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Australia – Canberra reopens gaming floor after A$14m investment

By - 20 June 2016

Canberra Casino has reopened a revamped gaming floor following an investment of A$14m with a new style of multi-game terminal that allows players to switch between games and bet on more than one game at once.

The casino’s owners Aquis Entertainment has completely remodelled the casino inside and out with brand new gaming tables and a 50-seat digital Multi Terminal gaming stadium. The casino now boasts the Onyx Lounge, Chandelier Bar, the Natural 9 restaurant and The Lotus Room which offers a dedicated Poker parlour and sports bar.

Canberra Casino Manager Rhiannon Bach, said the casino used to be one of the worst she had ever seen but said it was now ‘unrecognisable’ from what it used to be.

She said it now had the ‘potential’ to create a space ‘worthy of the nation’s capital.’

Aquis has even bigger plans for Canberra, having lodged a $307m redevelopment request with the ACT Government. It wants to turn the casino, which until this recent transformation was only allowed to offer table gaming, into an integrated resort development with more leisure and night life with new bars, restaurants and a luxury shopping mall.

Aquis, who took control of the casino last year, wants to build two hotels, restaurants, bars and high-end retail outlets as part of transformation that would bring 200 full-time jobs to the property.

Aquis Executive Director Justin Fung said: “It’s major redevelopment of the existing casino, as well as the adjoining land between our current casino and the Convention Centre. The redevelopment would include 100 five-star hotel rooms, as well as 12 six-star luxury villa-type accommodation and we’re talking about luxury retail world-class food and beverage. We are talking about revitalising the southern part of Civic and creating that vibrancy that is lacking here.”

Aquis is aiming to open the restyled casino in 2018, with the highest structure being 20 storeys high.

“We would market it as an integrated resort and give people an opportunity from Sydney to come down to Canberra. It is that type of project that can be a magnet,” Mr Fung added.

GGR at Casino Canberra remained solid during May reaching $1,562,749. It is waiting for the final approval to introduce 200 slot machines at the venue.

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