Crown Melbourne, one of the top land-based casinos in Australia, has been ordered by the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission to implement several anti-money laundering measures and player protection methods until the end of 2023.
The casino regulator in Victoria has required the company to implement mandatory carded play on all electronic gaming machines, along with mandatory time and spend limits for players.
The Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission explained that mandatory carded play for all individuals is an essential anti-money laundering measure, which would allow all activity at an electronic gaming machine to be linked with a player’s identity.
Moreover, all casino customers will have to set their own time and spend limits before actually engaging in gambling, using the YourPlay system which is available in the state of Victoria. However, the system remains voluntary at other venues while Crown Melbourne will have to make it mandatory. This means that patrons will not be able to play at all once their pre-established limits have been reached.
The Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission did acknowledge that Crown Melbourne has taken its own harm minimization and anti-money laundering measures, beyond the recommendations of the state regulator.