As is known, Crown Casino (Melbourne) annually holds one of the biggest poker tournament events in the industry. But if the regulator keeps getting in its way, the Aussie Millions tournament can become far too expensive this year.
Crown Casino has long been among the most popular destinations for poker gamers in the southern hemisphere. However, the Victorian gambling regulator does not lose sight of the amount of money earned by the institution and wants ever more out of it.
Recently, the Australian newspaper Sunday Morning Herald wrote about the three-year dispute over poker taxation. In discussing this issue, the representative of the Crown Casino claims that the rake should not be taxed at all, since Poker is different from other casino games.
What the casino representatives think
“Players compete with other players instead of the casino. In addition, the rake corresponds to the costs of implementation and promotion of the tournament, “- said the representative of the Crown Casino.
In addition, it was noted that poker is played in pubs and clubs across Australia and there the rakes are not taxed at all, so the casino should not pay a fee to the money received in the tournament.
On the other hand, Professor Charles Livingstone from Monash University says that poker is a kind of gambling and must be taxed accordingly. The government and the regulator say that studying the problem, but because it has been in existence for three years, its decision is unlikely to be resolved in the nearest future.
What other sports the casino supports
Despite the tax dispute with the government, Crown Casino keeps on with the innovations. For example, it has recently decided to support eSports. In carrying out the first tournament for Call of Duty institution it will allocate 70 thousand Australian dollars.