Brisbane’s Treasury Casino might not be around for much longer but you can enjoy some great gambling until it is replaced in 2022.
The Treasury is one of a couple of casinos in Queensland but the only one in Brisbane itself. Situated in a historic building in the heart of the city, the Treasury is due to be replaced by a huge new development just a stone’s throw away. It currently offers good gaming opportunities across a multi-floor set-up with poker, electronic gaming tables, traditional casino games and private rooms.
In this guide, we take a look at the existing casino and give you the run down of what you can expect when visiting the Treasury Casino, Brisbane.
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Opened in 1995, the Treasury Brisbane is owned and run by the Star Entertainment group, a division of the OzLotto operators, Tabcorp. A leisure complex incorporating a luxury hotel, casino plus restaurants and bars, the site is housed in two Heritage Listed buildings.
The former Treasury building and the neighbouring Lands Administration building are separated by the Queens Gardens. Both are examples of late 19th and early 20th century colonial architecture with Victorian and Edwardian sandstone colonnades. The main building features a six-storey atrium and was home to government public administration offices until its refurbishment the 1990s. Both buildings were listed as important aspects of Queensland’s cultural heritage in 1992.
The current home of Brisbane’s only casino is due to close in 2022 when it will move to a new home at the proposed development of Queen’s Wharf. It is expected that the existing Treasury building will be converted into retail premises. The new complex will consist of five luxury hotels, 50 bars and restaurants plus a new theatre for the city. Details of the gaming floors for the casino are yet to be finalised but it is expected to be significantly bigger than the existing Treasury complex. It is likely that the new casino will be named ‘Star Brisbane’ after the owner’s penchant for self-promotion!
The casino is spread over three gaming floors each offering a combination of different games to play. VIP gaming is offered via four exclusive rooms including The Suite and The Sovereign Room. Access is available to members of the Star Club (Gold, Platinum and Diamond level only).
The poker tables at the Treasury operate 10.00am to 3.00am (Sunday to Thursday) and almost 24 hours on Friday and Saturday depending on demand.
There are the occasional tournaments and events being run with standard table play being:
- Caribbean Stud
- Texas Hold’em
- Texas Hold’em Bonus
- Three Card Poker
- Mississippi Stud
Blinds are $2-$5 with a minimum buy-in of $100/$200. Maximum buy-in limits of $500/$700 are in place for general gaming but higher limits are available upon request and do not apply for private gaming rooms.
There are 1600 licenses at The Treasury and most are filled by traditional poker, hyperlink or spinning reel machines Popular games include:
- Double Shot
- Golden Dollars
- Cash Adventures
- Lightning Cash
The odds of winning on the gaming machines vary by cash prize value but start at 1 in 10 for prizes under $4 and up to 1 in 10,198 for prizes of over $500.
The Treasury has 80 gaming tables offering a mixture of traditional casino games as well as new additions.
- Mini Baccarat
- Mini Baccarat Dragon
- Sic Bo
- The Wheel
- Casino War
There are also electronic gaming tables available to play cards, dice and wheel games. Though these lack a bit of the traditional ‘James Bond’ atmosphere they offer the same odds as table games and are available 24/7.
There are two sports bars on site, the LiveWire and the Apache Cat Bar. The former is generally used for screening sporting events whilst the latter is a racing bar. Both offer TAB facilities as well as multi-screens showing footage from all the major races and sporting events.
Much of the five-star hotel occupies the former Lands Administration Building across the park from the Treasury and has 127 rooms. Each room is fitted with modern and luxurious décor and conveniences. High rollers can opt to stay in one of several specially designed ‘Casino’ rooms which are located in the Treasury Building itself.
Occupying a prime location in the city, the hotel is also popular for conferences and functions and has a selection of spaces suitable for holding large events.
The complex also benefits from a gym and sauna as well as a business centre. There is valet parking on site with space for 700 cars as well as a limousine service.
Dining is provided by several restaurants offering a mixture of casual and fine dining, including:
- The Lab – sophisticated and contemporary dining from award winning chefs
- Fat Noodle – Asian-fusion dining with fresh Australian produce
- Kitchen @ Treasury – casual diner
- Ryan’s on the Park – Five-star bar menu
- Bean Counter – Coffee house with snacks available
- BITE – Fresh fast food
There are also several bars in the complex:
- LiveWire – sports bar (see Gaming, above)
- The Kitty – elegant cocktail bar
- Ryan’s on the Park – five-star lounge bar
- Apache Cat Bar – Racing bar on the casino gaming floor
- Centre Bar – General admission casino bar
- Bean Counter – Coffee house
There is regular entertainment planned in and around the various bars including live music in the Courtyard.
The Treasury Casino is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Treasury is situated at 130 William St, Brisbane City QLD 4000. It is located at the Northern end of Victoria Bridge, overlooking the North Quay of the Brisbane River.
There is a car park on site, but spaces are reserved for hotel guests and Star Club members. Alternative parking is situated at the Festival Car Park and the Myer Centre Car Park; both are just a five-minute walk from the casino.
You can contact the Treasury Brisbane Casino using any other methods detailed below; emails are generally answered within 48 hours:
+61 7 3306 8888
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