Sydney opens without casino - 28th December 2020
Resorts has opened its new venue in Sydney - without
the VIP casino that was to be its centrepiece.
luxury hotel and fine dining restaurants are open
to the public from Monday at the new Crown Sydney
absent from its offerings is the ritzy casino for
VIPs and high-rollers Crown had planned since the
state government gave it the green light in 2013.
275m tall complex has been under construction for
NSW gaming regulator announced last month it was withholding
approval for the casino.
decision came after an explosive inquiry into Crown's
suitability to hold Sydney's second casino licence.
inquiry aired allegations of money laundering through
Crown accounts, corporate governance stuff-ups and
involvement with organised crime.
hearings ended in disaster for Crown when the gaming
giant faced claims it had concealed vital information
from the inquiry.
Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) says
it will consider the gaming licence issue when inquiry
commissioner Patricia Bergin reports back in February
the meantime, the regulator has issued temporary liquor
licences for Crown Sydney's restaurants and other
venues from December to April 30.
will be required to re-apply from May 1 so that ILGA
can consider any suitability concerns arising from
the inquiry before granting an extension.
review of Crown's Victorian gaming licence has been
brought forward after the revelations of the NSW inquiry.
dedicated commissioner will be appointed to run the
Victorian-based review and findings will be reported
to the Victorian government sometime next year.