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Las Vegas casino sues NHL’s Evander Kane over $500K in gambling markers

Updated November 5, 2019 - 5:40 pm

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has 500,000 more reasons to dislike Las Vegas.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas filed a lawsuit Monday in Clark County District Court alleging Kane failed to pay back $500,000 in gambling markers the casino extended to him in April.

The court documents state that Kane, who is a Canadian citizen, took out eight credits of varying amounts between $20,000 and $100,000 on or about April 15. That date would have fallen between Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup first-round playoff series between the Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Cosmopolitan also seeks repayment of legal fees associated with the lawsuit. The Cosmopolitan declined to comment on pending litigation, citing company policy.

Kane, who signed a seven-year deal with the Sharks in 2018 worth $49 million, is notorious for his ongoing feud with Knights bruiser Ryan Reaves.

Coincidentally, Reaves and Kane got into a brawl during Game 3 of the 2019 playoff series, the night before the Cosmopolitan issued the casino markers to Kane. The rivalry has made Kane enemy No. 1 for Knights’ fans.

The two players have kept their long-standing rivalry going into this season, one that began with Kane being ejected for an altercation with a referee in the team’s preseason finale against the Knights in Las Vegas. The two teams played each other again in the season opener, with Reaves saying he was “very disappointed” that Kane would miss the game because he had been suspended for the first three regular season games.

Representatives of the Sharks and the NHL weren’t immediately available for comment.

Contact Mick Akers at makers@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2920. Follow @mickakers on Twitter.

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