Crown Casinos Faces Fresh Allegations
Crown Casino’s woes do not seem to end with fresh allegations popping with increased frequency against the casino giant. This time, fresh evidence against the casino giant’s manipulation of its machines have come up with a former patron producing a ‘pick’ that she alleges was used to jam the buttons of the poker machines. This new evidence comes just a little while after former members of the staff have admitted to the casino manipulating its machines. Last year, three former staff members accused the casino of having given picks to punters which enabled them to win easily.
“If these allegations are found to be accurate, then I would be firmly of the view that the people who hold the license are not fit and proper people to hold that license and it should be taken off them,” Andre Wilkie, independent federal MP said, adding that the picks were ‘very hard’ and ‘indisputable’ evidence. Wilkie handed over the evidence that has surfaced to the Victorian gambling regulator. Wilkie’s confidence in the power of the evidence stems from the fact that the picks allowed punters to play continuously – and that is definitely illegal.
The woman who anonymously produced the evidence revealed that the casino allowed her to play multiple pokies at once by giving her a number of loyalty cards – this despite her having lost $30,000 on each visit. “It is a crime in Victoria to provide a patron with some sort of device to allow the machine to continuously play,” Wilkie pointed out about regarding the evidence and went to say that if the allegations were found to be true, then the casino would be facing some very serious charges. Charles Livingstone of the Monash University observed that such manipulation of the machines is very dangerous, because each time the buttons are pushed, the machine “will consume literally hundreds of dollars in a very short space of time.” Livingstone also firmly believes that if the allegations turned out to be true, there was no way out for the casino giant and the charges would be severe.
This would not be the first time that Crown Casinos has been accused of breaching gambling laws – earlier, a few whistle-blowers brought to public notice that the Casino was deliberately removing betting options from a number of their machines. The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) is currently reviewing the allegations and has been suggested by Wilkie to not have their license renewed till the allegations have been proven false.