Issue 265
October 10 - October 16, 2005
Volume 5
page 2

Palms Unveils Basketball Suite
As reported by
Casino City Times

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Gather up your very own Dream Team because the Palms Casino Resort will unveil the ultimate suite for the basketball enthusiast, later this month! The "Hardwood Suite" is the only suite in the world with an indoor basketball court and just one of the amazing new mega-suites in the new 347 room "Fantasy Tower" at the Palms. The $600 million expansion project includes a recording studio, a new pool, a 2,200-seat showroom and a 50-story condo-hotel and spa.

The Hardwood Suite is located on the third floor of the new tower and is a two level, 10,000 square foot party room complete with your own basketball court, locker room, scoreboard, pool table, poker table and dance floor. The suite will also include three NBA sized Murphy beds, dining area, living/media room, jacuzzi tub and 42" plasmas.
Be a Real Baller and customize your stay in the "Hardwood Suite" with your very own team jerseys and fully-stocked bar. If that isn't enough, dribble with excitement when your cheerleaders take on the sidelines. Contact the Palms Sales Team at (866) PALMS-RES to tailor your party.

The Palms will uncover the secrets of the new suite on October 27, when the Sacramento Kings take on the Los Angeles Lakers at the Thomas and Mack Center. Please call Amanda Schuon at 310-550-7200 for more information on the press unveiling.

"The Palms set the standard for themed hotel rooms by creating the world-famous Real World Suite," George Maloof said. "With our expansion, we will design some of the most extraordinary and unique luxury suites ever built in the world."




New beach resort planned near Lisbon

As reported by

Lisbon - Demolition experts have imploded two 30-year-old tower blocks south of Lisbon to clear the way for a project that is to open up Portugal's unspoiled southwest coast to large-scale tourism development.

Prime Minister Jose Socrates detonated the explosive charges to collapse the 16-storey concrete towers in Troia, a sandy peninsula 48 kilometres south of Lisbon.

Portuguese company Sonae plans to build a resort with more than 1,000 beds, a casino, meeting centre and vacation homes. Three other tourism developments are slated for construction nearby. Developers hope the region will rival the southern Algarve coast, one of Europe's top vacation destinations, but environmental groups fear the projects will ruin the countryside.

Stuart says Park City casino plan is dead
As reported by the Wichita Business Journal

Sedgwick County Commissioners Wednesday again turned down a request from Park City casino supporters for a countywide referendum on expanded gaming, a move that city's mayor says effectively kills the project.

Saying the issue had no "urgency," commissioners again turned down a request from former Wichita mayor Bob Knight, representing the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. The group wants to build a destination resort casino in Park City.

"It's over," Park City Mayor Dee Stuart says. "I took the bumper sticker off my car. Time to move on."
Knight says if the Iowa Tribe builds a casino in south central Kansas, it won't be in Sedgwick County. There's also the alternative of building a mega-casino on the tribe's reservation in northeast Kansas.

"I don't know what else to do," Knight says.

Commissioner Tim Norton called the referendum debate a "conundrum," saying, "I'd probably vote right now to put a referendum on the ballot."

However, Norton says his fellow commissioners don't see the urgency to finance a vote at about $160,000, up from earlier estimates of about $75,000.

"What we have, I think, is two widely conflicting views at work here," Norton says. "You have the far right conservative folks who think gaming will ruin society and you have the supporters who see a casino as an economic driver. In between, I think, are citizens who say, 'Just let me vote.'"

Commission Chairman Dave Unruh says the Kansas Legislature must approve gaming "before our citizens are really going to know what they're voting on.

"Right now, it appears to me that the only opportunity we face is a state-owned casino," he says. "I don't get the sense that the people want the state to operate a casino here."

Norton says the rising price tag for the referendum "made me gulp."

"This thing is going to play out however it plays out," Norton says. "There are other communities out there who feel the need for the economic stimulus that they think a casino would provide."

Stuart says her city's economic development efforts will continue.

"It's a great piece of property that's going to make a lot of money for someone," she says, of the proposed casino location at 77th Street North and I-135. "It just won't be Sedgwick County."

Randy Travis

Golden Nugget Las Vegas: Country singer Randy Travis appears at the Theatre Ballroom for four performances December 7-10.

Date: December 7-10

Time: 9:30 pm

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