You’d be surprised how many restaurants are open on Christmas Day on the Gold Coast, offering stylish, festive, affordable, and family-friendly Christmas lunch in 2020. All venues with ‘Confirmed for 2020’ listed below are ready to welcome your family for Christmas lunch on the Gold Coast this year. Delicious buffet selections, Food Fantasy – Gold Coast If you’re looking to get a bite to eat before the big game, head down to Jupiters Hotel and Casino early and take a seat at Food Fantasy. Food Fantasy is the Gold Coast’s most popular buffet restaurant, serving a range of dishes to suit any palate. Jupiters Hotel & Casino is the premier entertainment destination set in the heart of Queensland’s Gold Coast. Combining luxury and sophistication, the property boasts multi-award winning restaurants, lively bars, spectacular stage shows and concerts, plus the non-stop action of a 24-hour casino. Address: Gold Coast Highway and Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach QLD 4218 Phone: 1800 074 344 Opening hours: 24 hours, seven days a week, excluding Good Friday, Anzac day and Christmas day. Jupiters Hotel and Casino Gold Coast was the first casino to open in Queensland. Jupiters Casino is a premier entertainment destination located near the Nerang River, on the Gold Coast. Opened in 1986, it was Queensland’s first Casino and has undergone some major renovations and makeovers over the period of time. The Jupitrs Casino compound consists of 8 bars, 7 restaurants, a theatre, health spa, and a gym.
|The Star Gold Coast|
|Location||Gold Coast, Queensland|
|Address||Broadbeach Island, Broadbeach|
|Opening date||November 1985 (dry run)|
February 1986 (official)
|No. of rooms||592|
|Total gaming space||65,000 sq ft (6,000 m2)|
|Signature attractions||Jupiters Theatre|
|Owner||Star Entertainment Group|
|Previous names||Conrad Jupiters, Jupiters Hotel & Casino|
|Renovated in||2006, 2012, 2017|
|Coordinates||28°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|
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 February 1986 as Conrad Jupiters. In 2017 it was rebranded as The Star, Gold Coast.
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.
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.
Jupiters Theatre underwent a $20 million makeover and expansion and re-opened in June, 2012. 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.
Conrad Jupiters Casino opened on 22 November 1985. It was included in the November 2003 merger of Jupiters with Tabcorp In April 2010 it was rebranded as Jupiters Hotel & Casino. 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. 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.
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. 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.
The complex underwent renovations in 2006. $53 million was spent on refurbishment of the casino. 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. The hotel front office and lobby bar were also renovated.
In August 2015, work commenced on a $345 million redevelopment of the casino including the construction of a 17 storey tower.
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- »The Star Casino Gold Coast Celebrates 35 Years of Business
Star toasts 35 years on the Gold Coast
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The Star Gold Coast celebrated a milestone this week, its 35th anniversary since opening on November 23, 1985.
Originally called The Conrad Jupiters Casino and Resort, the establishment was renamed Jupiters Casino in 2010 before changing to The Star Gold Coast in 2017.
During the past three and a half decades, more than eight billion cards have been dealt in the casino, while guests have feasted on more than 24 million oysters in the property’s restaurants.
Thousands of world-renowned entertainers have taken to the stage in the casino’s theatre including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, The Beach Boys, Rihanna and Mariah Carey.
The property recently embarked on a multimillion-dollar transformation involving one of the most extensive hotel refurbishments ever undertaken in Australia, the build of a new luxury suite hotel, a new poolside experience and an array of new, contemporary restaurants and bars.
Expansion is also set to continue as part of an approved $2 billion masterplan, including the construction of an additional four towers and associated world-class resort amenities.
The Star Gold Coast gaming operations manager Steve Hennessey was part of the property’s opening team and is one of a small contingent of team members who have been with the property since the beginning.
He says one of the significant changes he has observed in the past 35 years is the advancement of gaming technology.
“Technology has made a huge difference in the way we operate, from simple things like shuffling the cards,” Mr Hennessey said.
“When we first started, we had to shuffle them ourselves and now we have machines that can do it for us.
“When we first opened our doors, both guests and gaming management were able to smoke whilst working on the gaming floor, something you wouldn’t hear about today.
“It’s been great to see the property restrict smoking to certain sections of our premium gaming areas over the year, but even better to see that we’re moving to no indoor smoking completely by 2022.
“I’ve had a wonderful journey so far and I feel really honoured to have enjoyed a wide variety of roles over the year and continue to be a part of The Star’s history and future.”
The Star Gold Coast’s general manager gaming operations Ian Brown has also been with the property since day one.
“The Gold Coast is an iconic tourism and leisure destination and we’ve been delighted to be part of its dynamic community all these years and support history-making events like the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and the first TV WEEK Logie Awards outside of Victoria,” Mr Brown said.
“When we opened 35 years ago, the property had a strong focus on gaming but in the last six year I’m proud this focus has significantly shifted towards our non-gaming offering.”
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Star Gold Coast chases unpaid debt
An Australian casino is suing a Singapore high roller over a $45 million gambling debt.
Casino.org reported in October that The Star Gold Coast is sueing Singapore native, Dr Wong Yew Choi, a well known Asian high roller.
Dr Wong was flown to The Star’s property on his private jet and given a A$200,000 welcome in gaming chips and accepted a check from the VIP exchange for an initial line of credit totalling A$40 million.
Between July 26 and August 1, 2018, the casino says he gambled it all away on baccarat tables.
His final debt is alleged to total A$43.2 million.
In July, the Supreme Court of Singapore dismissed The Star’s lawsuit against Dr Wong seeking the recovery of his gambling debts.
The court cited Singapore Civil Law Act, which prohibits the government assisting foreign companies seeking the recovery of debts related to overseas gambling.
Star Entertainment isn’t folding, however, now taking its legal fight to its home court system.
Attorneys for Dr Wong claim the baccarat dealers made unspecified “mistakes” during his time at the tables.
He claims he was invited to Star Gold Coast by a marketing executive with the casino, but became furious with dealer mistakes and informed the VIP room managers he was done.
In court filings, Dr Wong says casino staff persuaded him to continue playing and was assured that he would not be liable for further gambling debts caused by the dealer mishaps.
Dr Wong claims he was seduced by VIP marketing executive Teazel Yaw to keep gambling.
The Star denies those accusations and says it’s Dr Won’g way of trying to get out of paying his liabilities.
Little is known about Dr Wong and how he amassed such wealth that a casino would be willing to lend him tens of millions of dollars.
Dr Wong is the chairman of Celton Manx, an online gaming and software firm based in the Isle of Man.
The company is said to be the first interactive gaming firm to be licensed to operate internet table games with live dealers in the self-governing British sovereign state.