Crown Perth, operated by Crown Limited, is a hotel and casino resort complex that’s outside Perth’s city limits but connected to that city’s central business district via a public railway system, several roads, and multiple methods of mass transit. The entire complex is made up of the large casino area, two different hotel properties, a convention and business centre, restaurants and bars, and a large indoor theatre called The Dome with room for 20,000 guests.
The casino itself is open twenty-four hours a day except when the entire complex closes on Good Friday, Christmas Day, and Anzac Day. The gambling area, around 60,000 square feet in total, is divided up between a section set aside for table games, a poker room, and an area for some electronic gambling machines.
Unlike most of Australia’s betting venues, Crown Perth does not have a license to provide pokies. The government of Western Australia has outlawed poker machines, known as slot machines in the rest of the world. Instead, the casino’s electronic gaming machines are styled after video poker and other games where player skill plays a part.
A large group of electronic machines for gambling made up of around 2,000 different titles is available, but don’t expect to find traditional reel-spinning pokies. Instead the titles include electronic portals for keno and other casino games and skill games. These are similar to hybrids of table games and unique versions of video poker style machine gambling. Wager sizes allowed on these games range from AUD $0.10 up to the high-roller titles available only in the casino’s invitation-only VIP area. In that section, machine games like video poker are available at bet sizes into the hundreds of dollars per outcome.
The casino also has a small keno lounge adjacent to the sports bar attached to the gaming floor. This keno section is open around the clock with games available in a variety of bet sizes, as low as AUD $2.50 per wager. The keno parlour contains both standard table keno variations and electronic games with touch-screen portals that are based on standard keno rules.