Sydney’s Star Casino fined $90,000 for allowing minors to gamble in 2019

Sydney’s Star Casino fined $90,000 for allowing minors to gamble in 2019

A hefty fine of $90,000 has been slapped on Sydney's Star Casino for its failure in preventing a 12-year-old girl and two other minors from gambling and drinking at the facility in 2019, the NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority has confirmed.

The 12-year-old girl had visited the Sydney’s Star Casino with her parents during their visit to Australia from China on tourist visa. At the venue, the girl’s mother took her to the main gaming floor and watched on as the girl placed a total of 21 bets on poker machines in just 17 minutes. They were only caught by security when they trying to leave the venue. According to the NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority, it was a serious violation of standards.

Philip Crawford, the chairperson of NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority, criticized the girl’s mother for facilitating her entry in such a deceptive manner and then allowing her to gamble. Director of Investigations & Intervention David Byrne condemned the casino’s staff for failing to manage the risk.

Speaking on the topic, Byrne said, “However, not only did The Star fail to manage the risk, once the child was on the gaming floor, there were a number of opportunities where staff should have noticed a very young person playing the poker machines - well before they actually did which was when the family was leaving.”

The 12-year-old girl’s entry into the venue’s gambling floor was not the only incident of its kind that took place last year. In another incident, a 17-year-old boy consumed alcohol and played 42 rounds of roulette and 22 rounds of poker before being caught by security. The minor entered the gambling facility, interacted with staff members fifteen times during 3.5 hours that he spent at the facility.

In a yet another incident, a 16-year-old girl was allowed to enter the facility through a VIP checkpoint and she was served alcohol as well. When she was finally asked for ID, a fake driver's license was accepted by the staff. A footage captured by CCTV showed she interacted several times with staff during the time she spent at the gambling floor.

The Star Casino self-reported all the aforementioned three incidents, which took place between the months of March and July last year. Nevertheless the venue was slapped with a fine of $60,000 for the incident involving the 12-year-old girl, and $15,000 each for the two other minors.