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Poker is King in New Crown & Victorian Government Agreement

Posted at 13:20 2009-05-12
It was announced today by Crown Melbourne that the “world of entertainment” and the Victorian Government had reached a historic agreement which will see the first major reform in table gaming in the casino in ten years.

In the proposal, which is set to cost AUD $64 million and create 300 new jobs in gaming and hospitality, Crown Melbourne will be permitted to increase their traditional gaming tables (e.g. Blackjack, Baccarat, and Roulette) from 350 to 400. Crown has also agreed to increase the tax rate on electronic gaming machines by 10.32% over six years, effective from July 1, 2009.

However the biggest news to come out of today’s media release for poker fans was the announcement of the addition of up to 100 poker tables, which is on top of the new limit on traditional gaming tables, taking the total gaming table capacity to 500. Crown Melbourne CEO David Courtney was delighted with this announcement, which is set to secure the casino’s reputation as Australia’s biggest and best poker room.

“Poker is a worldwide phenomenon and Crown has gained an international reputation for excellence in the poker market,” said Courtney. “Players from around the world come to Melbourne to be part of the Aussie Millions and other rich poker tournaments.”

The Victorian Minister for Gaming, Tony Robinson, has also recognised the individual success of the Aussie Millions, responsible for Australia’s poker boom and the popularity and long-term benefits of poker globally.

“Around the world, more and more people are interested in playing and watching poker,” he said in separate press release from the Victorian Government. “With additional tables, Crown Casino will be able to host international poker tournaments like the World Series of Poker, won by Melburnian Joe Hachem in 2005, and compete with venues like Las Vegas and Macau as the site for international poker events.”

“Attracting these high calibre international events to Melbourne would provide a significant boost for tourism, building on the success of the Aussie Millions tournament.”

With the casino stretched to capacity during peak times, Crown Melbourne are already undertaking AUD $560 million in redevelopment of their facilities, which includes construction of a new hotel and convention centre, providing further accommodation and ensuring that Australia’s largest casino will remain a world leader in the industry.

Stay tuned to PokerNetwork and Crown Poker for more details about upcoming poker tournaments and events at Crown!

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