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Star Casino plans $400 million upgrade

14 April 2008

AUSTRALIA -- As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald: "A name change for Star City Casino is on the cards as part of a $400 million upgrade.

"Gambling giant Tabcorp wants to sex up the image of its casino - dubbed the Pyrmont Workers Club - in the face of a challenges from the Asian gaming boom in Macau, Hong Kong and Singapore.

"And it wants to win over domestic tourists, who are known to favour the swankier Packer-owned Crown Casino in Melbourne, with its mix of high class and family entertainment, shopping and dining facilities.

"...This year Tabcorp Holdings chief executive Elmer Funke Kupper disclosed the company wanted a larger upgrade of Star City than the $300 million originally planned.

"The bigger facelift would include a reorientation of the building to take advantage of views of Sydney Harbour, expansion of the gaming room floor, setting up more high end restaurants, lifting the quality of the retail precinct and building an additional 300-room hotel..."

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