Crown Casino Ex Employee Blows the Whistle on Pokies Tampering

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Crown Casino is embroiled in yet another pokies tampering scandal after a former employee posted damning footage on social media. In the video (available on YouTube), a pokies machine button is being pinned down by a small pick that enables gamblers to play continuously. Just last month, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) handed a AU$300 000 fine to Crown Melbourne following an investigation into the alleged use of plastic picks.

Crown Casino Pokies Machine Tampering History

In April, a former high roller patron of Crown Casino produced evidence that she used the small plastic picks on Crown’s staff members’ orders. Crown was subsequently penalised following an investigation by the Victorian gambling commission. These are just a few in a handful of allegations levelled against the casino regarding tampering of pokies machines. Crown has also seen its name dragged in the mud with claims of possible money laundering and use of illegal drugs on the casino gaming floors.

VCGLR Investigates Latest Pokies Tampering Allegations

The previous fine Crown incurred had drawn heavy criticism from Australian anti-gambling groups and observers at large. Most vocal about his discontent at the penalty was Monash University senior lecturer, Dr Charles Livingstone, who was quoted saying that the fine was of ‘no serious consequence’. Crown Casino’s turnover reaches billions of Australian dollars annually, and AU$300k may seem like a slap on the wrist.

Plastic Picks used for pokies tampering purposes at Crown Casino

Dr Livingstone’s fears that the fine was not harsh enough has borne fruit, as there is no indication that it has acted as a preventative measure. A spokeswoman for the casino previously stated that Crown would fully co-operate with authorities following VCGLRs decision to look into the matter. Surely, there has to be some kind of recourse for such action, as this has gone on for far too long. We’ll be here, waiting with bated breath for the verdict. Stay tuned to for the latest gambling news.