Aussie poker player necks 42 beers at the table

Aussie poker player necks 42 beers at the table

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

We've all heard of poker players putting in marathon sessions at the table, just look at Phil Laak's sleep defying efforts last year. Marathon sessions usually refer to putting in many hard hours at the table rather than a boozeathon but one Australian player managed to combine both.

The unnamed player racked up 17 hours at the tables at the Star City Casino in Sydney and in that time knocked back 42 beers. Needless to say the player got a little tired and emotional and by the time the card room closed at 7am he was unable to even stack his chips.

Australian gaming laws don't allow drunk people to gamble so Star City ran into trouble with the local licensing authorities and was fined $10,000. The casino put up an eyebrow raising excuse for failing to spot the drunken player though. In a statement to the authorities the casino said, “The nature of poker is that players tend to be very controlled in their facial expressions and body movements. This level of control means that many of the visible signs that a person is affected by alcohol may be minimised.” Hmmmm.

The three staff who served the inebriated player with the majority of his tipples have been sacked or demoted.

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