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Loutraki alert for suicidal gambler

Firemen and police in the seaside resort town of Loutraki, near Corinth, are patrolling outside the local casino on the lookout for an Athens businessman who has threatened to set himself on fire unless the establishment returns a portion of his losses. Saturday’s Ethnos daily reported that the Loutraki casino management has received a threatening letter from a businessman based in the southern Athens district of Ilioupolis, who, according to police sources, cumulatively lost some 325 million drachmas at the casino. The man allegedly vowed to burn himself alive outside the casino unless he got 25 million back. The casino sent the letter to Loutraki police, who warned the fire brigade. «We sent a small fire engine outside the casino, and we are waiting,» Corinth fire brigade chief Giorgos Kardaras said. Policemen in an unmarked car are also patrolling the area. In August, a ruined gambler hanged himself from a tree outside a casino in Xanthi, northern Greece