Strik­ing it lucky

Chris Pearce had a great time at the Christchurch Casino dur­ing a re­cent trip to Christchurch.

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The dev­as­ta­tion of the 2011 earth­quakes left Christchurch in ru­ins.

Five years on, this lively, vi­brant city has started com­ing back to life, and is fi­nally turn­ing back into what it once was - the main stay of the tourism in­dus­try in the South Is­land.

The Christchurch casino epit­o­mizes the new re­branded look of Christchurch, re­cently re­fur­bished, with its four restau­rants, amaz­ing hos­pi­tal­ity, and lit­er­ally hun­dreds of gam­ing ma­chines and ta­bles. The casino can pro­vide end­less hours of en­ter­tain­ment and is a fan­tas­tic night out.

I had never been in the Christchurch casino be­fore. I trav­elled up from Queen­stown with my part­ner and a cou­ple of friends to visit Christchurch and ex­pe­ri­ence what the city had to of­fer. After hav­ing a look at some of the main at­trac­tions that the city had to of­fer, it was ap­par­ent to us all that the casino was the premier ac­tiv­ity in the re­gion

and we were quick to de­cide to have din­ner there and a few hours of fun.

The Casino of­fers four dif­fer­ent restau­rants: The Grand Cafe, the Chi Kitchen, Monza Sports Bar and Sixty6. Each restau­rant caters for dif­fer­ent tastes.

Be­ing from Eng­land, we ran with the Grand Cafe. The menu of­fered sev­eral dif­fer­ent op­tions and it was amaz­ing to see the restau­rant even of­fered a carvery. Whilst the girls had the carvery, we had the surf and turf: The meat was per­fectly cooked and was great value for money.

What was clear to us was the great at­mos­phere and friendly staff. None more so than one of the wait­ers, a gen­tle­men called Nor­man. Great ser­vice can of­ten be the dif­fer­ence be­tween en­joy­ing your time in a restau­rant or not and it was won­der­ful to have an at­ten­tive waiter who had good knowl­edge of the re­gion and ad­vised of us of the lo­cal at­trac­tions.

We were lucky to book an early ta­ble, as the restau­rant started to fill quickly, clearly at­tract­ing some of the lo­cals. We de­cided to move back up­stairs to the play­ing ta­bles and chance our luck on the black­jack ta­ble.

Hav­ing played a few times but not of­ten, it was great to have some as­sis­tance from the dealer. He was quick to lend me a hand and re­mind of the rules, whilst the other play­ers on the ta­ble were also very friendly in of­fer­ing ad­vice. We then headed over to the ‘self ser­vice’ play­ing ma­chines where we could sit down and play roulette with­out hav­ing to be at the ta­ble. It was nice to sit down and re­lax with a drink and play the game in your own time.

We headed over to the Val­ley Bar to lis­ten to some lively mu­sic and have a few cock­tails. It was a great place to re­lax in a nice peace­ful

at­mos­phere and have a good yarn with my friends.

What struck me about the casino was the at­mos­phere. Ev­ery­one there was dressed smartly and there seemed to be a gen­er­ally happy at­ti­tude through­out the build­ing. It re­ally was a per­fect place to be with my part­ner and some friends and just have some has­sle-free good fun.

With the small bets I was mak­ing, I was never go­ing to walk out a mil­lion­aire but it was nice to win a few hands and get a bit of a thrill from win­ning some money.

The Christchurch casino has been in op­er­a­tion for over 22 years now and it has al­ways been known through­out re­gion as a classy es­tab­lish­ment. The real at­trac­tion be­hind the venue is the va­ri­ety in the en­ter­tain­ment it of­fers. .

The dif­fer­ent restau­rants wel­come all dif­fer­ent kinds of peo­ple and with the play­ing ta­bles, play­ing ma­chines and even remote play­ing desks, there is al­ways enough space and room to play the game you want with­out wait­ing.

As far as qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment goes, I re­ally do think Christchurch Casino is the num­ber one pick and I would rec­om­mend ev­ery­one visit it for them­selves to ex­pe­ri­ence the good vibes.

“We headed over to the Val­ley Bar to lis­ten to some lively mu­sic and have a few cock­tails. It was a great place to re­lax in a nice peace­ful at­mos­phere and have a good yarn with my friends.”

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