Crown Resorts has been issued with strict guidelines from Western Australia’s Gaming and Wagering Commission, which notes that its Perth facility must not engage in junkets, premium player activity or privileged player activity results.
The business announced the receipt of the order under the 1984 (WA) Casino Control Act; the latest in a series of home market struggles following a nearly 800-page indictment of the suitability of the group to manage the $2.2 billion Crown Sydney Hotel Resort.
Commissioned by the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority and headed by former supreme court judge Patricia Bergin, the scathing study in New South Wales found the business unsuitable for its Sydney casino licence.
It is also noted that, in addition to Crown Perth not engaging in the conduct of junkets, it must not allow “table games activity with patrons who are non-residents of Australia with whom Crown Perth has an arrangement to pay the patron a commission, or provide transport, accommodation, food, drink or entertainment, based on the patron’s turnover or otherwise calculated by reference to such play.”
Formation of Royal Commission
This comes after a Royal Commission was formed by the Victorian government, to be spearheaded by former Federal Court judge and senior barrister Raymond Finkelstein QC, into the suitability of Crown Melbourne to retain its Victorian casino licence, as well as the suitability of its partners, including Crown Resorts.
The government also began work on the formation of an independent casino regulator, and Melissa Horne, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Control, commissioned a study to advise on the required institutional and governance arrangements.
This will take place in conjunction with the Royal Commission which will also examine, among other items, the regulatory criteria for money laundering and junction operations.
Crown notes that it will ‘cooperate fully with the Royal Commission,’ and will continue to communicate with the VCGLR and the Government of Victoria with regard to its reform agenda and any further remedial measures found in response to the NSW ILGA inquiry.