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Australian Casino Ethics Under Attack

20 June 2001

AUSTRALIA – June 20, 2001 – As reported by the Australian Herald Sun: ``Crown casino's Mahogany Room was yesterday criticised in court for seducing a gambler into a high-roller lifestyle he couldn't afford.

``Perks, freebies and lavish attention kept luring the man back daily as he blew profits from an early win and then $200,000 that he either stole or borrowed from loan sharks.

``…His barrister, Con Kilias, said his client was just the sort of person Crown casino wanted.

```An overconfident man with mild grandiosity.' he said. Yildirim, 35, was feted with free parking, food and accommodation and, as he gambled and lost more, the extravagances from Crown increased, Mr Kilias said.

``And lurking in the shadows of the tables were loan sharks who preyed on Yildirim and others who lost big, the court heard.

``Prosecutor Sen-Constable Paul Sambell earlier told the court Yildirim stole $65,111 while he managed Batsanis Shoes' South Yarra store from early 1998 to mid-2000 when the thefts were discovered.

``…Mr Kilias submitted a psychiatrist's report that indicated his client was far more susceptible to the freebies and advertising that he was sent…"

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