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Casino chases gambler for £470,000 debt

A GAMBLER said to have once lost £2.4million in a night is being sued by the owners of a historic London casino.

Singapore-based Azam Kolia is alleged to have written cheques to the Les Ambassadeurs Club in Mayfair that ‘bounced’, leaving a debt of £470,000.

Mr Kolia, who was described in the High Court as a gambler who liked to ‘play for high stakes’, stayed at The Ritz when in London and had used a bank account in Bournemouth.

Daisy Boulter, acting for the casino, said on one night in December 2012 he had spent £2.6million and lost £2.4million.

She said he had bought chips with cheques that had been ‘dishonoured’.

Miss Boulter told Mrs Justice Jefford: ‘There is a history of evasiveness. This points to a man with the means to pay, who acknowledges that the debt is due, but simply refuses to pay — possibly because he thinks he can negotiate the debt down.’