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