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New gambling rules at Crown Casino

The Victorian government announced this morning.

The Victorian government revealed new rules to tackle gambling harm at Melbourne’s Crown Casino this morning. The gambling reforms are a follow-up from the Royal Commission into the casino in 2021 where they almost lost their casino licence.

The new requirements state if a person has been gambling for three continuous hours, a 15-minute break will be enforced, and a 24-hour break if they have been gambling for 12 hours in a day.

Customers will also be restricted to a maximum of 36 hours of gambling in a single week.

Minster for Casino, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Melissa Horne, said this reflects her expectations for Crown to be a global leader in reducing gambling harm, or risk losing their license.

“Crown is on track to implement mandatory pre-commitment in all electronic gaming machines by the end of this year. When combined with the strengthened code of conduct, the harm reduction protections will be world-leading for a casino of this size,” she said.

She has also recommended gambling advertisers to change the former “gamble responsibly” taglines to warnings that better challenge people’s gambling activities.

New taglines include; “Chances are, you’re about to lose,” and ”You win some. You lose more.”

The casino has six months to update its code, and any breaches may lead to disciplinary action from the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission, with the maximum penalty being $100 million.


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