Issue 116
December 2-8, 2002
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Golden Phoenix Casino Spreads Wings

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Golden Phoenix Casino Spreads Wings

RENO, NV - Hundreds of local and visiting gamblers showed up on Nov. 27 for the opening of the Golden Phoenix Hotel Casino & Resort, formerly operated as the Flamingo Hilton.

“It’s like when you throw a party and you say, ‘Gosh, I wonder if anyone’s going to come?’” said Director of Marketing Jo Ann Cady, pointing at the casino floor swarming with guests. “Look around, (it’s) a lot of people just walking around having a good time.”

Some early-bird locals even showed up before the noon opening, donning complimentary hats and strands of Mardi Gras beads while being the first to try out the 750 slot machines and 32 table games.

“We've been waiting for it to open,” said Angie Saldana, 27, of Reno, who came to the grand opening with her parents. “They have a lot of machines that I don’t see other places.”

Since April, the hotel-casino has been operating its 604 rooms, coffee shop and Benihana Japanese Steakhouse while awaiting approval of its gaming license by the state Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission. The control board gave its approval Nov. 6, and the gaming commission gave the Golden Phoenix the final go-ahead Nov. 21.

UK to Open Latest Casino

/Liverpool Echo/ - LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - The lavish new $9.3 million (£6 million) Leo Casino at Queens Dock will open to the public on December 12th. Around 120 jobs have been created at the glass rotunda-fronted casino, owned and operated by French champagne magnate Amaury Taittinger. His family owns the nearby Dolby and Campanile hotels.

Mr Taittinger, 52, said: "I see this as a leisure attraction, not simply for serious gamblers to meet in a windowless room. We have created brightness and lots of light to ensure the casino meets the standards that new Liverpool expects."

"It is an exciting project I am very proud of. This is my first casino and it was very important to do it right, so it has taken time," said Taittinger. He is already planning to expand the casino and create a three-star hotel on the site of the Dolby.

The Leo Casino has a 60-seat restaurant and a European chef will be on duty until midnight, when a Chinese chef takes over. Downstairs, the casino will offer club-style environment, with bar, slot machines, TV and a card room. It will have 16 tables for roulette, black jack, stud poker, dice and ponto banco.

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