Crown Perth banned from premium player activity

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Crown Perth banned from premium player activity

The Gaming and Wagering Commission (GWC) of Western Australia has issued directions to Crown Perth to ban the operator from junket activity, premium player activity and privileged player activity.

Crown has confirmed the ban, announcing the directions that fall under the Casino Control Act 1984 (Western Australia) in a Wednesday morning filing.

As well as junkets, Crown Perth will no longer participate in the conduct of “table games activity with patrons who are non-residents of Australia with whom Crown Perth has an arrangement to pay the patron a commission, or provide transport, accommodation, food, drink or entertainment, based on the patron’s turnover or otherwise calculated by reference to such play.”

The directions from the GWC follow the decision earlier this week from the Victorian Government to issue a royal commission into Crown Resorts to test its suitability to hold its Melbourne casino licence. 

The inquiry will be led by former Federal Court judge Raymond Finkelstein, QC, and will occur in parallel with the Government’s previously established review into the operator’s suitability.

Crown’s executive chairman Helen Coonan said the operator would fully cooperate with the inquiry, commenting: “Crown welcomes the announcement from the Victorian Government as it provides an opportunity to detail the reforms and changes to our business to deliver the highest standards of governance and compliance, and an organisational culture that meets community expectations.”