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Austrac Accuses Australian Casinos of Money-Laundering

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The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (Austrac), a state-run financial intelligence organization, has leveled allegations against many of the major land-based casinos in the country.

Crown Resorts, Star Entertainment and SkyCity Entertainment Group are among those who have received notices. Austrac has also reportedly contacted National Bank of Australia (NAB) regarding the matter.

Austrac is taked with monitoring financial transactions in and identifying money laundering, organised crime, tax evasion, welfare fraud and terrorism financing.

According to Crown Resorts, Austrac sent a notice mainly regarding potential non-compliance with Australia’s money-laundering rules in connection with the operations of Crown Perth, a casino in Perth.

Star Entertainment revealed that the notice it received was about its Star Sydney property, for the same money-laundering non-complaince.

The company issued a statement, which asserted:

“The Star takes its anti-money laundering obligations very seriously and will fully co-operate with Austrac in relation to its requests for information and documents and the investigation.”

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Crown Melbourne Casino to Remain Closed

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Crown Resorts is reopening its hotel and food & beverage facilities at Crown Melbourne on June 11 (today), but its casino will remain closed until further notice.

The announcement comes in accordance with temporary restrictions imposed by the Victorian Government, and arrives two weeks after the venue was required to suspend the majority of its activities as Melbourne went into another Covid-19 lockdown.

Victoria entered an initial week-long lockdown on May 27 due to a rise in cases, but this was extended by another week as further cases were confirmed.

“Crown Melbourne will continue to financially support staff who remain stood down, including the majority of gaming operational staff, by paying an additional discretionary payment. This includes eligible casual staff,” a statement from Crown read.

“Crown Melbourne will continue to work closely with the Government and health authorities in Victoria and will respond to measures taken in relation to Covid-19.”

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LICENSED VENUE OPERATION TO ENSURE COVID & ALCOHOL SAFETY ON THE SLOPES

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Liquor & Gaming inspectors will be visiting licensed venues at the snow this long weekend to ensure they have proper measures in place for COVID safety and responsible service of alcohol.
Liquor & Gaming Director of Compliance Darren Duke said venues in the snowy region are preparing for an influx of skiers and boarders and must ensure patron safety.
“The mountains are already blanketed with snow and, with the official ski season launch this long-weekend, we are ensuring all on-snow licensed venues know their responsibilities when it comes to COVID and alcohol safety,” Mr Duke said.
“Liquor & Gaming inspectors will be visiting 22 on-snow hotels, motels and bars this weekend, with a focus on ensuring patrons sign-in with the Service NSW QR Code and adhere to social distancing requirements.
“At this stage of the pandemic there is simply no excuse for not complying with the check-in requirements. Businesses must be vigilant as this data will be vital in contact tracing if NSW experiences an outbreak like Victoria.
“Inspections relating to the responsible service of alcohol and responsible conduct of gambling accreditation, along with general compliance audits will be conducted making sure venues have a good understanding of their responsibilities.
“The Snowy Mountains Liquor Accord, which includes 40 representatives from venues, police, Liquor & Gaming NSW and stakeholders, also met earlier this month to ensure a coordinated effort promoting a safe and successful ski season.
“The annual snow season provides great economic benefits for the local community and Liquor & Gaming inspectors will be visiting again throughout the season. It’s in everyone’s best interests for all venues to ensure patron safety.”
Liquor & Gaming NSW inspectors will conduct targeted operations in Jindabyne, Thedbo and Perisher to check venues are complying with legislative requirements relating to:
  • COVID QR Code sign in,
  • Patron behaviour and intoxication levels,
  • Undesirable liquor promotions and activities,
  • Compliance with licence conditions,
  • Responsible service of alcohol and responsible conduct of gambling accreditation, and
  • Prevention of alcohol sales to minors.
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Cloud Gaming Platform Antstream Arcade Launches in Australia

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Leading global retro games company Antstream Arcade has today announced its launch into Australia, following significant growth in both the UK and US markets.

Making its library of over 1000 iconic video games available to play for free through its video game streaming platform, players in Australia will be able to play classics titles like Space Invaders, Asteroids and Mortal Kombat over any 3G, 4G, 5G, wired or Wifi connection. They will also be able to swap between any game on almost any device they choose, from TVs, laptops, desktops, tablets and mobile phones, with no need to download games to their device thanks to Antstream Arcade’s streaming infrastructure.

This launch coincides with the Australian launch of the Atari VCS, Atari’s modern video computer system that blends the best of PCs and consoles. Antstream Arcade will come preloaded on the console, providing Australian Atari users with an expansive retro gaming experience. Antstream Arcade will also provide something new for players, with many games on its platform featuring challenge modes, tournaments and international leaderboards, giving retro gamers old and new a modern social aspect to classic games.

Steve Cottam, CEO of Antstream said: “Australia is a country underserved by the emerging cloud gaming market. We aim to change that by giving Australian gamers the chance to enjoy over 1000 iconic games for free thanks to our cloud gaming platform. Antstream is the first truly device agnostic game streaming service in the world, and the first to offer its library of games to players for free via an ad-funded model and premium ad-free subscription service – allowing us to bring our library of classics and forgotten gems to the widest audience possible.”

Antstream Arcade’s library features games from over 55 publishing partners across the games industry, including the likes of Bandai Namco, Taito, Disney/LucasArts, Atari and Warner media to name a few. Combined, this makes Antstream Arcade’s library the world’s largest collection of iconic retro games in the world. With playable titles ranging from definitive classics to obscure curios, Antstream Arcade represents the only way that players are able to officially access the games of the past while supporting the game’s original creators and rights holders.

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