Star Casino worker sacked over drug allegations, illicit gambling

Sunday 13th December 2020

A games dealer at The Star was allegedly caught on camera trying to dispose of drugs over a balcony at the Sydney Casino, while another was placing bets on her phone during work for two months.

The pair were sacked over the misconduct and banned from all casinos in NSW for five years, according to the independent Liquor and Gaming Authority.

"These people help safeguard the integrity of casino operations from criminal influence, serious misconduct or exploitation and a special degree of trust is placed in them," the authority's chair Philip Crawford said.

The dealer was standing on the City View Balcony with another person when he allegedly threw the bag of white powder over the railing and security found the bag behind plants in the casino's boundaries, the authority said.

The casino interviewed the dealer but he didn't reveal where the powder came from and claimed he found it in his pocket and wanted to get rid of it.

The man was charged with possessing a prohibited drug and faced court earlier this year.

A female employee was also sacked after she admitted to placing 28 bets on a gambling app on her phone during work hours in January and February this year.

The trusted employee worked at the casino for 11 years before the incident, according to the authority, and ha admitted frequently placing bets on her phone during work hours over January and February 2020.

The casino self-reported the misconduct and the authority supported the move to get rid of the pair.

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