Former chaplain tries to burn down casinos after losing

Club Regent Casino in Winnipeg, as photographed on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (QMI Agency files)

Club Regent Casino in Winnipeg, as photographed on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. (QMI Agency files)

Dean Pritchard, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:13 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Angry after he lost $600 in 22 minutes, a former chaplain tried to set Winnipeg's two casinos ablaze.

Fortunately, Doug Porisky proved just as good a fire starter as he was a gambler.

Porisky, 51, pleaded guilty to one count of arson endangering life and mischief. He was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail and 18 months supervised probation.

Court heard Porisky had just lost $600 in short order at Club Regent, Feb. 25, 2012 when he tried without success to set two slot machines and a chair on fire. Porisky set a garbage can on fire but it was quickly extinguished by casino staff. Porisky also caused $6,400 damages to an aquarium and interactive touch screen display, the subject of the mischief charge.



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