by Bogdan Fechită
Opened in 1994, the Christchurch casino is one of the most popular in New Zealand. His name has no religious implication, but it is located in Christchurch town, on the east side of the South Island.
10 years after it’s opening, in June 2004, the casino has undergone a major change of shareholding: 40.5% of the shares were acquired by Sky City Entertainment Group for 93,75 million New Zealand dollars. Other 41% of the shares remained in the possession of Skyline Enterprises. Since 2005, the Sky City shareholders decided to invest in the expansion of the casino.
The casino is located in the popular district of Christchurch city, locality with a population of 367,800 inhabitants. The fun and adrenalin are offered by 500 slot machines, 36 game tables, four restaurants and three bars. Every weekend, the casino organizes live concerts and the screens of the establishment always play sporting competitions.
The restaurants offer the most varied types of dishes: from pizza to local cuisine and Chinese cuisine.
The casino does not offer accommodation since it is not equipped with a hotel, but tourists who come from out of town or abroad benefit from a wide choice of hotels and guesthouses nearby
The casino imposes a dress code: elegant and jacket. Hats or caps, dirty clothes or offensive design and military outfits are not allowed. The casino reserves the right to refuse recalcitrant customers and those who create conflicts. Also, young people under 20 are forbidden to access to the casino.
New Zealand Poker Championship
Christchurch Casino is host to the annual national poker tournament in New Zealand. This year, the competition was held during August 15th to 23rd, and the main-event had a prize-pool of $ 204,000. The big winner was Jay Gilbert, a player who won a prize worth $ 47,000.
The tournament also featured a team event, each team consisting of two players but the prize pool was only $ 13,600, so the prizes were not too high: only the top three teams were awarded. In total, there were eight events, including the one dedicated specifically to women.
Throughout the year, the operators organize other dedicated poker tournaments, as well. No Limit Hold’em Champs is one of them and it will take place from November 26th to 29th. Also, weekly tops with the best poker players of the casino are kept.
Obviously, a VIP room could not be missing from this place. It is called Club Aspinali and provides three baccarat tables, two American roulettes and three blackjack tables. On request, here one can also play poker. The salon consists also of a booth for dinning. Access is by invitation only.
If you want to take a break from the games, the city offers other attractions as well. Being located near the ocean, during the warm months you can sunbathe and when the weather does not allow it, a walk on the coast must not be missed out on. For history enthusiasts, the city’s famous cathedral after which the locality was named should be an important tourist attraction.
The city has a beautiful British architecture that can be explored in a one day walk and sports enthusiasts can try to watch a live rugby match on the AMI Stadium, one of the largest stadiums in New Zealand.
– The Grand Cafe
– Monza Sports Bar
– Mashina Lounge
– Chi Kitchen