Issue 134
April 7-13, 2003
Volume 3
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Expanded Wheeling Island to Open This June

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River Rock Casino Opens

River Rock CasinoHOUSTON, TX - The River Rock Casino opens full facility on April 2nd in Alexander Valley, California. With the opening of a restaurant, blackjack tables and additional floor space for slot machines, Sonoma County's only Indian casino has lunged closer to completion.

The River Rock Casino is located in Sonoma County, approximately 70 miles north of San Francisco in the California wine country, and offers visitors a quality gaming, entertainment, dining, and wine-tasting venue.

Chairman, President and CEO, H. Thomas Winn, stated, "We are pleased to announce the full opening of the River Rock Casino. In addition to being the closest casino to the San Francisco market, the California wine country attracts over 10 million visitors a year. We are very excited about this development, and the economic benefits it will generate for the tribal members and Sonoma County, as well as what it means for our company and shareholders."

This new facility includes a wide range of approximately 1,600 slot machines; 16 gaming tables; a full-service restaurant and lounge; a wine- tasting bar; and an outdoor deck overlooking the vineyards of Alexander Valley.

The Quail Run Restaurant offers 24-hour menu service, as well as a bountiful buffet for lunch, dinner, midnight and champagne Sunday brunch. The Wine Creek Room, complete with a wood-fired oven and grand piano, will feature local wines from the region and offer light jazz piano nightly. Both areas have access to the Valley Deck, which entices guests with one of the most spectacular views of the Alexander Valley wine region.

"We are proud to be a part of the casino opening and the future economic development of the Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians," commented H. Thomas Winn.

The River Rock Casino is owned by the Dry Creek Casino, LLC, which is entitled to receive 20% of the net revenues from the River Rock Casino for five years beginning June 1, 2003, and Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc., a developer of gaming properties and has real estate interests in Colorado, California, and Nevada.

Expanded Wheeling Island to Open This June

WHEELING, W. VA - The doors to the new $67 million expansion will open on Thursday, June 26th, Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center recently announced.

Wheeling Island Racetrack & Gamign Center In addition to the 660-seat showroom, the expansion project will include 570 additional slot machines, a 151-room deluxe hotel, a fine dining restaurant, a casual restaurant, a food court and two lounges. The multi-purpose showroom and a new conference center are expected to further enhance Wheeling Island's entertainment and meeting capabilities. To accommodate visitors to the new facility, the company is increasing its parking spaces to a total of approximately 2,800, including 180 covered spaces.

"We are on schedule, on budget, and looking forward to opening our doors on June 26th," Scott Cooper, President of Wheeling Island, said. "We are about to take the entertainment experience to a whole new level for tri-state area gaming enthusiasts."

The expansion adds an additional 300,000 square feet of new amenities to Wheeling Island, including an 85,000 square foot hotel, 35,000 additional square feet of gaming, an 8,500 square foot showroom and 14,000 square feet of dining.

The new dining venues include The Pointe, an 80-seat fine dining restaurant adjacent to the new gaming floor. The Breezeway Cafe, located next door to The Pointe, will seat an additional 130 for casual faire. The Pirate's Food Cove will feature four venues that include an American menu, Italian menu, Asian menu and Jake's Coffee House.

Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center also announced details on a dynamic partnership with global entertainment giant Clear Channel Entertainment which will schedule the shows for the new 660-seat state of the art showroom facility. "Working with Clear Channel Entertainment will enhance our abilities to provide a premiere alternative to entertainment seekers in the tri-state area," Cooper announced. "Along with our newest gaming, lodging and dining options, we are very pleased to soon offer another quality entertainment product to our guests."

Clear Channel Entertainment is a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 135 live entertainment venues, including more than 100 in North American and 30 in Europe. Clear Channel venues in the tri-state area include Post-Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake Amphitheater, The Amphitheater at Station Square, Capital Music Hall, Jamboree USA, Jamboree In The Hills, Polaris and many others.

Country Music Star Collin Raye will open the showroom on Friday, June 27th and Saturday, June 28th with two shows each day at Wheeling Island. The popular artist has had 15 Number-One hits during his career, including "Couldn't Last A Moment," "Love Me" and "That's My Story." Dates were also announced three additional shows: Starship starring Mickey Thomas on July 25th, The Turtles on August 22nd, and Andy Griggs on September 20th. Tickets will be on sale at Wheeling Island beginning May 1st.

"There is no doubt that the new gaming and hotel complex, as well as the Clear Channel Entertainment relationship, will make Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center a true gaming and entertainment destination," Cooper said.

Wheeling Island Gaming, Inc. owns and operates Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center, a premier gaming and entertainment complex located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is the largest operation of Sportsystems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, Inc.

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