Issue 147
July 7-13, 2003
Volume 3
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Casino Del Sol Opens Expansion

Philippine Gaming Company Opens Luxury Casino

Las Vegas Monorail Aims to Become New Attraction

Palms Expansion Approved

Slots Added at Charles Town Races


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Casino Del Sol Opens Expansion

TUCSON, AZ - The face of gaming and entertainment in Arizona changed dramatically this 4th of July, when the second of two casinos owned by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Casino Del Sol, opened its 213,000 square-feet gaming complex expansion, making it the largest and most unique casino and entertainment destination in the state. New amenities include 26 additional blackjack tables, a new bingo hall seating more than 600 players, four new distinctly-themed restaurants and a spectacular bar and lounge area, all of which provide more than 400 new jobs to the Southern Arizona community.

"Casino Del Sol exemplifies the best in gaming design to offer customers an overall entertainment experience; as a result we are well positioned to expand our presence in Arizona," said Doug Lentz, chief executive officer of Casino Del Sol. "The beauty of the Tuscan Village motif, unique architecture and amazing desert backdrop of the casino is significantly raising the bar for gaming destinations throughout Arizona and the country."

According to an economic impact study conducted for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Jan. 2002 by the Udall Center and Native Nations Institute at University of Arizona, the Tribe provides an economic impact of more than $100 million per year to the Southern Arizona economy. This impact includes dozens of local vendors and contractors hired in the building of the expansion, food and beverage distributor contracts, community donations of over $300,000 per year to southern Arizona non-profit organizations and more than 1,500 jobs created to operate the casino once the expansion is complete.

"The additional jobs created by the Casino Del Sol expansion is significant for the community," said Robert Valencia, chairman of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. "The mission of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe is to provide new employment opportunities that offer higher wages and improve the standard of living for tribal members and all Southern Arizonans. New jobs created by the expansion include entry-level positions, executive management, blackjack and poker dealers, shift supervisors and food and beverage positions, all of which will help the Tribe attain this goal."

Designed by Leo A Daly, Casino Del Sol showcase a remarkable Tuscan Village motif, complete with streets capes, a gaming piazza and traditional Mediterranean-style decor highlighted in deep purple, bronze and sandstone. A key feature of Casino Del Sol is the magnificent "Mediterranean Sky," a 40,000-square foot mural suspended from the casino's ceiling. The Mediterranean sky peaks 46 feet above the gaming floor and is able to simulate a vibrant sunrise or sunset.

"The design and development of a property of this scale, complexity and quality is a rare opportunity, and we are honored to have been a part of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe's team in this venture to build Casino Del Sol," said Kristina Ennis Robinson, principal and director of Native American Gaming for Leo A Daly. "This landmark facility breaks the boundaries of the typical casino 'box': it has both intimate and grand spaces, incorporates cutting edge technologies, yet has a warmth that will appeal to many and entice the guest with new discoveries on each visit."

Since the signing of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe's gaming compact by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano in January, Casino Del Sol is allowed to expand gaming operations to include an additional 670 gaming devices and Vegas-style blackjack. The new machines are housed at Casino Del Sol along with 46 blackjack tables. The Casino provides a bingo hall for its many bingo enthusiasts. Seating more than 600 players, the hall offers seven games daily beginning at 10:00 a.m. and bingo guests will have the luxury of a

Casino Del Sol main entrance
Casino Del Sol opened to much fanfare in October of 2001. Arizona's ultimate gaming and entertainment complex boasts 22,500 square feet of gaming space, featuring nearly 500 nickel, quarter, dollar, five-dollar and multi-denominational slot machines, plus live blackjack and poker.

private restroom facility in the bingo area plus a deli-style restaurant exclusively for players' use.

"Now the largest and most unique entertainment destination in the state, Casino Del Sol has something for everyone," added Lentz. "Exciting slots, Vegas-style blackjack and poker and an all-inclusive bingo hall making it the premier destination for gaming enthusiasts."

Under the direction of Executive Chef Jesus Lorenzo, four new eateries let casino customers sample cuisine from different regions of the globe. Chef Lorenzo has been certified by the American Culinary Federation as Master Chef and is newly inducted into The Chaine des Rotisseurs, a world-renowned organization of culinary professionals.

The new restaurants range from quick, take-out food to world-class full service dining. They include Bellissimo Ristorante, a full-service Tuscan-style restaurant; The Tequila Factory, a traditional Mexican village-style restaurant featuring a private dining room modeled after a greenhouse; Slice, an Italian pizzeria offering players the freshest pizza ingredients on hand-tossed dough; and Abuelitas Taqueria, a taco shop-style eatery giving players a wide variety of authentic Mexican fare including burritos, chimichangas, tacos and enchiladas.

The casino also house a full-service bar area called Zebo'z. Situated in the center of the main gaming floor and modeled after a garden gazebo, casino guests will be offered a wide selection of specialty drinks and a large variety of premium libations.


Philippine Gaming Company Opens Luxury Casino

Casino PhilippineMANILA, PHILIPPINES - Casino game enterprise the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporations is slowly entering the business of providing topnotch entertainment with its new Casino Filipino in Angeles City, Pampanga, which recently opened its doors with an eye-catching architectural design and wholesome leisure amenities to boot.

Designed with Kapampangan cultural influences, the new casino was opened not only for casino aficionados but also for local and foreign tourists seeking alternative leisure options and wholesome entertainment. Complementing the luxurious design outside are the meticulously designed interiors. Grand sculptures, first class Kapampangan carpets and a stage for live entertainment are just some of its new features.

With 39 gaming tables and 287 slot machines, the casino also boasts of quality amenities such as a running light-guided driveway, escalators on all floors and a specially designed VIP and Customer Lounges. Under construction on the third floor is an entertainment center where younger guests can enjoy live music, performances of some of the country’s top acts and other exciting events.

Located at the Century Resort Hotel complex along MacArthur Highway, Balibago, Angeles City, Casino Filipino is 10 minutes away from the shopping district of Duty free shops at Clarkfield, Pampanga.

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