A 12-year-old girl at Sydney ‘s Star Casino is among three minors caught gambling and drinking, costing the venue $90,000 in fines.
Her mother snuck the girl in through the exit window, took her to the main gaming floor and looked on as the child made 21 bets over 17 minutes on the pokie machines.
The girl and her father, who visited Australia on tourist visas from China, were only picked up by police while trying to exit the venue, in what the NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority claims was a serious violation of standards.
“It’s quite staggering that the young girl’s parents facilitated her entry in such a deceptive manner, let alone allowed their daughter to gamble,” chair Philip Crawford said.
ILGA Director of Investigations and Intervention David Byrne said that underage patrons attempting to sneak in through the exit doors are an obvious risk that the Star should have been prepared to take.
“However, not only did The Star fail to manage the risk, once the child was on the gaming floor, there were a number of opportunities where staff should have noticed a very young person playing the poker machines – well before they actually did which was when the family was leaving,” Mr Byrne said.
A 17-year-old boy was served alcohol in another incident and played 42 rounds of roulette and 22 poker hands before being thrown out by police.
Using his own drivers licence, the boy visited the casino and communicated using workers at least 15 times over 3.5 hours until he was found to be a juvenile.
Also, a 16-year-old girl was able to enter the venue via a VIP checkpoint without having to ask for an ID.
At the main gaming floor, when she was finally asked for an ID, a fake driver’s licence was accepted and the teen was served alcohol.
“Both children’s forays lasted long enough that they had interacted with several staff members by the time they were discovered,” Mr Byrne said.