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Betting in Sun City

Published on: 08/08/2016

Sun City is South Africa’s world famous luxury resort and casino. The city sits within natural landscape in between the National Park Game Reserve and the Elands River. The country’s biggest city, Johannesburg, and the administrative capital, Petoria, are only a couple of hours drive away. Sun City was created in 1979, by Sun International Group owned by hotel magnate Sol Kerner. When Sun City was being constructed, the area was not known as South Africa but instead was called “Bophuthatswana.” The then-apartheid government had pronounced the area as an independent state. As a result, recreational activities that were previously prohibited in South Africa including topless shows and gambling were permitted. Sol Kerzner organised top-class events at the “Superbowl Arena” as a means of attracting both local and international interest.

Over the years, many world famous names such as Julio Iglesias, Rod Stewart, Liza Minnelli, Dionne Warwick and Frank Sinatra have performed at Sun City. International boxing events have attracted large numbers of spectators, in particular for example the 1980 WBA World Heavyweight Championship between Mike “Hercules” Weaver from the U.S.A. and Gerrie Coetzee from South Africa. Gerrie Coetzee went on the hold the title in 1983. Sun City also provided gambling opportunities within its fully licensed casino which is the only legitimate venue for miles around. Today, Sun City Resort Casino Complex is a truly vast establishment. It boasts a total of five hotels, with a combined total of 1,353 rooms, including the sumptuous colonial-style Cascades Hotel, which boasts tranquil gardens and a beautiful bird aviary. Other hotels include the Sun City Vacation Club, the family-oriented Cabanas Hotel and the Palace of the Lost City, which is a luxury 5-star venue.

The Sun City Hotel possesses four stars and is located beside the world renowned Gary Player golf course, offering 340 guest suites, all with lake views. The hotel is also home to the Sun City Casino which has three separately themed areas - the International room including the Sun Cafe serving light refreshments and drinks, the Salon Prive and the Harlequin’s Smoking Casino.

In the casino, there are more than 600 state-of-the art slot machines on site for round-the-clock gambling action. The gaming area houses nearly 40 gaming tables featuring Roulette, Raise’em Poker, Craps, Blackjack Perfect Pairs, Blackjack and Baccarat. There is an on-site cash desk providing access to the South African Rand and a Bureau de Change, which accepts all major currencies, First time gamblers can take advantage of Sun City Casino’s free gaming tutorials which are arranged via the Pit Boss or Duty Manager. To ensure full understanding of the rules, all of the table games are explained and players have an opportunity to practice before gambling for real.

Sun City provides a whole host of recreational activities from swimming pools, volleyball, squash courts, tennis courts, saunas, bars, multiple restaurants, games arcades and mini golf. The resort complex also includes Butterfly World indoor garden, Kwena Gardens Crocodile Sanctuary, the Grand Pool, the Valley of the Waves, the Palace of the Lost City and the Lost City Golf Course. Family safaris can be organised in any of the nearby game reserves. In fact the list of entertainment options are almost endless at Sun City.

It should be mentioned that Sun City’s success has led the way for Sun International to branch out further afield into providing first-class hotel products, resorts and casinos throughout many countries. Some examples of Sun International’s enterprises include the Carousel Casino in Hammanskraal, Carnival City in Brakpan, Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment World in Summerstrand and Grand West Casino in Cape Town.