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Christchurch Casino, New Zealand’s first Casino, cel­e­brates its 20th An­niver­sary on the 4th of Novem­ber this year. It is a bou­tique style Casino that pro­vides a hos­pitable

at­mos­phere with friendly and help­ful staff.

Lo­cated in the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar Vic­to­ria Street precinct in the cen­tral city they have a va­ri­ety of R20 en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing ta­ble games, slot ma­chines, live en­ter­tain­ment (bands and DJ’s), three restau­rants and four bars with a range of din­ing op­tions to suit all. Their in house se­cu­rity, smart dress code pol­icy and host re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­gram (for which they won the na­tional award for ex­cel­lence in 2013), all com­bine to create a wel­com­ing and safe en­vi­ron­ment for their cus­tomers.

If you are a vis­i­tor to the city they of­fer a free cour­tesy shut­tle that op­er­ates daily from 6pm to 2am for those stay­ing in city ho­tels or mo­tels (ask your re­cep­tion­ist to book), there is also con­ve­nient car park­ing un­der the build­ing on Vic­to­ria Street and across the road in Peter­bor­ough Street. In­side the cli­mate con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment you will also find free Wi-Fi and cur­rency ex­change for all ma­jor currencies without fees or com­mis­sion.

The main gam­ing floor (up the stairs from the lobby) is where you will find the ta­bles games ac­tion with Roulette, Black Jack, Money Wheel, Bac­carat, Tai Sai and Poker. If you’re a novice at ta­ble games then you can join in a “learn to play” ses­sion or ask the dealer for some guid­ance about the rules and ta­ble eti­quette. They have a va­ri­ety of gam­ing ma­chines on this level and up­stairs (next to the Monza Sports Bar) with the lat­est in gam­ing tech­nol­ogy so that at a touch of the panel and from the com­fort of your seat, you can call a ser­vice staff mem­ber to place food or drink or­ders, call an at­ten­dant if you need as­sis­tance or check out the lat­est pro­mo­tions. Free tea or cof­fee is avail­able from the drink sta­tions and com­pli­men­tary soft drinks are pro­vided to any­one gam­ing. En­try to the VIP room, known as “Club Aspinall”, is by in­vi­ta­tion only, how­ever if you are a VIP mem­ber at an­other casino you can dis­cuss ac­cess with a mem­ber of the VIP ser­vices team.

They have a free to join (photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion is re­quired) “Play­ers Club” loy­alty pro­gram that re­wards you for your gam­ing and food and bev­er­age cus­tom with Bonus Points. Points can then be re­deemed for play or dis­counts and pur­chases. They have many pro­mo­tions ex­clu­sively for mem­bers and if you have any ques­tions the Casino hosts lo­cated at the Play­ers Club desk will as­sist you.

Their main restau­rant, aptly named The Grand Café, is to the left of the main gam­ing floor and has dishes cre­ated by award win­ning (and mem­ber of the New Zealand Culi­nary team) Chef Richard Hingston. He uses lo­cally sourced ingredients wher­ever pos­si­ble and pro­vides a mod­ern twist on some clas­sic Kiwi favourites.

If its sport­ing ac­tion you’re look­ing for then head up­stairs to Monza Sports Bar which over­looks the main gam­ing floor and has a 146” TV screen that plays live and re­played sport­ing events. Open from mid­day they have cre­ated a ca­sual at­mos­phere with a mix of booth and ta­ble seat­ing and pro­vide clas­sic

menu items such as slid­ers, sea food chow­der, BBQ ribs, teriyaki chicken nib­bles and pizza (avail­able to take away too).

Mashina, their mul­ti­pur­pose venue has a sep­a­rate en­trance on Peter­bor­ough Street and mixes lux­ury in the vel­vet and em­bossed fur­nish­ings in the pri­vate booth ar­eas; with in­dus­trial in the con­crete floor and pil­lars. This 500 square me­tres of floor space also has a 10 me­tre bar lit with 15,000 LED lights all comb­ing to create a con­tem­po­rary at­mos­phere. With a full ser­vice kitchen and the abil­ity to hold up to 430 peo­ple, Mashina also fa­cil­i­tates func­tions and events in­clud­ing cor­po­rate and so­cial func­tions as well as pri­vate celebrations (the venue does al­low mi­nors for pri­vate func­tions). With a va­ri­ety of room set ups and din­ing op­tions avail­able (can pro­vide catered din­ners for up to 300 guests) Mashina is a very adapt­able venue for any func­tion.

They have reg­u­lar en­ter­tain­ment from Salsa nights, themed par­ties, great lo­cal bands and renowned DJ’s, and have held com­edy shows, Bur­lesque Shows, Quiz nights and Mur­der Mys­tery din­ners to name a few. They stock an im­pres­sive and ex­clu­sive se­lec­tion of vod­kas, many lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional bou­tique beers and have an ar­ray of menus op­tions with sides, burg­ers, pizza, dessert and small plate op­tions – per­fect for an early din­ner or late night sup­per.

Mashina has be­come the hottest place to be and be seen in Christchurch es­pe­cially if you are look­ing for some­where to go and dance the night away. If you want to avoid the queue (af­ter 10pm on the week­ends) get in early for din­ing (avail­able from 5pm) or you can book your own pri­vate cel­e­bra­tion in a re­served VIP booth.

With its com­pre­hen­sive din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment op­tions to suit all tastes and ages Christchurch Casino lives up to its moniker of Christchurch’s premier en­ter­tain­ment des­ti­na­tion and pro­vides great adult (R20) en­ter­tain­ment for all to en­joy and at present is the only Christchurch city venue to pro­vide 24 hour en­ter­tain­ment to the city on week­ends and un­til late dur­ing the week.

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