It remains one of the central features of the Southbank precinct of the Melbourne central business district. The casino is accessible by tram routes 12, 58, 96, 109 which all pass near Southern Cross railway station and the Melbourne City Centre. Crown’s casino complex opened on 8 May 1997, after moving from a temporary location that opened on 30 June 1994 on the north melbourne casino of the Yarra.
Crown Casino opened in 1994 at the World Trade Centre on the north bank of the Yarra River. This location was a temporary, and training, setup while construction of the proper complex occurred. The Casino complex opened in its proper planned location at Southbank in 1997. Actress Rachel Griffiths infamously ran through the casino topless on its opening night. This variation enormously increases the house advantage from around 0.
As well as three card poker on the main gaming floor, Crown has also offers varieties of poker including Texas hold ’em. The Crown Poker Room encompasses a large separate space in the Crown basement. The Crown is also one of the major centres for competitive poker in the Asia-Pacific region. It annually hosts the Aussie Millions, currently the Southern Hemisphere’s richest poker event.
Crown Casino has 3,500 poker machines on the casino floor, with values ranging from one cent to one dollar, as well as a few two- and five-dollar machines in the VIP areas. The VCGR regularly monitors the casino’s operations to ensure Crown conforms to Victorian gambling laws. The Crown Entertainment Complex has a rewards program where members earn points on every dollar spent at most outlets within the Crown complex. Crown Towers: a skyscraper comprising a five-star luxury hotel located within the Crown Entertainment Complex. It houses 481 rooms and villas over 38 floors.