The Star Casino in New South Wales reopened in 2012 after an overhaul and rebranding of the Star City Casino that once occupied the space. The Star Casino is a non-smoking property with its own stop on Sydney’s light rail system. When The Star reopened, the casino space was expanded to host more games, the resort property included new restaurants and bars, and a new lineup of live shows was announced to fill the rebuilt theatre, now seating a larger crowd. The Star is the only casino in New South Wales, so though it has been re-imagined as a vacation spot for international tourists, the gaming tables and restaurants are also popular with a local crowd.
The gambling floor is now over 100,000 square feet with room for over 1,500 pokie machines and 210 tables for games like roulette, craps, and casino poker. The attached resort is made up of a 480 room hotel, a theatre seating up to 200 at a time, six different restaurants, and eight unique bars each with their own theme. At BLACK, casino VIPS and visitors dropping hundreds of dollars per bottle make for a luxury destination (with views of Pyrmont Bay and downtown Sydney setting the stage) and at the other end of the spectrum the Lobby Bar is a more casual watering hole with sports and news on big screens and a wide selection of craft beers.
Fans of table games can pick from eighteen different titles operating at any given time: three variants each of blackjack and roulette, along with traditional versions of baccarat and Sic Bo. The Star’s new Total Star Rewards Membership Program is a free rewards club tracking gambler’s action and rewarding local casino customers with on-site giveaways and comps.
The new Star Casino also features an expansion of the Sovereign Room, a private casino hosting gaming tables for big spenders and other VIP guests. More private tables and high-roller pokie machines in the private club, combined with a new casino-wide age restriction that keeps out all guests under the age of 18, is designed to make casino whales looking for personalized service or privacy more comfortable in a setting with more gambling options.
When the Star reopened with a larger theatre space, The Marquee, both the quality and frequency of live performances and concerts improved as did the variety of local and international musical acts and world-famous performers. Live shows are a big part of the casino business, and The Marquee plays host to groups famous in Australia and New Zealand as well as internationally-known acts and theatrical performances on world tour.
Six restaurants, each run by a world-class celebrity chef, gives The Star another typical casino-resort feature, a varied menu from all over the world including three spots recognized by the Zagat guide as some of the best dining in Sydney. Chef Chase Kojima’s Sokyo is a modern take on Japanese cuisine while the dining side of popular wine bar BLACK by ezard presents high-end cuts of meat and modern cooking techniques as well as some of the best wines in the world.
Star City Casino’s facelift was designed to attract Sydney locals and tourists alike to the many clubs, bars, and other nightlife spots available to the Star’s casino-resort customers. Expanding from four to eight bars, doubling the number of luxury restaurants, and increasing the size of the casino floor (the Star’s website says the new casino can fit seven football fields inside with room to spare) was all part of a move to change the reputation of New South Wales’ only casino.
Changes to Star City aren’t just about adding new places to eat or improving the quality of casino-style shows. Most of the gambling floor’s card games, table options, as well as poker machines have been altered to increase the variety of games and offer different betting limits for different customers.
Besides a full-service poker room, Star hosts casino versions of games like Texas Hold ‘em Bonus Poker and Four Card Poker. Like the Star’s roulette and craps tables, all casino poker and head to head poker games are available at a variety of table stakes, including penny pokies and low-minimum tables as well as private VIP games for customers dropping hundreds of dollars or more per bet.
The casino gambling trend toward highlighting machine games in the past few decades has come to the Star, currently host to some 1,500 pokies and other machine games. Banks of poker machines are spread throughout the casino and also available in some restaurants and bars; finding machine gambling at a variety of various stakes, some with progressive jackpots others with more traditional features, is easier than before, when Star City grouped all of their machines into one area.
Titles from all over the world are available, though Australia’s own gambling machine design company Aristocrat is heavily-represented. Aristocrat produces pokies in many different betting styles and playing structures. Pokie fans like variety, and between the large selection of Aristocrat titles as well as games from around the world, more variety in gambling machines and table games is available at the new Star in Sydney than were ever on offer at Star City.
Find the Star Casino from anywhere in New South Wales – the resort is on the bus line, the monorail system, and a short walk away from Town Hall at 80 Pyrmont Street in the Pyrmont neighborhood of Sydney, Australia. The site has a new set of house rules, including a new dress code that requires “smart, casual clothing” and restricts anyone under 18 from entering the casino. The only place to play casino games in New South Wales is open twenty-four hours a day every day of the week, except for limited hours on Christmas Day, Good Friday, and Anzac Day. Contact the casino for opening times on those holidays, as they vary from one to another.