Crown Sydney casino opening delayed

Crown’s casino at Barangaroo will not open as planned in December after the gaming regulator voiced concerns it might be used to launder money.

The NSW Independent ­Liquor and Gaming Authority chair Philip Crawford said that accounts set up by Crown for high rollers could be used for money laundering.

“We are concerned that this particular type of business is a magnet for money laundering,” he said.

“It affects liquor licences and importantly it is about whether certain key people are fit and proper to be associated with a casino.”

The $2.2 billion Barangaroo venue “will continue to focus on opening the non-gaming operations at Crown Sydney”, according to a statement by Crown.

The ongoing Bergin inquiry into the casino is due to hand in its final report early next year.