Australia's Crown Casino Fined For Machine Tampering

Published Saturday, April 28, 2018 -
Australia's Crown Casino Fined For Machine Tampering

The recent news from Australia has pointed out that not all casinos are being honest after the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation found Crown Resorts violated the Gambling Regulation Act of 2003 when the operator “adjusted” its gambling machines. The Australian listed casino operator Crown Resorts Ltd. headquartered in Melbourne has been hit with a AUD 300,000 (US$226,608) fine after charges of tampering with certain electronic gaming machines on the casino floor were revealed.

The fine is the most severe imposed on the Australian gambling operator, which has maintained during the investigation that it was innocent of wrongdoing. The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) was adamant about the rules saying the firm needed to secure permission from the regulator before altering any of its gambling machines.

The Guardian news outlet reported that the VCGLR stated, “Crown’s failure to obtain approval means it has contravened the Gambling Regulation Act 2003” adding, “This is the largest fine the commission has issued to Crown and reflects the seriousness with which it considers the matter.”

Testimonies from whistleblowers claimed that the casino’s managers ordered staff at Crown Melbourne to tamper with the machines which included disabling lower bet options and modifying buttons to allow prohibited auto play, both actions could increase gambling losses.

Crown Melbourne said in a statement, “While Crown Melbourne’s position throughout this process was that the Gaming Machine Trial did not require the prior approval of the Commission, Crown Melbourne respects the Commission’s decision, which brings this process to a close,”

Australian Independent MP Andrew Wilkie said that hitting Crown Casino with a fine wasn’t enough regarding how grave the violation and the casino’s lack of cooperation.

Wilkie commented, “I expect the commission and the police to diligently probe these matters. It would be completely unacceptable to the community if they take the casino’s explanations at face value or continue to hand out slap-on-the-wrist fines,”  






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