Queensland Investigates Illegal Junkets at The Ville Casino and Resort
It has been reported that the Queensland Government is looking into allegations of an illegal junket operation at The Ville Casino and Resort in Townsville.
A junket is a casino promotor that receives a commission for bringing players to a venue. According to reports, The Ville paid an illegal junket operator in a mixture of cash and loyalty points for bringing high rollers to the resort.
According to the state government, there are “serious” allegations and the Office of Liquor and Gambling Regulation are investigating them. Included in the allegations is The Cairns Reef Hotel Casino. However, The Ville strongly denies the allegations and claims that the report contained factual errors.
The latest investigation comes while an inquiry is still ongoing into The Star Entertainment Group’s Queensland casinos (The Star Gold Coast and Treasury Brisbane). That inquiry, which is led by former Court of Appeal judge Robert Gotterson, is looking at junket operations, VIP visitors and high rollers.
At last week’s public hearings, the inquiry heard that one of the top ten table players at the Gold Coast casino has been banned by police from visiting casinos in two other states. The player was banned from a Melbourne casino in December 2014 and from a New South Wales casino in 2015.
The Star Entertainment Group also said that it had not been completely honest with Queensland regulators when it changed a policy in order to hide AU$55 million in prohibited gambling transactions from a Chinese bank.