Crown Casino operates secret bank, The Age reports

    Crown Resorts’ Crown Casino has been operating as a secret bank for some of Australia’s biggest gamblers, despite a government ban on offering credit to locals, The Age reports.
    Australia’s Casino Control Act 1991 states Australian residents must pay for chips in advance by cash, cheque, travellers’ cheque or a voucher, the newspaper said. While offering credit in any form to locals is prohibited, it can be extended to international VIPs.
    In an investigative report, the newspaper found Crown had apparently been extending credit to Australian residents using a creative interpretation of the regulations governing how cheques and chip vouchers are redeemed and the way residency is defined for high rollers.
    The article cited a company spokesman as saying any suggestion it had breached the Act was “wrong and baseless.”