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Sydney Casino Dealer Stung in Cheating Scam
A former Sydney casino employee has been charged following an investigation into an alleged card cheating scam.
My GC reports that the Organised Crime Squad’s Casino and Racing Unit launched a probe into the man in February, after receiving reports “an employee and patron had been observed cheating” at a card table at a Sydney casino.
Following investigations, detectives arrested the 26-year-old at the casino on March 3.
Police will allege in court that the man, who was a baccarat table dealer at the casino, was involved in an organised cheating scam with a patron, between February and March 2021, totalling more than $35,000.
The man has since been charged with engaging in conduct that corrupts the betting outcome of an event and dishonestly obtains financial advantage by deception.
He was granted conditional bail to appear before Downing Centre Local Court.
Police say investigations are continuing.
Star chases high roller for $43 million
An Australian casino operator has doubled down on its bid to sue an Asian high roller gambling for a debt racked up at its Gold Coast casino.
The Canberra Times reported in March that the Star Entertainment Group is suing Dr Wong Yew Choy for allegedly dishonouring a blank cheque after a five-day losing streak playing baccarat at The Star Gold Coast.
It is alleged that Dr Wong owes up to $43 million.
After losing an international bid to pursue Dr Wong over the debt in Singapore, Star Casino has been granted leave to pursue the billionaire in the Queensland Supreme Court.
The well-known Asian gambler had been lured to the Gold Coast casino as part of a marketing junket in July 2018.
The gambling mogul opened his account with a $40 million cheque to buy gaming chips before hitting the baccarat table.
Within three days, the billionaire lost the entire $40 million, documents lodged in Queensland Supreme Court reveal.
Undeterred by the massive loss, the billionaire splashed out another $10 million in chips.
After seven days at the tables, Dr Wong left The Star owing $43,209,853.34, including a room tab topping more than $420,000.
After returning to Singapore, Dr Wong stopped payment on a blank cheque he signed to cover his losses incurred during the stay.
Singapore court dismissed Star’s lawsuit
In 2019, the Singapore court dismissed The Star’s lawsuit against Wong, seeking to recover his gambling debts.
The court cited the SingaporeCivil Law Act prohibiting the government from assisting foreign companies seeking to recover debts related to overseas gambling.
“The claims against me are therefore frivolous, vexatious or otherwise an abuse of the court process,” Dr Wong claimed.
International Judge Jeremy Cooke favoured Dr Wong, ordering the claim be struck out and the VIP high roller be paid $20,000 plus costs.
However, Star Entertainment has refused to fold, taking its legal fight to the Queensland Supreme Court.
Dr Wong filed a conditional notice of intention to defend, disputing the court’s jurisdiction and arguing the proceedings to be an abuse of process.
Justice Thomas Bradley dismissed Dr Wong’s application to dismiss or set aside The Star’s legal action.
“Star has pleaded a relatively straightforward claim in damages, including under the Cheques Act,” Justice Bradley said.
“I am not persuaded that allowing the proceeding to continue will result in Dr Wong incurring a serious and unfair burden, prejudice or damage or cause him any serious and unjustified trouble or harassment in defending himself.”
“If it were dismissed or stayed, Star would be prevented from having its claim against Dr Wong determined on its merits.
“That would be an injustice.”