The Crown's Jewel
Australia may not have a true monarchy to call its own but they do have a crown with enough “bling” to hold court over most of the gambling world. Crown Casino in Melbourne is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and houses some of the finest hotels, entertainment and dining experiences in Australia.
The complex is in operation 24/7 but it’s during the twilight hours that the venue really comes alive with more bars and nightclubs than you can body pop your way through in one night. Whether you’re looking for a real spit and sawdust (not literally) pub or a refined cocktail bar the Crown has more than enough outlets to keep you well lubricated. If you don’t like to drink and gamble then you can take some time out to spend your winnings in one of the many top quality restaurants and high-end designer stores.
Casino and Poker
Australians love to gamble and the plethora of punting opportunities available is as extensive as any establishment you’d find in Vegas or beyond. Casino War (basically a ‘highest card wins’ game), Blackjack, Roulette and Sic Bo (an Asian dice game) are stretched across the half-kilometre floor space making Crown the largest casino in the Southern Hemisphere.
If years of religiously drumming poker concepts into your mind make the thought of entrusting Lady Luck with your money undesirable, then there’s more than enough action in the poker room.
The poker floor can accommodate over fifty poker tables with cash games and tournaments running daily. If you’re an online player and have decided to remove the power cables and venture out into the real world you’ll find some solace in the PokerPro tables that Crown has on offer. The electronic tables use an LCD screen which incorporates the latest touch technology to make the game as real as possible (well, in a strange virtual way).
If you’re a regular donator at the tables Crown Signature Club will get you entry into some juicy freerolls as well as a seat reservation facility, so you’ll never miss out on a chance to pounce on any added value. The free car parking is also a nice little bonus, especially if you’re planning on a marathon session at the tables. Overall, the poker facilities at Crown are exceptional; indeed, if the venue is good enough for last month’s star and former WSOP champ, Joe Hachem, then it should be good enough for you.
Crown Casino, Melbourne; Tel: 03 9292 8888; Web: www.crownmelbourne.com.au