Packer denies tampering allegations

Oct 31, 2017 3:00 AM

Australian billionaire James Packer of Crown Resorts is now fighting back against allegations his company tampered with slot machines to lower the chances of players winning.

Packer told Australian media last week the charges being levied against his company under parliamentary privilege by Australian federal lawmaker Andrew Wilkie are a “lie.”

Last week, Wilkie, a prominent anti-slot machine activist, said three whistleblowers previously employed at Crown Resorts’ Melbourne casino told him the company tampered with gaming terminals to alter them in the house’s favor. Wilkie runs, a group seeking to expose the so-called “dirty tricks this industry routinely uses,” according to its website. Australians commonly refer to gaming terminals as “pokies.”

An investigation is opening into whether Crown Resorts employees tampered with slot machines.

The anonymous informants also claim cashiers were encouraged to use multiple player identification cards when cashing out large sums in order to evade government-mandated anti-money laundering filing requirements.