Issue 160
October 6 - October 12, 2003
Volume 3
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Gaming News
Famed Magician Recovering from Mauling

You Don't Have to be a Redneck

Schwarzenegger Faces California Indian Casino Dilemma

Downtown Reno Property to Close

Borgata Unleashes Marketing Campaign

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Howie Mandel will perform in the Hollywood Theater at MGM Grand Resort Casino on November 20-26, 2003


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Famed Magician Recovering from Mauling

Famed Las Vegas magician Roy Horn of the "Siegfried and Roy" duo on Sunday signaled thumb's up after a second surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, two days after being savagely mauled by a white tiger during a performance, according to a family friend. Horn remained in critical but stable condition at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, about two miles north of the Mirage hotel-casino.

A 600-pound seven-year-old male tiger grabbed the performer's forearm about halfway into the Friday night show at the Mirage, witnesses said. When Horn tried to fend the tiger off with his microphone -- hitting the animal in the face and saying "no, no" -- it lunged and bit him on the neck and dragged him offstage, causing massive bleeding, they said. Handlers sprayed the tiger with a fire extinguisher to separate him from Roy, who was conscious when he was rushed from the hotel to undergo about two hours of surgery.

Even as he was being attacked by the tiger, he showed concern for the audience by trying to remain calm and not do anything that might provoke the tiger to attack anyone else. As Horn was being led away by paramedics, he said: "Don't kill the cat," according to Amy Fink, a family friend who came by the hospital after the surgery. Fink was one of 600 people who attended Horn's birthday party Thursday evening in a showroom at the Mirage. The entertainer turned 59 on Friday.

Late Saturday night, Siegfried and Roy's longtime manager announced the S&R spectacle, as they called it, would be suspended indefinitely. Everyone who works for the show was told they should probably look for a job somewhere else.


You Don't Have to be a Redneck to play these Slots

Aristocrat Technologies announced today that the Nevada Gaming Commission has granted approval for its Jeff Foxworthy(TM) You Might Be A Redneck If...® video slot games in Nevada casinos.

Aristocrat's Jeff Foxworthy You Might Be A Redneck If... game is a hysterical, five-reel, 20-line game that features Foxworthy's voice and likeness combined with an array of fun symbols including an outhouse, moonshine jug, beer can, and a vintage pickup truck. Through an ante bet random trigger Jeff Foxworthy's face can appear to offer players one of five different bonus games.

Aristrocrat also announced an agreement with Station Casinos granting the casino operator the right to introduce Aristocrat's Jeff Foxworthy games into its 11 Las Vegas valley casino properties exclusively for 45 days prior to the game's release to other Las Vegas off-Strip casino properties.

"Once again Station Casinos is offering its guests the exclusive opportunity to play the new Jeff Foxworthy games in advance of their widespread release, providing our customers with yet another reason to visit their favorite Station or Fiesta Casino," said Dan Roy, Vice President of Slot Operations for Station Casinos. "Many have enjoyed Jeff Foxworthy's sense of humor and Aristocrat has successfully transformed that into a very exciting video game with fun and entertaining bonus rounds."

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