The glimpse into Paddock’s gambling addiction came during an October 29, 2013 deposition, when he was questioned as part of a civil lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Vegas, where he had slipped and fallen on a walkway two years earlier.
At the height of his wagering in 2006, Paddock testified, “I averaged 14 hours a day, 365 days a year,” according to documents obtained by CNN. “I’ll gamble all night … I sleep during the day.”
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Asked if he ever visited the hotel pool, he answered: “I do not do sun.”
Asking rhetorically how he knew he was the biggest video poker player, he answered: “Because I know some of the video poker players that play big. Nobody played as much and as long as I did.”
Paddock also said he rarely drank booze when he gambled, because “at the stakes I play, you want to have all your wits about you, or as much wit as I have.”
“Each time I push the button, it will range from $100 to $1350,” he said.
A lawyer asked how much he could end up betting on a given night.
“A million dollars,” Paddock replied.
“That’s a lot of money,” the lawyer said.
“No, it’s not,” Paddock said.
On the night he fell, Paddock said, he opened a bottle of sake in his room, possibly on the night of the incident, but did not drink much.
A lawyer asked him to explain why he opened the wine but not drink it.
Paddock answered that everything in his room was “comped” — free — “so, yes, I would open all sorts of things.”
“And if you aren’t comped at casinos, you wouldn’t understand,” he added.
He said he was wearing black thongs at the Cosmopolitan in October 2011, when he slipped on some liquid and fell on his way to the high-limit room.
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He testified that he hurt his hamstring, which he said resulted in a lingering injury.
Paddock at times came off as arrogant and sarcastic during the deposition, according to the transcript.
When asked whether he was sober on the night of the accident, he said: “I was my normal happy-go-lucky self. Perfectly sober.”
An arbitrator ultimately ruled in the Cosmopolitan’s favour, two sources told CNN.
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His testimony — in which he said he had no mental health issues, no history of addiction and no rap sheet — offers little insight about a possible motive for his attack that killed 58 and wounded close to 500, but sources told CNN that the document was turned over to the FBI.
Also in the court documents, Paddock said he was prescribed Valium “for anxiousness” by Vegas internist Steven Winkler, according to the document.
It was unclear how often Paddock took diazepam, better known as Valium, but he estimated that he still had 10 or 15 pills remaining in a bottle of 60 that had been prescribed a year-and-a-half earlier.
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Rage, aggressiveness and irritability are among the possible side effects of Valium, according to a manufacturer of the drug. It was not known when he had last taken the drug, CNN reported.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Winkler prescribed him diazepam in June. CNN could not independently confirm that information.
When asked whether he had a good relationship with Winkler, he said, “He’s like on retainer, I call it, I guess. It means I pay a fee yearly … I have good access to him.”
Winkler did not respond to an email or phone call seeking comment by CNN.
Paddock said he had a concealed weapons license in Texas, but, other than that, there was no discussion of guns in the deposition.
This story originally appeared in The New York Post and has been republished here with permission.