The Crown Melbourne casino has managed to dodge a bullet once again. The recent sticky trail of Crown Resorts scandals has been a nightmare for the casino operator. However, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor after reviewing Crown Melbourne for the last five years, has found it fit to renew its operating licence.
Why Crown Melbourne had to be audited
In the past few years Crown Resorts has been involved in brushes with the law even internationally. About two years ago Crown Casino employees including an executive were arrested in China for what were described as “gambling crimes. Just a few months ago Crown Melbourne was embroiled in pokies machine tampering scandal. They were accused of allowing punters to exceed legal limits on pokies. The casino operator subsequently paid almost AU$300 000 for that offence. Crown Resorts has also been rumoured to not follow anti-money laundering policies.
Why Crown was allowed to Retain Their Operating Licence
The VCGLR made the decision that Crown Melbourne be allowed to continue to operate. However, the gambling regulator released a 209-page report on their decision to allow Crown Melbourne to renew their licence. The regulatory commission made 20 recommendations and conditions to raise the casino’s responsible gambling standards that Crown Melbourne has to abide by in order to keep their operating licence.
Crown Melbourne’s chairman reiterated that the casino is aware of the importance of having well-formed responsible gaming measures. He further stated Crown would consistently work harder to improve and refine their responsible gambling program.
Anti-gambling forums were not as welcoming of the decision by the VCGLR. A representative of the Alliance for Gambling Reform felt the conditions placed on the Crown Melbourne were too lenient and vague. He felt that Crown should have been held more accountable and held to stricter conditions to improve their responsible gambling policies.