Crown’s Sydney casino set to open for gaming on August 8

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Crown Resorts will open the floor of its Barangaroo casino on August 8, a month after it was given the green light to operate by the NSW gambling watchdog.

Crown Casino in Barangaroo will open the doors to its first gaming floor on August 8.Credit:Renee Nowtarger

The casino will open a gaming floor called “Crystal Room” with another floor set to open at a later date. The floors host 160 gaming tables and 70 electronic table games.

Outgoing Crown Resorts chief executive Steve McCann said, “The opening of our gaming operations at Crown Sydney is a defining moment for Crown, and the culmination of months of hard work from our dedicated team.

The entire team at Crown Sydney has been preparing for this moment for a long time and we felt the symbolism of the 08.08 date represented ideal timing to open our doors.”

The casino operator was due to open the floors of its $2.2 billion resort in December 2020 but was blocked by the NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority after an inquiry found Crown had facilitated money laundering.

An independent inquiry last year found Crown was unfit to hold a casino licence in NSW and required a management overhaul.

The regulator approved a conditional licence for Crown to operate its Barangaroo casino last month, following a clear-out of its board and a takeover by US private equity giant Blackstone.

“We are committed to delivering a safe and responsible gaming environment for all, and Crown Sydney’s restricted gaming facility has been designed with the highest levels of governance and compliance. It is the only casino of its kind in Australia, with all patrons required to be a member or guest of a member and undergo comprehensive checks.”

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