Crown Resorts has once again found itself on the receiving end of negative press after former employees accused the company of pokie tampering. The former employees worked at Crown Resort’s Melbourne casino and have claimed the slot machines were deliberately tampered with in order to increase the house edge.
Crown Resorts has been accused by former employees of tampering with pokie machines
Former Employees Accuse Crown Resorts of Pokie Tampering
The claims of pokie tampering were revealed by Lawmaker Andrew Wilkie before Parliament, who was doing it on behalf of the former employees. He has also called for the government to investigate the slot tampering claims immediately.
The former Crown Resort employees claim that the casino would purposefully disable certain buttons on pokie machines in order to force gamblers to bet a certain way. In addition to this, the employees claim that certain other options on the slot machine were changed to continuously make the same bet. Finally, the employees also claim that while working at the casino, they were encouraged not to report transactions that exceeded AU$10 000. The anti-money laundering laws here in Australia require a casino to report any AU$10 000+ transactions, so this would be a fairly large breach of the law.
Bad Situation for Crown Resorts
The federal government could launch a full investigation into the matter, as pressure from the public continues to increase. If the claims are true, there could be some severe punishment for Crown Resorts. This could range from massive fines, or even the company losing its casino license.
Crown Resorts was quick to deny the allegations, including the pokie tampering. James Packer, who runs Crown Resorts, made a public statement where he called upon Wilkie to take the evidence to the appropriate authorities. Whether the claims are true or not, it made investors nervous, and Crown Resort saw its stocks fall by over 4% when these allegations were revealed.
It’s been a very bad year for Crown Resorts, with employees being detained in China, and now this scandal.