Crown Cuts Casino in Half

Crown Resorts wants to scale down its planned VIP casino in Sydney. The new plan calls for a gaming floor that is half the size of the one originally proposed, but still substantial at 6,800 square meters (about 73,000 square feet). The rest of the project (l.) has not been changed.

Adding rooms in Perth

Crown Resorts has proposed downsizing its planned luxury casino at Barangaroo in Sydney.Crown is now seeking approval for a 6,800-square-meter (approximately 73,000-square-foot) VIP casino; the original footprint had a gaming floor that was more than twice that size.

According to, the license agreement gives Crown the right to unlimited table games within about 15,500 square meters of space, or 20 percent of the gross floor area, reported the website. Crown’s James Packer, speaking at the opening of his new $US3.2 billion Studio City casino resort in Macau, said Sydney Barangaroo is the most important project in his portfolio, which also includes a resort in Las Vegas.

“In my business life, nothing is more important than Crown Sydney,” he said. “It will be the most expensive ever to build per square foot, and we want to make it very special.” The casino was originally slated to open in November 2019, but that date has been pushed back to 2020, according to the Australian.

Aside from the planned six-star hotel in Sydney, designed to lure VIP gamblers, Crown is expanding hotel accommodations at its Perth casino resort. Its $645 million Crown Towers will feature 50 high-end hotel rooms, private gaming salons and other amenities.