Issue 20
January 24-30, 2001
Volume 1
page 2

Gila River Indian Tribe Plans Resort Near Casino

PHOENIX, AZ - The Gila River Indian Community announced January 22 that it plans to build a $125 million resort near its casino south of Phoenix - the Gila River Casino.

The resort will be the largest of tribal gaming-hotel projects on the horizon, including a 144-room hotel due to open in February 2001 adjacent to Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino south of Phoenix and a proposed 500-room hotel near the Fort McDowell Casino east of Fountain Hills.

The 500-room resort, which would include a spa and 36 holes of golf, would join the Cliff Castle Casino and hotel complex in Camp Verde, the San Carlos Apache Tribe's $40 million golf resort and casino east of Globe, and Bucky's Casino in the Prescott Resort.

Mhoon Landing
Site For New Casino

NEW YORK, NY - Alpha Hospitality Corporation announced January 19 that the Mississippi Gaming Commission granted Alpha subsidiary, Casino Ventures, LLC site approval for its proposed casino project in Mhoon Landing in Tunica, Mississippi.

Mhoon Landing was the former site of the Splash Casino, the first casino opened in Tunica after Mississippi legalized gaming. The plan approved by the Mississippi Gaming Commission calls for the use of a gaming vessel, which will be renamed the Splash Back. If the plan is completed as approved, the casino will be supported by land-based infrastructure, including restaurant and lodging facilities, as well as the requisite back of house service areas.

A Company official estimated that it will take an additional $3 - $3.5 million to ready the property for opening and that the casino could become operational within four months following receipt of such additional investment.

Greyhound To Provide Daily Access To Beau Rivage Resort & Casino - DALLAS, TX - Greyhound Travel Services signed an exclusive three-year contract January 23 to provide a variety of charter services for Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Charter services provided by Greyhound include: 1) casino express service with daily pick up points in New Orleans; Mobile, AL; and Pensacola and Dustin, FL. 2) Shuttle service with stops at area hotels in Biloxi and roundtrip service to Beau Rivage. 3) Shuttle service between Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport and Beau Rivage. 4) Employee shuttle service.

Aristocrat To Buy Casino Data System - LAS VEGAS, NV - Slot manufacturer Casino Data Systems signed an agreement to be purchased for $180 million in cash by Australian slot maker Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. January 17.

"We just see the synergies between the two companies, the culture, the people are a really good fit," said Gavin Isaacs, Aristocrat's general manager of Global Marketing and Business Development.

Aristocrat's Isaacs said he does not expect cuts to CDS' 415-person workforce. Aristocrat has about 2,000 employees worldwide and 70 in Nevada.

Plans to Reopen Oasis Casino in Jericho - JERICHO, WEST BANK - Casino operators announced Jan. 23 that they have set about renovating Oasis Casino, the casino in Jericho that was badly damaged as a result of gunfire and violence in the area last November.

Plans are to reopen the casino soon, possibly within a week. Palestinian policemen are guarding the casino to keep out Palestinian gunmen who have fired at Israeli forces from the property in the past. When it reopens, the casino cannot anticipate an immediate rush in business. Palestinians are barred from playing at the casino and Israeli security sources say they have no intentions of lifting the ban on Israelis visiting the area.

The casino drew hundreds of Israeli patrons every night before the outbreak of hostilities four months ago.

Paula Pondstone

Award-winning comedian Paula Pondstone will perform at Sunset Station Hotel and Casino's Club Mardid February 9, 2001.

Raised in Sudbury, MA, Paula become popular in the comedy frenzy of the 80s and continues to shine. This fall she is set to become a celebrity panelist for a revival of the classic game show, "To Tell The Truth." She has lent her voice to the animated series "Squigglevision" as well as the UPN network show "Home Movies." The comedian is also working with a book of humorous essays.

8:00 pm

$27.50, $32.50, $37.50 plus tax

For more information, call the Sunset Station Box Office at 702-547-7777.

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