The Star Entertainment Group is to pay AU$140,000 in penalties after being found guilty of offences relating to its running of its two Queensland casinos.
Seven of the 11 charges centre around accepting credit wagers of over $170,000 between 2017 and 2022.
“The Brisbane Magistrates Court heard that a lack of adequate controls in relation to the EFTPOS machines meant customers could use their credit card to deposit significant amounts of money into their casino account, potentially allowing customers to gamble beyond their means,” a statement read.
Four further charges were handed out after The Star distributed promotional or advertising material about the casino in February 2022 to customers who had self-excluded or were banned.
The statement reported that Magistrate Elliott found “staff oversight” and “no intentional attempt to contravene legislation” factored into the decision.
Yvette D’Ath, Attorney General and Minister for Justice, said: “Palaszczuk Government expects all Queensland casinos to operate lawfully and ethically.
“Allowing credit betting and distributing promotional material to excluded persons are not acceptable ways for casinos to operate in Queensland.
“The authority to operate a casino is a privilege. In return, the community expects The Star, at an absolute minimum, to effectively control risks, such as gambling harm and money laundering.
“Ensuring public confidence in our casinos is a priority. That’s why we will continue to strengthen and enforce our casino laws.
“The regulator is closely monitoring all casinos operating in Queensland and will take action if they fall short of their requirements.”