Issue 171
December 15 - 21, 2003
Volume 3
page 2

Eager customers flock to
Evangeline's casino opening

As reported by The Thoroughbred Times

A crowd of more than 1,000 people, some of which stood in line for nearly four hours, bolted through the doors of Evangeline Downs's new 80,000-square-foot casino on Friday night in Opelousas, Louisiana, where the track will move its racing operation in 2005.

The casino, which broke ground in February, opened three months ahead of schedule and featured 1,627 slots machines. While racing will not begin at Opelousas site for a while, officials with track owner Peninsula Gaming view the success of the casino as a sign of promise for years ahead.

"The facility as you see it tonight is only a glimpse of what you will see in the future," Brent Stevens, Penisula's chairman of the board, told the Baton Rouge Advocate.

State Senator Donald Cravins (D-Arnaudville) was among the many on hand for the casino opening and called the new facility "a historic day for St. Landry Parish and north Lafayette."

"Now that this track and casino are finally coming to life, St. Landry has become the second-fastest growing parish in the state," Cravins said. "

While the facility, located off Interstate 49 east of Opelousas, is scheduled to be open on a 24-hour basis, track officials said the casino would be closed temporarily at 3 a.m. CST on Saturday to ensure the facility is meeting all the requirements and abiding by the laws set by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

Evangeline will race one more seasons at its current site in Carencro, Louisiana, where slot machines are not allowed.




Possible Las Vegas-Style Casino for
Mall of America

As reported by The Las Vegas Review-Journal

Park Place Entertainment Corp. joined a Minnesota state legislator Wednesday in proposing a Las Vegas-style casino at the Mall of America that could generate revenues of $1 billion a year.

"We believe the Mall of America would be a very attractive market, but I can't emphasize strongly enough it's up to the Legislature and the people of Minnesota if they want more gambling in their state," said Park Place spokesman Robert Stewart.

Stewart said Park Place is confident the casino would contribute jobs and other economic benefits to Minnesota while being a very attractive opportunity for his company.
Park Place, which operates Caesars Palace casino in Las Vegas and Caesars Atlantic City, released an economic analysis of a proposed Mall of America casino prepared by Ernst & Young.

The national accounting firm estimated that the proposed 160,000-square-foot casino with 5,000 slot machines -- a size that would make it one of the largest casinos in the United States -- would raise more than $1 billion a year in revenue.
The market impact was based on potential visitor interest, with Mall of America's 40 million visitors a year leading Orlando, Fla.'s 38 million, Las Vegas' 35 million and Atlantic City's 32 million.

The proposed casino would be owned by a new state corporation and leased to a gaming company such as Park Place, which is the leading candidate based on its association with Simon Property Group, which operates the Forum Shops at Caesars and Mall of America.


Markham in new talks for a casino
As reported by The Journal Gazette and Times Courier

Markham officials are in preliminary talks with a new Native American tribe regarding development of a bingo hall that could eventually become a casino.

The city council recently gave Mayor David Webb authority to turn over up to 60 acres of city-owned land to the Ottawa tribe of Oklahoma.

The property, northwest of the interchange of 159th Street and the Tri-State Tollway, was previously eyed by Wisconsin's Lac du Flambeau tribe for a Native American-operated casino. But the city couldn't come to terms with the Lac du Flambeau tribe on a development agreement.

While opening a bingo parlor would be a relatively easy process, the Ottawa would face obstacles should they expand the operation to include slot machines and table games.

The tribe would need state approval for a casino but would not require a state-issued license as existing casinos now do. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who by law must approve any Native American casino in Illinois, has steadfastly opposed an expansion of casino gambling in the state.

Mamma Mia!

Paris Las Vegas: A-Mei, Taiwanese native and Asian pop star, performs at the Paris Las Vegas. She is one of the world's most popular singers and blessed with a voice capable of delivering many shades of nuance, including booming power and subtle tenderness.


Date: December 27, 2003

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Time: 8:00pm

Venue: Paris Ballroom

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