The Star Gold Coast Casino in Queensland was the first gambling venue to open in the territory. Located on the suburb of Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, The Star is a hotel and casino entertainment centre on the Nerang River connected to the larger metro areas of Queensland via monorail. An hour’s commute from Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, The Star Gold Coast is easy to access thanks to two nearby airports and the complex’s complimentary shuttle service.
The centre’s seven acres include all the usual casino-resort features: a number of different bars and restaurants are spread throughout the site, two of them on the gaming floor itself for casino customers only. A large theatre space plays host to both local and internationally-famous musical acts, comedians, live performances, and even fashion shows and other showcases.
The Star Gold Coast hotel, with around 600 guest rooms across twenty-one floors, is home to a handful of smaller club spaces allowing more intimate performances, a large conference facility for business meetings and galas, and a ballroom, health spa, and gym offering entertainment for hotel guests not interested in gambling.
The hotel is also home to two penthouse rooms, thirty VIP suites, and 603 standard rooms. The aforementioned convention and multi-function business facilities can host events with space for 1,500 guests and modular meeting rooms and conference rooms setups to accommodate both large and small groups.
Gamblers visiting The Star will find a 65,000 square foot gambling floor with machine games, table games, and a poker room. A large number of games are spread around the floor space. Some 1,400 pokies and other machines appear in banks in different parts of the casino, alongside video poker and other skill-based electronic titles. The size of The Star pokies collection gives the casino one of the biggest betting machine varieties in Australia. As for table games, The Star Gold Coast has seventy tables open for play around the clock.
The casino’s VIP room, called “Club Conrad,” is available to big spenders, special guests, and other VIPs. This non-smoking section of the casino is open to members of The Star Gold Club who have earned a certain level of rewards as well as celebrity guests and high rollers.
The Star Casino has a number of games that offer progressive jackpots: not just progressive pokies, but table games and other electronic gambling machines on the casino floor are tied into wide area progressive systems. The Star Casino is the only property in Australia hosting progressive keno games. Other special jackpots handed out (some at random, some based on things like spinning a certain combination of symbols on special pokies or winning side wager promotions throughout the year) include vacation stays, cars, and other high-dollar items.
The betting hall’s variety of seventy different table games are all open for play whenever the casino is open; however the arrangement of the games and the rule variations available at any given time change occasionally. The line-up of traditional and unique table-style games includes at least three versions of roulette – American, French, and Euro versions are always available, while less-common variants including some electronic roulette games are only available occasionally.
The rest of the table game offerings at The Star Gold Coast: a standard and a miniature baccarat table, blackjack in multiple variations including Pontoon and Spanish 21, both uncommon in Australia, casino-style poker games Caribbean Stud, Pai Gow, and Texas Hold’Em, craps, Sic Bo, and keno.
Outside of the VIP gambling area, pokie and video poker machine wagers run from AUD $0.10 up to AUD $1, with some games allowing bets up to and including AUD $2. From time to time The Star will provide a few banks of penny pokies, and don’t neglect to look at the casino’s schedule of pokies tournaments that pay out thousands of dollars in cash prizes. In the VIP room, a few machine games accepting bets as high as AUD $50 per spin are available, though that part of the casino (which is also non-smoking) focuses more on table games.
As for table game betting sizes, on the main floor the stakes depend on the game and the specific rules each game is being played by. For example, roulette games that accept bets as low as AUD $2.50 are available, but customers will have to play on American-style (double-zero) wheels which favour the house slightly more. To gamble on the less house-friendly single-zero French or Euro wheels, minimum bets of AUD $5 must be placed.
Other table games have fairly standard betting ranges, except for high roller table games which are located in the casino’s VIP section, which is by invitation only. Once a gambler is invited to the VIP tables, they have to lay wagers of at least $50 per hand, outcome, or round.
The Gold Coast is known for its natural beauty, and The Star Gold Coast Casino in Queensland stretches across seven acres, along the coastline of the Nerang River. The Star Gold Coast offers a combination of some of the most varied gambling options in all of Australia, a resort-hotel complex with a live theatre, business centre, and a variety of restaurants and bars, and beautiful views.