VGCCC Hits Gaming Venues and Tabcorp with Gambling Breaches
The Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission (VGCCC), the gaming regulator for the The Australian state has announced they have charged Tabcorp and several other venues with breaching gambling legislation by allowing a minor to gamble.
The breaches relate to the Gambling Act of 2003 in the Australian region, and the regulator has charged Tabcorp with 54 breaches of the legislation, of which there are 27 counts of allowing mi-nors to place wagers due to poor supervision of the retail gaming outlets.
The breaches occurred in 2022 between 8th September and 1st November when a minor was able to freely gamble at a TAB agency and the gaming venues.
The VGCCC states that the operator did not provide adequate supervision of the gaming venues' electronic betting terminals. This investigation was prompted by a member of the public who con-tacted the gambling regulation authority, who looked into the complaint.
One of the most serious harms is allowing minors to gamble. All gambling venues mus ensure they do not accept a bet from a minor and must ask for identification from anyone they suspect could be underage.
Operators Face Large Fines
The statement issued by the VGCCC lists eight venues where gaming breaches occurred, including the Olympic Hotel, the Brunswick Club, the Edwardes Lake Hotel, the Parkview Hotel, the Albion Charles Hotel, the Doncaster Hotel, the Rose Shamrock & Thistle Hotel, and the Northcote TAB Agency.
The gaming venues are facing hefty fines for the alleged breaches of the Gambling Act, which could see the operators issued total fines of over $1 million collectively. If the breaches are upheld Tabcorp could be issued with a maximum fine of $698,997.