Former premier Paul Lennon has been kicked out of Crown Casino after reportedly becoming rowdy during a poker game.
Mr Lennon was manhandled out of the casino after he created a disturbance while playing Texas hold’em poker last Thursday, according to reports.
Reports quote an anonymous witness saying Mr Lennon, who was Tasmania’s premier from 2004 until his resignation in 2008, had started berating a woman he accused of touching his casino chips.
Security guards asked him a number of times to quieten down before eventually asking him to leave, the witness said.
About five security guards then restrained the 58-year-old, putting cable ties around his wrists and frogmarching him out the door.
Mr Lennon reportedly asked the guards: “Don’t you know who I am?”
A Victoria Police spokesman confirmed that a 58-year-old Tasmanian man was issued with a penalty notice for failing to leave a licensed premise in Southbank about 11.30pm on July 24.
“This infringement carries a fine of $739,” the spokesman said.
It was reported that the former premier defended his conduct, calling the incident “ridiculous”.
He said he was ejected for breaking a rule by licking his index finger before picking up cards.
The dealer took offence, he said, and demanded he be moved away from the table.
Mr Lennon said he moved away and was then manhandled by staff.
The former premier said that he was the one to call police, the report says.