Casino worker fired for $310k pay­out to patron

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - HENRY COOKE

A SkyCity casino man­ager who promised a high-roller a $310,400 ’’good­will pay­ment’’ was jus­ti­fi­ably fired, the Em­ploy­ment Re­la­tions Author­ity (ERA) has ruled.

Keith Hayashi, an op­er­a­tions manger at SkyCity in Auck­land, mis­tak­enly be­lieved the bac­carat player had been play­ing at the wrong ta­ble limit for nine days.

He promised her a $310,400 ’’good­will pay­ment’’, and while the er­ror was caught be­fore the pay­ment was made, the player de­manded and even­tu­ally ob­tained it based on his of­fer.

The de­tails of the fe­male player - un­der- stood to be a high value in­ter­na­tional client - are sup­pressed.

In Fe­bru­ary of 2016 the uniden­ti­fied woman played bac­carat at the casino for nine days, in an area de­signed for sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­na­tional play­ers.

Bac­carat is a card game where play­ers at­tempt to guess which of two hands adds up clos­est to nine.

Hayashi was dis­missed in May, and took the de­ci­sion to the ERA.

How­ever ERA mem­ber An­drew Dal­las found in favour of SkyCity say­ing while Mr Hayashi may have had the em­ployer’s best in­ter­ests at heart, SkyCity did not see it that way.

An op­er­a­tions man­ager at SkyCity in Auck­land mis­tak­enly promised a woman an over­pay­ment.

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