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Wrest Point Hotel Casino is located in the suburb of Sandy Bay in Hobart, Tasmania. Opened on 10 February 1973 it is Australia’s first legal casino. The modern Wrest Point Riviera Hotel stands on the very place where the original hotel built by Arthur Drysdale which opened in 5 December 1939. During the Second World War the hotel was in its hay days and booming. The hotel was subsequently sold off to Federal Hotels which was the oldest hotel group in Australia, in March 1956.

During the 1960s Tasmania was nowhere on the tourist map and the Federal Group wanted to do something to attract tourists to Tasmania. The natural scenic beauty of Tasmania was not known and discovered at that point of time. Therefore the Federal Group thought that casino might be the right weapon to kick-start tourism industry in Tasmania. As a result the Federal Group made an attempt to secure the first casino license in Australia.

Wrest Point Hotel Casino
Wrest Point Hotel Casino

One of the company’s executives, John Haddad, was given the responsibility of getting a casino license. He lobbied with the state officials and met Eric Reece, the Tasmanian Premier. This lead to a state referendum, in which the casino license got the approval with a thin margin.

The construction of the casino began in full earnest which included the construction of the 17-storey hotel tower. The design of the hotel was done by the renowned architect Sir Roy Grounds. The hotel became a landmark and identified with Hobart. To this day the 17-storey, 64-metre octagonal tower remains the city’s tallest building.
When the centre opened in 1973 it was named as Wrest Point Hotel Casino. This was the beginning of the nation’s casino industry. Subsequently, 12 casinos opened across the country. With the opening of the casino the tourism industry in the state started to boom.

Wrest Point is the first casino that opened in 1973 and since then has been doing booming business without any break.

The boutique casino offers all the popular table games. Also there is a vast array of gaming machines including gaming area for VIP. If you are new, don’t worry, they have croupiers who are very friendly and willing to help you get the hang of playing any game. The games that are offered are:

• Blackjack – with minimum bets starting at $10
• Federal Pontoon – is a variation of Blackjack
• Rapid Roulette – it is the electronic form of the traditional game
• Texas Hold’em Poker – the player needs to finish with the best poker hand and win the pot
• Roulette – both for beginners and the experienced
• Money Wheel - the easiest game in the casino. All you need to do is make your bet before the wheel is spun.

Beside the boutique casino area there are two other areas where you can play. These are Riverview and Boardwalk where you will find an array of state-of-the-art electronic gaming machines with a wide range of denominations. The bets on the machine range from one cent to one dollar.

Some of the gaming machines have jackpot feature and these machines are linked together to provide progressive jackpots that could run into tens of thousands of dollars. The number of coins that you have inserted will appear as credits and if you win the same will also be displayed on the machine as credits.

It doesn’t matter whether you are on a business tour or on holiday or attending a conference, the ideal accommodation option will be the Wrest Point Hotel. Wrest Point Tower offers you the choice from its 4 1/2 to 5 star rooms and suites. You can make your choice from the 4-star hotel rooms in Water Edge or the Mountain Side comfortable 3 ½ star comfortable rooms.

From the comfort of a Tower room you have the stunning views of the city, Mr Wellington and historic Battery Point. The rooms have all the complimentary services and conveniences that the hotel has to offer.

All 4.5 star tower rooms have a queen-size plus single beds, table and chairs, desk area and tea and coffee making machines.
Being a guest at Wrest Point, you have the advantage of using the facilities and services of the hotel, like valet parking, concierge and room service, tennis, health club, swimming pool, gym, spa and sauna.

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