Crown Resorts marketing executive Michael Chen, who reportedly was on “permanent leave” following the detention last year of 18 Crown employees in mainland China, is no longer with the company.

According to the Australian Financial Review, Chen was “the architect of Crown Resorts’ push into China,” a strategy that allegedly went afoul of Chinese law by trying to lure high-rolling gamblers to casinos Down Under.

AFR reported that Chen left the casino group in a “cleanout of top management.” Of the 18 Crown employees originally detained, 15 remain behind bars in a Shanghai detention center. They have been charged with “gambling-related crimes.”

Author: GGB Staff

Staff writers for Global Gaming Business magazine, Las Vegas, Nevada.