Issue 124
January 27 - February 2, 2003
Volume 3
page 1

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Gaming News
Sam's Town Prepares for Weekend Thunder When NASCAR Returns to Las Vegas

Arizona Casino Adds Slots, New CEO

Aladdin Seeks New Owner

Oklahoma Casino Reopening Under New Management

Borgata Opens Employment Center

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Sam's Town Prepares for Weekend Thunder When NASCAR Returns to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Boyd Gaming Corporation's Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall will play host to an action packed weekend as the exciting world of NASCAR returns to Las Vegas in early spring.

The action-packed weekend includes the 5th annual NASCAR Drivers Auction with a concert by up-and-coming country music star Chris Chitsey and a special appearance by the USAF Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team. The Drivers Auction on Thursday, February 27 is the single largest fund-raiser for the Las Vegas chapter of Speedway Children's Charities.

The Drivers Auction will once again be held at Sam's Town Live!, the 1100-seat entertainment complex at the Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall. Many of the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series drivers are again expected to participate in the charity event, which includes both a live and silent auction. Last year, more than 20 Winston Cup and Busch Series drivers personally appeared and participated in this unique event, raising more than $89,000 for area children.

This event features a rare opportunity for fans to bid for a chance to meet their favorite Winston Cup drivers during the driver introductions. The winning bidder will then ride along with the drivers in an open convertible during the pre-race parade lap prior to the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 on Sunday, March 2. Winning bidders on Busch Series competitors will have the opportunity to meet their drivers in the pit area prior to the start of the Sam's Town 300 on Saturday, March 1.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 5:00 p.m. Auction action gets under way following the concert at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $35, benefiting Speedway Children's Charities and are currently available online at Upon availability, tickets may also be purchased at the Sam's Town Live! box office the day of the auction.

Race day festivities on Saturday, March 1 will be capped by an "After Race Party" at Sam's Town Live! with a performance from country music stars Ricochet and Mustang Sally.

Boyd Gaming Corporation owns and operates 12 gaming properties located in Nevada, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana and Louisiana. Boyd Gaming is also developing "Borgata" , a $1 billion entertainment destination hotel in Atlantic City, through a joint venture with MGM MIRAGE.

Arizona Casino Adds Slots, New CEO

/Arizona Daily Star/ - ARIZONA - An additional 308 slot machines and a new gaming CEO were among the details unveiled on Jan. 24th when the Tohono O'Odham Nation announces an expansion plan for its Desert Diamond Casino on Tucson's South Side.

"Officials expect this spring to provide gamblers with a chance to try their luck on the new slots - bringing the number to 808 machines at Desert Diamond Casino, 7350 South Nogales Highway," said Ned Norris Jr., director of marketing and public relations.

Tohono O'Odham Gaming Authority officials also will introduce Joseph Calabrese as the new chief executive officer. He will oversee operations and the expansion completion. Calabrese, who has 25 years' experience in the gambling industry, is a former manager of the Foxwoods Resort Casino complex in Connecticut, which is billed as the largest casino in North America.

Expansion plans also include Las Vegas-style blackjack with the introduction of 28 tables at the Nogales Highway location. "Another 10 blackjack tables will be introduced to gamblers at Desert Diamond Casino off I-19 at Pima Mine Road," Norris said.

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