Victorian Parliament Introduces Limits for Crown Resorts Players

New legislation has been passed by the Victorian Parliament in Australia that will impose both time and money limits on players at Crown Resorts by the end of next year.

The legislation includes a cash cap of AU$1,000 that resets every 24 hours. It has been designed to tackle money laundering and anyone who wishes to gamble more than that will have to have a special card issued by the casino.

Samantha Ratnam, the leader of the Victorian Greens, said that Crown accounts for just 10% of the slot machines in the state. Therefore, she believes that the legislation should be extended to cover all gambling venues, not just the Crown, if the government wants to prove that it is serious about minimizing gambling harm.

For some people those machines are dangerous, and our focus has always been on them and trying to provide support, a regulatory framework for that small number of Victorians for whom gambling is a very serious problem. That is not to say, as some would suggest, that all gaming, all wagering, all gambling, is an illegitimate form of recreational activity. That has never been my view. But you’ve got to get that balance right.

Daniel AndrewsPremier of Victoria

A spokeswoman for the Crown said that the Casino has been working hard to make progress since the royal commission’s report adding, “Creating a safe and responsible gaming and entertainment environment is our number one priority, and we are committed to delivering on all the reforms.”