Casino worker fired for $310k payout to patron
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.