By Albe Carbo
Crown Perth is a major tourist attraction for Western Australia, and has been considered Perth’s top integrated entertainment resort since it opened in 1985. The complex includes, apart from being one of the largest casinos in Australia, two substantial hotels, large and technically capable convention facilities and award-winning dining, food and beverage outlets. Proving to be a highly popular tourist attraction in the region and extremely business efficient, Crown Perth is the sole venue in Western Australia offering both poker and gaming machines as well as table games on the menu.
The History of Crown Perth
The story of Crown Perth began during the 1980s, when Perth businessman Dallas Dempster, despite numerous challenges, finally built a huge 135-table casino. The casino was naturally accompanied by luxurious and popular amenities such as a luxury hotel, an amphitheatre, a convention centre and a golf course. He opened this, the Burswood Island Casino in 1985. During the course of the next few decades, effective management conducted various improvements and expansions, as the complex filled out to include a VIP area, and a popular bar with trendy nightclub. Publishing and Broadcasting under Kerry Packer bought out the Crown Perth in 2004 and re-named it the Burswood Entertainment Complex.
Continuous Expansion Projects Happening
In slightly more recent times, another VIP area, called The Pearl Room, as well as a higher stakes room, a sports bar and a poker room were added to great fanfare. More renovations and improvements are currently happening with an entirely new six star hotel currently under construction at the resort. Fresh resort-style pool facilities, an upgraded convention centre, a 2300 seat theatre and day spa are also scheduled to be added. This expansion and growth will increase the Crown Perth’s room count to 1200.
The Crown Perth Casino
In terms of the casino itself, this huge brick and mortar venue has a rich variety of playing options. The Crown Perth casino area is around 60 000 square feet, and is divided into sections dedicated to each casino category. Two rooms are specifically assigned for high rollers, the Pearl Room and the Riviera Room.
Lever operated slot machines are banned, so therefore the 2500 gaming machines that are available, are mostly comprised of electronic keno machines and video poker machines. More than 240 different casino table games can be played at the same time. The standard, classic casino table games are all available, and most have numerous variants as well. The range of poker games include Crown Stud Poker and Texas Hold’em are specialities of the house, and the Crown Perth has a poker room dedicated specifically to tournaments and cash games. In addition, this is the venue in Western Australia is where the Aussie Millions Qualifying Series is played. The Aussie Millions Main Event is held in Melbourne.
The Crown Perth complex in Western Australia offers broad non-gaming entertainment amenities. The complex hosts 16 different restaurants, with completely different foods and settings, designed to cater for every possible taste. There are 12 bars, and of note is the Sports Bar with big screens and sports betting facilities. Crown Perth complex includes nightclubs and a 2300 seat Live Theatre continuously hosting international performances.