How Sydney’s Star Casino Became Australia’s Style Destination

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If there is any locale that encapsulates the style and chic of Sydney, it’s the world-class Star Casino. This massive complex is set on the fringes of the city’s Darling Harbor and is the premier entertainment destination for locals and visitors alike. 

The Star Casino complex features breath-taking views, award-winning restaurants and bars, premier shopping opportunities and an event center. But there is no denying that the star of the complex is the Star Casino.

This is the second largest casino in the nation (after Crown Casino in Melbourne), and has been known by other names in the past, including Star City Casino and Sydney Harbor Casino.  Between 2009 and 2011, the casino underwent major renovation to the tune of nearly $1 billion.

The Star Entertainment Group owned Star Casino is overseen by the NSW Casino Control Authority and is in fact the only legal casino in the state.   

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World Class Gambling Entertainment

The gambling options at Star Casino are quite extraordinary and spread over two main gaming floors. 

The range of games is second only to the choice players may find at online casinos.  There are a few cross-over games that you can find online, but gambling at the Star is a whole different experience.

The main casino area is located on level one. It is open to visitors looking for a stylish, entertaining and rewarding gambling experience and this is where most players get to enjoy what the Star Casino has to offer.

In recent years, management added extra gaming areas to the main casino floor, namely the 36 Degrees Bar and the Oasis Lounge.

There are three main areas on this floor, divided into Table Games, Electronic Gaming and Poker. 

Level three is where the Sovereign Room is located, catering to high rollers and international guests by invitation only.  Membership to the Sovereign Room requires a healthy bankroll, with bets as much as $75,000 available on certain games.  

The Sovereign Room is essentially Australia’s largest private gaming room. Every element of the luxurious space has been designed to make guests feel right at home and enhance their gaming experience.

There are dedicated areas for Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and Craps tables. A sunken bar with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the iconic view of the Sydney Harbour beckons players, while the dining space serves up magnificent meals cooked by world-class chefs.

The crème de la crème of gamblers also earn access to the Inner Sanctum, which boasts games with betting ranges of up to $500,000. Star Casino adopted junket play over a decade ago, meaning that it offers trips to VIP casino customers to travel and play at the casino. Junket players are frequent visitors to the Inner Sanctum.

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Types of Games at Star Casino

No matter what your taste in casino games, the Star Casino is sure to offer it.

Electronic Games

From pokies to bingo, and from rapid roulette to video poker, electronic gaming opportunities are located all over the casino.  The bulk of the electronic games are located on level one. Nothing quite beats the sound of the whirring of a slot machine and screams of delight when a lucky player hits the jackpot. 

The Star is licensed to offer up to 1,500 electronic games and has almost reached its capacity.

Table Games

Traditional casino games are hugely popular at Star Casino, and players will find titles such as Mini Baccarat, Caribbean Stud, Blackjack, Pai Gow, Roulette, Sic Bo and Poker. 

The Star is regularly frequented by poker players who enjoy the comradeship and quality gaming experience that they find at the casino.  A number of poker games are played here, from the well-known Texas Hold ‘em to Mississippi Stud, Caribbean Stud, 3-card and 4-card poker. 

The Poker Room regularly hosts local and international poker tournaments such as the Australian Poker Open.

The Stadium is an unrivaled innovative cinematic experience with a mega sized, 15 x 3.5 m screen which takes Blackjack and Roulette play to the next level. Live dealers deal on all the best games, with bets starting at just $1, promising a fun, affordable and interactive experience.

Look out for the Stadium between the Star Poker Room and the 24/7 Sports Bar on the main casino floor. 

Other Reasons to Visit Star Casino

  • Maximum security to provide a safe playing environment and 24/7 camera monitoring to help settle player disputes and prevent fraud.
  • Large variety of bars and restaurants, some with live entertainment.
  • Various accommodation options, including the only Forbes 5-star boutique hotel and urban resort in Sydney, the Darling. 
  • Stylish shopping in a retail precinct which boasts international brands and chic boutiques. 
  • The Darling Spa, one of the most luxurious spas in Sydney, incorporating 11 treatment rooms, a Moroccan Hammam, steam room and Jacuzzis. The spa offers a comprehensive range of face and beauty treatments. 

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