The easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Western Australia has meant that Crown Casino Perth will be open on June 27.
Online gambling was far from the only sector to benefit. Home improvement, food delivery, and online retail and subscription services all saw bumps of at least 60 percent, with other essentials like supermarkets, pharmacies, and pet care stores also having good weeks – as did alcohol and tobacco sales.
Crown faced a growing chorus of public criticism for keeping its operations going despite the coronavirus concerns. Crown deactivated every second gaming machine and enforced player distancing at gaming tables but critics wondered why the government appeared to be prioritizing the financial health of a major tax contributor over public health.
Gambling is a fun activity pursued by people from all over the globe. Thanks to numerous technological innovations and the invention of online casino platforms, gambling is more accessible than ever.
Online sites such as Emu Casino and FairGo Casino, which operate out of the small Caribbean island nation of Curacao and are deliberately branded to appeal to an Australian market, will be among the first to be blocked.
Crown and the property’s workers have been trying to work out a new arrangement that favors the employees more, but have been at loggerheads over how to proceed. The workers are getting impatient as they try to convince the company to increase their salaries and their union, United Voice, has confirmed that the majority of its members at the property are ready to walk off the job.
The Star accused Wong of offering them a blank check to cover his gambling losses but Wong’s check bounced when the company tried to cash it at Wong’s Singapore bank. Wong told the bank not to honor the check based on his claim that that The Star’s casino dealers had made multiple mistakes during his baccarat sessions.
One was Roman Quaedvlieg, a former commissioner with the Australian Border Force. According to him, lawmakers had pressured him into expediting certain border security processes for Crown VIPs in order to get them into the country more easily.
Crown has come under fire previously for manipulating government controls in order to bring in VIPs to the country, bypassing established background checks. It has been accused of not properly vetting its gamblers, an assertion that seems to be confirmed by the news report.
Australians love to gamble. They place millions of sports bets each year. They go to large casinos to gamble and spend a weekend at a resort. They play online games.