Issue 142
June 2-8, 2003
Volume 3
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Morongo Casino Resort & Spa Breaks Ground

Pala Casino Offers Suite Dreams Promotion

Three New Games Join Pennsylvania Lottery's Lineup

Manitoba Casinos May Be Exempt from Smoking Ban

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Morongo Casino Resort & Spa Breaks Ground

LOS ANGELES, CA - Official groundbreaking ceremonies were held May 28th for Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, a new resort destination designed by The Jerde Partnership for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. Jerde's design for the high-end resort is inspired by the project's location at the center of the Morongo Reservation in California's high desert valley - among jagged mountains, wind- and water-carved canyons and intense sunshine.

The new Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, which is nearly four times larger than the existing Casino Morongo, will brand the destination as a high-quality, experience-based place and serve as the benchmark for design and development of the Morongo tribe's continued diversification. This site is nestled in one of the world's most awe inspiring natural wonders. The design vision is integrated with the spectacular experience already provided by nature. This is truly a demarcation point for hospitality experience," said Jon Jerde, founder and chairman of The Jerde Partnership. Jerde Senior Vice President and Design Principal Tim Magill added, "By focusing on the dramatic landscape of the Morongo Reservation we are striving to create a unique place that celebrates the transformative power of nature - a force that has shaped the striking physical features of the site and will rejuvenate the people who visit this place."

Jerde's design concept for the 660,000 square-foot project, which is located 90 minutes east of Los Angeles, CA between the picturesque San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountain ranges, celebrates nature as a transformative, form-giving force. "The goal of the tribe is to create a world-class resort that offers visitors a high-quality experience with a full range of entertainment and recreation that the entire family will enjoy," said Maurice Lyons, Morongo tribal chairman. "Jerde's design concept is both beautiful and unique and will enhance the paradise of the desert."

Morongo Casino Resort & Spa is organized into transition, transformation and oasis zones which feature organic shapes, earthen tones, landscaping and natural materials. The transition zone extends from the nearby 10 freeway across the site to the iconic porte cochere. Once inside, transformation zone begins and stretches

According to a prominent regional economist, the project will generate more than $2.8 billion in new jobs and economic benefits to the Inland Empire economy.

across the casino to the oasis zone, an outdoor pool area. Framed by the nearby mountains, the oasis is complete with sandy beaches, cabanas, a spa and water slide. Similarly, the landscaping, which is largely drought-tolerant, becomes more lush and abundant as guests pass through
each zone.

The focal point of the resort is the grand casino, which will feature a complete selection of the latest slots and table games. Themed restaurants, a nightclub, family attractions, and spa facilities will surround the casino. The hotel tower located just off the casino floor will consist of 272 standard rooms and 32 double bay suites offering spectacular views of the mountains and desert valley. Additional luxury accommodations are provided in six cassias, each of which has private water features and overlooks the pool oasis.

Slated to open in 2004, the new Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, adjacent to the very popular Desert Hills Outlet Center and landmark Hadley Fruit Orchards, will provide a year-round travel destination for the more than 10 million visitors already traveling to the area. The Morongo Casino Resort & Spa groundbreaking comes amid a trend by Indian tribal governments across the country to provide world-class resorts that appeal to a broader range of travelers in the highly competitive hospitality industry. Music and entertainment brand Hard Rock Cafe has agreements with tribes in Connecticut, Florida and Mississippi to target a
younger clientele.

Pala Casino Offers Suite Dreams Promotion

SAN DIEGO, CA - Now through July 31st, Pala Casino Resort and Spa is offering guests the chance to enter to win cash prizes totaling $300,000 with its "Suite Dreams" promotion, celebrating the opening of Pala's new hotel and spa on August 19. At 8 p.m. On Monday, August 4, drawings for the $300,000 in cash prizes will be held in The Grand Cabaret. Everyone who has entered the contest must be present in order to be eligible to win and will be given a 10-minute time limit to claim their prize.

Suite Dreams Promotion at Pala CasinoLocated at the West entrance of the casino are five hotel doors representing each of Pala's new hotel room types and each representing five cash grand prize drawings: $10,000 Deluxe Room, $20,000 Petite Suite Deluxe, $30,000 Petite Suite Superior, $40,000 Luxury Suite and $50,000 Grand Suite. As part of Pala's "Suite Dreams" promotion, registered Privileges cardholders will select one room key from a giant drum containing 5,000 keys. Every key will open one of the five doors on display. Upon opening a door, the guest will receive an entry form for the official drawing associated with that room type. The grand prize drawing also will include 145 $1,000 winners. Guests may not win more than one cash prize in each category.

Guests whose key does not open the selected door still have a chance to win and will receive a punch card with a punch. Guests who collect five punches on their card, representing five failed attempts to open each of the doors, will receive an entry form for the drawing to win a $5,000 consolation prize and will receive a new punch card to be used through the end of the promotion.

Privileges cardholders receive one chance per day, Gold cardholders receive two chances per day and Platinum cardholders receive three chances per day to open the doors. Guests can register to become a Privileges cardholder by visiting Pala Casino's Privileges Center. Membership is free.

Pala Casino Resort and Spa's new world-class property features 425 deluxe rooms and 82 deluxe suites. Other features include a luxurious 10,000-square-foot spa with a full-service salon, an Olympic-size swimming pool with 12 private poolside cabanas, two new restaurants - Mama's Cucina Italiana and the Poolside Café & Bar, 30,000-square-foot, fully-equipped meeting and convention space, and the 2,000-seat outdoor Palomar Starlight Theater. The Casino is open 24 hours a day and is located at 11154 Highway 76 in Pala, 15 miles north of Escondido and 12 miles south of Temecula.

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