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Australian Casino Gave Cricketers Free Gambling Chips

17 November 2003

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the (Queensland) Courier Mail: "The Australian cricket side was given free gambling chips by Melbourne's Crown Casino to repay them for patronising the venue, it was revealed yesterday.

"A former Test cricketer, whose identity cannot be revealed, has confirmed Crown gave players free `play money' when they visited during Boxing Day Tests.

"…Former Australian Cricket Board chief executive Graham Halbish has claimed in his new book, Run Out, that Shane Warne and other players had free money showered upon them by several casinos as part of a gambling culture which developed within the team.

"…The player said cricketers were given $200 worth of chips which were either lost or taken away once the player made a profit.

"…`I reckon it was like an appearance fee,' the player said.

"…Crown spokesman Gary O'Neill challenged claims his casino dished out play money to cricketers.

"…`That is something I am not aware of. This idea of letting people gamble for free is nothing we have ever been involved in.'…"

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