone that night to tell me to stop playing and bring me to my senses.
"If I had been told to stop, of course I would have done so ­immediately.
“But no one ever told me to stop or to think about my gambling.”


  1. Sure, it's the club's fault is she lost the money. Why didn't she sue her husband too for not telling her to stop? Just think how much she must have wasted in a her life...

  2. I like the idea of having a list for addicts to put themselves on so they are blocked from casinos, but really, in the end, addiction is the addict's fault.
    -from a woman once married to an alcoholic