Issue 87
May 7 - 13, 2002
Volume 3
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Mountaineer Gaming Resort Adds New Hotel

Sahara Hotel Casino Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

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Mountaineer Gaming Resort Adds New Hotel

CHESTER, WV - /BUSINESS WIRE/- MTR Gaming Group, Inc. opened a new hotel at its Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort on May 1.

The upscale, five-story hotel adds 258 rooms, including 20 suites and two presidential suites, to Mountaineer's existing 101-room capacity. It will enable Mountaineer to host various conventions and conferences at its new convention center, and will also provide lodging for visitors who were previously limited to a day trip due to a sold-out hotel.

"The addition of this capacity greatly enhances our ability to increase our customer base," said Edson R. (Ted) Arneault, President & CEO of MTR Gaming Group. "Our Group Sales Department has already booked a number of corporate/association/educational conferences in anticipation of the hotel opening. Meeting planners have responded enthusiastically to our 52,750-square foot convention and conference facility, diverse entertainment venues and amenities and proximity to a major airport."

"Our market radius has traditionally been 150 miles, or a day trip. With the addition of the new hotel, we will try to stretch that market radius to 300 miles as more customers can opt to stay overnight or spend a few days."

The 219,000-square foot hotel brings the grandeur of the 1920s to Mountaineer's complex with the three-story atrium lobby reflecting the ambiance of the era. The elegant Mahogany Room piano bar offers a quiet retreat overlooking the adjacent brick courtyard. The hotel is state-of-the-art, and offers indoor swimming pools for children and adults with whirlpool and men's and women's dressing rooms. The hotel complex will include a 60-seat gourmet steakhouse, retail shopping area and coffee shop, which should open later this month. Mountaineer's Spa, which will relocate to the hotel this summer, will be set in a two-story area adjacent to the lobby and courtyard.

The hotel complex will create 250 new jobs, increasing direct employment at Mountaineer to over 1,700, with over 3,500 licensed backside workers (jockeys, horsemen, trainers, etc.) deriving their income from Mountaineer.

MTR Gaming Group, Inc. owns and operates the Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort in Chester, West Virginia, which currently encompasses a thoroughbred racetrack with off-track betting and export simulcasting, 2,500 slot machines, 359 hotel rooms, golf course, spa & fitness center, theater and events center, convention center and fine dining and entertainment. The Company also operates the Ramada Inn and Speedway Casino in North Las Vegas, and the Ramada Inn in Reno, Nevada.


Sahara Hotel Casino Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

LAS VEGAS - Sahara Hotel and Casino is commemorating its 50th Anniversary celebration by launching the premier of the first interactive Web site capturing the history of a Las Vegas casino (www.saharavegas.com).

Designed by Geary Interactive, a locally-based interactive agency, the first-of-its-kind site allows locals and visitors from around the globe the opportunity to enjoy and interact with Vegas' rich and colorful history as part of the year-long Sahara Hotel and Casino celebration.

The interactive history timeline Web site launches during Las Vegas Tourism Week, May 5-1l. The Sahara Hotel and Casino is using this new medium to replace a traditional anniversary bash. This new site will enable visitors to celebrate with the property all year long instead of having a one-time blowout. The anniversary never stops.

One of the hottest aspects of the site is the ability to tour each of the past five decades in a themed setting that includes hidden elements for users to explore. Site visitors will be able to enjoy anniversary, special event and overall Las Vegas updates. They will also be able to submit their own Sahara experience and be a part of history themselves. Other elements allow users the opportunity to experience Sahara's historical stories, images and audio voice-overs, as well as witness the latest in Flash scripting technology. Geary Interactive built the site in a scalable fashion to allow Sahara Hotel and Casino to grow and add content frequently to keep it fresh and "on-the-edge" for site visitors.

"Sahara's anniversary site offers an endless outreach to visitors throughout the world," said Andreas Roell, president, Geary Interactive. "We're excited to have been a partner with the Sahara Hotel and Casino on this project and being a part of their 50th anniversary kick-off. Whether users have been to Las Vegas once or a dozen times, they will be captivated by the site and have a great time exploring it."

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