The mother of the 12-year-old was caught on security cameras sneaking her daughter into Sydney’s The Star casino through the back door to avoid security, according to footage released by Liquor & Gaming New South on Friday. Wales.
Once inside, the parents were filmed sitting with their daughter as she placed nearly two dozen bets on poker machines.
“It’s pretty amazing that the girl’s parents facilitated her entry in such a deceptive way, let alone allowed their daughter to play,” said Philip Crawford, chairman of the NSW Independent Liquor & Authority in a statement.
David Byrne, director of investigation and response at Liquor & Gaming NSW, said the staff at The Star should have protected their exits and be able to easily spot such a young player inside.
“However, not only did The Star fail to manage the risk, once the child was on the playing field there were a number of occasions where staff should have noticed that a very young no one was playing the poker machines – long before they actually did, which was when the family was leaving, ”Byrne said in a statement.
Players must be at least 18 years old to enter the casino and purchase alcohol. But regulators also berated The Star for two more cases of minor high rollers.
In one case, a 17-year-old boy bought alcohol while playing 42 rounds of roulette and 22 hands of poker – and was only kicked out after three hours inside.
The Star also let a 16-year-old girl slip inside and buy drinks before she was surprised trying to enter a nightclub attached to the casino.
All three instances took place between March and July last year, with The Star reporting underage gambling itself to regulators, according to Liquor & Gaming New South Wales.
“The two children’s forays lasted long enough that they interacted with several staff members by the time they were discovered,” Byrne said.