Is this the unluckiest group of golf club card sharks or what?
A late-night round of poker at a golf club in Vermont turned sour this summer when a Liquor Control Board investigator discovered that the players were drinking alcohol and gambling, according to the Burlington Free Press. In Burlington, it is illegal to serve alcohol after 2 a.m.â€”and this game stretched on until after 3 in the morning. Gambling is not allowed except with a permit, and the Burlington Country Club doesnâ€™t have one.
The officer followed an anonymous tip to the club and observed the game from outside, where he said that he saw the men â€œexchange cash in hundred dollar increments and drink continuously,â€ according to the Burlington Free Press. The golf club blamed the bartender, a college student who works there part-time, for the alcohol violations, and denied that any money was won or lost that night.
This week, the state fined the club and suspended their liquor license for a two-day period. The liquor board hopes that the penalties will stop the clubâ€™s members from violating the rules. Given the blasÃ© attitude of the cornered players (they were described as â€œindifferentâ€ and openly counted cash in front of the investigator), it seems unlikely.
In the meantime, count your blessings for being able to drink and gamble at your club this weekend!