Issue 125
February 3-9, 2003
Volume 3
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Gaming News
Meet the Greatest Dice Players in the World

Survey Finds Vegas Visitors Spending More

Kansas Casino Plans Outlined

Le Reve: Dream or Folly?

MGM-Bally's Monorail Makes Last Run


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Meet the Greatest Dice Players in the World

Meet the greatest dice players in the world at Frank Scoblete's Sharpshooter Craps Festival on March 14th.

St. Patrick's Day weekend, March 14, 15 and 16, will be the time to test your luck and your shooting skills at Sam's Town in Tunica. That's when Sam's Town will host the greatest crapshooters in the world as a part of Frank Scoblete's Sharpshooter Craps Festival on Friday, March 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Delta Room.

The world's greatest controlled dice shooters will be giving lectures, demonstrations and personal instructions in their techniques at this all-day festival - an absolute first for the Tunica gaming market!

You'll meet the incomparable Sharpshooter, whose new book Get the Edge at Craps is the number one best-selling craps book in America. In addition, the great Dominator, known as the man with the golden touch, will be speaking and giving hands-on lessons, as will one of gaming's greatest best-selling authors, Jerry Patterson.

Also teaching will be The Golden Touch dice crew with such renowned gaming greats as Bill Burton, the casino guide for About.com and author of Get the Edge at Low-Limit Hold'em, Mr. Finesse, Howard "Rock 'n Roller" Newman, Billy the Kid, and many more. Practice tables will be set up around the room so you can practice your dice sets, grip and delivery before you risk real money in the casinos. The day will alternate between instruction and hands-on practice under the tutelage of the very best in the business. This is a once in a lifetime event that craps players should take advantage of.

Frank Scoblete, casino gaming's #1 best-selling author of Forever Craps: The Five-Step Advantage-Play Method!, Beat the Craps Out of the Casinos: How to Play Craps and Win!, and The Captain's Craps Revolution, will be your host and lead instructor for a day that promises to sharpen your craps skills and whet your appetite for playing winning craps in the casino. In addition to helping you with your shooting style, let Frank, Sharpshooter, Dominator, Jerry Patterson, Bill Burton and the other instructors show you the best betting strategies

to increase your chances to bring home the money! And, who knows, you might get to play with them at the tables on this extraordinary St. Patrick's weekend as well!

If you are a novice and want to learn the game of craps from the experts, a special introductory class will be given from 9-10 a.m. This class will teach you everything you need to know to play craps and benefit from the daylong Sharpshooter Craps Festival. The cost of this once-in-a-lifetime, daylong festival, which includes the introductory class and refreshments, is only $95.

To make your reservations for Frank Scoblete's Sharpshooter Craps Festival call toll-free: 1-800-944-0406. You can also send a check or money order made out to: Paone Press, PO Box 610, Lynbrook, NY 11563.

Players who wish to take an advanced dice-control course taught by Frank Scoblete, Sharpshooter, and Dominator and the Golden Touch Crew can sign up for the special two-day Sharpshooter Craps Seminar to be given on Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16 at Sam's Town. Call the toll-free number above for more information.

If you are interested in staying at Sam's Town for the Sharpshooter Craps Festival weekend extravaganza, call: 1-800-456-0711 and ask for the Sharpshooter special.


Survey Finds Vegas Visitors Spending More

LAS VEGAS - Visitors to Las Vegas spent close to 80 percent more during their stay in 2002 compared to the prior year, according to a survey released on Jan. 27 by QMark Research & Polling of Las Vegas.

On average, visitors spent about $844 last year, up from about $469 in 2001, the survey said. The largest percentage of visitors (33 percent) spent from $251 to $500 on their trip, though 29 percent spent up to $1,000 and 19 percent spent more than that amount.

About 94 percent of visitors gambled while in town, down from 96 percent in 2001 but in line with 2000. About 72 percent dined at fine restaurants in 2002, up dramatically from only 25 percent in 2001 but in line with 2000.

About 65 percent shopped last year, compared with 68 percent in 2001 and 67 percent in 2000. And about 62 percent watched showroom entertainment in 2002, up significantly from only 34 percent in 2001 and 56 percent in 2000.

Also, 89 percent of respondents said they were "very likely" to return to Las Vegas within the next two years. Sixty-two percent rated their overall experience "very good," up from 47 percent in 2001 and 60 percent the prior year. Most travelers (65 percent) said they made travel arrangements on their own last year, while 10 percent bought complete tour packages and 24 percent bought transportation and hotel packages but made other arrangements themselves. That compares to 67 percent, 7 percent and 26 percent in each respective category in 2001.

QMark conducted individual interviews with more than 600 Las Vegas visitors between October and December at various Strip locations and downtown. Respondents stayed a minimum of two nights in town.

Results compare to a 2001 visitor survey by the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, the city's chief tourism agency, which found that visitors spent a mean of about $700 on food, drink, shows, sightseeing, shopping, transportation and hotel stay based on three nights and a mean of $85.34 for a non-discount
hotel room.

The greatest percentage of visitors who gambled (30 percent in 2001) said they spent at least $600 on wagers, the agency found. In that survey, 86 percent said they gambled while in Las Vegas in 2001, up from 85 percent in 2000 but down from 89 percent in 1997.

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