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Victorian government reveals new gambling rules at Crown Casino including mandatory 15-minute breaks

Patrons at Crown Casino in Melbourne will have to take a 15 minute break if they've been gambling for three hours. (7.30 Report)

The Victorian government has revealed moves to minimise gambling harm at Melbourne's Crown Casino, including mandatory 15 minutes breaks for patrons.

The reforms follow on from the Royal Commission into Crown's suitability to hold a casino licence, which was completed two years ago.

Under the new requirements, patrons who have been gambling for three continuous hours will have to take a 15 minute break and a 24 hour break if they've been gambling for more than 12 hours in a day.

Patrons will be restricted to a maximum of 36 hours of gambling in a single week.

Victoria's Casino and Gaming minister, Melissa Horne, said the measures will address problem gambling at the venue.

"Some of the evidence that we saw during the Royal Commission showed incredibly predatory behaviour on people that were clearly struggling on the casino floor and in the pokie machine rooms in particular," she said.

Staff at Crown Casino will have the power to turn people away if they haven't fulfilled their mandatory break requirements.

"I think being able to encourage a patron to take a break from the gambling floor and to discuss harm services is another important step in making sure that we've got a casino that has to be a global leader in the reduction of gambling harm," Ms Horne said.

Crown narrowly avoided losing its casino licence following the 2021 Royal Commission.

According to the findings of the royal commission, Crown dodged paying hundreds of millions of dollars in state taxes, consorted with criminal gangs and facilitated money laundering on an epic scale.

Further, Crown failed to prevent staff from being jailed in China and ignored responsible gambling laws.

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