On Monday a Chinese court gave jail sentences to three Australian Crown Resorts employees who the country accused of promoting gambling.
China alleges that nineteen employees of the Australian gambling company were luring high-rollers in their country to come visit their resorts. The court concurred, and gave Crown Head of International VIP Services Jason O'Connor a ten month jail sentence, while two others were given nine month sentences. Sixteen other employees accused of promoting gambling for the group are on trial and have not been convicted.
The employees were charged last October, and the sentences imposed date back from the time the group was jailed. This means that those convicted will only have to serve a short time longer before they are freed. The charge of promoting gambling has a maximum three year prison sentence.
China has been trying to crack down on gambling in their country, as the activity is illegal and even advertising the activity is forbidden. The country is a lucrative market for operators though, as VIP players can bring millions to properties, primarily through baccarat, which is the most popular game among punters in the country.
We will update this story as we learn more about the sentences handed down and the fate of the other Crown Resorts employees.