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It's not as big as some Vegas casinos, but Jupiters Casino, Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach (tel. 07/5592 8100), has plenty to keep the gambler amused. The 1,100-seat Jupiter's Theatre stages international musical theater productions, big-name bands, and solo artists, usually for a 3-month run. Then there are the three bars, including an English-style pub. Of the five restaurants, the good-value Food Fantasy buffet is outrageously popular, so be prepared to wait. The casino is open 24 hours. You must be 18 to enter, and smart, casual dress is required.

If you're not a gambler, head to Saks, Marina Mirage, Sea World Drive, Main Beach (tel. 07/5591 2755), where on Friday and Saturday nights at about 9pm, the elegant cafe and wine bar turns into a dance floor for fashionable 20- and 30-somethings until 2am. There's also a live band on Sunday afternoons but no cover. There's a plethora of nightclubs in Surfers Paradise.

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