Star City Casino
Star City Hotel and Casino (formerly Sydney's Star Casino) in Pyrmont, Sydney, is the second largest Casino in Australia after rival Melbourne's Crown Casino. Overlooking Darling Harbour, Star City features two gaming floors, eight bars, seven restaurants, three hundred and fifty one hotel rooms and one hundred and thirty serviced and privately owned apartments. It has Sydney's premier theatre, the 2000 seat Lyric Theatre. Star City is the only legal casino in Sydney. The gaming operations are overseen and controlled by the New South Wales Casino Control Authority and is licenced to be the only legal casino in New South Wales. The casino in late 2008 was granted a 12 year extension of its exclusivity and licence . Tabcorp, the owners of Star City, then announced a $475 million refurbishment program called Project Star which involves the re-orientation of the casino towards Sydney Harbour, including a new "iconic" entrance and drop-off zone on the harbour side of the casino site. This major refurbishment project began in late 2009 and is expected to be completed in 2012.

Gaming Areas
The casino features two gaming floors - the main gaming floor on level one for general entry and the Endeavour Room (which is now called the Sovereign Room as of August 2008) on level three. The Endeavour Room table bet ranges from $25 to $75,000 and the Endeavour Room also contains the Inner Sanctum, with table bet ranges of $100 to $500,000. The two areas are only available to high rollers and international guests following an application for membership and review by Star City management. The Inner Sanctum pits are frequently used for junket players. Star City returned to junket play in 2005 after taking a number of large losses in 2002. Recent rebuilding works have added extra gaming areas for the main gaming floor with the addition of the Oasis Lounge and the 36 Degrees Bar although these new areas have not increased the amount of tables or machines available in total. The main gaming floor is divided into three major parts - Table Games, Electronic Gaming, and Poker. The amount of poker tables has been steadily increased by Star City management and now stands at 30 tables. The Sovereign Room has been upgraded and now includes four additional private gaming rooms and extra dining and lounge amenities. These extensions have an estimated cost of $7,000,000.. Another recent upgrade is the addition of a new "ultra exclusive" area directly above the Sovereign Room called the Vermillion Room. This is accessed by invitation only, and there are currently less than 100 Vermillion Card Members that are entitled to use the Vermillion Room. Star City has recently opened the sports bar as well.

Table Games
Star City provides many traditional casino games, including Mini Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud, Craps, Pai Gow, Poker, Pontoon, Roulette, Rapid(semi-electronic) Roulette, Sic Bo, Three card poker, and Four-Card Poker. Two-Up was available at Star City but was removed at the end of October 2003 as the game was not considered to be economically viable. The pit typically required three dealers and two games supervisors, consequently management felt that returns were not as high as they could be and with Tabcorp insisting on large reductions in overheads, this iconic game was closed. In December 2005, a new game Double-Chance was trialed but was discontinued soon after; Players, referring to the games high house advantage, dubbed the game 'No-Chance'. At the end of 2006, Star City introduced a new game, three card baccarat, following minor reorganization of its main gaming floor in preparation for the smoking ban in July 2007 and planned extensions to its gaming floors. This game was also removed from the floor shortly after due to lack of interest from players.

Electronic Gaming
Star City provides a selection of electronic gaming machines, including slot machines, bingo, rapid roulette and video poker machines. Rapid Big Wheel was introduced in early 2006 to replace the often slow paced table game version, which has now been reintroduced, and the Rapid Big Wheel removed in August 2007. Star City has just over 1490 electronic gaming machines but is limited to a maximum 1500.

Restaurants and bars
Star City has a large variety of restaurants ranging from five star fine dining to a Subway outlet. Not all the restaurants are managed by Star City with a number of outlets being privately managed. Star City's Garden Buffet is famous because of the all you can eat prawn buffet. Star City operates eight bars within the complex with a further two outlets designated as bars and another two external independent outlets able to serve alcohol. Bars within the gaming area are not accessible to minors (persons under 18). Some bars have live entertainment, mostly on weekends. The Lagoon Bar and Glo Bar closed in 2009 as part of the refurbishment project.

Pop culture
The first 12 episodes of Australian TV Series Joker Poker was filmed in a private gaming room at the casino. The game was dealt by experienced Star City croupiers.

Like most casinos, the gaming floors of the venue are constantly monitored by a security camera system. Cameras mounted on the roof and in the table signs are used to ensure that all actions are logged. The footage can be used to settle player disputes, identify cheating, and be used in the Australian court system for prosecution. In late 2008, the casino's survelance recording system was transitioned from an analog VCR based system to a full digital system. In 2000 the $500 chips were removed from the casino after fraudulent chips were found. Some chips did make their way into the bank due to limited security features on the chips.

Rewards Scheme
Star City's membership ( comps) program is called Total Star Rewards.


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