Vegas Dealer Kept Dealing Cards After Florida Lawyer Suffered Heart Attack At Blackjack Table, Lawsuit Claims

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Feb. 25 2023, Published 7:44 p.m. ET

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The family of a Florida attorney is suing Wynn Las Vegas after he died months after suffering a heart attack while gambling at a blackjack table, court records claim.

On April 6, 2022, David Jagolinzer, 48, was in Las Vegas for a conference and staying at the resort when he went into cardiac arrest while playing blackjack on the casino floor, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

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His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Wynn, alleging employees didn’t immediately check on Jagolinzer but instead started counting his gaming chips. They also claim Wynn security saw what was happening on live surveillance footage but didn’t immediately do anything about the situation.

Jagolinzer was slumped over the table for more than 15 minutes while the dealer at his table allegedly continued to deal to another player, the court documents claim.

Around 16 minutes after Jagolinzer initially slumped over, the first Wynn employee checked on his condition, according to court records.

Wynn employees then tried using a defibrillator on Jagolinzer about four minutes after that, but the lawsuit alleges the workers were not properly trained on how to use the device.

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On Oct. 18, 2022, Jagolinzer died from anoxic encephalopathy related to a cardiac arrest that the court filing alleged could have been avoided had he “obtained timely emergency medical treatment."

“The family needs to know how and why casino security observes every player at a card table and will intervene if they think you are trying to cheat the house, but let David remain slumped over and unconscious on a gaming table while his brain was being deprived of oxygen," Christian Morris, an attorney for the family, said in a statement.

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Jagolinzer's family said he “dedicated his life to helping those in need” and this “was a devastating tragedy that could have been prevented."

Attorneys for the Jagolinzer family are alleging negligence, negligence in training and hiring, wrongful death, and negligence in security.

Wynn Resorts said they would strongly defend themselves against what they said are the false allegations made in the lawsuit.


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