Canberra Casino Approved for Multi-Terminal Table Games
Canberra Casino will be extending their semi-automated table games and adding multi-terminal games following approval from the ACT government. Players will now be able to enjoy baccarat, roulette and sic bo on individual screens.
Besides for their traditional table games, the casino currently has 22 semi-automated terminals for rapid roulette. The number of machines will now be increased to 50 for multi-terminal games.
These terminals will still require a dealer to be present. The gambler inserts money into the terminal and chooses the game to play and their bet size on the screen. A physical roulette wheel will be present for roulette games, a physical dice tumbler will be activated by the dealer for sic bo and for baccarat the dealer will deal the cards.
According to gambling researcher, Francis Markham from the Australian National University, there is little research available on the harm caused by semi-automated or automated table games compared to traditional table games, but that with more software comes more chance of addiction.
This is just one of many changes to the gambling industry in the ACT over the past year. Just this year, Canberra Casino was approved for 200 poker machines, after clubs and pubs previously had a monopoly on pokies in the state. In addition, clubs are now able to buy and sell poker machines.
Last week, the government also introduced legislation that will allow visitors from other states to enter clubs without needing to be signed in by a member. The legislation will also decrease the necessity for payout signs near poker machines.
Canberra Casino has been trying to keep up with the change, first with the application and approval for up to 200 poker machines and also with renovations of their gaming floor. Last week they opened their newly upgraded gaming floor.
March 30, 2017