Food is often served at the poker tables but that is no reason for one to lick their fingers — especially not to peek at their poker cards — that's why napkins are served with meals. That's former Tasmanian premier Paul Lennon's side of the story for getting ejected from Melbourne's Crown Casino while he was playing a $2 game of poker. Was he eating? Doubtful. Was he ejected for licking his fingers to look at his cards? Doubtful, but we are assimilating information and taking into consider the other side of the story.
According to themercury.com.au Lennon was kicked out of Crown Casino around 10:15 PM on July 31st, 2014. Lennon did not leave the premises when asked and had to be forcibly removed from Crown by five or six security guards with his hands bound by cable ties.
"At one instance I licked my index finger before touching my dealt cards, as you sometimes do," he said in a statement.
"But apparently this is against the rules - something I was not aware of.
"For this I was removed. I questioned the reason why, but was not given an answer."
The other side of the story has a witness claiming that Lennon would not leave when asked to go and that he was acting aggressively towards a woman. The woman touched his chips. After security came back to tell him to quiet down – repeatedly – he was asked him to leave and from there it turned into an ugly situation where he was finally removed.
Sticking to his finger licking story, Lennon said he wasn't aware that he had broken a rule.
The 58-year-old Lennon paid a $738 infringement notice that was issued by the police when he failed to leave the casino.
Article image courtesy of Sam Rosewarne.