Star responds to news satire report

by Charlotte Lee Last Updated
Two men caught in Star gambling scam

Sydney’s Star Casino has come under fire for its lax reaction to a man’s attempt to enter its casino.

Daily Mail reports Star’s coronavirus protocols have come under scrutiny after security guards told a man with a 48 degree temperature to ‘cool down and come back’.

A viral video posted by the satirical news site The Chaser, put the Sydney venue’s COVID-19 screening process to the test in a comedic video.

The presenter artificially raised his temperature by putting a heat pack on his forehead to find out ‘how sick you have to be for them to not let you gamble?’

But The Star have labelled the ‘edited’ video a ‘stunt’ and said it doesn’t represent what really happened.

When the man attempts to enter the gaming floor, guards carry out a temperature check using an infrared thermometer gun.

But when the reading comes back at 48 degrees, the security guards tell the man to cool down and come back.

Seemingly unconcerned by the extremely high reading, 11 degrees above normal temperature, a guard suggests perhaps his ‘Russian hat’ is to blame for the reading.

The alarmingly casual approach to the screening process comes after a COVID-19 positive man visited the casino two months earlier.

Former Star gaming supervisor sentenced for fraud offences

A man who took gambling chips from Star Casino has been sentenced by a Sydney court. 

The Daily Telegraph reported in September that Justin Ly took more than $90,000 worth of gambling chips from the casino, with the court saying his scam was possible due to the complex’s poor security system.

Mr Ly will spend the next eight months locked inside his Bonnyrigg home after he was sentenced for repeatedly manipulating dealers to hand over thousands of dollars’ worth of chips.

The 23-year-old was employed as a gaming supervisor and would lie to dealers about a ‘customer’ – his criminal accomplice – who had gone to the bathroom and left behind a number of gambling chips, typically valued at about $7500.

When the ‘customer’ would return, Ly would order the dealer to pay out the ‘owed’ money in chips.

The scam was successfully executed dozens of times across months in 2019.

The court heard the scam was undertaken to fund Mr Ly’s own gambling addiction, which was already intense before he began working at the casino.

Magistrate Michael Antrum said the young man took advantage of what he believed was a “poor security system” and used his “knowledge of how the system operated.”

The Bonnyrigg man is now attending weekly sessions to address his gambling problem and is on a doctor-issued mental health plan, with a court-ordered report stating he is a low risk of reoffending.

Outside court, Mr Ly spoke of the crippling addiction which led him down the criminal path.

“Gambling is pretty bad, I guess that’s what made me do that,” he said.

Mr Ly was convicted of fraud by deception and placed on an eight-month intensive correction order, to be served by home detention.

He was also ordered to repay Star $83,500.

Star inks agreement to be the only NSW casino with pokies

Star Entertainment has reached an agreement with the New South Wales government to set the casino tax rates from 2022 until 2041.

Share Cafe reported in June that Star Entertainment is to remain the sole casino with pokies machines in New South Wales during this time, unless compensated.

Credit Suisse suggests this is positive for the company’s earnings. 

The casino group hasn’t let the coronavirus pandemic dampen its project pipeline.

Casino Aus reports that the company executed its funding agreements with its project partners, securing $1.6 billion in debt funding, the first of it to be used next month.

The Star did this in joint partnership with David Chiu’s Far East Consortium and Henry Cheong’s Chow Tai Fook Enterprises.

The terms of the agreement were determined prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic crisis, which means the financials and terms reflect the market conditions at the time.

All necessary conditions for the funding, including the final approval of the Queensland government, should be completed next month.

Once complete, the joint partnership will take the first draw-down on the finding, the rest remaining for construction that is set to begin in early 2021.

In total, the group’s funding is a 5.5-year agreement with three years of operations allowed before refinancing.

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