Royal Commission hears from Crown’s victims of gambling addiction

Crown-Melbourne

Victoria’s Royal Commission into Crown Resorts has heard from victims of gambling addiction that had played at its Crown Melbourne casino. 

One victim, a law graduate from China’s Jilin province who moved to Australia in 2002 said he gambled at Crown Melbourne for nearly eight hours a day, losing thousands per day. 

The man alleged that Crown’s responsible gaming team had only approached him after six weeks to talk to him about budgeting. 

“There were no staff or dealers or floor managers approaching the gamblers … they just let gamblers lose more and more and more,” he told the inquiry.

Another man told the inquiry that his sister took her own life after becoming addicted to gambling, falling prey to loan sharks. 

Earlier this month, the Victorian government granted a request from the royal commission into Crown to allow additional time and funding to complete its inquiry into whether Crown Resorts is suitable to hold a license in Victoria. It has extended the royal commission inquiry to October 15, 2021. 

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