In the history of ACT, Canberra Casino (also known as Casino Canberra) is the only legal gambling property located within the city limits of the capital. Canberra Casino is housed in Civic, the central part of the Australian capital. The casino itself is somewhat small compared to other Australian casino properties.
Visitors to Australian Capital Territory, or citizens looking for a casino complex, have just one option: Canberra Casino, noteworthy for its inclusion of a poker room. Many larger gambling complexes in Australia (with many more gambling machines and table games) don’t have a head-to-head poker room. Weekly poker tournaments are held every Thursday –up to forty players can buy in at AUD $115. The game is No Limit Hold ‘Em, and cash prizes are paid out to the top five finishers.
Canberra Casino Poker Details
The largest poker tournaments at the property are the seasonal championships (a Winter Poker Tournament, Summer Poker Tournament, etc.) which players join by winning seats at satellite events held throughout the year. Sit & Go tourneys occur on an “on-demand” basis. Between six and eight gamblers can play in these No Limit Hold ‘Em events with a buy-in of AUD $60, no re-buys, and cash prizes for the top three finishers. Blinds for the on-demand event start at $25/$50 and increase every fifteen minutes until a winner is determined.
Casino Game Details
Casino customers not interested in poker can choose from around a few other offerings on a gambling floor of more than 38,000 square feet. Though the space is large enough to hold a number of pokies, a favourite of Australian and international gamblers, the site is not licenced to operate pokies or other machine games. The Casino’s management has tried to lobby the territorial government to allow poker machines on the floor, but interests representing Canberra’s club and bar gambling industry continue to fight that licensure, afraid that the pokies available in many popular nightclubs and other retail spaces will lose revenue if Casino Canberra adds these machines to their line-up.
It is unusual for a gambling venue not to offer poker machine and video poker games, but before Canberra’s only traditional casino can do so, they’d need the Territory’s legislators to allow for licensing. This would require a majority vote in favour of the measure in the territorial Assembly.
So besides the poker room, Canberra Casino’s games of chance and skill are mostly of the table variety; forty-one tables are active at all times, including double zero and single zero versions of roulette, a standard and a miniature baccarat game, a few variants of blackjack (including Pontoon and Spanish 21), money wheel, Sic Bo, and casino-style poker like Pai Gow and Caribbean Stud.