Mon, Jul 8, 12:31pm by Staff Writer
A Sydney club has been fined almost $6000 for allowing a toddler to play a gaming machine, Yahoo News reports.
The jaw-dropping moment captured on CCTV shows a man lifting the little boy onto the stool in front of a poker machine and standing back as the child presses buttons.
The toddler did not use money in the machines and investigations showed the child was in the gaming lounge of Mount Pritchard and District Community Club (Mounties) for less than two minutes.
Mounties was found guilty of breaching NSW laws that ban minors from remaining in gaming areas at licenced premises.
Staff were allegedly only made aware of the toddler’s presence when he ran past them.
Vision shows the man lifting the child off the stool when staff entered the gaming room and the two left the premises shortly after.
Liquor & Gaming New South Wales director of compliance operations Sean Goodchild said the offence was a serious breach of NSW gaming laws.
“These laws are in place to protect minors from exposure to gaming machines, which have the potential to cause significant harm,” Mr Goodchild said.
“All venues with gaming machines have a clear responsibility to supervise and monitor gaming machine areas to ensure minors do not enter and remain in gaming machine areas at any times.”
I love the press releases from NSW Liquor & Gaming. Mounties club has been fined $6000 for allowing a toddler to play the pokies. pic.twitter.com/SOupJvJvgL
— Rob Stott (@Rob_Stott) July 3, 2019
When casinos cater to a high roller, a person with nearly unlimited money to spend and a penchant for gambling, the odds are with the casinos.
These ‘whales’ of the gambling world have money to spend. And as long as they’re treated like kings, they will gamble and lose that cash. Sometimes they win, but most often they lose. That means casinos win.
Casino Aus is reporting that more casinos in Australia, Macau and the entire Asia Pacific region have been building their businesses with a focus on high-roller revenue.
Meanwhile those casino operators are also taking significant risks.
Every once in a while, a VIP gambler loses and refuses to pay, resulting in costly court cases.
In 2014, Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands catered to a Chinese business tycoon named Wang Zhi Cai.
The 63-year-old patronised the casino and accumulated a market debt of more than $8 million.
The problem was that Zhi Chai listed a false address in Australia when he applied for that credit, so when Marina Bay Sands tried to collect the debt, they were unable to locate him.
The resort, owned by Las Vegas Sands, sued in Australia to try to find Zhi Cai and collect the debt.
The case then went to the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
Justice David Davies subsequently ruled that Marina Bay Sands could move forward with its collection efforts.
The judge noted that Zhi Cai “appears to be engaging in behaviour that suggests he is trying to evade service.”
That ruling, made public The Straits Times in June 2018, also came with an order to service notice to the Australian property known to be owned by Zhi Cai and to seize assets in Australia if he ignored it.
In February 2019, Zhi Cai then came forward and appealed the seizure order so that could contest the case in a Singapore court.
That High Court did set aside the default judgment from the Australian court and heard legal arguments from both sides.
The debt had climbed by that time to more than $13 million. That’s an additional $3.7 million on top for the original $10 million sum for interest and legal costs.
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