Australia as a country is infamous for Aussies gambling passion. Some studies suggest that over 80% of adults Australians are involved in some kind of gambling activities, which is the highest rate of all the countries in the world. Annually, Australians spend around 22 billion dollars on gambling, which is around 1200 per capita - far more than any other country in the world.
The most popular game in Australia is poker, followed closely by pokies, horse and dog races and sports betting, while other gambling options like bingo, keno and lottery are lagging behind. There is a variety of gambling places in Australia. With pokies installed in practically every pub and over 20 Grand Casinos, players searching for a place to have fun and win something will easily find their favorite spot.
Venetian Macao is the largest casino in the world, but have you ever wondered what is the biggest casino in Australia? Check the answer below as well as top brick & mortar casinos in Australia.
Crown Casino – Melbourne
Crown Limited Group is international casino group with casinos in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and abroad.The largest casino within the group is their first one opened in 1997 – Crown Casino in Melbourne. It is the biggest casino in Australia and the southern hemisphere.
An entertainment complex covering over 510 000 square meters consists of two major building blocks. At Crown Casino Melbourne you will find over 3500 pokies and 500 tables, nightclubs, restaurants, bars, stores, water park, bowling alley, circus, spa resort and three hotel towers with 1600 rooms in total. Needless to say, there is a plan for a new building with 400 6-star rooms in 2018.
Crown Casino features interesting rewards program where loyal players earn points for every dollar spent within Crown complex. Furthermore, Crown Casino is a center for professional poker players in Asia, Pacific region. It hosts World Series of Poker-Asia, the latest expansion of World Series of Poker as well as famous Aussie Millions Tournament.
Pokies at Crown Casino are made by AGT, IGT, Konami, Aristocrat and Shuffle Master(SHFL entertainment). Besides pokies and poker, Crown Casino offers other standard casino games such as Blackjack, Craps, Pai Gow, Baccarat and Roulette (Rapid Roulette). Blackjack is offered only in their own version called “BlackJack Plus” in which rules vary significantly increasing the house edge up to 5% in higher denomination tables. Such a high house edge is close to double zero roulette game, which is terrible for BlackJack players. That’s why Crowns variation of BlackJack is called “worst blackjack game in Australia”.
Address: 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
Phone: (03)9292 8888
Top Aussies Land based Casinos
Adelaide Casino is located in Adelaide in South Australia and owned by Skycity Entertainment Group. The venue is situated in an old rail station. It opened its doors in 1985 and by today is one of the largest casinos in Australia. It employees over 1110 staff members and has a license for 200 tables and 1500 pokies. Adelaide Casino has a monopoly on table games and automated table games in Southern Australia. As all the other largest casinos in the world, this one also has bars and casual dining restaurants where you can celebrate your winnings or drown the sadness after losing in cocktail or two.
Skycity group is in process of expanding Adelaide casino in 2018 with an investment of 600 million $. Expansion plans include a 24-storey office building, 80 rooms hotel, restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and additional 500 pokies and 110 tables.
Address: North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia
Phone: +61 82122811
Aquis Great Barrier Reef Casino
Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort is a multi-billion dollar developing investment by Chinese family Fung that will start to build their biggest casino in 2018. The resort will have nine luxury hotels, over 150 villas, 1200 apartments, numerous bars and nightclubs, sports stadium with capacity of 25 000, cinemas, theatre for 2500 people, shops, golf course, rugby field, tennis courts, archery field, large aquarium, water feature stretching up to 100 000m2 and even 13 hectare reef lagoon.
Expected number of visitors per year is one million who will be served by 20 000 staff members.
Although at the time of writing this text Aquis group withdrew the application for casino license so they could speed up the development process, there is no doubt that soon after completion of complex, Aquis Great Barrier Reef Casino will acquire casino license and open its doors as one of the biggest casinos in the world.
Address 42-52 Abbott ST, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Phone: +61 419535415
Casino Canberra opened its doors in 1994 as a first legal casino in Australia’s capital city. In the year 2014, it was bought by Chinese tycoon Tony Fung and his Aquis group who immediately invested 14 million $ in refurbishment with additional two years plan to invest a total of over 300 million $ in 2018. and 2019.
When compared to other biggest casinos in Australia, Casino Canberra is much smaller and does not have hotel rooms, spa center, shops and theaters incorporated, and it is the only casino in Australia that does not have a license for pokies. However, Casino Canberra holds only license issued in Australia Capital territory for table games including Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and others.
Of course, this will change as Aquis Group manage to get a license for 500 pokies that will become active after completion of above-mentioned 300 million $ redevelopment and building a first-class leisure and nightlife precinct with 5-star hotel, 6-star luxury villas, spa center, shopping mall, nightclubs, bars, shops, etc.
Address: 21 Binara ST, Canberra ACT
Phone: 02 6257 7074
The Star Casino Sydney
The Star Casino opened in 1995 by Star Entertainment Group and it is the second biggest casino in Australia after Crown Casino in Melbourne. The Star holds an exclusive license for legal gambling in New South Wales territory. It was renovated over the period of three years between 2009-2001 with an investment of whopping 961 million dollars.
The Star Casino features two gaming floors suited for different kind of players - General gaming floor and “Sovereign Room”. In both, you can play all of the traditional casino games like BlackJack, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps, PaiGow, Poker, Pontoon, Sic Bo and of course electronic gaming machines.
General entry gaming floor is for common gamblers and it is divided into three sections – Table Games, Electronic Gaming Machines and Poker.
“Sovereign Room” has been reserved exclusively for high roller players with table limits from 25$ to 75 000$.It also contains “The Inner Sanctum” in which entry must be granted upon application is reviewed and approved by Management. Table limits at “Inner Sanctum” are from 100$ to half a million $. It is important to notice that The Star Casino had to return to junket play in “The Inner Sanctum” after large losses in 2002.
Newest upgrade to VIP section of the second largest casino in Australia is “Vermilion Room” that is even more exclusive than “The Inner Sanctum” and can be accessed by invitation only. “Vermilion Room” upgrade cost The Star Casino 7 million $ and by today fewer than 100 Vermilion Room Cards were issued.
As all the others massive casinos in Australia, The Star Casino in Sydney is a complex with hotels, spa resorts, shops, event center, luxurious restaurants, bars and nightclub called “Marquee.
Address: 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9777 9000