Dollar Elm Casino opens
reported by The Examiner-Enterprise
– "After a few delays in the construction
process, the Osage Nation has announced that its much-anticipated
new Million Dollar Elm Casino west of Bartlesville is
scheduled to open to the public at midnight on Tuesday.
than 300 individuals have been hired to work in the gaming
and restaurant facilities, and more than 35 local contractors
were employed in the construction of the 42,000-square-foot,
$11 million facility, say officials.
leaders say that one of the primary goals of opening the
casino is to create training, jobs and career advancement
opportunities for the Osage people and promise the casino
will be not only a first-class entertainment destination
for gaming customers but also an economic catalyst for
enhancing tribal programs.
include live music venues, more than 600 electronic gaming
devices and several table games.
casino is located in the Osage Hills, four miles southwest
of the intersection of State Highway 123 and U.S. Highway
60. The property's parking allows for 700 vehicles and
sits on 20 acres of a larger 132-acre property leased
from private landowners…"
Smoking critic loses casino job
reported by The Press of Atlantic City
CITY, N.J. – "A vocal critic of casino
smoking was laid off Sunday from his position as a tables-games
supervisor, a move the Somers Point man calls retaliatory.
Rennich was called into a manager's office Sunday morning
and told that after 26 years of service at Tropicana Casino
and Resort, he was no longer needed.
who has lung cancer that he attributes to years of inhaling
secondhand smoke on the gaming floor, wasn't the only
one laid off Sunday and Monday morning as the Tropicana
looks to trim its expenses. But the 48-year-old argued
the casino used the cutbacks as an excuse to get rid of
a thorn in its side.
summer, Rennich filed suit against then-Tropicana parent
Aztar Corp. for failing to protect him — and other
employees — from the harmful effects of secondhand
smoke. Diagnosed with cancer in 2005, Rennich had a portion
of his lung removed and says doctors tell him the cancer
could return. He says he's never smoked in his life.
Sussex Corp. inherited Rennich's suit when it completed
a buyout of Aztar earlier this year.
casino has been shedding employees lately, laying off
upward of 300 in the weeks before the January takeover
by Columbia. Another 125 or so were shown the door that
has been very active in the anti-smoking crusade, pushing
the industry and legislators to adopt clean-air regulations
for the 40,000-plus casino workers in Atlantic City…"