Issue 114
November 18-24, 2002
Volume 3
page 2

InterCasino Takes Home
Gambling’s Oscar

InterCasino, for a second year in a row, has taken home what the Internet gambling industry affectionately nicknamed “The Gambling Oscar”. The award, officially entitled “Gambling Online Magazine’s Readers Choice Award”, is given annually to one of the 2,000 online casino gambling sites that its readers declare “the best in the business”. Over 60,000 online gamblers took part in the voting this year, making it the most comprehensive online gambler’s poll ever conducted.

Quoting the ecstatic and affable InterCasino Manager Ryan Hartley:
“I want to thank the players who voted for us, and of course Gambling Online Magazine. We are thrilled to win this award two -years running and all of us, at InterCasino are simply beaming. It shows that the hard work that we have put into making our customer service and match deposit the best in the market has been recognized by the people who count – our customers.”

Two of the hottest new InterCasino gaming products released in 2002 are InterBingo (who received an honorable mention for Top Bingo Site’) and InterCasinoPoker (ICP). InterBingo has real-money bingo games running 24x7, while ICP brought a player-verses-player poker forum to InterCasino’s fully comprehensive product range.

InterCasino has paid out over $4 billion in winnings since 1996, and the casino has delighted dozens of players with mega-progressive slot and poker jackpots each in excess of $100,000. In 2002 alone, InterCasino progressives paid out $5MILLION.

According to Michael Caselli, Gambling Online Magazine’s Editor, “InterCasino won the Best Casino of 2002 category by a healthy margin. It is fantastic to

see how truly satisfied InterCasino’s players really are with their casino. Congratulations to InterCasino and to their players.”

The Internet gambling community is clearly impressed with InterCasino’s 40+ games, 98% payout ratios and top ranked customer service. Now we’ll just have to wait and see what they have in store for 2003.

Mississippi Casinos Go Cashless - Mississippi casinos, already switching to cashless slots that payout in bar-coded tickets instead of coins, are thinking of the next level of cashless technology - automated machines that read the bar codes and dispense cash. Beau Rivage and Grand Casino Gulfport plan to install the automated machines as soon as the technology is approved by the Mississippi Gaming Commission. The cashless technology eliminates coin jams, and the tedious task of refilling slot machines with change. Players can play at a faster pace, and casinos can cut down on labor and change-handling costs. "Normally, we would have up to 25 floor attendants," says Kate Warner, vice president of slot operations at Grand Casino Gulfport. "With EZ Pay, we have 12 floor attendants." By summer, all of Beau Rivage’s 2,264 slots will be equipped with EZ Pay machines; while Grand Casino is in the middle of a three-year switch. The Copa Casino, however, plans a gradual change. Co-owner Rick Carter says he would rather see other casinos serve as a "guinea pig" for the cashless technology, and they will gradually change to cashless over the next three or four years.

Construction Continues at The Venetian - LAS VEGAS - Core construction continued last week on The Venetian Hotel and Casino’s new $250 million, 1,013-suite second tower. Hotel operations "are the most efficient department in terms of margin," says Brad Stone, executive vice president of Las Vegas Sands, Inc., parent company of The Venetian. "When we can amortize 1,000 rooms over the same overhead, we will obviously have a higher return." The new tower is being built atop the existing 11-floor parking garage. Without the expansion, The Venetian has been limited to 2,300 rooms devoted to group business, with its other rooms allocated to independent travelers, wholesale groups and guests to fill the casino. "We are putting in a concierge level for higher-end customers with 125 rooms facing the Strip on the top six floors … We don’t see any difficulties in filling the expansion with the people looking for a higher quality experience here," says Stone. Upon completion, the 4,049-room Venetian will be the third largest hotel in the world by room count, following MGM Grand and Luxor.

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