Dozens Brawl as Hundreds Watch at Queens Casino

Dozens of people threw punches and chairs in a late-night brawl that broke out in a Queens casino, authorities said Saturday.

Three people were arrested and many more suffered minor injuries in the free-for-all, which broke out Friday evening shortly before 11 p.m. at Resorts World Casino, police said. One officer suffered a hand injury.

Police say hundreds of people watched and dozens participated.

A witness told NBC 4 New York that the melee started when two people argued about their place in line at a new Fat Tuesday daiquiri stand in the casino.

One of the arrested men was given a summons for disorderly conduct and released. Two others had previous warrants and were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

A Resorts World Casino spokesman said in a statement that the casino's security had responded to the fight and worked to get it under control.

"The safety of our patrons is Resorts World's top priority, and there is absolutely no room for this kind of behavior at our facility," the statement said. "We are reviewing all aspects of this unfortunate event and are fully committed to taking steps to ensure similar acts do not take place ever again."

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