Mon, Sep 9, 8:30am by Staff Writer
Suncity Group runs one of the most well known junkets from Macau to Australia.
Since the company was connected to Crown Resorts in the recent organised crime investigation, the fallout has been severe, CasinoAus reports.
Australian media has reported that Suncity’s Alvin Chau is under investigation by Australian authorities.
Star Entertainment shut down Suncity’s high roller room at its Sydney casino recently and Suncity has been forced to scale back its operations on a dramatic scale.
Suncity Group says it offers “worldwide VIP services” for people in the Suncity VIP club.
Members receive hotel reservations, air and ferry bookings, visa applications and ground transportation that may include chauffeur-driven vehicles.
The company boasts numerous quality certifications obtained over the past decade, rendering it a 7-star casino VIP club.
Its website also boasts of high-end entertainment in locations across the globe including Macau, Korea, Melbourne, Sydney, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Given recent events, the Australian operations may be changing.
Fairfax Media, owner of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age reported that Suncity Group’s chief executive officer Alvin Chau was banned from entering Australia.
The ban was put in place by the Home Affairs department of the government.
The sources for that reporting were “official sources’ that preferred to remain anonymous.
— World Gambling News (@wgamblingnews) August 21, 2019
This news emerged just days after the original Crown scandal reporting of the casino’s links to organised crime via high roller traffic delivered to the casinos.
That investigation was headed up partially by the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, along with 60 Minutes.
Suncity has disputed any assertions that its chairman, executive director and controlling shareholder was banned from Australia.
In fact, Suncity Group issued a statement to Macau business.
It read, in part, “Mr Chau has no intention to go to Australia for the forthcoming 12 months and he is not aware of the said investigation of such Australian casinos. Mr Chau further clarifies that he is not subject to any Australian investigation as at the date of this announcement.”
Int he days that followed, the Australian media reached out to the Star Entertainment Group to find out if it would control to work with Suncity.
At that time, Star’s chief executive officer Matt Bekier told The Age there would be no interruption in the business they conduct with Suncity.
Further, he said the issue of junkets in general would not even be reviewed, no matter the recent investigations regarding Crown.
Bekier went on to describe Suncity as one of the junkets that are “credible and have been approved, in some states, by the regulators.”
He said the partnerships with junkets were lawful, clean and legal.
Less than two weeks later, The Age reported that Star changed its tune.
A representative from Star Entertainment’s management confirmed that the VIP gaming room that Suncity operated at Star Sydney would be closing in a matter of days.
The Age stated that Star and Suncity reached a “mutual decision” to shut down the room.
Mr Bekier would only comment ont he room in a very limited statement: “The fixed room of Suncity will be discontinued here. They had a small fixed room. That room is being closed.”
He would not, however, comment on Star continuing any relationships with the Suncity junket in general.
Further, the same media outlet reported that the Suncity VIP gaming room at Crown’s Melbourne property was to close as well.
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