The decision was released on Wednesday and affirmed a Wayne County judge’s previous determination that Italo Parise, 63, cannot force MotorCity Casino to repay what he claimed to have lost playing slot machines and blackjack between 2002 and 2009.

“We find no merit in the plaintiff’s arguments,” wrote appeals judges Mark Cavanagh, Amy Krause and Kathleen Jansen. “Plaintiff does not contend that he was engaged in anything other than statutory-approved casino gaming while gambling at defendant’s casino, placing bets against the casino licensee in games approved by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.”

Michael Sapala, a Circuit Court Judge dismissed Parise’s lawsuit in 2009. The appeals panel affirmed Sapala’s decision.

“Subjecting defendant (MotorCity Casino) to liability for patrons’ gambling losses under (state law) would be plainly inconsistent with the legalization of casino gambling as provided for by Proposal E and the Michigan Gaming Review Revenue Act,” wrote the appeals judges.


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