It seems Crown Resorts’ troubles are not yet over and may even take a turn for the worse. In the recent predicament, the casino operator finds itself in the midst of allegations of tampering with their poker machines. A probe into these allegations is currently underway by the Australian Gambling Watchdog Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).
According to the VCGLR, the casino resort has used the blanking of the buttons on over 2000 pokies machines. This decision left players with no choice but to wager on a single line or 40 lines. As a result, Crown Resort will be fined and possibly lose their gaming license.
In their defence, Crown Resorts’ legal team said that they had made the changes as a trial run on only 17 of the poker machines instead of the 2628 machines. They also said that they didn’t breach any regulation acts and there is no approval needed since this was a trial. However, according to MP Andrew Wilkie, this is not considered to be legal and wants to see the casino punished.
In October 2017, former staff members of Casino Resorts provided VCGLR with evidence of the tampering of poker machines. The employees claimed that they were ordered by the casino manager to tamper with the buttons on the gaming machines.
The buttons that were disabled was the lower bet and auto play buttons. By blanking these buttons, this would cause an increase in gaming losses. These allegations were more than enough for the VCGLR to act upon.
Every year, Crown Resorts hosts the Aussie Millions poker tournament. Should the casino lose its gaming licence, this well-known tournament will have to find another venue for 2019.
The 2018 event was a success not only for Aussie Millions but Crown Resorts as well. More attendees and players took part in various tournaments.