Issue 5
October 8 - October 14, 2000
Volume 1
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Gaming News
Tiger Woods sponsors Children's Fundraiser with the Mandalay Bay

Another Las Vegas Landmark Says Goodbye

The East Tower of Trump Plaza Goes Smoke Free

Aqueducts Readies For Fall Meet Season

Kickapoo Tribes Breaks Ground for new Casino

Foxwoods builds Premeir Casino Atop of their Grand Pequat Tower

Miss Belterra Sets Sail for Indiana

World Gaming Congress & Expo in Las Vegas October 28-20

Harrah's Atlantic City To Host Special JEOPARDY! Drawing

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Tiger Woods, Mandalay Bay Team up for Children's Charity Event

LAS VEGAS --Golf sensation Tiger Woods along with scores of other celebrities teamed up for a full day of fundraising events held at the Mandalay Bay Resort Casino on October 7 for Woods' non-profit organization, the Tiger Woods Foundation. The proceeds will go to a variety of children's charities.

Beginning with a golf clinic held at Dragon Ridge Golf Club in Henderson, NV, many celebrities and athletes, including hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and his wife, actress Janet Jones; Kevin Sorbo, who plays the television "Hercules" and football running back Barry Sanders, received golf tips from Woods. After the clinic the celebrities went on to enjoy a round of golf.

Woods then hosted Kid's Day, a luncheon for 50 children. After the luncheon Woods and the children watched the rehearsal for Tiger Jam III, the concert held later that evening.

More than 8,500 fans attended the Tiger Jam III concert held at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino and Events Center and were thrilled to the songs of Grammy-winning recording artists Christina Aguilera, LeAnn Rimes and SEAL. Joe Pesci, Dule Hill, from the NBC television show "The West Wing", and Alyssa Milano from "Who's the Boss" fame were among countless other celebrities making special appearances during the concert.

Proceeds from the annual benefit concert will

again raise funds for the Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF) and children's charities based in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Charities that have benefited from past Tiger Jam concerts include the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Greater Las Vegas Inner-City Games, the Andre Agassi Foundation, America's Promise/Nevada Commission for National & Community Service, the Sphinx Competition, the Fulfillment Fund and Students Run LA.

Established in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father Earl, the Tiger Woods Foundation seeks to empower young people to reach their highest potential. Utilizing the platform golf provides, the Foundation is Tiger's way of providing support, guidance, and inspiration to as many young people as possible. Through golf clinics, motivational speeches, educational programs, the support of local heroes, and direct grants, the Foundation has interacted with over 60,000 kids across America, providing role models and instruction on healthy lifestyles.

This is Woods third annual fundraising event in Las Vegas. Last year the daylong event raised more than $500,000.


Another Las Vegas Landmark Says Goodbye

LAS VEGAS -- For the second time in almost as many months Las Vegas said goodbye to yet another landmark. This time it was the El Rancho Hotel and Casino that felt the blast of explosives as demolition crews imploded the structure at 2:30 in the morning on October 3.

Before more than 2,000 on lookers, it took less than 30-seconds to bring down more than 50-years of history for the El Rancho that was originally built 1948, but was then named the Thunderbird. The Thunderbird was the fourth hotel-casino built in Las Vegas. It operated until 1976 when it was sold and renamed the Silverbird. Then in 1982, it was resold again to the Aladdin Corporation and renamed the El Rancho. About eight years ago the El Rancho closed its doors and remained abandoned.

In May of 2000 the Thurnberry Associates, a Florida-based development company, purchased the El Rancho from the defunct New Jersey-based International Thoroughbred Breeders corporation for $45 million. Thurnberry owns and operates a $600 million condominium complex on adjacent Paradise Road.


The El Rancho housed a 13-story, 600-room tower and entertained patrons with a western theme. It sat on 21 acres of land and was located on the northern part of the Strip near the corner of Riviera and Las Vegas Boulevards.

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