Australia’s largest casino has been sentenced to A fine of $ 300,000 (£160,000; $225,000) for tampering with its slot machines limit betting options.
The penalty to Melbourne’s Crown casino is considered the largest of its kind issued by the regulatory authorities of Australia, anti-gambling advocates say.
Regulatory agencies have found that the buttons have been covered on the slot machines, locally known as poker machines, slot machines and c’.
The crown has been struck by other damaging allegations in the recent period.
The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) have stated that the casino has used the “blanking plates” on the 17th of machines in the course of a trial programme last year, which means that the players had more than the maximum and the minimum of options.
“This is the most fine, the commission has issued to the Crown, and reflects the seriousness with which he considers the matter,” it said in a statement.
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The regulatory body acknowledged that the trial was not affected by the ratio of performance of the players, and that the casino was not the deliberate intention of violation of laws.
However, he said that the sentence should deter the casino operators “from different machines without the approval”.
The crown had previously refused to modify its machines, before admitting to doing so during a period of three weeks.
“While the Crown of Melbourne’s position throughout this process is that the Game of Testing Machine do not require the prior approval of the Commission, Crown Melbourne respects the decision of the Commission, which brings this process to a close,” he said in a statement Friday.
Last year, the MP Andrew Wilkie presented for the denunciation of declarations in parliament, which alleged that the casino has modified its machinery and violation of player rules.
After the decision on Friday, Mr Wilkie said: “It is a very serious offense for which the state must be condemned.
“However, I do not accept the Crown’s explanation that it was only a trial, because there is an abundance of evidence that the practice was more widespread.”
The crown has won a decision from the court case in February against a former game addict who argued that she had been misled by “misleading” characteristics of the design in one of the casinos gaming machines.