Issue 190
May 3 - 9, 2004
Volume 4
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Salamanca casino opens with a splash

UK Racing Correspondent Wins Aruba Trip Playing in UltimateBet.com Poker Tournament

Orange group details casino plan

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Salamanca casino opens with a splash
As reported by The Buffalo News

SALAMANCA - Western New Yorkers and Pennsylvanians have a new place to gamble and the Seneca Nation of Indians has a new place to make money.

The excitement included music, traditional Native American dancers and a fireworks display Saturday night as the Senecas unveiled their second Las Vegas-style casino. The $71 million Seneca Allegany Casino is the first full-fledged casino in the Southern Tier.

There was at least one big-time winner within a couple of hours of the opening. Victor Morley, 38, of Dayton, won $214,000 after putting 75 cents into a slot machine called Wheel of Fortune.

Morley described winning as "numbifying" and added that he plans to donate some of the money to charity.

In a region where major projects are often proposed but seldom built, the Senecas' accomplishment of opening two casinos in less than two years has not gone unnoticed.

"The Senecas have done a wonderful job," said Joanne D'Angelo, 51, a Jamestown secretary who came to play the slot machines Saturday night. "The jobs from this casino are going to give a big boost to the economy."

Seneca leaders hailed the opening as a major step forward not only for their nation's quest for financial independence, but for the Cattaraugus County economy.

"I'd like all Senecas to pat themselves on the back," said Seneca President Rickey L. Armstrong. "This whole thing is for you."

Hundreds of gamblers waited for hours outside the casino before the doors opened shortly before 7 p.m. They heard speeches from Armstrong; Seneca Tribal Council Chairman Barry E. Snyder; Cyrus M. Schindler Jr., board chairman of the Seneca Gaming Corp.; and Michael G. "Mickey" Brown, president of the Gaming Corp.

Some patrons were surprised by the outside appearance of the boxy metal building that houses the casino. It is considerably smaller than its sister casino in Niagara Falls. But Seneca officials were quick to point out that this is only a temporary facility. It will eventually be replaced by a bigger, more fashionable "mountain spa resort."


UK Racing Correspondent Wins Aruba Trip Playing in UltimateBet.com Poker Tournament
As reported by The Business Wire

KAHNAWAKE, Quebec -- Greg Wood, Racing Correspondent for The Guardian, walked away from the virtual poker table with the grand prize in UltimateBet.com's "UK press only" Freeroll promotional online poker tournament held April 16th. The tournament was held to promote the upcoming UltimateBet.com Guineas Festival races in Newmarket to the press. Greg's composure and obvious poker skill paid off in this high-stakes game, netting him a trip for two to Aruba (valued at $10,000 USD) where he will participate in the UltimateBet.com Poker Classic and play for a guaranteed prize pool of $4,000,000.

"Winning it all thanks to the penultimate card, after starting the final hand as poor second-favourite with a pair of 10's against a pair of Queens, was a real punch-the-air moment." The final table play was fast and furious and with over 140 people watching this online poker table, it was an exciting match to the end.

UltimateBet.com (UB) is a world-leader in online poker and the title sponsor of the UltimateBet.com Guineas 1000, 2000, and Jockey Club Stakes, held at the Newmarket Racecourse on May 1st and 2nd, 2004. When asked he thought about playing poker on the UltimateBet.com's online poker site, Greg responded, "I thought that the site was very easy to use, even though I hadn't played more than a couple of hands there before, and it was a real buzz to be up against my press-room colleagues. It was fascinating to watch the fortunes ebb and flow as the tournament developed."

"UltimateBet.com is committed to providing the best quality experience in online poker," stated professional poker player Annie Duke and member of Team UB. "If you are looking for an Internet poker site that you can trust, UltimateBet.com offers the most realistic and highest quality experience in online, poker, designed by the best professionals in the industry."

"Watching the Freeroll press poker game progress was fun and exciting for me as a professional," Duke continued. "Having consulted with UltimateBet.com to design their world-class online poker site, it is especially gratifying to see how thrilled and how much fun the press had sitting down to play No Limit Texas Hold'em - they played like the pros."

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