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13.10.2008 Business & Finance

Golden Tulip Casino in trouble… As winners hit excessively

By George Kyei Frimpong - Ghanaian Chronicle

The operators of the Millionaires Casino, located in the Golden Tulip Hotel, have come under serious pressure to release millions of cedis, won at the roulette table.

It has become a tussle between the winners, who were able to beat the game, and officials of the casino, over monies won, due to the amount involved.

The officials of the casino claim the wins were due to a technical blunder, by some employees.

The police, who intervened in the confusion, between some of the winners and the officials, have directed that over GH¢21,172.8 be paid to at least three Chinese people, whose wining cards have been seized by the operators.

The Chronicle gathered that on 24th September, this year, two Chinese, Karl Su and Kuang Jimjun, lodged a complaint at the Accra Regional Police headquarters, that the officials of the casino had seized their cards worth $3,548 and $6,500 respectively, including that of their friend, Simon Tam Sheon, whose was valued $9,200. According to the police officials, the Chinese, who went to play the game, were five in number, but they were yet to bring in the other two.

They continued that the operators of the casino, as well lodged a complaint at the Cantonments Police Station, concerning what happened at the casino, which resulted in the seizure of the cards.

The police indicated that further investigations revealed that some employees of the casino had caused the disk of the roulette to malfunction, thereby causing them a huge loss that day.

“By law, if you employ somebody, and the person causes an omission, and through the omission, something otherwise happens, your employee must be the one to be held responsible, but not those that have been affected,” one of the police officials told The Chronicle.

The police officers hinted that the officials had been asked to pay the winnings, however, the officials have asked to be given sometime to deliberate on the issue, before coming out with their decision.

“By this week, the police would decide on the final action to be taken, when there is no understanding between them,” he reiterated.

The Commander of the Accra Regional Police Headquarters, DCOP James Oppong-Boamah, confirmed to The Chronicle about the complaint, and indicated that the police were still investigating

The Country Director of the Casino, Mr. Johan Zietsman, told this paper that it was premature to take a decision.

He said the two employees, who caused the problem, were currently on the run.

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