Crown Resorts Fined $30 Million AUD

Gaming resort company Crown Resorts has been issued a massive $30 million AUD by the Victoria Gaming and Casino Control Commission for a violation related to player cheques.

The Melbourne casino was found to have let players issue cheques to themselves instead of the casino to play, and also let the players gamble using those funds before the cheques cleared the bank. This violated the Victorian Casino Control Act 1991, which prohibits most cheque use at casinos in order to prevent money laundering and gambling addiction.

Crown Resorts has had a long history of violations in the past, which caused the large fine to be issued. The company was found to previously be "unsuitable" to hold a gaming licence in the state and was forced to make a number of changes, including management overhauls, to remain in operation.

Regarding the fine VGCCC Chairperson Fran Thorn said, "This is the second time we've taken action on undocumented practices at the casino, and we will investigate further to ensure there are no more. To be clear, we will not allow the casino to conceal its practices to avoid scrutiny.

"Practices like accepting blank cheques expose Crown to the risk of money laundering, put patrons at risk of gambling harm and compromise our ability to ensure the casino runs with integrity, safety and fairness."

A Crown Resorts spokesperson also issued comment on the fine, noting: "Crown Melbourne accepts the outcome from the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission.

"These practices have ceased and we have implemented significant improvements to reduce and prevent risk across our business.

"Under new ownership and leadership, our Future Crown programme is driving whole-of-company reform as we continue to uplift our culture and build a Crown that exceeds the expectations of our stakeholders and the community.

"We will comply with the directions issued and work constructively with the VGCCC and the government to address this and other issues raised as part of the Victorian Royal Commission."

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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1 May 2023 - 6:01pm

Seems like all I hear about this company is how much they're fined. Is this casino well-regarded, at least?

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9 May 2023 - 2:08am

No, I think most people would see them as shady if asked. Same with the Star Casino in Sydney.

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