Issue 121
January 6-12, 2003
Volume 3
page 2
 

Harrah’s Ordered to Pull Old Slots

/Press of Atlantic City/ - ATLANTIC CITY, NY – Harrah's Entertainment Inc. might want to resolve this for the new year: To hasten slot-machine approvals.

Gaming regulators on Jan. 2 forced the company to remove 109 slot machines at Harrah's Atlantic City and Showboat because they did not replace or upgrade them before their 12-year regulatory life expired.

The Division of Gaming Enforcement told the casinos a year ago that the slots needed attention. A 2-year-old rule requires that slots be replaced, removed or retested by Jan. 2 after the 12th anniversary of its last approval.

Harrah's Entertainment called the 12-year slot-expiration rule "arbitrary". " It's like being forced to send a car to the junkyard at 50,000 miles," said Luther Anderson, vice president of legal affairs for Harrah's Eastern Division. "These are perfectly serviceable, revenue-generating machines."

Harrah's Entertainment said the two casinos would "suffer economic hardship" by having to remove the slots.


Detroit Casinos To Add More Coinless Slots - DETROIT, MI – Following successful test runs of cashless slot machines, gamblers will soon find more of them at two of the city's casinos.

Greektown Casino and MGM Grand Detroit already have installed hundreds of slot machines in recent months that spew out winnings in the form of paper vouchers. And they have accelerated plans to roll out cashless machines.

MGM introduced 32 cashless slots in October and has since converted another 130 nickel, quarter, half-dollar and dollar machines. By early 2004 at least half of MGM Grand Detroit's 2,700-slot floor will be cashless.

Meanwhile Greektown converted 46 of its 700 nickel slot machines to cashless machines in August. Since Dec. 20, it has changed an additional 181 machines.

Coinless slot machines require less labor and infrastructure than coin machines.

California Tribe Begins Building Casino -MANZANITA INDIAN RESERVATION, CA – With bulldozers scraping the hillsides, the Manzanita Indian band is quietly pursuing an ambitious plan to turn this remote East County reservation into a magnet for gamblers, dirt bikers and off-road enthusiasts.

The project is unlike any ever undertaken by a California tribe, both in its aims and in the way it has been launched with little or no public disclosure or governmental review.

A Las Vegas man who describes himself as an investor and managing partner says Manzanita intends to open two small casinos as part of an outdoor recreation development that will surpass Glamis.

The goal is to attract some of the thousands of thrill-seekers who pass by on Interstate 8 every weekend, heading out to the desert and sand dunes of Imperial County.

Add gambling, RV camping and a 50-acre shooting range, and he contends that Manzanita could attract 14,000 to 20,000 people a month.

Drew Carey &
The Improv All Stars

Drew Carey & The Improv All Stars will appear at the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel Casino
January 23-26, 2003.

All star performers include Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Kathy Kinney, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Chip Epsen, Jeff Davis, Julie Larson and Sean Masterson. Music will be provided by Laura Hall and Linda Taylor.

Price:
$85.00

Show time:
9 p.m. Thurs. & Sun.
8 & 10:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat.

Reservations:
Reservations Recommended

For more information please call: (800) 646-7787
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