Category Archives: Poker

Sydney Australia’s Star City Casino

Spent an afternoon at Sydney Australia’s Star City Casino this week. 

This is a huge casino with lots of blackjack tables.  However, they are not worth playing as they all use automatic shufflers.  Minimum bets that I saw started at $20 Australian which is about $15 US.  I did not check the high-pit areas which may or may not have regularly dealt blackjack. 

They also have a large poker room which I played a few hours in.  Unfortunately, their rake is awful.  I played in a small  2/3 No Limit Holdem game where there is a time rake AND and regular pot rake.  Charge is $5 / hour plus 10% up to $10 rake.  What was interesting is the dealer uses a single deck plastic box to deal the cards from.  I was told the dealer can deal faster and have both hands free at all times.  I left with a win for the session.

I also played for 30 minutes at the craps table and had another small session win.  Interesting to note that the don’t pass/come bars deuces.  In the USA, the don’t pass/come  bars 12.  No difference in the odds.

My Wife and I spent 6 days in Sydney and we also took a 10 day Celebrity Solstice cruise around New Zealand.    Ironically, the blackjack games on the cruise ship were better then the games in Sydney.  Of course, the cruise ship has their token single deck game with 6:5 rules, but their shoe games were decent: $10/$25 min tables, 8DK, double any, H17, with 1.5 – 2 decks cut off.  Occasionally, a dealer would cut off only 1 deck.

Michael Dalton

PS – Here is a photo of the single-deck shoe that poker dealers use in the Sydney, Australia poker room:

Single Deck Shoe

Monte Carlo Poker Room Closure

Just received this email from the Monte Carlo Poker Room:

Michael,

In the early morning hours of April 25th, 2017, the Monte Carlo Poker Room will be closing its doors.  We thank you very much for your patronage and it was our privilege to serve you over the last 20 years. 

Effective April 1st, 2017, we will permanently discontinue all promotional rakes and payouts.  The promotional pool will be redistributed via a High Hand promotion starting on April 3rd, 2017 through April 12th, 2017.

All comps may still be redeemed at the Monte Carlo Poker Room through April 23th, 2017.  After that, all comp redemptions will be completed at the Monte Carlo M life® Rewards Desk through December 31st, 2017. The expiration date of all comps will continue to follow the normal comp policy. However, after December 31st, 2017, all unused comps will expire regardless of the expiration date.

Our sister properties at Aria, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Mirage and Excalibur will welcome you with open arms and be happy to continue the service that you have experienced here over the years.  We thank you very much and bid you a fond farewell.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 702.730.7780

Sincerely,

The Monte Carlo Poker Room


Looks like it is a sign of the times.  This poker room was very small and only catered to low limit players.