Issue 128
February 24 - March 2, 2003
Volume 3
page 1

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Pinnacle Begins $35 Million Belterra Expansion Project

Ah Sin and Risqueto Opens at Paris Las Vegas

If Betting Is Not A Crime; Is It Legal?

New Grosvenor Casino Opens in UK

Montana Bill Would Allow Expanded Gambling

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Pinnacle Begins $35 Million Belterra Expansion Project

LAS VEGAS – Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. on Feb. 21st kicked-off one of the most ambitious construction projects in the Ohio River Valley region in recent years. Pinnacle's Belterra Casino Resort broke ground on a $35 million expansion project that will add 300 guest rooms, for a total of over 600, and will also give the property approximately 33,000 square feet of meeting and conference space and other amenities.

The agenda called for Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., Daniel R. Lee, and Belterra's General Manager, Alain Uboldi, to speak to the press and local and state dignitaries in attendance. They turned the first shovel on the expansion project, scheduled for completion in Spring 2004.

The project will nearly double the property's guest room total and give it more meeting and conference space than any southern Indiana casino resort. Forty of the additional rooms will be suites, with amenities such as whirlpool-style bathtubs and free admission to the upscale Belterra spa and exercise facilities. An outdoor pool will also be added. Heated year-round, it will be one of the few outdoor pools in the region that can be enjoyed even in wintertime.

Currently employing roughly 1,391 people in a county with 9,374 residents in 2001, Belterra's expansion project will result in approximately 80 additional jobs.

"We are proud to create a bigger and better Belterra," said Dan Lee. "We have worked with Marnell Corrao Associates, the innovators of much of the present-day Las Vegas skyline, to make Belterra an irresistible destination for vacationers and meeting and conference attendees from throughout the Midwest. We are

Belterra Resort Casino
Belterra’s $35 million expansion will add more than 18,000 square feet of convention and meeting space as well as 300 new guest rooms.

working hard to ensure that this beautiful region and its friendly people will benefit from the enhanced tax base that the expansion will bring, and we invite our neighbors to visit us soon to see all the
exciting developments."

Belterra Casino Resort is owned and operated by Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (formerly Hollywood Park). With 38,000 square feet of casino gaming excitement, 308 deluxe rooms and suites, 7 food venues, an 1,800-seat entertainment showroom, a health spa and salon, an 18-hole championship golf course and more.

Pinnacle Entertainment owns and operates seven casinos (four with hotels) in Nevada, Mississippi, Louisiana, Indiana and Argentina, and receives lease income from two card club casinos, both in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Ah Sin and Risqueto Opens at Paris Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas Resort CasinoLAS VEGAS - Sin City's latest haute hangouts, Ah Sin and Risque -- an exciting Asian restaurant mated with the city's steamiest ultra lounge -- will open Monday, March 13 at Paris Las Vegas. Offering exotic, freshly prepared Asian cuisine, indulgent French desserts and sensual late-night pleasures, the new restaurant and nightspot feature discreet terraces and intimate balconies that deliver stunning views of the action on the Las Vegas Strip.

Ah Sin features Japanese sushi, Chinese noodle specialties, Thai satay, Korean barbecue and a host of selections inspired by favorite cuisines of the Pacific Rim. Featured dishes are prepared by expert chefs at action stations that rim the dining room, just steps away from guest tables.

Service begins with a ritual hand-washing ceremony. The pouring of pure water scented with jasmine oil washes away worries. Tea service, considered an art in many eastern cultures, begins with selection from a variety of exotic blends. Servers explain the characteristics of guests' preferred teas and suggest tea and cuisine pairings. Indulgent French desserts prepared by the world's top pastry chef offer a sinful finale.

The restaurant takes its name from a legendary 19th Century character created by writer Bret Harte, a Chinese gambler who outsmarts a pair of California miners who had set out to cheat him.

Ah Sin's racy companion, Risque, is a chic second-story nightspot, offering a new "night culture" for Las Vegas -- plush couches, luxuriant beds and expansive ottomans surrounding an intimate dance floor. Also featured are a decadent dessert and specialty coffee bar, private balconies and an outdoor terrace.

"Ah Sin and Risque are hot spots for hot people. They capitalize on our great Strip frontage and push our dining and late-night entertainment attractions to a new edge," said Anthony Santo, president of Paris Las Vegas. "Le Cabaret has its live music and Napoleon's its quiet relaxing atmosphere. Now we're creating a more edgy and exciting dining and entertainment experience for a different kind of customer," Santo added.

Paris Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage Robert Zitto said, "Ah Sin isn't merely a trendy new restaurant -- it's a whole new culinary experience, featuring a team of chefs skilled in both Eastern and Western techniques. It's a unique concept that will appeal to the most discriminating of our guests."

Ah Sin patrons may order a la carte items freshly prepared at any of the action stations or choose interactive dining at the Dim Sum, Satay Bar or Asian Grill. An expansive sushi bar provides additional seating. Complementing the entrees is a varied beverage selection, with quality boutique wines, Japanese beers and several fine sakes.

Ah Sin's eclectic cuisine is served in a distinctive setting that combines contemporary Zen elements and modern chic. The decor suggests an abandoned French ministry transformed into a contemporary Asian restaurant.

Located above Ah Sin, the new Risque ultra lounge is the perfect spot for apres dinner and late-night desserts, cocktails and fine wines, dancing, celebrating life and bringing in the dawn. Jean-Claude Canestrier, named the 2002 Top Pastry Chef in the world in an international competition sponsored by Pastry Arts & Design magazine, has created a sumptuous selection of sweets for the one-of-a-kind dessert bar. All elements combine to create a sensuous atmosphere befitting a Parisian-inspired resort.

Ah Sin, opens 11 a.m. until midnight seven days weekly, offers lunch and dinner and caters to parties on the premises. Risque, open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m., welcomes guests 21 or older. Guests may enter via new center-Strip casino entrances or through the casino interior. A cover charge of $20 for gentlemen, $10 for ladies, applies; for Las Vegans, the cover charge is $10 for gentlemen.

Paris Las Vegas features 2,916 spacious guest rooms, an 85,000-square-foot casino, nine French-inspired restaurants, six lounges, 140,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, 31,500 square feet of retail space, a two-acre pool complex and a rooftop health spa. Noted for its 50-story replica of the Eiffel Tower, the $785 million Parisian-themed property is a Park Place Entertainment Corporation resort.

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