Crown Resorts Ltd. has delayed next month’s planned start of gaming operations at its new $1.5 billion Sydney casino while a money-laundering inquiry continues. Crown Resorts' lawyers told a regulatory inquiry in Sydney that the best way for the company to prove its fit to hold a license is to open its Barangaroo property under strict supervision as a working test. The New South Wales Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority effectively barred Crown from opening the casino in December as planned, until the results of the probe are presented in February. Severe restrictions have been placed upon Crown’s Metropol Melbourne casino by the state of Victoria, Australia, through the pandemic. Victoria has by far the bulk of the Covid-19 infections and the huge Crown resort casino in Melbourne has now come under fresh protocols issued today, although it now has permission to reopen and expects to do so on December 1. Melbournes Crown Casino is under threat of losing its licence with the Victorian government bringing forward an investigation into the controversial gaming venue. Crown Resorts will not be opening its A.2 billion (US.6 billion) Sydney casino in December and will need to wait until February before it hears whether it will retain its license, which was thrown into further doubt after a last-minute admission of money laundering. A New South Wales Liquor and Gaming Authority inquiry has now heard months of testimony about serious lapses in corporate ... “Crown will continue to work cooperatively with the VCGLR (Victorian Commission for Gaming and Liquor Regulation) to support this review,” said Crown Resorts in a statement. The Crown Casino ... Crown is currently subject to an inquiry from the NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) regarding its suitability to hold a gaming license for its Crown Sydney property. The new $2.2bn casino is set to open in Barangaroo in December, but the inquiry has already deemed Crown unfit to oversee its operations. With the gradual easing of the pandemic restrictions in the Australian state of Victoria, Crown Resorts has had permission to start operating a limited number of games and tables at Crown Melbourne.
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