Casinos of the world: Burswood, Australia

burswoodThe Burswood Casino lies on a small island in the Swan River just near Perth – the capital of the Australian state of Western Australia. Prior to being chosen as the site of the Burswood casino and hotel complex, the island had been used a land fill for refuse. The casino opened for business in 1987. Over the years the casino has been expanded and developed to become one of the leading gaming and entertainment destinations in Australia.

Burswood Park

When you look at the island of Burswood today it is hard to imagine what it must have looked like when it was used as a dump for rubbish and garbage which had been its use since the 1940s. Along with the construction of the casino, the island was redeveloped with parklands, wildflower displays and a public golf course.

 

Rebranding and change of ownership

In 2004 the Burswood casino was purchased by Publishing and Broadcasting Limited and was eventually spun off into a wholly owned subsidiary known as Crown Limited which also controlled the Crown Casino in Melbourne. In 2010 the Burswood Casino was rebranded to be known as Crown Perth.

 

The Casino

The Burswood casino is open twenty four hours every day, seven days a week. The casino operates 1,500 slot machines (or fruit machines) There are also a large number of different table-based casino games that are available. There are currently 220 gaming tables on the casino floor with plans to increase this to 350. There are also plans to increase the number of slot machines from 1,500 to 2,500.

 

The table games

The table games that are played at Burswood casino include Baccarat, Mini Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette, Poker (both Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha), Three Card Poker, Casino War, Progressive Texas Hold’Em, Pai Gow, Money Wheel, Sic Bo, and Caribbean Stud.

 

Two-up

The Burswood casino operates the only two-up ring in operation in Australia. Two-up is a traditional Australian gambling game. The way it works is that there is a designated spinner who throws two coins into the air. Players gamble on whether coins will fall with both heads up, both tails up, or at odds with one head and one tail showing. It is traditionally played in Australia on ANZAC day – an important military holiday for Australians – in part to mark a shared experience with Australian servicemen who played the game particularly during the first world war. The coins that are traditionally used in the game are pennies because their size and their weight work well for these purposes – they are placed on a small wooden plank (known as the “kip”) which is then used to flip and spin the coins into the air. Outside of the Burswood casino, two-up is only allowed to be played in race clubs and RSL club on ANZAC Day or race days (as long as they are not within 100 kilometres of the casino) and any profits are donated to charity.

 

Burswood Casino is a landmark destination for the city of Perth and one of the leading casinos of the world. Particularly if you fancy a game of two-up.

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