Issue 143
June 9-15, 2003
Volume 3
page 2

Binion Expanding to Meet Competition

HAMMOND, IA – The operators of a Lake Michigan riverboat casino are planting their hopes squarely on the ground in the form of nearly $70 million worth of new construction and renovations.

Illinois-based gambling company Horseshoe Gaming Holding Corporation hopes a new parking garage with room for 2,000 cars, an improved pavilion and 24-hour gambling will give its Horseshoe Casino Hammond an edge against a potential land-based casino in nearby Chicago.

Such a casino would be a clear rival for northwest Indiana's casinos, most of which draw their business from Chicago's gambling market, among the largest in the
United States.

The 850,000-square-foot garage, which will feature an ornamented facade, will serve as the new entrance to the casino. It is expected to open in February 2004.

The casino is also in the midst of an $18 million renovation of the pavilion's second floor, including a connecting walkway to then new garage, a new sandwich shop and a new counter where guests can cash in their chips. Those projects should be complete later in the summer, said general manager Rick Mazer.




Vegas-Colorado Flights Added - LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air says it will inaugurate service between Las Vegas and northern Colorado in July. The airline will use 161-seat twin-engine MD-83 jets for the nonstop round-trip flights to Fort Collins-Loveland Airport beginning July 31. The Allegiant flights will be the only scheduled commercial jet service at that airport.
The airline, which already has flights between McCarran International Airport and Colorado Springs, CO, and will begin nonstop trips between Las Vegas and Denver in early July, initially will operate Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays to Fort Collins.
Allegiant is adding its fifth jet to its fleet for the expansion and flights will leave Las Vegas at 5:05 p.m., arriving in Fort Collins at 7:50 p.m. and returning at 8:30 p.m., arriving in Las Vegas at 9:25 p.m.

Indiana Casinos Push for 24 Hour Operation - INDIANA – Several Indiana casinos have formally asked state regulators for permission to remain open 24 hours, though some say such a change would benefit them only on weekends and holidays. A provision in the state budget bill signed into law by the governor last month allows Indiana casinos to stay open around the clock. Lawmakers hoped that allowing continuous operations would generate an additional $10 million in annual gambling tax revenue
for the state.

Belterra Casino in southeastern Indiana has asked state regulators for permission to stay open around the clock, in part because a competing riverboat has asked to do the same. Caesars Indiana, in Harrison County west of Louisville, KY, already announced it would seek 24-hour operations daily. Alain Uboldi, general manager of Belterra in Vevay, said he was at first undecided about whether to go to 24-hour gambling. He said he initially decided to make the change only on weekends but changed his mind when he heard Caesars planned to shift to 24-hour operations all the time.

Nelly and the St. Lunatics

Nelly and the St. Lunatics will perform at the Rain at The Palms Resort Casino on June 29, 2003.

Price: $50.00 (General admission), $100.00 (VIP admission)

Price Note: May not include all taxes & fees.

Show Time: 8:00 p.m.

Reservations: Reservations Recommended

For more information please call: (702) 942-7777
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