Issue 26
March 7-13, 2001
Volume 1
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Gaming News
Antioch City Rejects Waterfront Hotel & Casino Proposal

Boyd Gaming Produces Gaming Chips In Honor of NASCAR Week

Race for New Casinos in Korea Under Way

Reno Resort to Open With Acres Advantage System

Western Village Hotel Casino To Install EZ Play Ticket System Machines

Lawmaker Proposed Slot at O'Hare Airport

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Antioch City Rejects
Waterfront Hotel and Casino Proposal

ANTIOCH, CA -The Antioch City Council has rejected a plan March 1 that would bring a luxury hotel and casino to the city's waterfront area. Al Cianfichi and his partner Paul Shea were hoping to gain approvals for a 200-room, five-star hotel and a Las Vegas-style gambling room on 10.5 acres the city owns between Fulton Shipyard and Roger's Point.

Prior to the decision, both Cianfichi and Shea told council members the project would have become a stop on a San Francisco-Yosemite-Los Angeles tour circuit with the tour company's Asian clientele, a group he predicts would bring untold riches to the city's coffers. Cianfichi reportedly went so far as to say there would be so much money city bean counters would be unable to count it -- they would have to weigh it.

The city council couldn't see the dollar signs so well. They rejected the plan 4-to-1, saying it was not right for the city. One council member reportedly said a casino plan was not the type of business a growing city such as Antioch should be looking to bring. Councilman Arne Simonsen cast the lone dissenting vote, saying the city should at least keep its options open.

Cianfichi and Shea also had asked the council to lend its support to a petition that seeks to put Las Vegas-style gambling on a statewide ballot. Thanks to Cianfichi's lobbying efforts, Antioch was added to the list of 12 cities (including Oakland and San Jose) that would be allowed to engage in a broad range of gambling games such as Roulette, craps and slots.

The council members, who could have simply done nothing, showed their support for Cianfichi's idea by approving a motion to remove the city from the ballot initiative drive.


Boyd Gaming Produces Gaming Chips
In Honor of NASCAR Week

LAS VEGAS, NV - Boyd Gaming Corporation announced February 26 that they are once again producing limited edition gaming chips bearing the likeness of legendary NASCAR driver Richard Petty. The $5 chips will be in play at all Boyd Gaming's Nevada-based properties in honor of NASCAR week and the Sam's Town 300.

Each Boyd Gaming casino will feature a different Richard Petty gaming chip that will be available immediately to the public for a limited time only. Hard-core NASCAR and Petty collectors will have to visit each individual casino in order to collect the entire set.

"For many years, Richard Petty has been referred to as the King of stockcar racing and our customers are very serious NASCAR fans,'' said Dan Stark, Director of Marketing for Boyd Gaming Corporation. "With all the excitement surrounding NASCAR week in Las Vegas, it seemed only appropriate to once again produce gaming chips honoring a real icon of racing.''

The Boyd Gaming casinos featuring the special gaming chips are the Las Vegas-based properties Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, Stardust Resort and Casino, Main Street Station Casino, Brewery and Hotel, California Hotel and Casino, and Freemont Hotel and Casino, and the Henderson-based properties Joker's Wild Casino and Eldorado Casino.

Other events surrounding around the Sam's Town 300 NASCAR week include the Sam's Town 300 (March 3), the Coca-Cola Wall of Speed (February 23-March 3), Speedway Children's Charities NASCAR Driver Auction (March 1), Travis Tritt in concert at Sam's Town Live! (March 1-3, and a fan photo and autograph session with Richard and Kyle Petty (March 2).

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming Corporation is the owner and operator of 11 casino entertainment properties located in Nevada, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana, and Louisiana. Boyd Gaming is also developing "The Borgata'', an entertainment destination resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, through a joint venture with MGM MIRAGE.

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