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Rio Officially known as the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, the Rio is situated on West Flamingo Road, a mile or so west of the stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard known as the ‘Las Vegas Strip’, in central Las Vegas. The Rio opened in 1990 but, nowadays, is probably best known as the home as the World Series of Poker, which it has hosted, in May each year, since 2005. Aside from a large, dedicated poker room, offering 30 tables, the Rio includes a long, winding casino floor – unsurprisingly, based on a Brazilian Carnival Mardi Gras theme – covering 117,300 square feet, or just over a hectare, in total.

The casino floor houses over 90 popular table games, including, but not limited to, baccarat, blackjack – single, double and full shoe versions – craps and roulette, together with poker variants such as Caribbean stud, pai gow and three card. Slot machines galore are also present. Table minimums, on the whole, tend to be a little higher – mostly $25 for blackjack, for example, compared with $10, or even $5, elsewhere – than in nearby casinos. Lower-limit tables are located in the outlying areas of the casino but, for ‘high rollers’, a high-limit room has table minimums starting at $100. The Rio also features 1,200 traditional, spinning-reel and video slot machines, some of which offer progressive jackpots, with stakes ranging from $0.01 to $500 a spin, plus over 350 state-of-the-art video poker machines.

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Crown Melbourne Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex, commonly known as Crown Melbourne, is a large integrated resort in the Southbank precinct of Melbourne, the capital city of the state of Victoria, in south-eastern Australia. Opened in its current location, on the southern bank of the Yarra River, with sight of the central business district, in 1997, Crown Melbourne occupies an area of nearly 5,500,000 square feet – making it the largest casino complex in the Southern Hemisphere – of which 220,000 square feet is devoted to the casino floor.

Table games encompass baccarat, blackjack, including a controversial, low-stakes variant called ‘Blackjack Plus’, which vastly inflates the house edge, craps, poker and roulette among others. Crown Melbourne also offers a wide variety of fully automated tables games, poker machines – known locally as ‘pokies’ – and slot machines, with stakes starting at A$0.01.

The Crown Poker Room, which occupies its own dedicated, smoke-free space on the lowermost floor, is widely considered to the best in Australia. Big enough to accommodate 50 tables, the poker room offers several variants of poker including, of course, Texas hold’em; cash games, to suit all pockets, are available 24 hours a day and poker tournaments start twice daily. Of course, the Crown also plays host to several high-profile professional poker tournaments, including the Australian Poker Championship, a.k.a. ‘Aussie Millions’, held annually in January.