With mini casinos everywhere it’s tough to be the real deal

johnboy 31 October 2013 8

The ABC is carrying an emote by Casino Canberra over its ongoing lack of pokies and the rivers of gold forgone as a result:

Casino Canberra is cutting its staff and operating hours as it grapples with a fall in revenue.

The casino has blamed unfavourable economic conditions and its lack of poker machines for the decision.

Its marketing director Peter Cursley says the business is hoping to achieve savings through voluntary redundancies.

Inviting the Canberra Musicians Club to take over the Galaxy Night Club permanently would be an easy step to awesome if you ask me.

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8 Responses to With mini casinos everywhere it’s tough to be the real deal
farnarkler farnarkler 6:23 pm 31 Oct 13

I was far too busy drinking myself silly at Bobby McGees to visit the Casino when it was at the convention centre but wasn’t the Canberra casino the first to open in this neck of the woods (ie North of Wrest Point and South of Jupiters)? If so, no wonder it’s gone downhill, it can’t attract the Sydney/Melbourne gamblers.

Martlark Martlark 5:02 pm 31 Oct 13

Down a dodgy side alleyway, under a anonymous hotel, you’ll find a dark dull den of overpriced lack lustre games. Another in the long list of commercial Canberra failures strangled by bureaucratic distaste of crass commercialism.

The casino should be relocated in an over the top Vegas style pleasure palace on the lake. Fountains, fireworks, dancing girls and elephants spinning the wheels is what’s needed.

Hiding the casino away as if it’s a sexual diseases clinic is not the way to happy times.

Blen_Carmichael Blen_Carmichael 4:45 pm 31 Oct 13

“The casino has blamed unfavourable economic conditions and its lack of poker machines for the decision.”

I’m surprised ABC fell for that one. There is an absence of poker machines at Casino Canberra. There is no “lack” of poker machines.

Deref Deref 3:54 pm 31 Oct 13

Clearly they haven’t been donating enough to the party!

c_c™ c_c™ 2:52 pm 31 Oct 13

Who remembers when they used to market themselves as a place to get good coffee after the other cafes in Civic closed, or where you could get a gourmet meal overlooking Glebe Park, or… well I could go on. Point is when you think of The Star or Crown, you think destination. When you, or perhaps if on the off chance you think of Casino Canberra, who here thinks of it as a destination. I doubt anyone.

Chop71 Chop71 2:17 pm 31 Oct 13

I remember walking into Peter’s office back in the late 90s while he was reading “Marketing for Dummies” ….. good to see he is still there and putting his “Knowledge” to good use.

M0les M0les 12:36 pm 31 Oct 13

I’ve always thought they should try and refocus as an entertainment venue. The term “Casino” does not necessarily mean gambling (e.g. Sugarloaf Casino on Catalina Island).

There have been so many live music venues in Civic over the decades that have usually reached a peak of popularity and fond regards from patrons, only to suffocated with restrictions and eventually being killed by neighbors opposed to noise. Having a somewhat isolated venue (but still convenient to Civic), purpose-built for entertainment could really be a winner.

Nevertheless they should keep fleecing the gambling punters solong as they have a license!

Genie Genie 11:02 am 31 Oct 13

1. That place has pretty much run at a loss since they moved from the Convention Centre
2. The original condition on being granted a gaming licence was that Canberra already had too many pokies so they had to operate without them
3. Maybe if they stop spending millions each year in legal fees fighting the Government for pokies – they might make a profit
4. Stop thinking increasing table limits will increase your profit, it works the other way. Bring back $5 tables, $1 roulette and $60 poker tournaments. Which table will make more money ? A $50 table with not one player all night, or a $5 table with all seat full all night ?

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