Crown Casino at a Centre of Another Scandal, Management Accused of Extreme Racism

August 6th, 2019 3.00pm

The reputation of Crown Casino is crumbling to pieces and what was once a leading Australian gambling resort is now gradually turning into a tarnished arena of alleged crimes, corruption, sex trafficking, money laundry, and racist incidents. The protagonist of the latest scandal is Ben Simmons, Australian basketball player, who was supposedly denied entrance at the casino because of his race.

According to Simmons, Crown Casino staff has refused to grant entry to him and two of his friends, while the only Caucasian in the group was allowed in. Simmons was outraged, making a remark that it was “so crazy that the only guy who doesn’t get checked to go into the casino” happens to be white. “We’ve got a long way to go”, added Simmons, referring to the current political landscape and social consciousness in Australia.

The timing of this incident could not have been worse – Crown Casino is currently going through a large-scale scandal, incriminating even the members of the government. The unwanted attention is the last thing that the management needs at the moment and yet Crown has managed to add fuel to the public outrage, implicating themselves in an affair with a dangerously racial undertone.

The entire affair was a lot like the infamous Meek Mill episode in Las Vegas, where a rapper was turned away at the entrance of Cosmopolitan. The management later apologized, underlining that Cosmopolitan has no tolerance for racism, but the damage was already done.

Crown Casino Denies Racial Profiling

In the meantime, Crown Casino’s public statement about the evening’s occurrences sheds new light to Simmons’s allegations, and the fact that he deleted his accusatory video from Instagram does not support his claims about a racial background of the confrontation…

Melbourne Crown Casino spokeswoman vehemently denies even the slightest possibility of discrimination, claiming that the patrons were asked to provide an ID as a part of the casino’s internal security procedure.

“Crown’s internal security policy requires our security officers to check the identification of those persons they believe to be under the age of 25, this is enhanced safeguard to ensure that no one under the age of 18 is permitted entry to the casino floor… The group subsequently provided identification and were permitted entry”.

Peter Ford, the entertainment reporter, has also commented on the incident, asking Simmons why he refused to show his ID, but it seems that Simmons was in no mood to elaborate.

An Avalanche of Misfortunes

Despite the severity of any potentially racially fused altercations, Crown Casino has a bigger fish to fry this year, after a series of violations has been revealed by the Australian 60 Minutes.
The management of Crown is currently under an investigation triggered by the numerous records which indicate legal breaches related to money laundry and visa policies.

Australian media have exposed an entire infrastructure that took part in organizing promotional junkets in China and arranging hassle-free visa approvals for Chinese residents who were entering Australia to gamble and possibly launder money. Crown Casino representatives have condemned the 60 Minutes exposé, calling it “sensationalist” and “unbalanced”.

It was assumed that this is one of the reasons Suncity CEO Alvin Chau has been banned from Australia, even though Chau’s company is hosting the VIP rooms in the Crown and Star Sydney. Chau is also suspected of maintaining a friendly relationship with the Triads and marked as a possible member of 14K Triad group based in Hong Kong.

It is a well-known fact that the Triads have once controlled the junket industry, and many believe that not a lot has changed, except for the manner in which the organization conducts its affairs, adjusting the modus operandi to the corporate environment.



Ben Simmons (right)