Star Entertainment chief Robbie Cooke steps down as company looks to regain casino licence

Star Entertainment Group chief executive Robbie Cooke has stepped down.

Star Entertainment Group chief executive Robbie Cooke has resigned just days after gambling reforms were passed in Queensland parliament.

Cooke took on the role in October 2022 just after a review into the group’s casino operations which found it unsuitable to hold a casino licence.

The Queensland government recently passed legislation to deal with problem gambling in casinos after Star Entertainment was fined $100 million in late 2022 for encouraging gamblers shut out of casinos in NSW and Victoria to have a flutter in Queensland.

Cooke said he was disappointed in the board’s decision to have a change of leadership but felt that it would be the “best opportunity” for the business to change tack given the challenges.

Star Entertainment Chairman David Foster will take on the extra responsibilities while they search for a replacement.

“We remain absolutely committed to being judged suitable to hold a casino licence in New South Wales and Queensland,” Foster said.