Issue 174
January 12 - 18, 2004
Volume 4
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GSN's WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK to Be Taped on Location at Mohegan Sun

Casino hosts 'Survivor' casting call

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GSN's WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK to Be Taped on Location at Mohegan Sun

Hollywood, Calif. -- GSN, the Network for Games, has selected Mohegan Sun, one of the largest entertainment, gaming and sports destinations in the United States, as the host site for GSN's WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK. Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is a full-service casino and spa sporting over 6,400 slot machines, nearly 300 table games and a state-of-the-art race book facility, among other luxurious offerings. Matt Vasgersian, San Diego Padres lead television broadcaster and former host of "Sports Geniuses" will serve as the host; Melana Scantlin from "Average Joe" will be the show's co-hostess and Max Rubin, casino veteran, gambling consultant and professional blackjack player, will be the expert commentator for the series produced by R.C. Entertainment, Inc.

In making the announcement today at the annual Winter Television Critics Association presentation, GSN President and CEO Rich Cronin said: "We are thrilled to present the World Series of the most popular casino card game, Blackjack, with the best gaming establishment on the East Coast, Mohegan Sun. We look forward to exciting competition between the best Blackjack players in the world, and to naming a champion."

"We're excited that GSN chose Mohegan Sun to host this unique, made-for-television event," said Paul Munick, Vice President of Sports and Entertainment, Mohegan Sun. "We continue to pursue opportunities that broaden our product offering while affording us national exposure."

WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK will feature the world's top Blackjack players and tournament competitors and will award $250,000 in total prizes. The players will compete for the grand prize purse of $100,000 and the bragging rights to the title of the World Blackjack Champion. The series will air on Monday nights at 10 PM ET/PT beginning Monday, March 15. The show will tape January 24 and 25 in Mohegan Sun's Wolf Den.

Casino hosts 'Survivor' casting call
As reported by The NWI Times

Thousands of Chicago area residents are expected to participate in the open casting call to be held at Harrah's Casino on Tuesday for the "Survivor" television show.

"We think this will be very exciting," said Angela Wise, Harrah's advertising and public relations manager. "'Survivor' is the No. 1-rated reality show and everyone is interested in winning a million dollars and their shot at celebrityhood."

Wise said that she submitted Harrah's for consideration to CBS after learning "Survivor" was looking for a casting call location.

"We have meeting rooms and ballroom space, so I thought Harrah's would be perfect," she said. "CBS only expects a couple of hundred people, but I expect a couple thousand based on previous promotions we've had here and the number of phone calls we've received so far."

Interested contestants should bring the show's application, which is available on the CBS Web site. Questions on the application range from the three items a contestant would bring to a remote location, to the craziest thing a contestant would do for $1 million. Contestants will then be videotaped for up to two minutes each to demonstrate why they would make the ultimate survivor. Taping will take place from 4-7 p.m.

Those who apply should, if selected as a semi-finalist, be available to stay in Los Angeles for up to two weeks, and travel to a yet unnamed remote location for seven weeks.

"Survivor" first hit the airwaves in May 2000. In the show, 16 average Americans are abandoned in a remote location. There, they are divided into teams. Every three days, the teams must gather to vote someone out of their tribe. The last person left wins $1 million.

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