A north Queensland casino has been charged with breaching the state’s casino regulations days after gambling giant Star Casino copped a record $100 million penalty.
The Ville Casino in Townsville is accused of using unapproved junkets to lure gamblers to its tables after a nine-month probe by the Office of Liquor and Gaming regulators.
The state’s casino regulations must approve agreements or arrangements, including junkets, according to a Liquor, slot pulsa Gaming and Fair Trading spokeswoman.
“Queensland casinos are expected to operate lawfully, ethically, and in a way that maintains the highest standards of integrity and public confidence,” she said.
“OLGR takes matters of non-compliance by casino operators seriously. It is important that the penalties for breaches of Queensland’s casino legislation are appropriate and send a strong message that unlawful and criminal behaviour will not be tolerated.”
Ville Casino operators are expected to face court over the alleged breaches in January.
Further north, the Reef Casino in Cairns has been fined $10,000 after pleading guilty to breaching the Casino Control Act over unapproved junkets after a separate investigation.
“The court outcome against the operator of the Reef Hotel Casino signals the approach Queensland casinos can expect from the OLGR if the operator fails to meet its requirements under law.”
Both north Queensland investigations were revealed after the public inquiry into Star Entertainment led by retired justice Robert Gotterson.
The embattled casino operator Star Entertainment was slapped with a record $100 million fine over compliance breaches on Friday.
The state government has appointed a special manager to reform the ASX-listed company’s operations in Queensland.
Star also faces a 90-day suspension of its two casino licences if it fails to enact reforms by December 2023.