Issue 89
May 21 - 27, 2002
Volume 3
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Harley-Davidson Video Slots Roar Into Nevada

Cactus Petes Resort Casino Wins Four Diamond Award

Senecas Approve Casinos in New York

Hollywood Casino Plans $8 Million Hotel Renovation

Gambling Debate Resurfaces in Maryland


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Harley-Davidson Video Slots Roar Into Nevada

LAS VEGAS - IGT's Harley-Davidson® Video Slots have "gone live" at Coast Casinos' four Las Vegas properties, making Nevada the third gaming jurisdiction to install the much-anticipated slot theme. Missouri riverboats and California's Native American casinos began offering the innovative slot product in March and April, respectively, and sales in several other jurisdictions, including Michigan and Mississippi, are expected to begin in a few weeks.

With this game, IGT introduces Rapid Riches MegaJackpots(TM), a new line of linked progressives designed to pay with increased frequency. John Sears, IGT's Vice President of MegaJackpots, says that he expects the Harley-Davidson MegaJackpots(TM) award to hit about once a month in most jurisdictions.

It is also the only IGT MegaJackpots(TM) game to include a consumer item as part of the top prize. Winners will receive a special edition Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® motorcycle in addition to a cash award of at least $50,000. As an iGame-Plus(TM) Series machine, the game also includes a wheel that is activated during the video animated Road Rally(TM) and Great American Rally(TM) bonus games, an enhanced sound package and an impressive top box emblazoned with the familiar Harley-Davidson® logo.

"After just a day or so, the games have definitely found an audience," said Terry Lindberg, director of marketing for Coast Casinos. "Player response has been enthusiastic with a wide demographic appeal."

In Nevada, Coast has a first-to-market agreement with IGT for the Harley-Davidson® game and until Sunday, May 19, it is available only at the Barbary Coast, the Gold Coast, the Orleans and the Suncoast casinos. Beginning May 20, the game will be more widely available at other Nevada casinos.

Developed under license from the world-famous motorcycle company, Harley-Davidson Video Slots joins 18 other Nevada MegaJackpots(TM) systems developed and operated by IGT, the manufacturing of gaming machines and proprietary software for progressive gaming systems. The MegaJackpots(TM) award requires a maximum wager, and the cash portion of the Harley-Davidson® progressive prize is paid upon verification of the jackpot. Winners are presented with a certificate redeemable when their limited edition Fat Boy® is ready for delivery.


Cactus Petes Resort Casino Wins Four Diamond Award

JACKPOT, NV - For the 10th consecutive year, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded Cactus Petes Resort Casino the prestigious Four Diamond Award.

AAA representative Dominique Gentile awarded Cactus Petes General manager Dave Albrecht with a 2002 commemorative award plaque on May 17. "The Four Diamond Award is a great honor for Cactus Petes and especially for our team members," says Albrecht. "It is because of the Cactus Petes team members dedication and their commitment to customer service that we are able to provide facilities that meet the rigorous AAA Four Diamond standards. This extraordinary performance makes for an outstanding guest experience."

One of the lodging and restaurant industry's most illustrious honors, the AAA Four Diamond Award recognizes establishments that consistently achieve high levels of quality and service. It is awarded only to those establishments that significantly meet or exceed AAA requirements.

Cactus Petes Resort Casino, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ameristar Casinos, Inc., has a rich history that extends nearly five decades. Nestled in the high plateau country of Northeast Nevada, the property draws patrons from throughout Idaho, the Pacific Northwest and Alberta, Canada. The property features 300 luxurious hotel rooms with upscale amenities, four signature restaurants, to include a Las Vegas-style dinner showroom, featuring nationally known entertainment, an elegant fine dining restaurant specializing in steak and seafood, three bars/lounges and live entertainment, an outdoor Olympic-size heated swimming pool, whirlpool, a full service RV park, an 18-hole golf course nearby with a courtesy shuttle providing area transportation. Gaming amenities include over 900 state-of-the-art slot machines, 30 table games, keno and a sports book.

Ameristar Casinos, Inc. owns and operates six properties in Nevada, Missouri, Iowa and Mississippi, two of which carry the prestigious American Automobile Association's Four Diamond designation.

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