Australia's Crown hit by accusations of poker machine-fixing, shares tumble

Explosive Claims Crown Casino Staff Tampered With Poker Machines

Explosive Claims Crown Casino Staff Tampered With Poker Machines

Explosive allegations from whistleblowers that Crown Casino tampered with poker machines, ignored domestic violence, and undermined government efforts to track money laundering have been tabled in Federal Parliament.

Mr Wilkie said the former employees alleged that while the allegations were central to Crown's Melbourne operations they went further to operation of the entire poker machine industry across the country.

The whistleblowers allege that staff were told to alter poker machines, known in Australia as "pokies", to remove some betting options.

But staff alleged they were instructed to use tools to shave down buttons on new machines to create space for punters to wedge something in the button, so it could be held in place and keep the machine playing without buttons being pressed.

Ed Sheeran Received A Tour Stopping Injury From Bicycle Accident
According to some reports , this incident happened in November 2016 when Princess Beatrice accidentally swung the ceremonial sword which slashed Sheeran's face, just inches below his right eye.

Wilkie tabled the allegations, including a 30-minute recorded interview with the three whistleblowers, in what is believed to be the first case of video evidence being tabled in federal parliament.

Independent lawmaker and anti-gambling campaigner Andrew Wilkie used parliamentary privilege, which allows lawmakers to make sensitive allegations without legal repercussions, to make the video public and call for an investigation by authorities.

"We take any claims of this type extremely seriously and they will be thoroughly investigated", the commission said in a statement.

Crown in August posted a 7.5% fall in annual revenue to $3.34 billion, dragged down by fewer VIP players making big bets at Australian casinos.

Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM): What Does The Future Look Like?
On average, analysts forecast that Exxon Mobil Corporation will post $3.45 earnings per share for the current fiscal year. It's commonly accepted that a Book to Market ratio greater than one indicates that the shares might be undervalued.

"If these allegations are true then Crown would be facilitating money laundering for any number of nefarious reasons like tax fraud, drug running, and even terrorism", Wilkie said.

The MP refused to reveal the former employees' level of seniority in the company, but said they were very nervous "men". When asked about the allegations earlier today, Shorten said they needed to be investigated by the Victorian regulator.

"There are gambling regulators in Victoria, and no doubt they need to investigate", he told reporters in Canberra.

Crown shares tumbled about 6.5 per cent following the airing of the allegations, falling below $11 to their lowest point in a year.

Zombie Frappuccino rumored to be coming soon to Starbucks
Other baristas seem to be dreading the launch, anticipating hectic scenes like the ones made by the Unicorn Frappuccino . The food and drink blog apparently received leaked photos of the coffee chain's menu from baristas who work there.

Crown said in a statement that it rejected the allegations and that Wilkie should "immediately provide to the relevant authorities all information relating to the matters alleged".

Latest News