Issue 123
January 20-26, 2003
Volume 3
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Green Valley Ranch Wins Four Diamond Award

The World Poker Tour Debuts On Travel Channel

Jokers Comedy Night Opens at Commerce Casino January 30

MotorCity Casino Issues Slot Club Cards

Wyoming Tribe Presents Casino Plans


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Green Valley Ranch Wins Four Diamond Award

/Las 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 January 16.

Green 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.

Other Las Vegas-area hotels that received the Four Diamond Award on Jan. 16th were: Caesars Palace, Golden Nugget, Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas, Las Vegas Hilton, Mandalay Bay, Paris Las Vegas, The Mirage, Treasure Island and The Venetian.

The additional 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 Coast.

Of the remaining five hotels and four restaurants that received the awards, all except Cactus Pete's Resort and Casino in Jackpot are located in the Reno-Lake Tahoe market.

Station 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."

Green 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 Tata


Opened 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 games.

(hotel manager) and their employees. "We're very pleased with the Four Diamond award," Greenspun said. "It is a recognition that Green Valley has something quite spectacular to offer."

The Four 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-
diamond restaurants.

Hotels and restaurant ratings are based on the quality of the surroundings, service and food.

AAA inspectors 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 noted.


The World Poker Tour Debuts On Travel Channel

MINNEAPOLIS, 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.

The 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.

The 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.

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