Pokies whistleblower allegations raise serious concerns about Crown Casino
18 October 2017
Media contact - Jade Thompson
Whistleblower allegations aired today in Federal Parliament have raised serious concerns about Crown Casino’s poker machines, systems and its responsibilities to the welfare of players, according to lawyers heading a landmark pokies case.
Maurice Blackburn lawyer Jennifer Kanis, who is heading a pro bono case against Crown Casino and Aristocrat Technologies Australia seeking to highlight the misleading and deceptive conduct of poker machine manufacturers and venues, said today’s expose had brought to light significant new material about alleged misconduct within the industry.
“The allegations aired today are very serious, and raise many questions about Crown Casino when it comes to the operation of their poker machines and internal systems, but most importantly their approach to looking after the welfare of players,” Ms Kanis said.
“It is well known that many of the people who play poker machines are highly vulnerable and today’s allegations paint a very concerning picture about the conduct of Crown with respect to people playing machines in their venues.
“This new material is concerning and we welcome that the regulator is taking the matter seriously and will be investigating these claims further.
“Today’s allegations, if proven, will require a strong response from both the regulator and legislators.
“We hope that our case and the many other efforts underway to highlight the industry’s unfair practices can continue to play a role in driving a better standard,” she said.