The United Kingdom Gambling Commission Fines Aspers Stratford Casino (London) over player protection failures
Aspers’ Stratford City Casino will pay a £652.500 fine and will give up a £78,233 profit because of its regulatory failures.
Aspers didn't Enquire Customers Over Big Sums of Cash
The UK Gambling Commission has imposed a £652,500 ($890,000) sanction to Aspers’ Stratford City Casino after an investigation found breaches of anti-money laundering (AML) and social responsibility obligations.
In December 2018, the Commission commenced a review of Aspers Stratford’s operating license following the tragic death by suicide of an a personal shortly after visiting the London casino.
Huseyin Yaman, 37, lost £25,000 in one night on roulette and fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) at Aspers Casino at the Westfield shopping sentre in Stratford, east London. Yaman, who owned a stake in a very Turkish supermarket, left the gambling venue in distress and later took his life in his north London apartment.
“The circumstances of the death were investigated by both the police and therefore the coroner. Because regulator, we examined the casino’s management of the individual and located failings around the company’s anti-money laundering, social responsibility and customer interaction procedures.”
Neil McArthur, Chief Executive, UK Gambling Commission
Yaman spent £46,920 and £51,000 in cash at Aspers on 2 and 3 September 2017, respectively, without facing any enquiries on behalf of the casino. The businessman made more money purchases of £5,190, £5,660 and £6,100 between September and November 2018, with the last being made the day before their death.
The results of the investigation show incompliance with regulatory requirements, like anti-money laundering, social responsibility and customer interaction policies, and processes which allowed the individual to incur significant losses at the venue.
The Commission has issued a warning to Aspers Stratford for failures to comply with anti-money laundering processes, similarly as breaches of customer interaction rules and cash desk policies. Apart from the financial sanction, Aspers Stratford has agreed to divest itself of the gross gambling yield to the sum of £78,233, which it accumulated as a results of its failings in relations to Yaman and another customer.
Thailand police arrest 40 in illegal gambling den
Police in Thailand have arrested 40 people at a suspected gambling den in Nonthaburi province, as reported by the Nation Thailand. Acting on a tip-off, the Crime Suppression Division raided a house in Bang Bua Thong district, seizing gambling tables, chips and cash.
The illegal casino was also operating in defiance of government public safety measures in line with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Of the 40 arrested, 33 were Thai gamblers, while the other seven were migrant employees. All 40 suspects were taken to Bang Bua Thong Police Station for interrogation and for COVID-19 screening.
The arrests come just days after 21 people were arrested on charges of illegal gambling following raids on five venues in Bangkok. Speaking after the arrests, Phuridet said: “This operation is part of the National Police chief’s policy to eliminate gambling dens nationwide, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading among the public.”