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Packer Storms Out of Star City Casino

23 May 2006

AUSTRALIA -- As reported by the (Australian) Sunday Times: "Australia's richest man, James Packer, walked out of Sydney's Star City's high-rollers' room at the weekend in protest after the casino refused to provide credit to his friend.

"Croupiers and other staff in the high-stakes Endeavour Room were amazed when management refused a $20,000 line of credit to the gaming mogul's friend, despite Mr Packer's offer to guarantee the sum, sources said.

"...They were playing the "big bac" - baccarat - the game loved by Mr Packer's late father, Kerry, who was such a big gambler at Star City that he even had his own personal chips marked with KP.

"Kerry Packer's betting - and tipping - was the stuff of legend as a 'whale' or one of the world's biggest gamblers in industry-speak.

"...A spokesman for Star City said the casino was prohibited by law from providing credit to any customer..."

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