Star Casino not under-reporting violence, says gaming regulator

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Australia’s NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority has given Star Casino the greenlight to continue its operations after it has found that the casino has been compliant in reporting violent incidents in the facility.

Star Casino not under-reporting violence, says gaming regulatorThe Sydney Morning Herald reported that the gaming regulator has recommended that Star Casino’s license be allowed to continue after clearing the gaming facility from allegations that it tried to sweep violent incidents in its jurisdiction under the rug.

“I am satisfied that … violent incidents come to the attention of the board of both the Star and the Star Group,” the report said, according to the news agency.

In fact, the regulatory body found that Star Casino is “resistant” to organized crime’s infliltration.

But the gambling authority noted that Star Casino should use a clearer reporting system after it found that it used euphemisms such as “behavior” to describe assaults in the casino.

The gambling watchdog pointed out that because they were not all classified as “assaults,” many incidents involving violence did not find their way into the asset protection monthly reports provided to Liquor and Gaming NSW.

“Nevertheless, the Star’s internal reporting of violent incidents is less than adequate. The board and senior management may come to know about undesirable conduct as a result of an unstructured, opaque and not always traceable process,” the regulatory body said. “Because of this and the inadequate nature of the descriptors, there ought be a clear paper trail recording relevant matters.”

It recommended that incident reports be centralized and incidents involving violence more clearly described.

Aside from the casino’s reporting system, the NSW authority also look into the junket tours in Star Casino. The report said: “Junkets present a risk to the integrity of the casino by virtue of the very large amounts of money involved, the potential illicit sources of those funds and issues relating to junket promoters and the nature of their business.”

“They also represent an important, and growing, part of the casino’s business, and are one means by which international visitors, and business, is attracted,” it added.


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