The Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters, located in a small city in the middle of Australia, failed to prevent intoxicated punters from gambling, thus violating Northern Territory’s strict regulations, which demand that the casino stops such individuals either from playing or from drinking. As a consequence, the venue has to pay AU$18,000 penalty.
The Casino Breached the Law Three Times
Three specific occasions were quoted by the Court when casino’s personnel did not do its duty and point the intoxicated gamblers towards the door. All of them occurred at the end of last year, the first one on 30th November and the other two on 5th December. Judge Greg Borchers ordered the owner of the casino, Ford Dynasty Pty Ltd., who admitted to the offences, to pay AU$5,000 for each time it did not comply with the guidelines. Another AU$1,000 is to be paid for each incident as a “victim’s levy.”
Despite the Penalty, Business in the Casino Is Better than Ever
As painful as such an unnecessary financial loss may be, the casino will not suffer all that much as the number of its visitors has been steadily rising and reaching new heights. During the same time period that the casino disregarded the drunken gambling, its visitation rate went up nearly 35%. One of the things that may have sent more people to the venue is the new law that came into effect last year.
According to this law, anyone within 20 meters of any shop selling alcohol products can be questioned by police auxiliaries and have any alcohol that they have on them seized. This is supposed to serve as a precaution against drinking in banned areas, including remote communities and town camps. There were also hopes that it might help reduce problem drinking.
It seems to have worked in the sense that not that many people drink alcohol around these shops anymore. On the other hand, it simultaneously gave a boost to casinos as people now tend to go there instead of the shops.