Issue 71
January 15 - 21, 2002
Volume 2
page 1

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Gaming News
Harrah's Launches Second
'The Price Is Right' Slot Machine

Washington State Approves New Casinos

Stratosphere Lets the Dogs Out

Korean Gambling Industry Grows 45% in 2001

Gambling Debate Heats Up in Hawaii


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Harrah's Launches Second
'The Price Is Right' Slot Machine

LAS VEGAS - Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. offers a second video slot machine based on the longest-running game show in television history, CBS' "The Price Is Right"(TM).

The new machine incorporates "Plinko'' (TM) - the TV program's most popular game - into its bonus rounds and continues Harrah's distribution agreement with International Game Technology, which manufacturers "The Price Is Right''(TM) slot machines.

Harrah's exclusively launched the first slot machine based on the game show in May. To celebrate the launch of the "Plinko''(TM) machine, Harrah's will host the TV show's first taping outside Hollywood in its 30-year history at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on Jan. 17.

The "Plinko''(TM) slots - which feature bonus rounds with the Pachinko-like game that awards various bonus credits - are being launched at six of Harrah's Nevada properties and will be introduced in additional markets in the coming months pending regulatory approvals. The 30-day exclusivity agreement between Harrah's and IGT extends to each market in which Harrah's operates a casino.

During the initial rollout, a total of more than 60 of the nine-line nickel-denomination video slots will be installed at Harrah's Las Vegas, the Rio and Harrah's Laughlin in Southern Nevada, as well as Harrah's Reno, Harrah's Lake Tahoe, and Harveys Lake Tahoe in Northern Nevada.

The new machines feature many of the game show's most recognized elements - the showcase showdown, the big bonus wheel, and an animated version of game show announcer Rod Roddy. The slots also feature a brand new bonus round based on "Plinko,''(TM) a game in which players drop an animated disk into a maze of bumpers that bounce the disk repeatedly until it drops into one of several compartments arranged at the bottom of the maze. Each compartment contains a prize worth various bonus credit values.

Harrah's Entertainment operates 25 casinos in the United States, primarily under the Harrah's brand name.


Washington State Approves New Casinos

SEATAC, WA - The Washington State Gambling Commission approved compacts last week that would allow the Muckleshoot tribe to build a second casino and authorized the Snoqualmie Tribe to build a new casino.

Next, the compacts must be approved by Gov. Gary Locke and Interior Secretary Gail Norton.

The Muckleshoots sought to amend their existing compact to permit a second casino on their Auburn reservation, increasing the number of gaming tables from 52 to 130.

The Snoqualmies want to build a new casino along Southeast North Bend Way off Exit 27 on Interstate 90. Because the Snoqualmies do not currently have tribal land, they've requested the Bureau of Indian Affairs to take into trust 56 acres in order to build the new casino.

Minneapolis architecture firm Walsh Bishop has been retained to design the Snoqualmie casino. Preliminary designs show a three-story, 170,000-square-foot mountain lodge-style building that holds three restaurants and a 400-seat theater in addition to gaming space.

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