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Crown Resorts Junket Operators is Suspended

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Crown Resorts Junket Operators is Suspended

A New South Wales inquiry into Crown Resorts and its casino licence has heard that Crown has suspended dealings with the 100-odd junket operators who bring high rollers from Asia and is conducting reviews of possible criminal links.

Director Guy Jalland agreed that the pause had been mainly prompted by Covid-19 and travel restrictions and that Crown had not notified the junket partners they were suspended and under review.

The inquiry by the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority, which is being chaired by Particia Bergin SC, a former NSW supreme court judge, is considering whether Crown remains suitable to hold the Sydney casino licence at Barangaroo.

It is investigating allegations made by the Nine Network last year that Crown turned a blind eye to money laundering at its Melbourne and Perth casinos and that it did not investigate the criminal links of its junket operators, which often share in the profits of gaming in private rooms they operate within casinos.

Four Crown directors, who are also directors of billionaire James Packer’s private company Consolidated Press Holdings, are giving evidence ahead of an appearance by Packer, Crown’s largest shareholder, next week.

Packer is currently scheduled to give evidence via satellite link from his superyacht IJE in the South Pacific on Tuesday afternoon when many Australian journalists will be in the lockup for the federal budget. But it is possible this timetable could be pushed out and Packer will be called later next week.

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