Arguably Australia’s best and certainly most renowned casino, Crown Melbourne provides a world-class gambling experience on the south banks of the spectacular Yarra River. Offering premium gaming, nightlife, dining, luxury shopping and five-star accommodation, this is a must-see destination for any visitor to the Victorian capital.
What casino games are offered at Crown Melbourne?
As Australia’s premiere gambling destination, you can find a vast and varied selection of games available at Crown Melbourne, from table games to hundreds of electronic gaming machines. Walk the gaming floors of this bustling casino and you’ll come across the following:
- Big Wheel
- Caribbean Stud Poker
- Casino War
- Electronic Baccarat
- Mississippi Stud Poker
- Pai Gow
- Poker War
- Pontoon Pandemonium
- Rapid Blackjack
- Rapid Roulette
- Roulette Match
- Sic Bo
- Three Card Poker
- Triple Chase
- Vegas Star Games>
- WSOP Bonus Texas Hold’em
Minimum and maximum betting limits are available to suit the more recreational player as well as the high rollers, just look to the information at each table to check the wagering requirements. The pokies can be played from as little as $1, while most table games require a minimum bet around the $10 mark.
Crown Poker and tournaments
Crown Melbourne features its own dedicated poker room, offering over 50 poker tables, making it home to Australia’s biggest range of poker cash games and tournaments. The poker room is open 24/7 and is the largest of its kind in the entire Southern Hemisphere.
Cash games are available all day every day and are determined by player demand on the day, so there’s something to cater to players from all budgets and levels of experience. Daily cash games available in the Crown Poker Room are as follows:
- $1/$2 No Limit Hold’em – Buy in $40-$80
- $1/$3 No Limit Hold’em (Turbo) – Buy in $50-$200
- $2/$4 No Limit Hold’em – Buy in $200-$400
- $5/$5 No Limit Hold’em – Buy in $300-$700
- $5/$10 Limit Hold’em, $10/$20 Limit Omaha and $20/$40 Limit Holdem/Omaha – Min Buy in 10X Big Blinds
Poker tournaments are also a major drawcard, with daily and weekly tournaments as well as huge annual tourneys that attract champion poker players from all over the world. You can check the weekly poker tournament schedule on the Crown Poker website which will give you up to date details of the upcoming tournaments along with their buy-in cost and entry fee.
Crown Melbourne is also home to the Aussie Millions Poker Championship, part of the AAPT which is now a major tournament on the international poker circuit.
VIPs and high rollers can play in pure style at Crown Melbourne, with the VIP Mahogany Room bringing the ultimate in opulence. Located on the first floor of the luxurious Crown Towers hotel, The Mahogany Room is an architecturally designed space that attracts high rollers and special guests from all over the world for glamorous events and high stake games of roulette, blackjack, baccarat and pai gow. The maximum bets allowable can hit around the $300,000 mark, much higher than those limits enforced in the public casino.
Entry to the Mahogany Room can be gained via invitation or by reaching a certain loyalty level within the Crown Signature Club rewards program. A minimum loyalty tier of Platinum is required before you can officially call yourself a VIP, which equates to spending around $15,000 at Crown affiliated venues within a six month time frame.
Crown Melbourne is just as well known for its world class facilities as it is for its gambling. You don’t have to be interested in placing bets to get lost in the excitement of designer shopping, award winning restaurants and action packed entertainment. Here’s just a snippet of the first rate facilities you can expect to find in Melbourne’s Crown Casino complex:
Shopping – LK Boutique, Bvlgari, Prada, Omega, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Harrolds, Salvatore Ferragamo, Rolex, Monrads, Guess, Sunglass Hut, Nine West and French Connection.
Dining – Bistro Guillaume, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Conservatory, Koko, Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar, No.8 by John Lawson, Nubu, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Silks, The Atlantic, Spice Temple, The Waiting Room, Oyster Bar & Grill, San Antone, The Merrywell and Lucky Chan.
Bars and Nightclubs – 28 Skybar Lounge, Atrium, Crown Sports Bar, Double Up Bar, Groove Live Bar & Terrace, Jackpot Bar, Lagerfield Sports Bar & Beer Garden, Las Vegas Bar, Lumia Rouge, Lumia Bar, Tonic, Velvet Bar, The Den, Level 3 At Crown, Club 23 and Therapy.
The Crown theatre has also played home to some of the biggest names in show business, including comedians, musicians and live theatre. Guests can stay in one of three luxury hotels, the Crown Metropol, Crown Towers and Crown Promenade.
History of Melbourne’s Crown Casino
Melbourne’s Crown Casino complex first opened its doors in 1997, a few years after running from a temporary location further down the north banks of the Yarra River – with an opening night made infamous by Aussie actress Rachel Griffiths when she ran through the complex topless.
The Crown was originally owned by property developer and multi-billionaire Lloyd J. Williams before it was taken over by Packed in 1999. Over the years it has gone several million dollar refurbishments, growing more luxurious each year. The complex now expands over two city blocks, or the equivalent of 510,000 square meters, making it one of the largest casinos in the world. It’s licensed to hold 2500 electronic pokie machines and 500 table games.