Issue 68
December 26, 2001 - January 1, 2002
Volume 2
page 1
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Green Valley Ranch Resort
Opens With Star-Studded Gala And Fireworks Spectacular

Miss America May Leave Atlantic City For Mohegan Sun

Finnish Finance Minister To Start New Year Gambling

Hawaii Governor Still Supports An Island Casino


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Green Valley Ranch Resort
Opens With Star-Studded Gala
And Fireworks Spectacular

LAS VEGAS - The Fertitta and Greenspun families hosted a star-studded gala attended by Chris O'Donnell, Christian Slater and Craig Kilborn on December 18 to officially open Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa, Las Vegas' newest luxury destination and home to Whiskey Sky, the opening of which was christened by owner Rande Gerber and his wife Cindy Crawford. Public officials on hand to welcome the resort to the city included United States Senator John Ensign, Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, and Henderson Mayor Jim Gibson.

Guests enjoyed a dazzling fireworks spectacular from Green Valley Ranch's $20 million pool and backyard area, Whiskey Beach, which was conceptualized by internationally renowned designer Michael Czysz. Just as the fireworks display came to an end, the casino officially opened at 9:30 p.m. when Station Casinos' President Lorenzo Fertitta shared blackjack tips with casino guests Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford, Chris O'Donnell and Christian Slater.

As guests danced until dawn to a special appearance by Slash from Guns N' Roses, they feasted on gastronomical delights cooked up by Green Valley Ranch restaurant tenants Border Grill from "Too Hot Tamales" cooking duo Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken; BullShrimp from Las Vegas celebrity chef Gustav Mauler; Il Fornaio; Trophy's Sports Bar; and, The Original Pancake House.

Jointly owned by the Fertittas and Greenspuns, the $300 million, 201-room property is Station Casinos' most expensive Las Vegas property to date, as well as the most expensive property that will be built in the city for the next three years.

Green Valley Ranch is located just minutes from McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas strip, allowing guests to stay close to the action while experiencing a destination that is a world apart. The resort replicates the look and feel of an Argentinean "Estancia" and offers 201 oversized guest rooms including 45 suites, and a 2,000-square-foot Presidential Suite. Each room is richly appointed with goose down comforters, plush terry robes, oversized bathtubs, high-speed Internet access lines, a safe and mini bar. Guests can also take advantage of Green Valley Ranch's 24-hour concierge service and partnerships with area golf resorts.

In late December, guests will be able to relax at the Grand Dolphin Court Spa at Green Valley Ranch, a 10,000 square-foot


Fireworks explode over the Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, Nevada, during the $300 million hotel-casino's grand opening celebration, December 18, 2001. The property features 201 rooms, a 10,000-square-foot spa, movie theaters, and the upscale Whisky Sky nightclub and bar.

European day spa with a complete menu of services. The spa is located poolside so guests can enjoy treatments in close proximity to relaxing WHISKEY BEACH. Additionally, the spa at Green Valley Ranch features a state-of-the-art workout facility and massage rooms whose glass ceilings offer an underwater view of the overhead reflection pool.

Green Valley Ranch features numerous additional activities for resort patrons including: a 10-screen, stadium-seat Regal Cinema; 4,200-square-foot arcade; two tennis courts; and, Bocce Ball court.

Green Valley Ranch Station Casino is a 50/50 joint venture between Station Casinos, Inc. and GCR Gaming, a company owned by the Greenspun family. Station Casinos, Inc. owns and operates Palace Station Hotel & Casino, Boulder Station Hotel & Casino, Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino and Wild Wild West Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada; Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel and the Fiesta Casino Hotel in North Las Vegas, Nevada; and Sunset Station Hotel & Casino and the Reserve Hotel & Casino in Henderson, Nevada. The company also owns a 50 percent interest in Barley's Casino & Brewing Company.


Miss America May Leave Atlantic City
For Mohegan Sun

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - The annual Miss America Pageant, which has been held in Atlantic City since 1921, may consider leaving the city to be hosted instead by the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut or another venue.

Officials at the Mohegan Sun casino have offered to host the pageant, which has been losing money in Atlantic City. ''We think this would be a great location for the event. We would love to have it here,'' says casino spokesman Mitchell Etess. ''We understand what a difficult decision it would be for them to leave Atlantic City.”

Robert M. Renneisen Jr., the pageant's chief executive officer, says the contest is losing as much as $600,000 a year by holding the event in New Jersey’s Boardwalk Hall. Pageant organizers say without financial help from the state of New Jersey, they'll have to move.

The decision on where to hold next year's pageant will likely be made within a few weeks. In the meantime, Renneisen is negotiating with the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.

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