Issue 12
November 29 - December 5, 2000
Volume 1
page 2 helps with "Thursday Night Poker Game"

Amongst the thousands of websites devoted to gambling you always come across that one site that's a bit out of the mainstream, but right on target. is one of those sites. is an international supplier of home gaming products committed to the "Thursday Night Poker Game". But, it's just not another e-commerce site specializing in poker products.

Not only can one purchase the standard poker equipment and get the official ruling on hand rankings but, goes that one step further by helping novice poker players organize weekly games. They also offer a bulletin board by state of regular games that are seeking players to join them.

Also, they go that extra step in helping customers plan and purchase items for their weekly game. Instead of just offering a catalogue of items one can purchase also gives hints on what to purchase depending upon how many players one is planning to host. started in 1998 as the brainchild of Kentucky resident, Tom Stratton. "I am an avid poker player. My wife helped me start the company in 1998 after a few issues with our weekly poker game. We play a small, simple, low-stakes game. One night after the game I cashed in more in poker chips than I started with. I knew then it was time to find poker chips that were not the same as what you can buy at the local super-center.

"First, I found retailers who wanted huge prices for good poker chips, far more than the casual poker player would want to pay. Secondly, I wanted a new poker table and I spent weeks trying to find one. Every one wanted three times what I thought the tables were worth. Most everyone had a "Take it or leave it" attitude. They acted like they were doing me a favor by taking my money," said Stratton.

For the next several months searched for exporters, importers, manufacturers and distributors of a variety of gaming items. Finally they developed a product line that was very affordable for the home poker game player. To insure quick delivery they set up distribution outlets on the East and West coast.

"We treat our customers just like we were buying the items," said Stratton. "When I order from the Internet or by phone, I hang the phone up and race to the front door and start looking for the package. I know what it's like to get anxious after I order something. We treat our customers the same way. We usually process our orders immediately, and ship them within a few hours after the order is received. Our best selling poker table is usually shipped within three days. Since we sell so many of our #48 table we keep production on going on this table. Others will usually fall in the 3-5 day processing range. Free shipping on most of our poker tables sold is a big plus for our customers," Stratton said.

$86 Million Expansion
Adds New Face to Sam's Town

LAS VEGAS, NV - The $86 million expansion of Boyd Gaming Corporation's neighborhood hotel-casino along east Flamingo Road and Boulder Highway brings new gaming and entertainment excitement to Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall.

The expansion includes a recently opened 1,100 events center, an 18-screen theater complex, a rotisserie buffet and a child care center. The casino floor has been expanded by 4,600 square feet.

Executives say these types of amenities nowadays are a necessity to compete in the Boulder Strip area. "Our competition on the Boulder Strip has already chosen this path of expanded entertainment", says Jaclyn Ferraro, Sam's Town director of entertainment.

Sam's Town executives anticipate the property's recently opened $10 million events center will be a driving force in expanding the customer base of its 21-year-old Boulder Strip property.

Boyd Gaming President Don Snyder said Sam's Town's Century 18 Theater aims to be more than just a movie theater. The two-story movie complex will try to be a trendy hangout for latte-sipping moviegoers. While waiting for a show to start, customers at Caf� Cinema will be able to nurse cappuccinos on its second-floor balcony overlooking the lobby area.

The expanded casino floor allows space for 525 more slot and video poker machines, bringing its total to more than 3,400 machines. Table games are remaining at 52, offer a standard mix of games including Pai Gow poker, three-card poker, Caribbean Stud poker and single- and double-deck blackjack. Betting limits are not expected to increase.

Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall is owned and operated by Boyd Gambling Corporation.

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Charlestown Races to get 78 More Slots Machines - CHARLES TOWN, WV - Charles Town Races installed 78 new slot machines on November 25, bringing the total number of gaming machines to 1,896 in its new OK Corral Slots center.

Penn National Gaming, Inc., the parent company of the Charles Town Races, plans to add 26 more machines by early next year, bringing the total to 2,000.

Penn National owns and operates two Mississippi casinos, the Casino Magic Hotel, Casino, Golf resort and Marina in Bay St. Louis, and the Boomtown Biloxi Casino in Biloxi as well as three racetracks and eleven off-track wagering (OTW) facilities located in Pennsylvania (two tracks and eleven OTWs) and West Virginia (one track).

Proposed Betting Cap Dies - LAS VEGAS, NV - /GAMING WIRE/ - Gone is a proposal to limit college sports betting to $550 per wager, but the Nevada Gaming Commission is still considering a regulation that would allow the state's sports books to handle wagers on games involving Nevada schools.

The five-member panel is also considering state regulations that would prohibit sports books from taking bets on high school and Olympic sports.

They would also be prohibited from accepting wagers from players or coaches involved in a booked college game.

Meadowlands Racetrack Sees Attendance, Handle Drop - EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Meadowlands Racetrack saw their attendance and daily handle drop in this year's 54-day thoroughbred season.

The track saw the on-track handle drop 7.8 percent to $530,014 per day, driven by an 8.6 percent fall in attendance, to an average of 4,818 a night. Total nightly handle, including simulcasting, fell 13.9 percent to $1.8 million.

Lorrie Morgan

Lorrie Morgan is bringing her distinctive you-live-it/you-sing-it school of country crooning to The Orleans Hotel & Casino Showroom December 9-11.

"Every song I sing reflects a part of my life," says Lorrie Morgan, "The joy, the sorrow, the will to survive--it's all there in the music and lyrics."

10:00 pm

$44.95, $54.95 & $64.95 plus tax

For more information, call the Orleans Showroom Box Office at (702) 365-7075.

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