Crown Resorts, the most powerful land-based casino operator in Australia, faces a new set of difficulties as the authorities in Western Australia are about to launch an official investigation into the operator’s license suitability.
The investigation in Western Australia follows the example of the states of Victoria and New South Wales, who have already put Crown Resort’s license into question recently.
The company operates Crown Perth in Western Australia, a huge resort which features three hotels, a casino, a convention centre with meeting rooms, along with 32 restaurants and bars. The casino offers around 2,500 coin-operated machines and over 300 gaming tables.
The Western Australian government has announced that the casino’s license will be under investigation by a royal commission, which will be run by former Supreme Court judges Lindy Jenkins and Neville Owen, and former state auditor-general Colin Murphy.
The investigation is expected to cost the taxpayers around 5 million Australian dollars, and the royal commission will have to deliver an interim report by June. The final report will have to be ready by November, and then the government will decide whether Crown Resorts Limited is suitable to hold a casino license.
Until then, the Crown Perth casino will continue to operate under the supervision of Western Australia’s Gaming and Wagering Commission. Paul Papalia, the state’s Racing and Gaming Minister, said that there is no immediate threat of money laundering or inappropriate behaviour at this casino, and that is why the license was not suspended during the investigation.