Crown Resorts, the biggest owner and operator of land-based casinos in Australia, has received very bad news from Victoria as the state regulator decided to slap a fine of 120 million Australian dollars on the company.
The company’s Melbourne casino received the fine from the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission as the state regulator found failures within the operator’s Responsible Service of Gambling obligations.
The fine comes after Crown Melbourne was found unsuitable for operating a casino in the state. Moreover, the company was fined 80 million Australian dollars in May for having illegally used China Union Pay cards for gambling transactions.
The Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission announced that the latest fine was issued for two breaches. The Commission found that Crown Melbourne breached its code of conduct for Responsible Service of Gambling over many years. In fact, the Commission found that the casino allowed some customers to gamble for extensive periods without a break, even for more than 24 hours.
The casino also failed to comply with a statutory direction issued by the regulator which states that the company should take steps to prevent customers from using plastic picks and other devices that allow them to simulate automatic play on some electronic gaming machines.