Victoria’s gambling regulator has hit Crown casino with $120 million in fines for breaching gambling laws, including failing to stop people gambling more than 24 hours straight.

“The record fines totalling $120 million that we have imposed on Crown today will send a powerful message to Crown that the Commission will not tolerate misconduct that exposes our community to increased risks of gambling-related harm,” Victoria Gambling and Casino Control Commission Chairwoman Fran Thorn said on Monday morning.

Melbourne’s Crown casino has been fined mined millions of dollars for breaking gambling laws.Credit:Scott McNaughton

The fine was for two separate issues and based on the extensive findings by the royal commission.

“These were not isolated breaches. They were part of a pattern of extensive, sustained and systemic failures by Crown that spanned roughly 12 years,” Thorn said.

It is the first time the commission has fined Crown the maximum $100 million amount since they were able to hold the casino to account, the chairperson told reporters.

This related to a failure to stop people gambling for more than 24 hours straight, she explained.

The $20 million fine was in relation to the casino failing to stop patrons from using plastic picks and to simulate “automatic play” when gambling on certain electronic gaming machines or pokies.

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