Poker player downs 42 beers in 17-hour gambling binge

The Star City Casino in Sydney, Australia is in hot water after serving an unnamed card player 42 beers over a 17-hour stint at the poker table on New Year’s Eve.

The player ordered five beers every two hours until the table finally closed at 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day. The Star City was hit with a $10,000 fine because casinos are barred from letting someone who is intoxicated gamble, but the staff says they kept serving the patron because they didn’t realize how much he had to drink and he didn’t appear intoxicated.

A guy downs 42 drinks in 17 hours and you can't tell he's drunk? That's one hell of a poker face.

“The nature of poker is that players tend to be . . . very controlled in their facial expressions and body movements," Star City's leaked letter to the Casino Liquor and Gaming Control Authority said.

"This level of control means that many of the visible signs that a person . . . is affected by alcohol may be minimized."

The fine has since been cut because of otherwise good standing in dealing with intoxicated patrons, though a number of the staff members who served the man were either terminated or demoted because of the incident.

"[The authority] considers this matter to be a serious breach of Star City's responsible service of alcohol obligations," the authority said to Star City.

"In determining the pecuniary penalty, due consideration was given to Star City's record in relation to the responsible service of alcohol and the action taken to prevent similar incidents in the future."

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Posted by Kingfox
3 years ago

He's an Aussie mate. We don't drink Lite. LOL
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Posted by themyth
3 years ago

That's a beer every 24 minutes, not unheard of. Were they just glasses of draft I wonder. If so, it makes it even less of a story. I suggest he call the AA hotline real soon! The Myth
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Posted by The Hawk
3 years ago

Now, THAT is gambling!
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Posted by habs420
3 years ago

Musta been Bud Lite.
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Posted by HutchEmAll
3 years ago

I once did between 25-30 on an event called "case day" in college. It was over a 14-16 hour period, though, and I was lit for sure. Didn't puke, though.
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Posted by 37fendog
3 years ago

prolly some aussie who can consume his blood volume in alcohol and not be affected. and heck, do the math - that's only 2.5 beers over a long period. i myself have drunk a case over 10-12 hours and only been mildly intoxicated.
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Posted by big75dog75
3 years ago

Over 17 hrs. Not to bad!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted by dj_destroyer
3 years ago

Did he win or lose?!
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Posted by johncapper750
3 years ago

I once did 30 over a 13 hour period. I was piss drunk though.
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Posted by luky_kyle
3 years ago

thats something to be proud of
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Posted by BigDh28
3 years ago

"A guy downs 42 drinks in 17 hours and you can't tell he's drunk? That's one hell of a poker face"... LOL! TRUE
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Posted by bahjay
3 years ago

I wonder how many times he had to leave the table for the pisser
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Posted by TommyToronto
3 years ago

Depend Adult Diaper spokesman in the making...
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Posted by SashimiKid
3 years ago

My Hero
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Posted by BigDh28
3 years ago

""A guy downs 42 drinks in 17 hours and you can't tell he's drunk? That's one hell of a poker face"... LOL! TRUE "