This week Crown Casino was fined $300,000 for altering buttons on poker machines, which violated Australian gambling laws.
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation laid down the fine while also issuing a letter of censure to the company following the violation. The issue at heart is the casino's choice to put blanking plates over buttons on 17 of their gaming machines. The casino initially denied the accusation but eventually admitted to removing the buttons on the machines as part of a three week trial.
That move was against gambling laws, as they restricted options to players that should otherwise be available.
The regulator issued a statement on the matter revealing: "The blanking plates concealed play line options so that only minimum and maximum betting options were available. The commission considers that the way in which Crown used blanking plates in the trial constitutes a variation to the gaming machines and therefore required approval by the VCGLR, and that Crown's failure to obtain approval means it has contravened the Gambling Regulation Act 2003."
Crown Resorts is a major gamblign firm throughout the world, holding properties in Melbourne, Perth, London, and Macau. The company brings in billions of dollars annually, and employs thousands throughout their properties.