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Crown Resorts says it will only work with operators who bring big players to casinos if they are licensed by the authorities

Embattled Crown Resorts gaming empire says it will stop dealing with garbage operators who bring top gamblers overseas to their casinos until the operators are licensed by the authorities.

Crown made the statement during a break in investigative hearings in New South Wales as this week he defended himself against allegations that it is not appropriate to obtain a license for a new Sydney casino set to open in a matter of weeks..

The decision came ahead of a surprise meeting of the New South Wales regulator, the Independent Liquor and Games Authority (ILGA), which on Wednesday will consider Crown’s submission of a « limited opening of casino operations » also as a strength of the company’s internal control measures..

The ILGA investigation heard allegations that junk mail operators operating at Crown casinos have links to organized crime and saw footage of hundreds of thousands of dollars of cash being cashed out of shopping bags in a room run by a garbage operator, Suncity, at Melbourne Casino.

Crown said it has begun a process of consulting with regulators in Victoria, which includes the group’s largest casino, New South Wales and Western Australia..

The company said: « Crown will only resume engaging with the spam operator if the spam operator is authorized, approved, or subject to sanctions by all game organizers in Crown’s states ». .

A spokeswoman for the Victorian Gambling and Liquor Regulatory Commission confirmed that it does not currently directly authorize unsolicited waste operators. Instead, Victorian legislation requires Crown to have a « certified system of internal control » that governs unwanted operations..

A spokeswoman for the organizer said that any changes to the law are the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice and Community Safety. The office of the Secretary of Consumer Affairs, Melissa Horne, was contacted for comment.

Last month, Crown issued a VCGLR with a Notice of Reason for the Offer, asking the company why it had not been discovered to have violated the law by not properly controlling the junk mail operators.

A Victorian government spokeswoman said Crown’s statement on warships will be considered along with a Notice of Reason for Presentation and final recommendations of the NSW investigation scheduled for February..

An ILGA spokesperson said, « It is not possible for ILGA or Liquor & Gaming NSW to license unwanted aircraft under current laws and regulations. ».

« The link ship licensing system could be implemented through amendments to the internal controls of casino operators or amendments to the casino oversight law, » he said..

“ILGA has yet to consider any proposal by Crown in relation to unwanted vehicles nor has Crown formally requested ILGA’s views on any proposed changes to regulate unwanted aircraft.

The New South Wales investigation, conducted by former State Supreme Court Justice Patricia Bergen for ILGA, on Tuesday heard petitions from Crown attorney, Neil Young QC, why he was not deemed unfit to obtain a Sydney license.

On Tuesday morning, Young clashed with Bergen over last year’s announcement condemning Crown coverage by Nine Entertainment.

The announcement, which some members of the British Crown Board of Directors admitted in the investigation to contain inaccurate information, also criticized the young Crown employee, Jenny Jiang, who was among 19 employees imprisoned in China for illegally promoting gambling..

He claimed that Jiang’s objectivity was « open to question on the grounds that she unsuccessfully filed for Crown compensation of more than 50 times her last annual salary. ».

Young Bergen told her that she should not conclude that any member of the board was not fit to participate in the casino because they had signed the announcement.

« Isn’t it the case that it should never have been published like this? » Bergen asked.

Young said that was a « reasonable and available opinion, » but some members of the council « were deeply saddened by the falsity of the claim Nain made regarding Crown’s treatment of Jiang.

“It’s a smudge on the board as I see it, a very bad stain,” Bergen said. They point to fifty times her annual salary, as if mining for gold.

“And for those directors who did not see it as a disgrace, it was very difficult to understand their judgment.

ILGA said its meeting on Wednesday will also consider applications from Crown to approve the VIP membership system, its gaming zone limits, and liquor licenses. .

The regulator will also receive an update on applications that will be approved as suitable people to link to the casino, submitted by Crown CEO Ken Barton, and Directors Jane Halton and Helen Conan.

Crown Resorts, Crown Melbourne, James Packer

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Ref: https://www.theguardian.com

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