Issue 31
April 11 - 17, 2001
Volume 1
page 1

This Issue

Gaming News
Pala Casino Opens

Stratosphere Casino Hotel Tower Expansion Project Nearing Completion

Restaurant Closing at Golden Nugget Casino

Austin Power Hits Nevada Casinos

Good Times Bingo Hall to Open In June

Get-Away and Enjoy The Imperial Palace For Just $36.50*

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Pala Casino Opens

The Pala Band of Mission Indians opened the 185,000-square-foot Pala Casino in North San Diego County April 3, the second of four casinos opening in North County, CA, this spring.

The new casino and entertainment complex cost approximately $115 million to build. It is California's first casino built from the ground up since the March 2000 passage of Proposition 1A. The complex is opened with all of its amenities available to the public.

The 2,000 slot and video machines at Pala Casino include the popular Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Monopoly, Megabuck, Blazing Sevens, Double Diamonds and Triple Play Poker. Pala also offers games unique to the casino, including California Millions, Carnival Keno and Wacky Wheel Winners. Slots are pay out via coin or ticket vouchers. The 46 Las Vegas-style gaming tables offer Blackjack, Pai-Gow Poker, Mini-Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, Let It Ride, and Casino War.

The complex also has a non-smoking gaming area that comprises 25 percent of the casino floor.


Pala also features six restaurants ranging from causal to fine dinning, with seating both indoors and outdoors on a large terrace overlooking the beautiful Pala Lake and mountains, two entertainment venues and a 200,000-square-foot events center for concerts, boxing and banquets.

The casino is expected to bring in revenues of between $30 and $40 million per year and will employ approximately 1,300 people.

Pala Casino is located 15 miles north of Escondido, CA, five miles east of Highway 15 on State Route 76.


Stratosphere Casino Hotel Tower
Expansion Project Nearing Completion

LAS VEGAS, NV -The Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower is nearing the completion of the anticipated $75 million tower expansion project.

The new rooms are slated for a mid-summer opening, but components of the project are scheduled to begin opening by May 2001. The project includes: a 1,000-room tower with 100 suites, many with oversized spa tubs and fabulous views of the Las Vegas Strip; a 67,000-square-foot resort style pool and recreation deck on the eighth floor of the new tower -- overlooking the Las Vegas Strip -- featuring a spa, private cabanas and a special event area.

There will also be a snack bar and full-service cocktail bar slated to open in June 2001; Lucky's Cafe, a 300-seat coffee shop with decor best described as "vintage Las Vegas'' with a 50s style art deco theme with historical photographs of Las Vegas -- set to open May 2001; a buffet expansion; and an entertainment and special event amphitheater that will seat more than 3,700 guests and will bring the hottest headliners and special events, such as world-class boxing, to the north end of the Strip.

The project also includes a new entrance, complete with a new porte cochere, valet parking entrance, bus terminal, hotel lobby and gift shop area, and incorporates some of the most up-to-date safety features, such as earthquake-proof codes and safety features, sprinklers, smoke alarms and strobes for the hearing-impaired.

Stratosphere is an integrated casino/hotel/entertainment complex located at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. Highlighted by the 1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower, the tallest free-standing observation tower in the United States, Stratosphere features 1,444 guest rooms and suites; an expansive 100,000-square-foot casino; uniquely themed restaurants, including the acclaimed Top of the World revolving restaurant at the top of the Stratosphere Tower; Fellini's Tower of Pasta Italian restaurant and Hamada's Asian Village; The Tower Shops at Stratosphere, a vast retail and entertainment mall; the destination Big Shot and High Roller thrill rides; and the popular American Superstars and Viva Las Vegas productions.

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