Vegas Gaming Wire/ - LAS VEGAS - Green
Valley Ranch became the first Las Vegas-area locals casino
to win the AAA Four Diamond Award, the motorist club announced
Valley Ranch was one of two new additions to AAA's four-diamond
list in Nevada, along with Bellagio
restaurant Le Cirque. AAA announced a total of 24 Four Diamond
Award winners in Nevada, 15 hotels and nine restaurants.
Vegas-area hotels that received the Four Diamond Award on Jan.
16th were: Caesars
Regency Lake Las Vegas, Las
Vegas Hilton, Mandalay
Las Vegas, The
Island and The
Las Vegas-area restaurants that received the award were: 3950
and Aureole at Mandalay
Bay; Eiffel Tower at Paris
Las Vegas; and Michael's at Barbary
Of the remaining
five hotels and four restaurants that received the awards, all
Pete's Resort and Casino in Jackpot are located in the Reno-Lake
Casinos President Lorenzo Fertitta said the company's hard-working
employees should be credited with the Green
Valley Ranch award. "Pretty
good for us locals guys," Fertitta said of being the first
Las Vegas locals casino to garner a Four Diamond Award. "We're
very excited to be recognized in this way."
Valley Ranch is co-owned by Station Casinos and the Greenspun
family. Executive Brian Greenspun said the award was a tribute
to property executives Mike Mecca (general manager) and Michael
in December 2001 and recently voted "Best Local Hotel"
by the Las Vegas Review Journal, Green Valley Ranch offers a
world-class hotel, a European-style spa and a casino with many
and their employees. "We're very pleased with the Four
Diamond award," Greenspun said. "It is a recognition
Valley has something quite spectacular to offer."
Diamond Award is AAA's second-highest award level, behind the
Five Diamond Award. Bellagio
and the Four Seasons at Mandalay
Bay are the Strip's two five-diamond hotels; Renoir at The
Mirage and Picasso at the Bellagio
are the five-
restaurant ratings are based on the quality of the surroundings,
service and food.
personally conducted unannounced checks of each hotel and restaurant
that received the award. Only 3 percent of hotels and 4 percent
of restaurants inspected receive the Four Diamond Award, AAA
World Poker Tour Debuts On Travel Channel
MN - Travel Channel announced on Jan. 7 at the Television
Critics Association conference in Los Angeles that it
will include World Poker Tour in its prime time line-up
beginning with a "Sneak Preview Premiere Night"
on Sunday, March 30, and continuing as a weekly series
on Wednesday nights at 9-11 p.m., ET/PT, beginning April
2, 2003. Final terms of the deal are in negotiations.
World Poker Tour season consists of 13 poker tournaments
filmed in casinos around the world which will be nationally
televised and will feature many of the best poker players
in the world as they vie for multi-million dollar prize
pools. The World Poker Tour will reach its exciting conclusion
with the season's grand finale, "The World Poker
Tour Championship". The finale, hosted by Bellagio,
Las Vegas, will feature winners from all the poker competitions
throughout the 13-tournament season and anyone willing
to pay the $25,000 buy-in to enter what might be the biggest
tournament in poker history.
World Poker Tour is a joint venture between promoter Steve
Lipscomb and Lakes Entertainment, Inc. Lakes currently
has development and management agreements with four separate
Tribes for four new casino operations, one in Michigan,
two in California and one with the Nipmuc Nation on the
East Coast. Lakes Entertainment also has agreements for
the development of one additional casino on Indian-owned
land in California through a joint venture with MRD Gaming.