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Star Entertainment Group has admitted to selling chips via credit cards

Star Entertainment has admitted to violating industry laws by permitting credit card purchases of gaming chips.

The operator, which owns and operates the Treasury Casino in Brisbane and the Star Gold Coast, pleaded guilty to seven offences brought against it under the Casino Control Act of 1982.

The charges, according to Attorney General Shannon Fentiman, were related to Section 66 of the Act, which forbids using a credit card to purchase casino chips.

“The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring Queensland casinos are operated lawfully, ethically and in a way that maintains the highest standards of integrity and public confidence.”

The offences occurred between March 23 and April 2, 2022, as well as between June 2 and December 29, 2018.

The Star was fined AU$100 million (US$62 million) in October, but it was permitted to keep its licence.

The NSW Independent Casino Commission (NICC) first determined that The Star was ineligible to have a licence after Adam Bell released his investigation exposing the casino's repeated shortcomings, which saw the enterprise tied to organised crime and money laundering.

A casino spokesman claimed that commenting would be inappropriate because the issue is still pending in court.

Professional footballer Ivan Toney recently admitted to breaking Football Association (FA) betting laws in England. As a result, the Brentford striker faces a lengthy suspension from the game.

He was charged for breaking betting restrictions 232 times in November 2022, followed by 30 more the following month. His acceptance comes before he faces a disciplinary tribunal.


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