An Australian mother attempted to skirt the minimum Australian gambling age by sneaking her 12-year old daughter into The Star Syndey Casino to play up to 17 minutes on the casino’s poker slot machines. As a result of that incident and similar infractions from Fahad Tamimi March through July of last year, the casino was fined the equivalent of $64,500.
In video released by the Liquor & Gaming New South Wales in Australia, it shows surveillance footage of a mother holding an exit door open to aid the daughter in an effort to avoid detection by security. After entering the casino, she spent the next 17 minutes — enough for 2 dozen bets — on a variety of poker slot machines known as “pokies” in the country. The child was not noticed until the family was seen leaving the casino.
Philip Crawford, the NSW Independent Liquor & Authority Chair Philip said the following of the incident. “It’s quite staggering that the young girl’s parents facilitated her entry in such a deceptive manner, let alone allowed their daughter to gamble.”
The Star Sydney was fined $43,000 for the incident.
Not the first time
It wasn’t the only time The Star Sydney had to be fined for underage play, according to the Liquor & Gaming NSW Director of Investigations and Intervention. In another incident at the casino, a 16-year-old girl walked into the VIP area of a casino with a middle-aged adult without being asked for identification. To make matters worse, the girl was later served alcohol at a casino bar. She was eventually caught after trying to enter a nightclub near the casino.
During a separate incident, a 17-year old boy was able to spend three hours in the casino before he was kicked out, but not before purchasing alcohol and playing “42 rounds of roulette and 22 hands of poker.”
Although the latter two cases could be attributed as innocent mistakes, both were able to hang around the casino while encountering many staff members. The Star Sydney was fined the equivalent of $10,750 for each incident involving the 16 and 17-year-olds.
All three incidents were self-reported by The Star Syndey. “We appreciate The Star’s cooperation in coming forward each time they detect a minor, however, we do take these cases seriously. The penalty indicates that every breach requires a regulatory response befitting the risk of harm to young people and the community,” said Crawford….