If you read one of our recent posts about Buddhism and casinos, you’ll now be aware of what place gambling has in the Buddha’s great scheme of things. The Buddha disapproved but only up to a point – he regarded it as a slippery slope to financial and moral ruin but accepted that many people would regard low levels of betting as normal.
So don’t go crazy at the casino but enjoy yourself; that’s certainly what you can do if you visit the subject of this weeks article – it’s Jupiters Hotel and Casino on Australia’s Gold Coast, a playground of gaming built in a playground of sunshine and sand. Specifically we’re talking about the Zen Restaurant, one of the excellent eateries situated inside the casino.
Cantonese, Szechuan and Peking dishes are served here and the following dishes are just a few examples of what you can expect from head chef Ten Yi Chang and his staff. Ten hails from Hong Kong and his regular visits back provide him with the inspiration which keeps the menu fresh.
The seafood features prominently and the sauteed lobster with black bean sauce is a particular favourite, as is the boned duck wrapped in pancakes. You shouldn’t visit here without a taste of the Chinese tea and for dessert we would always recommend the fresh mango pudding.
Once you’ve treated yourself to some Zen food, it’s now time to head out into the Gold Coast’s only casino to try your luck. Almost 1500 slot machines should get you started and Australian pokies obviously feature highly here; progressive slots fans won’t be disappointed either.
Once you’re warmed up, head for the table games and see how you fare at Blackjack, Roulette and Craps. Sic Bo is also popular here, provided for the Asian gamers of which there are many. When it’s really time to get serious. get yourself over to the Poker tables. Jupiters is something of a shrine to the holy game and there are always cash games to join. On top of that there are a number of different tournaments available at various times for all stakes and abilities. If you’re really brave, drag yourself away from the sofa - this is where the Gold Coast Poker Championships take place.