Issue 166
November 17 - 23, 2003
Volume 3
page 1

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Gaming News Million III Cruises Along with Record $3.5 Million in Prize Money

Rome for the Holidays: Caesars Palace Lights Up Las Vegas Strip

Slots plan takes on life of its own

Indiana casino plans on a fast track

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and Park Place Sign New Casino Agreements


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High Stakes On The High Seas: Poker Site Charters Ship for Mega Event

CURACAO, Netherlands Antilles--Not since pirates floated on the Spanish Main has so much money been up for grabs on the high seas.

Capitalizing on America's newfound passion for poker, will set sail March 13 for a weeklong cruise on Holland America's luxurious MS Ryndam, culminating in the March 14-18 Million III, the world's largest No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament. More than 500 players are expected to compete for a record-smashing $3.5 million prize pool and a spot in the "World Poker Tour" Championship, airing on the Travel Channel. First prize will exceed $1 million. is the world's largest online multi-player poker room offering players a safe, secure and friendly environment to play poker.

Anyone can win their way into The Million III by going to and competing in preliminary tournaments that cost as little as $1 to enter. For information on qualifying, go to Winners who qualify in those preliminary satellite tournaments will receive a $9,000 package -- the $1,800 cruise for two, plus their $7,200 "buy-in" for the event. Nearly 300 have already qualified through satellites, super satellite and semi-final tournaments, but more than 200 seats are still in contention.

"After two incredible tournaments in the last couple of years, The Million III will be an even more monumental leap forward, "said Mike Sexton, executive host and spokesman. "Tripling the prize money makes this the richest event in poker and certainly one of the most competitive. Someone's going home with a million-dollar payday and lots of folks will win a portion of that huge pot."

The Million III is the third installment of the fabulously successful tournament. Last year the event drew 130 players and offered $1,013,000 in prize money. One of the players who made the final table, Tim Lark, qualified online at by winning a $1 satellite tournament and parlaying his winnings into a spot on the cruise. He was outlasted by Howard Lederer, of Las Vegas, a World Champion and two-time winner of 2003 World Poker Tour tournaments. The year before, Kathy Liebert of South Gate, CA, became the first woman ever to win $1 million in a single poker tournament.

This year, players will enjoy a fun cruise alternating relaxation and tension -- featuring blazing sun and big bets! The MS Ryndam, which will call in Lareto and La Paz, is among the most elegant ships on the seas.

As for those big bets, players will begin the tournament on the first day with $7,000 in chips and play till they lose or until they make the Final Table on the fifth day. That final table of six players will be filmed for airing on the hugely popular World Poker Tour television series. Players closing in on the Million III championship will be sweating out bets and bluffs that risk hundreds of thousands per hand. After a tough day at the poker table, a Mai-Tai on the Ryndam veranda may be just the thing!

Rome for the Holidays: Caesars Palace
Lights Up Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS--In a city that glitters 365 days a year, Caesars Palace is making a statement with its 2003 holiday decorations. From December 1 to January 5, the famed Las Vegas casino resort will sparkle with an extensive array of holiday decorations, the centerpiece of which is a seven-story Christmas tree positioned in the middle of the famous Caesars Palace front fountains.

The replica Rocky Mountain Pine tree will be 60' tall with a base diameter of 30'. It will have more than 1,000 branches and weigh 11,500 pounds. The tree will require 300 amps of electricity and will glow with 15,000 watts from the 216,510 twinkling multi-colored lights -- more than twice as many lights as the Christmas tree in New York's Rockefeller Center! The tree will be installed over a four-day period and involve a crew of a dozen people. The tree will be surrounded by twelve simulated candles covering the fountains in floating light pods; the two-dozen cypress trees lining the front lawn of Caesars Palace also will be adorned with white holiday lights

In addition to the spectacular outdoor Christmas tree, Caesars Palace will spread holiday cheer inside the resort with a stunning display of decorations designed and installed by the Becker Group, one of the world's leading provider of holiday decor. The holiday decor package will be in prominent display in the Caesars lobby, casinos, shopping arcades and other public areas. The indoor holiday decorations include six dozen Christmas trees, 10 wreaths, measuring up to 12' in diameter, 1,300' of garland and almost one mile of holiday lights.

"The beautiful decor throughout Caesars Palace will enhance our resort's position as one of the world's premier destinations during the holiday season," said Mark Juliano, president of Caesars Palace. "We hope that Las Vegans and visitors enjoy touring the property and bring home with them photo and video mementos to treasure for years to come."

"Our goal was to make Caesars the ultimate place for Las Vegas holiday celebrations," said Glen Tilley, president of the Baltimore-based Becker Group. "This tree will tower in the center of the Las Vegas Strip; we hope it will become a holiday landmark for the city."

The seven-story Christmas tree will be illuminated in a public event on Wednesday, December 3 at 5:00 pm. Footage will be made available for media use, satellite feed coordinates to be announced.

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