Star Entertainment Group Fined for Underage Gambling

This week it was revealed that the Star Entertainment Group in Australia has been fined $90,000 AUD for allowing a few underage persons to gamble in their Sydney casino.

The casino had two incidents that saw underage players bet at the property. The larger fine of $60,000 issued by the New South Wales Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority was related to one incident that saw a 12 year old that was able to gamble at the casino. That 12 year old was from China, and the girl's mother slipped her in by opening an exit door and sneaking her to the floor. She placed 21 wagers over 17 minutes before security noticed her, kicking the family out.

The second incident saw a 16 and 17 year old allowed to play on the floor as well. The regulator fined the casino $15,000 for each incident.

Commenting on the fine NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authoirty Chair Philip Crawford said, "We appreciate The Star's cooperation in coming forward each time they detect a minor, however we do take these cases seriously. The penalty indicates that every breach requires a regulatory response befitting the risk of harm to young people and the community."

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19 August 2020 - 5:16am
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Geez. What kind of a parent sneaks their 12 year old into a casino through an exit door? Maybe the fine will encourage The Star to monitor the exit doors from now on.

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19 August 2020 - 11:24pm
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When I first saw this news headline (on another news site, not here) my first comment was, "A 12 year old gambling? Where were their parents?!" and then I read further and noted they were with their parents gambling. Yikes!

I frequently see parents gambling on slots in physical casinos with their kids looking very bored standing next to them, right on the edge of where kids are allowed to be. It seems very sad that these people are prioritizing gambling over their family to the point of doing such a thing.

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19 August 2020 - 11:42pm
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Oh yeah, the classic one here was many years ago parents were being arrested for parking and leaving their kids locked in the car while they went into the casino to gamble. What can you do? Some people are just idiots.

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20 August 2020 - 4:41pm
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Our local casino has an arcade where kids can spend money for tokens to gamble and try to win tickets for prizes while their parents play the slots. The whole thing is so laughable to me, as its encouraging gambling while the parents gamble!

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22 August 2020 - 7:53am
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Ah, I can just laugh at the news 😂🤑🎰😭

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22 August 2020 - 9:13am
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With all the security personnel and all those cameras in every casino these days, there should be no good reason why a minor should even get as far as to place a wager on any game.
I'd also like to add how irresponsible that woman is sneaking her 12 year old in like that, i think child protective services should at least pay her a visit and give her a good scare .

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