Photographer: Graham Barclay/Bloomberg Big Chinese Cash Bets Put Vancouver Casino in Laundering Probe


A casino south of Vancouver favored by wealthy Asian gamblers is under scrutiny for potential money laundering as large amounts of cash flow through the Pacific Coast city’s thriving real estate and gaming industries.

The British Columbia government released on Friday a previously confidential July 2016 report that had investigated the River Rock Casino Resort after it accepted C$13.5 million ($11 million) in C$20 bills in just one month in July 2015, capturing the attention of B.C.’s Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch.

“I received a series of briefings that caused me to believe that our province could do more to combat money laundering at B.C. casinos,” B.C.’s new Attorney General David Eby, whose New Democratic Party-led government took office in July, told reporters. “I am making that report public today.”

Great Canadian Gaming Corp., the owner of River Rock, said in a statement late Friday that it strictly adheres to all regulatory requirements.

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