Issue 165
November 10 - 16, 2003
Volume 3
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New Palm Springs Casino Open

With the snip of an oversized purple ribbon, members of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians marked the official grand opening of the tribe's new $95 million Spa Resort Casino.

At a morning ceremony attended by about 200 people, including tribal members and city officials, Tribal Council Chairman Richard M. Milanovich said the casino's opening is the culmination of more than eight years of hard work and planning by tribal leaders.

He also said it took a substantial leap of faith to get the project moving forward at the start, as the tribe dealt with numerous state political and economic hurdles.

"We decided to invest more than a third of the tribe's money, and we had no way of knowing for sure if this was going to work," he said.

The 130,000-square-foot gaming facility includes a new entertainment lounge and four restaurants, as well as 1,000 slot machines and 30 table games.

The casually elegant, upscale casino was designed by Costa Mesa-based architectural firm Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, which has done past work for Ritz -Carlton hotels and Las Vegas landmarks like The Venetian and Caesars Palace.
"I've heard it's been likened to those Las Vegas places like Bellagio, or Mandalay Bay or The Venetian," Milanovich said at the ceremony. "But this is our casino. It's Palm Springs' casino."

Milanovich said the tribe has increased its marketing efforts in Los Angeles and Orange counties in a bid to draw more visitors to the downtown casino. The tribe as well as city economic development experts have projected that the casino will bring a boost in business activity to the downtown area, although exact dollar figures are not available.

Located at 401 E. Amado Road, just off Indian Canyon Drive, the new casino replaces a tented gaming area that was adjacent to the tribe's nearby Spa Resort, which opened in 1995. The tented area has been closed and will eventually be cleared away for a parking lot.

Reno Peppermill Hotel Casino picked a Top Ten Casino Hotel by editors of MSN with CitySearch

RENO, NV --Reno Peppermill Hotel Casino picked a Top Ten Casino Hotel by editors of MSN with CitySearch.

The copy reads: "Whether you're looking for the slots or a relaxing resort getaway, the odds are you'll find it all at these casino hotels. Our editors select these lists based on editorial content and user input. Placement in our top 10 lists is not paid for."

The Peppermill Hotel Casino
is the only property in Reno, Nevada on the list.

The Peppermill has it all: 1,100 rooms including 185 luxurious suites, 7 award-winning restaurants, 12 themed bars, free nightly entertainment, year-round waterfall pool and spa, complimentary full service health club, salon, concierge, gift shop, and business center. The Peppermill has full-service convention facilities. Plus, complimentary airport shuttle service, free valet
parking and convenient spacious self-parking.

The Peppermill is located in the heart of Reno's new shopping, restaurant, and entertainment district. We're located near the Reno/Tahoe International Airport and the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

The Peppermill five-star suites are available in eight stunning designs, from the Spa Suite to the exclusive two-story Super Suites. Our rooms feature 24-hour room service, voice mail, dataports, minibars, hair dryers, an iron, and pay to view movies. Safes and fax machines are available in suites.

The Peppermill offers 7 award-winning restaurants including the White Orchid, rated Four Diamonds by AAA; the Romanza Ristorante Italiano, serving authentic Italian cuisine including many wood-fired specialties, voted Reno's Best Italian Restaurant; Reno's premier Steak House, serving the best in prime rib, steak and seafood in a colorful ambiance, voted Reno's Best Steak House; the 24-hour Coffee Shop, a locals favorite for over 30 years, voted Reno's Best Coffee Shop; the Island Buffet, is Reno's largest variety and most seafood with over 150 fresh choices at each meal and features Hollywood-style special effects, voted Reno's Best Buffet; the International Food Court serving Chinese, Italian, Mexican and American entrees; and Café Espresso offering coffees, pastries, desserts and more.

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