illegal casino in Sydney, Australia raided by police
- 27th December 2012
have discovered one of the first illegal casinos in
years in Sydney's western suburbs.
with a search warrant police raided the illegal gambling
house last Friday which was situated above a legitimate
fruit and vegetable supermarket at Endesor Park.
is no suggestion of any link between the supermarket
and the premises above it.
police found two seperate gaming areas with professional
tables set up for playing poker, casino style chips,
a pool table and number of large flat screen TV's.
police attended the premises in Smithfield Rd at about
10.30pm staff were getting ready for clients to arrive.
and alcohol was also on hand for the patrons.
was quite an elaborate set up," said Fairfield
Local Area Commander Detective Superintend Peter Lennon.
had received information from the public and after
some investigation a search warrant was obtained and
police went to the premises.''
Lennon said he could no recall of a raid on a "illegal
gaming" house in recent times.
"Years ago they were common place, but I haven't
heard of them for years."
said no charges were laid because no one was caught
in the act of gambling when police attended.
are continuing and we will also be referring the matter
to council about what type of premises they have approval
seized paperwork and a CCTV hard drive recorder. A
49-year-old man was spoken to at the time and is likely
to be re interviewed by police.
Lennon said the the operators were members of the
middle eastern community.
At the location raided by police is a door with a
"Members Only" sign which opens to a staircase
and rooms above the large fruit shop.
site is on a major sized block with a large parking
area and is self contained. An Assyrian social club
is next to the supermarket. There is suggestion of
any link between the premises and the social club.
across from the club said they knew nothing of the
casino or its operation.
many years illegal casinos and card rooms thrived
through out "Sin City" Sydney.
the 80's and even in the 90's illegal gambling operations
were everywhere," said a retired NSW detective.
lot of the Italians, Greeks, Yugoslavs and other Europeans
had illegal card venues throughout the inner city
Chinese had Mah-jong and Manilla operating above restaurants
fancier black-jack and roulette casinos were run by
the gangsters in the Cross."
up was played at Straithfield, Paddington and in Abercrombie
those days most pubs had their own SP bookie."
advent of Sydney's legal casino catered for the big
punters and the growth of TAB's through out the city's
hotels killed off the SP bookie.
Media Man gaming spokesperson said "You never
know... a gaming house could be right next door and
you wouldn't even know it".
news comes as an ever increasing amount of global
brands expand into online gaming, be it Marvel Entertainment,
Virgin Enterprises, UFC, Casino News Media and so
the list goes on.
checking Media Man www.mediamanint.com
for further developments.