Staff at the Gold Reef City casino in Johannesburg are in trauma counselling after eight robbers stormed the premises early on Wednesday, a spokesperson said.
"In this situation one has to keep very cool," said casino marketing manager Claudia Crooney.
She confirmed that the incident had taken place but said the eight men had not made off with any cash, even though they pushed a heavy cash trolley to a getaway bakkie.
"There was no cash inside it," Crooney said.
Crooney confirmed that armed response personnel were involved in a shoot-out with the robbers, as they fled the casino.
"Two of the guards were injured."
At 7.30am, she said casino management was working with police at the scene.
Asked if it might have been an inside job, Crooney said: "We are not going to go there."
Police spokesperson Sergeant Sanku Tsunke confirmed the attempted robbery. - Sapa
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