Sat, Apr 13, 4:32am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Tue, Oct 8, 12:36am
Lasseters Alice Springs Casino in Northern Territory is part of the Lasseters Alice Springs Hotel facility located in NT, Australia’s federal territory bordering Western Australia, South Australia, and Queensland. Northern Territory is one of the biggest states in Australia but home to the nation’s smallest territorial population. At last census, NT citizens number just above 230,000, the vast majority of them living in or close to Darwin, the territorial capital.
Thanks to tourism being NT’s second-largest industry, the territory is home to two casino properties. Lasseters Alice Springs is the only casino gambling venue not located in the capital city. Because Lasseters is located further inland, it is less of a tourist destination and offers a smaller number of games than Darwin’s Skycity property.
Gamblers visiting Australia used to large gambling venues in Las Vegas or Europe may not think of the casino at Lasseters Alice Springs complex as particularly large. Australian casinos, especially those located away from the nation’s larger metropolitan areas, tend to be smaller, even those at resort complexes like the gaming floor at Lasseters.
The gambling section of the resort’s entertainment centre has 250 pokies, video poker games, machine versions of keno, and other electronic titles based on traditional table games. Machine gambling makes up the majority of games available at Lasseters Alice Springs.
A small room where head-to-head poker games are available is a nice addition to the venue, since poker rooms (common at other world betting sites) are not as popular in Australia. The only game hosted in the poker room is No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em; tables are made up of no more than ten gamblers who compete against one another rather than against the house. Buy-ins vary from AUD $60 to AUD $200. The availability of poker tables depends on the number of players interested, though the resort’s website says they’ll open a table for as few as two bettors. At this time, no poker tournament events are scheduled.
Lasseters Alice Springs gambling venue (around 13,000 square feet in size) offers twenty table games that rotate depending on the day and the number of guests: at any time, gamblers can find as many as three roulette games (played by American, European, and French rules), three versions of blackjack including Pontoon, two baccarat games (standard rules and a faster-paced mini-baccarat table), a group of casino-style poker games such as Pai Gow Poker and Casino War, Two Up, , craps, and Sic Bo.
Visitors to the casino should note the limited hours that vary based on the type of game. Table games and poker tables are open from 2 PM – 3 AM from Sunday to Thursday, and from 2 PM to 4 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Pokies and other machine games open for play at 10 AM, closing at 3 AM Sunday through Thursday and 4 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.
The resort’s Sports Lounge, open to the gaming floor, is also the home of the hotel’s bookmaker and TAB facilities where guests can wager on races in Australia as well as international events. The bookmaker takes bets on major sporting events around the world. This facility is open from 2 PM to 3 AM all week long. The Sports Lounge has twenty-two big screen TVs, five of which are large plasma screens set aside for live sporting events.
An attached keno parlour offers unique NT Keno games. This bingo-style game is based on traditional keno rules, using a pool of eighty numbered balls to determine each game’s winners. NT Keno games start every few minutes, though the Lasseters Alice Springs facility is not live; instead results are shown remotely from a facility in Darwin.
Though Alice Springs is part of the property’s name, the entertainment centre and hotel are a thirty minute commute from the nearby city. Because of the distance between the nearest urban area, guests are asked to rent vehicles while in Alice Springs or use the free shuttle service to the site available from Todd Mall. A return trip to Alice Springs is also complimentary.
The rooms in the attached hotel are called outback-style on the resort’s website – standard rooms fit as many as three guests. The most expensive suites on site are two-to-a-floor, reserved for special guests and casino VIPs at the top of the hotel tower. Hotel guests have free Wi-Fi access, free tea and coffee service, and access to a concierge, hotel doctor, and guides for trips into the outback.
For a state so sparsely populated, the fact that Northern Territory has two major gambling venues (and plenty of free-standing pokies in clubs and bars) is due to the high percentage of Australian citizens who gamble. Besides Lasseters in Alice Springs and Skycity Darwin, the state is home to many racing tracks, bookmakers, and TAB facilities.
For eco-tourists and other visitors to Australia, Northern Territory and its long coastline are a common jumping-off point for visits into the state’s many national parks. Tourists whose eventual destinations are at sites like Galapagos sometimes travel from NT’s larger urban areas, though Alice Springs is located a little further inland.
A major draw to Lasseters facility in Alice Springs is the beauty of the surrounding area, especially MacDonnell Range, on which part of the entertainment centre itself is built. Twenty-four hour reception and check-in is available. All casino customers must follow a dress code (“neat and clean” casual dress is required) and no one under the age of 18 is allowed on the casino floor.
See also: Skycity Darwin