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Copyright 2005 The Courier Mail
Queensland Newspapers

August 9, 2005

Jupiters Casino deals in to poker mania

Greg Stolz, Gold Coast bureau chief

JUPITERS Casino has moved to cash in on the international poker craze whipped up with the help of Aussie poker king Joe Hachem and celebrity card sharps such as Ben Affleck.

Jupiters and its sister Treasury Casino in Brisbane will soon add poker to their array of gambling options.

The move is in response to the booming popularity of poker, which is attracting a rapidly growing following around the world, with devotees including Hollywood actor Affleck.

Last month, Melbourne father-of-four Mr Hachem added to the hype when he beat more than 5500 players to win the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and pocket a record $10 million.

Poker has become a surprise television hit and various internet poker sites attract a legion of cyber-gamblers.

Plans to introduce poker to the Jupiters and Treasury casinos were announced last week at a sod-turning ceremony for a $53 million expansion at the Gold Coast casino.

Jupiters gaming operations manager Robbie Vaile said poker had proven popular at Melbourne's Crown Casino – where Hachem first made his mark – and at Sydney's Star City which Jupiters-owner Tabcorp also controls.

"Poker is growing enormously in popularity around the world and it's getting an increasing following in Australia," Mr Vaile said. "It's not as lucrative as our other games but it's a game you want to offer to bring people in."

Mr Vaile said Jupiters was awaiting approval from the Office of Gaming and hoped to start nightly poker games at both casinos within a month or two. Initially, he said, there would be two poker tables at Conrad Jupiters and four at Treasury.

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