Fri, Apr 12, 1:48am by Mia Chapman
Last Updated Tue, Oct 8, 12:37am
Now home to the Conrad Treasury Casino in Queensland, the Treasury Building is one of three structures in this Brisbane neighbourhood full of historical value. Conrad Treasury Casino is housed in and gets its name from the Treasury Building, built in the opulent style of the late 19 th century. Nearby sites noteworthy in both Queensland and Australia’s past: the former Officer’s Quarters and Military Barracks from the time of British colonial control.
The building itself is a large structure with carvings and artistic flourishes covering its exterior. Inside is the actual Conrad Treasury Casino, which opened in 1995. Multiple floors of casino entertainment including one of the largest collections of table games on the continent, are sprinkled with standards like blackjack (available at a variety of wager sizes) as well as a big variety of gambling machines.
Conrad Treasury Casino is part of a larger complex that includes four restaurants serving four world cuisines – Cafe 21, Blackjack’s, Pastano, and Marco Polo. A trend in modern casino-resorts toward a variety of bar scenes gave rise to the five on-site pubs, where casino customers and tourists visiting Brisbane rub elbows with locals. The formal Livewire Bar is the polar opposite of Sports Bar, where casual dress and big-screen TVs are the norm. Special guests have access to two VIP bars, the Keno the Havana, designed for big-spending gamblers and visiting celebs.
Queens Gardens is home to both the casino and the hotel. A theatre hosting live events (comedians, local and international music acts, and fashion shows) is also part of the complex. An open courtyard in the centre of the resort is home to plenty of neon and Vegas-style light and water shows. Guests who stay at the hotel, located at the very top of the Queens Street Mall, will find high ceilings, over-the-top décor, and large open plan bathrooms and sleeping quarters.
Treasury is one of biggest betting houses in Queensland. An easy walk from the resort hotel and nearby cultural sites, more than 1,300 pokie machines and video poker titles are scattered across the three floors set aside for gambling. A total of 86 tables for games like blackjack, craps, and baccarat are open at any given time. A little more than 67,000 square feet in size, the gambling section of the complex is appropriately housed in the former treasury and mint offices of the territory of Queensland.
The variety of pokies and table games is impressive. Among the table games on offer (not all games are available at all times) are several variants of blackjack, casino-style poker games like Caribbean Stud, a half-dozen craps games, Sic Bo, and two games unique to this venue, Treasury 21, and Treasury Wheel.
All the Treasury’s table games have at least two options for stake sizes, high-roller versions with large bet minimums and maximums as well as games accepting low stakes wagers. For example, blackjack players have a choice between tables with AUD $5 minimums and those that allow wagers up to AUD $5,000. Bet ranges for roulette at Conrad Treasury (played with American, European, or French rules) are similar; the least expensive tables have an AUD $5-$50 range and high roller tables with max bets of AUD $2,500 or $5,000 are also open most of the day.
Poker players who visit the Conrad Treasury’s casino can play at the venue’s poker room located on the ground floor on the Elizabeth Street side. Open at 10 AM every day, games available are No Limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and a Texas/Omaha rotation game.
Customers who want to play poker have to register at the room’s desk; a text message from the staff will alert you when a seat at the game you want to play becomes available
Daily cash games with blinds from AUD $1-$5 are available – the room’s higher limit games are available only on request.
Take note that only members of the casino’s Absolute Rewards program can play poker. Membership is free, and the program pays rewards and offers things like comps and other giveaways based on how much you play and wager at all of the venue’s games. Register by stopping at the Absolute Rewards Desk near the poker room or online at the casino’s website.
For fans of poker tournaments, Conrad Treasury’s poker room holds three types of tourneys: Bounty Hunter events (where beating other tournaments players means earning their bounty cards which are exchanged for cash at the end of the tournament), Deep Stack tournaments on the first Sunday of each month, and Super Sixty contests held two or three times a month with a low buy-in of AUD $60 and a fast-paced schedule that determines winners in under three hours.
The gambling floor operates with two different dress codes; before 6 PM the dress is casual, after that time only gamblers in smart casual dress are let in. Only people 18 or older are allowed in the casino area of the resort. Private tables are open to VIP customers, gamblers who are members of Club Conrad and bet at least $50 per hand or outcome.
Writing about Conrad Treasury Casino in Queensland without discussing the historical value of the neighbourhood is impossible. Not all of the history associated with the neighbourhood is positive – the Treasury Building and surrounding areas were settings for anti-government demonstrations by unemployed and underprivileged people at the turn of the 20th century. On the other hand, 1901 saw one of the most important events in the history of Queensland and Australia happening right outside the present-day casino structure. Chosen as the site for the official reading of the Queen’s proclamation establishing Australia as a Commonwealth, the Treasury Building is one of the more significant landmarks in Brisbane.
The design of the Conrad Treasury hotel and gambling complex mirrors and incorporates the 19 th century architecture and design of the original buildings. Constructed over a three decade span in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this building and the surrounding areas are the centre of Queensland’s financial industries; an area reflecting Queensland’s prosperity at the time of the Treasury’s opening as well as economic development in the city that continues to the present day.
When the Treasury Building (which the Conrad Treasury Casino takes its name from) was built, Brisbane was expanding rapidly. The site that is home to the casino is a symbol of a prosperous period in Australian history. Classical Italian Renaissance-style architecture marks the site as one of the most beautiful in all of Queensland, second only to the Government House in terms of regional history.
Open twenty-four hours a day, except on major holidays, the three-story betting venue area of the larger Conrad Treasury complex is less formal than most of Australia’s large casinos. Visitors to Brisbane will find the Conrad Treasury hotel and casino a culturally important and entertaining stop. Slightly more than 130 rooms are available in the centre’s two hotel properties. The varied gambling options and a collection of a dozen different restaurants and bars make the resort friendly to customers on different budgets and gamblers who prefer all types of games and sizes of bets.