Illegal Casino closed down by Police in Sydney

Illegal Casino in Sydney
Illegal Casino in Sydney

POLICE found one of the oldest illegal Casinos in Sydney’s western suburbs. It is said that this is one of the oldest hidden casinos in town. Armed police men with a search warrant raided the illegal casino last Friday, the casino was located above a legitimate fruit and vegetable supermarket at Enderson Park and propably there is no link between them. Inside the casino they had two separate gaming areas, with professional tables for poker, casino style chips, a pool table and a lot of large TV screens. The raid took place at 10:30pm when the staff had already start the preparation for the clients including food and alcohol.  Fairfield Local Area Commander Detective Superintend Peter Lennon said that the Environment was professionally set up. According to Peter Lennon police received information from the public and after the appropriate investigation they found the place and made the raid. Peter Lenon couldn’t recall when it was the previous similar case. This was a common case in some years back but he haven’t heard of them for years. As during the raid there were no customers inside no charges were laid. Officers seized paperwork and a CCTV hard drive recorder. Police will continue the investigation: “Investigations are continuing and we will also be referring the matter to council about what type of premises they have approval to operate.”and also “the operators were members of the middle eastern community.” as Lenon said.  Outside of the casino there was a sign in the door that was saying “Members Only”. The Neighbors across the road said that they didn’t know anything about it. For many years this type of business flourished through out Sydney. “In the 80’s and even in the 90’s illegal gambling operations were everywhere, a lot of the Italians, Greeks, Yugoslavs and other Europeans had illegal card venues throughout the inner city particularly Marrickville. The Chinese had Mahjong and Manila operating above restaurants in Chinatown. The fancier black-jack and roulette casinos were run by the gangsters in the Cross. Two up was played at Straithfield, Paddington and in Abercrombie street Redfern. In those days most pubs had their own SP bookie.” said a retired NSW detective. The time will show if this is a unique case or this kind of business is returning back to Sydney.