The Riviera Hotel at Wrest Point, opened on December 5, 1939 was constructed originally at the site currently occupied by Casino Wrest Point. The hotel, which particularly boomed during the Second World War, was purchased in 1956 by Federal Hotels, the oldest Australian hotel group. Hence, in 1960, the Federal Hotels group made an attempt to obtain the first casino license in Australia, to kick start the tourist industry in Tasmania.
At that moment in time, natural beauty as well as the proposed Tasmania casinos was not all that well known to many other parts of the world. Naturally, this did not help the state to attract much tourism. The Federal Hotels group expected a world class casino would provide this industry the truly desired boost. John Haddad, a company executive in those early days, was hence assigned the unprecedented task of securing a license for the envisaged casino project.
Haddad accordingly went out to meet with Eric Reese, who was the Tasmanian Premier, as well as other senior concerned state officials. A referendum for Tasmania casinos was then held in the state, which managed to pass with just a narrow margin. Development of first Tasmania casinos included construction work for the seventeen storeys Riviera Hotel Tower at Wrest Point, topped by the revolving restaurant. It is a landmark now nationally recognized as integral part of Hobart. Even today, this octagonal 64-meter tower happens to be the tallest building in the city.
The 1973 opening of this first among Tasmania casinos, which became known as the Hotel Wrest Point Casino, helped to kick start the casino industry in Australia. Twelve more casinos shortly opened across the nation, including the second Tasmania casinos of the Federal group. Opening in 1982 at Launceston, it was given the name of Country Club Casino.
Ever since the casino opened up for business, tourist industry of the state continued to rapidly boom. It was in perfect line with what the management had hoped for and planned. In some recent years, the building has seen further extensions, including a Conference Center that opened up in 1984, as well as the Boardwalk of 1996. After the very first casino in Tasmania opened in 1973, action and fun has continued to prevail ever since, quite unabated.
Two special gaming areas, known as the Boardwalk and Riverview, provide you the pleasure of trying out some of the latest electronically operated gaming machines, like Bats, Cats and Hats, while offering panoramic spectacle of the famous River Derwent. Rewards Club of the Federal group is among the most wide ranging club for player reward in Australia.
The boutique casino offers every popularly loved gaming machine, as well as a large variety of common table games. Special area for VIP gaming forms a distinct part. Exceptionally friendly staff member are always on hand to help you with getting the hand of playing a particular game. You can willingly choose to try your hand at Hold’em Poker Texas style, Rapid Roulette, Money Wheel, Federal Pontoon, Federal Baccarat, Roulette, and Blackjack.