Allowing minors within casino premises can become a pricey ordeal for the casino management. As punishment for permitting a minor to enter the casino and drink at the venue using a fake ID, The Star casino has been fined a total of $3,300.
According to the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA), they found out that in the wee hours of June last year, the 17-year-old teenage girl entered the casino three times with the use of another woman's license before casino employees caught her and notified the authority.
As a result, the ILGA officers issued a fine on the teen for utilizing a fake ID, and in March this year its board conducted an investigation on the incident.
A spokesman for the ILGA said that the fine was "at the lower end of the range in recognition of efforts made by casino staff to scrutinize the minor, noting some similarities between the minor and the image on the driver's licence."
For failure to implement a system of controls and procedures and for permitting a minor into the casino premises, The Star was ultimately fined a total of $3,300 -- $1,100 for each time the girl successfully got into the casino.
A spokesman for The Star said the casino was "committed to its obligation to self-report to the casino regulator. There are extremely rare occasions when a minor does avoid security detection if only for a brief period of time. However, attempted entries and use of false identification are routinely prevented and our security procedures are not only rigorous but industry-leading."
"The Star" casino located in Pyrmont, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, which opened in September 1995, is the second biggest casino in Australia after Melbourne's Crown Casino.