Gambling Regulator To Investigate Crown Casino Whistleblower Claims

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Australia's largest casino has denied allegations it deliberately tampered with slot machines and ignored evidence of drug use and domestic violence.

Wilkie added that he verified identities of those on the video as being former workers at Crown, but did not say how the video was made.

CANBERRA, Australia-If gamblers at Crown Casino thought their slot machines were being stingier than usual, it may have been because employees were giving the one-armed bandits a little extra muscle.

"The worst case was where they (casino managers) asked us to remove three out of five play options", one of the three men said in a video statement in which his face was obscured.

"The next step must be that they must be put under the scrutiny of an independent inquiry".

'Although the allegations focus on Crown in Melbourne, they could also suggest a broader pattern of behaviour in the poker machine industry which would obviously have grave implications for people right around Australia, ' he said.

Next Thursday's Crown Resorts annual meeting is shaping up one of the most explosive on record after sensational claims were aired in Federal parliament yesterday.

Crown shares closed 4.3 per cent on on Wednesday, after slumping six per cent during the day.

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Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie told the Parliament's Federation Chamber that a string of former Crown employees had made the allegations that also include turning a blind eye to domestic violence abuse and manipulating poker machines to extract bigger losses from punters.

These accusations represent another new problem for Crown, which is 50% owned by James Packer, a billionaire, after the arrest of over a dozen of its employees in China caused it to pull back from its ambitious plan of global expansion.

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation said it was aware of Mr Wilkie's revelations and will act.

Australia's Communications Minister Mitch Fifield, who also oversees gambling, said the allegations were a matter for state gaming regulators.

The whistleblowers who accused Crown Casino of tampering with poker machines have lost confidence in state regulators, anti-pokie campaigner Nick Xenophon says.

Crown on Wednesday in a statement to the stock exchange rejected the allegations and called upon Mr Wilkie to give authorities all the information he had relating to the matters.

"Politicians at the state and federal level can not sit by and allow such serious allegations to go unchecked", Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale said.

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