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Crown Casino Dodges Smoking Ban

4 October 2006

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australia Sun Herald: "Crown Casino is dodging smoking bans by using high-roller exemptions for gaming rooms used mainly by locals.

"The casino, with permission from Health Minister Browyn Pike, is allowed to call the Teak and Oak rooms high-roller rooms.

"But a casino source has confirmed these rooms are used almost exclusively by local players and are a world away from the private 'salons' used by big-spending international gamblers.

"…The source said it was a joke to believe that extremely wealthy gamblers were travelling from overseas to play in the Teak Room or Oak Room, which was formerly known as VIP Slots.

"…The State Government originally said only high-roller rooms -- defined in the legislation as a room used substantially for international gamblers -- would be exempted from current bans and tougher restrictions coming into force next July.

"Crown would not specify how much was being gambled by international players, citing commercial confidentiality…"

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