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Australian Casino Fined For Allowing 12-Year-Old To Gamble

The Star Casino Was Fined $64,500 By Australian Regulators For The Infraction

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An Australian casino was fined by gaming regulators after a 12-year-old girl placed multiple bets on slot machines.

According to a report from the New York Post, The Star casino in Sydney was fined $64,500 for the infraction.

Footage released by Liquor & Gaming New South Wales showed the 12-year-old’s mother sneaking her in through the back door in order to avoid casino security. The mother-daughter duo then sat at a slot machine where the child made just more than 20 bets.

Australian law mandates that anyone placing bets in a casino must be at least 18 years old. Regulators fined The Star $64,500 for the infraction.

“It’s quite staggering that the young girl’s parents facilitated her entry in such a deceptive manner, let alone allowed their daughter to gamble,” said Philip Crawford, NSW Independent Liquor & Authority Chair, in a statement.

This is the third underage gaming infraction for the property within the last 12 months. The Star is a staple on the World Series of Poker’s international Circuit and is the only Australian stop on the tour.

The most recent Circuit stop at The Star was a 14-event series last November, culminating with an A$2,200 main event that drew 1,124 entries and an A$2.25 million prize pool. Sydney native Steven Zhou topped the field and earned A$410,264 for his first Circuit ring.