Queensland Govt investigating illegal junket allegations thrown to The Ville Casino & Resort in Townsville
The Queensland Government is on a serious investigation on an allegation of an illegal junket operation at The Ville Casino and Resort in Townsville. The Ville Casino and Resort has reportedly paid an illegal junket operator in loyalty points and cash to bring high rollers to the Townsville casino.
The state government highlighted the allegations’ gravity and disclosed that an investigation by the office of Liquor and Gambling Regulation is now in progress. The Cairns Reef Hotel Casino has also seen inclusion in the allegations. The Ville has highlighted that the casino operated lawfully and that there were factual discrepancies in the report.
Investigation extends to Stars Entertainment.
The investigation comes amid the usual inquiry into the Star Entertainment Group’s Queensland casinos. The Star Gold Coast and Treasury Brisbane, headed by former Court of Appeal judge Robert Gotterson, report probes the junket operations along with VIP patrons and high rollers.
The public hearing was held last week on the inquiry that one of the top ten table players at the group’s Gold Coast venue had been suspended by police from casinos in two other states. The hearing told that the patron was excluded from Melbourne casino in December 2014 and from the New South Wales location in 2015.
The operator changed the policy to favor the brand.
The operator admitted not being truthful with Queensland regulators concerning changing its policy to conceal AU$55million amounting to US$38.4 million in prohibited gambling transactions from a Chinese bank.
The Star is building its Queens Wharf casino, a multi-billion dollar development in Brisbane’s CBD, which will be open in 2023, as declared by the brand.