The Star Sydney has been hit with a total of A$90,000 (US$65,000) in fines due to underage gamblers making it onto their casino floor, including an incident involving a 12-year-old girl.
While The Star self-reported all three of the incidents, which occurred between March and July 2019, NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) argued that the company could reasonably have prevented the breaches and was not sufficiently alert.
ILGA Chairman Philip Crawford, discussing the case in which a 12-year-old from China spent 17 minutes playing a poker machine after being snuck in a back door by her mother, stated, “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.”
He added, “Staff should have noticed a very young person playing the poker machines well before they actually did, which was when the family was leaving.”
The Star reported a total of 32 instances of minors gaining access to restricted areas of the casino in 2019 and in 2018 reported 35 instances.