We all know that minors are not supposed to gamble, especially at a casino. However, parents of one 12-year-old girl didn’t seem to mind and actually snuck the child into the Star Casino in Sydney for a little pokie action. Cameras within the casino caught the youngster playing games along with two other incidents involving minors that led to a fine of $64,500 for the gaming operator.
Parents Smuggle in Their Pre-Teen
Let’s start with the incident involving the 12-year-old. The young girl was seen sneaking into the casino via a back door to avoid detection from security. The child was allowed inside the casino by her mother. Surveillance footage caught the entire incident on camera and the footage was recently released by Liquor & Gaming New South Wales.
After the young girl was on the gaming floor, she placed almost 24 bets on poker machines. It was amazing that the child was able to go undetected at the games but also the fact that it was her parents that let her inside.
Liquor & Gaming New South Wales Director of Investigations and Intervention, David Byrne, said that the exits of the Star Casino should be safeguarded by staff members and the young girl should have been seen by employees. The casino not only failed in allowing her to get inside but the also did not detect her and the family left without incident.
More Underage Hijinks
Players must be 18 years of age to legally enter the casino and buy alcohol. However, that does not stop minors from trying. In another instance at the Star, a 17-year-old boy was able to play 22 hands of poker along with 42 roulette rounds along with drinks before he was kicked out. He spent three hours playing and drinking before anyone caught on.
The casino also allowed a 16-year-old female to access the casino floor and drink. She was not caught in the act until she tried to gain access to a nightclub in the casino. When entering the casino, she was not asked for ID. However, later she showed her permit which led to her removal from the property.
Each of these instances involving minors took place from March to July of 2019. The $64,500 fine is punishment for the Star regarding its breach of gaming regulations. The Star Casino reported the incidents to gaming regulators, ready to face the consequences.