Sat, Apr 13, 5:42am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Tue, Oct 8, 12:36am
Jupiters Casino Townsville in Queensland is one of several big gambling venues in the third most populated territory of Australia. Bordered by the Coral Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Queensland is the Australian state nearest to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.
Townsville is located on the north-eastern coast of Queensland, in the state’s dry tropical region directly adjacent to the centre of the Great Barrier Reef. Australia’s largest city north of the Sunshine Coast, Townsville’s population of 200,000-plus places it on the list of the country’s largest metropolitan areas. New rail terminals have increased access to the city, long a favourite of backpackers, fans of water sports, and travellers whose ultimate destination is the world’s largest network of coral reefs, immediately to the east of Townsville proper.
Hours of operation for the facility’s casino depend on the day of the week and are subject to change on national holidays, special occasions hosted at the property, and as determined by the resort’s management. The gambling floor is open from 10 AM to 2 AM on Monday through Thursday; closing time extends to 4:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday.
Jupiters Townsville Casino is not open to anyone under the age of 18. Guests at the hotel property and other facilities are not subject to any age restrictions. As for the dress code, Jupiters Townsville has a few specific guidelines, requiring attire that is “neat, clean, and tidy” in all areas of the resort. Specific restrictions ban singlets, swimwear, tracksuits, and athletic shorts except in areas like the pool and gym where the clothes are appropriate. All guests are restricted from wearing open-toed shoes after 6 PM.
The casino floor is home to 320 electronic gambling options, including both standalone and linked jackpot pokies, video poker titles, and other electronic games. These machines offer bets from AUD $0.01 up to $1. Pokies and other machines accepting larger bets are located in the VIP area.
Just over two dozen gambling tables are spread across the betting floor, which is around 60,000 square feet in size. Jupiter Townsville hosts six different casino table standards: two variants of blackjack, craps, Sic Bo, two roulette games (on single and double zero wheels), Caribbean Stud and Pai Gow casino-style poker, and baccarat.
Electronic portal versions of table games, such as Vegas Star Roulette and Rapid Baccarat, can be found in the area of the casino set aside for table games.
A keno parlour housing a large collection of both table and electronic versions of the game are located adjacent to the casino’s TAB area. On the TAB section of the floor, big leather couches and chairs are available for customers who want to bet on national and international races. A bookmaker is also available to take wagers on sporting events from around the world. The TAB area of the casino is located next to a sports bar that serves drinks and snacks to casino guests.
A small area set aside for cash games of Texas Hold ‘Em is open by demand. Tables hold up to ten players, and casino staff will open games for as few as two or four players depending on the day of the week. No other variants of poker are currently available in Jupiter Townsville Casino’s poker area, though occasional tournament events are held, featuring buy-ins of AUD $115 and up. For scheduled poker events, check the casino’s website or contact the resort’s staff. You can also reserve a space at a poker table upon arrival and receive a text message when your seat becomes available.
Jupiter Townsville’s casino has a dedicated VIP Lounge near the rear of the centre that opens to views of nearby Magnetic Island. In the VIP lounge, bar staff and game hosts open private tables and gambling machines for the casino’s special guests and high rollers. A large outdoor smoking area is also open to customers invited to the VIP section. Open all day seven days a week, this part of the floor is home to the higher limit gaming machines and high roller versions of blackjack, roulette, and baccarat on Friday and Saturday nights only.
Entrance to the VIP Lounge is open to Absolute Rewards club members at the Black and Pearl level. To enter the lounge, guests present their club card to the staff or swipe it through a card reader at the lounge’s entrance.
Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino was built to take advantage of the popular Townsville breakwater, near tropical gardens with views of the national park on Magnetic Island. Guests at the complex are within walking distance of a ferry terminal, the city’s central business district, and the Palmer Street and Flinders Street neighbourhoods famous for their restaurants and clubs.
The hotel property has two hundred guest rooms. Three restaurants are located around the resort: Aqua, where fresh seafood and Australian wines dominate the menu, the signature restaurant K?be, featuring modern takes on Japanese cuisine and the more traditional Australian diner Spin with access to the gaming floor. The resort is also home to five unique bars, including one open to the casino itself.
Other amenities for guests include a large pool complex, a spa and fitness centre, and a large business facility with eleven conference and meeting venues.