Issue 50
August 21 - 27, 2001
Volume 1
page 2

Mission Indians Opens New Casino

SAN DIEGO, CA - Residents of San Diego's backcountry and travelers to and from Arizona on Interstate 8 will now get a new diversion, as the Golden Acorn Casino opened on August 15.

The Campo Band of Mission Indians is the operator for the casino, which is about an hour east of San Diego at the Crestwood Road exit from Interstate 8.

"This marks a new chapter for the Mission Indians," tribal Chairman Ralph Goff said. The decor of the 60,000-square-foot casino is meant to evoke a "mountainous feel," General Manager Richard Slack added.

The facility houses 750 slot machines and 12 table games, and opens 24 hours a day every day.

Atlantic City Race Course Sold for $13 Million - OCEANPORT, NJ - The Pennwood racing consortium bought Atlantic City Race Course for $13 million in a sale that was approved by the New Jersey Racing Commission on August 15.

The sale, which also includes more than 400 acres near the track, was approved during a meeting at Monmouth Park in Oceanport. The closing is scheduled for Sept. 20.

The consortium is a partnership between Penn National Gaming of Wyomissing, PA, and Greenwood Racing, the parent company of Philadelphia Park and several off-track betting sites in Pennsylvania.

Pennwood also owns Freehold Raceway, a harness track in Monmouth County, and had leased Garden State Park in Cherry Hill, NJ, until it was sold in December.

Ray Charles Comes To the Gaming Floor - LAS VEGAS, NV - Alliance Gaming Corp. announced on August 21 that its Bally Gaming and Systems business unit would develop a series of interactive slot machines featuring the likeness and music of popular entertainer Ray Charles.

Bally Gaming is developing three games - Ray Charles' America The Beautiful, What'd I Pay, and Ray's Jukebox - scheduled for release by the end of the year. The games feature video of Charles at the piano surrounded by the "Paylettes."

Under terms of the agreement with Charles, who has been blind since an early age, the games in the series will include the option of offering audio-assist features and a Braille button deck that will allow visually impaired players the opportunity to experience the games.

"Independence is a helluva thing, man," says Charles, "and we all appreciate it. I know I do. So here's a device where I can use it. I can go out and have as much fun as the next guy and I don't have to depend on anybody else to do it. I think that's great."

Sam Butera

Sam Butera will bring his rollicking, rambunctious and high-energy show band, "The Wildest" to the Castaways Windjammer Lounge for a special repeat engagement August 22-26.

An internationally acclaimed performer and recording artist in his own right, Sam Butera has procduced 24 ablums and appeared numerous times on TV and in the movies. He was also ranked by Playboy Magazine as one of the top ten jazz musicians in the world.

8 & 10 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; 8, 9:30 & 11p.m. Sat.

Call 800-826-2800

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