Crown Casino Dealers Caught in Raids on Illegal Gambling Dens

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Following raids by authorities on two illegal gambling dens during which thousands in cash and casino-style chips were seized, three Crown Casino workers have lost their jobs.

Authorities found a baccarat table cover and playing cards at a Perth business premises where allegedly illegal gambling was taking place. This raid took place in April 2023 and more than $128,000 was seized. Furthermore, a 35-year-old man was charged by West Australian police for allegedly organizing the game and money laundering.

Crown Workers Have Licenses Cancelled

Following the raids, the Gaming and Wagering Commission canceled the licenses of three employees of Crown Perth while others involved in the illegal gambling were issued with fines.

During a second raid in December 2023 on a home in east Perth, over $60,000 in cash and casino chips were seized and 16 people were found. The operation is still being investigated and there is a chance of charges under the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act.

According to the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, organizers of the illegal gambling dens were targeting vulnerable problem gamblers who had been banned from casinos and Crown dealers who wished to earn more money.

Increased Efforts to Crack Down on Illegal Gambling

Paul Papalia, the Racing and Gaming Minister, explained that those caught in the raids who worked in the casino industry have lost their licenses and jobs.

At the first raid, three casino employees were found to be working illegally. Organizers and participants of unlicensed gaming events are now on notice that their activities will be investigated and action taken.

Paul PapaliaRacing and Gaming Minister

Gambling operators and West Australian police are now working to increase their cooperation in order to crack down on illegal gambling venues. Furthermore, Crown Resorts has said that it is working with the gambling regulator and police to ensure that it does not employ those involved with illegal gambling.

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