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The Star Gold Coast
Location Gold Coast, Queensland
Address Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach
Opening dateNovember 1985 (dry run)
February 1986 (official)
No. of rooms592
Total gaming space65,000 sq ft (6,000 m2)
Signature attractionsJupiters Theatre
Casino typeLand
OwnerStar Entertainment Group
Previous namesConrad Jupiters, Jupiters Hotel & Casino
Renovated in2006, 2012, 2017
Coordinates28°01′54″S153°25′44″E / 28.031607°S 153.428750°ECoordinates: 28°01′54″S153°25′44″E / 28.031607°S 153.428750°E
Websitewww.star.com.au/goldcoast

Gold Coast Hotel And Casino

The Star Gold Coast (formerly Jupiters Hotel and Casino) is a casino and hotel located in the suburb of Broadbeach on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The casino, which was Queensland's first, is situated next to the Nerang River and is operated by Star Entertainment Group. It opened in November 1985 as Conrad Jupiters. In 2017 it was rebranded as The Star, Gold Coast.[1]

One per cent of the casino's gross gaming revenue is deposited in the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. This fund was established in 1987, supports non-profit community-based groups and is administered by the Government of Queensland.[2]

The seven acre complex includes eight bars, seven restaurants, conference facilities, a ballroom, theatre, health spa and gym. The hotel, with 592 rooms, stands 66 metres (216 feet) and has 21 floors. The complex is governed under the Jupiters Casino Agreement Act.[3]

Theatre[edit]

Building seen from Margaret Avenue

Jupiters Theatre underwent a $20 million makeover and expansion and re-opened in June, 2012.[4] The redevelopment of the theatre resulted in the capacity more than doubling to accommodate 2,000 seated or 2,300 general admission guests and the theatre viewing experience will be improved through state-of-the-art technologies and architecture.

The theatre redevelopment includes the creation of a balcony level with up to 300 seats, VIP Hospitality rooms for pre- and post-event functions, new bars on the balcony and orchestra level, new toilets on the balcony and orchestra level, purpose built integrated movie projection booth, multi-purpose mechanical thrust stage, the enhancement of disability access to all areas, and increased dressing room space.

In 2008, Jupiters ceased producing shows in-house and now presents international shows such as Mother Africa, ABBA Revival, Burn The Floor, Dance of Desire, and STOMP.

History[edit]

Conrad Jupiters Casino opened on 22 November 1985 with 10,000 people in attendance.[5][6][7] It was included in the November 2003 merger of Jupiters with Tabcorp[8] In April 2010 it was rebranded as Jupiters Hotel & Casino.[9] In 2011 it became part of Echo Entertainment Group when Tabcorp listed its casino assets.

Jupiters Hotel & Casino made headlines in 1995 when then Brisbane Broncos Rugby League player Julian O'Neill urinated on the carpet under a black jack table on two separate occasions.[10] Both Jupiters Hotel & Casino and the Treasury Casino in Brisbane were used for money laundering by welfare recipients on behalf of organised crime syndicates, from May 2006 to November 2007.

Between 1993 and 2001, the casino was defrauded of $5.7 million when corrupt casino staff and food suppliers fabricated food orders and invoices. In 2009, a court heard that senior management tried to prevent a proper investigation and that the police major fraud squad became involved in 2003.[11]

In 2008, security staff at the casino and other venues took part in a trial of head mounted cameras which were worn over the ear. The devices were used to record video and audio evidence of incidents and raised privacy concerns due to a lack of laws regarding their use.[12] In 2009, Office of Gaming acting executive director Barry Grimes criticised the casino's internal controls and procedures relating to excluded persons gaining entry to the casino.[13]

2006 renovations[edit]

The complex underwent renovations in 2006. $53 million was spent on refurbishment of the casino.[14] The two gaming floors are now one and the size is just over double of what it was. Level Two became the brand new Gold Club room. A new restaurant, balconies, and two new bars were included in the renovation. By 2008, 442 of the hotel rooms were completely refurbished at the cost of $16 million.[14] The hotel front office and lobby bar were also renovated.

2017 expansion[edit]

In August 2015, work commenced on a $345 million redevelopment of the casino including the construction of a 17 storey tower.[7][15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^From Jupiters to the Star and beyond: Gold Coast's casino turns 30Archived 7 November 2015 at the Wayback MachineBrisbane Times 5 November 2015
  2. ^'About us: Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund'. The State of Queensland (Queensland Treasury). Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
  3. ^Lucy Ardern (22 October 2010). 'Jupiters plans bypass council'. goldcoast.com.au. News Limited. Archived from the original on 25 October 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  4. ^Suzanne Simonot (25 August 2011). 'Jupiters Theatre in for $20m makeover'. goldcoast.com.au. News Limited. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  5. ^'10,000 at Queensland's first casino opening'. The Canberra Times. 60, (18, 317). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 24 November 1985. p. 3. Retrieved 18 December 2020 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  6. ^Jupiters Casino and Resort to get new name as part of redevelopmentGold Coast Bulletin 28 August 2015
  7. ^ abJupiter's, Queensland's first casino, marks 30th anniversaryArchived 9 August 2016 at the Wayback MachineABC News 23 November 2015
  8. ^Former Jupiters investorsArchived 25 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Tabcorp
  9. ^Conrad Treasury Brisbane and Conrad Jupiters Gold Coast RebrandArchived 30 June 2016 at the Wayback MachineSpice News 30 March 2010
  10. ^Daniel Sankey (15 September 2008). 'Broncos bad boys'. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 26 November 2009. Retrieved 25 January 2008.
  11. ^Greg Stolz (12 August 2009). 'Jupiters Casino staff in scam case'. The Courier-Mail. Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  12. ^Samantha Healy (13 July 2008). 'Nightclub head-cam concerns'. The Sunday Mail. Queensland Newspapers. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  13. ^Patrick Lion (11 July 2009). 'Queensland casinos 'use rewards to lure back problem gamblers''. news.com.au. News Limited. Archived from the original on 30 January 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  14. ^ abShannon Molloy (21 August 2008). 'Conrad Jupiter's $16m facelift'. Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  15. ^Construction Starts on $345 Million Gold Coast Jupiters Casino ExpansionUrban Developer 17 August 2015

External links[edit]

Media related to Jupiters Hotel and Casino at Wikimedia Commons

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