Issue 176
January 26 - February 3, 2004
Volume 4
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Gaming News
Harrah's to Continue World Series of Poker

Imperial Palace Contest Gives Performers a Chance at a Dream

Wheeling, Va., Hotel Guests May Be Able to Place Racetrack Bets at Bedside

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Harrah's to Continue World Series of Poker

LAS VEGAS -- More than $20 million in official prize money is expected to be up for grabs at the 2004 World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe, according to Gary Loveman, president and chief executive officer of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.

The World Series of Poker, widely regarded as the most prestigious competition of its kind, has been held at Binion's Horseshoe Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas since its inception. Harrah's agreed to purchase the Horseshoe after it closed earlier this month.

"This tournament has a long and colorful history, and we look forward to preserving the traditions that have made it the world-renowned phenomenon it is today," Loveman said.

The month-long competition will begin April 22 with a $2,000 buy-in limit hold 'em event and culminate with the $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold 'em world championship that begins May 22. Between those dates, more than two dozen official tournament events and hundreds of satellite and live-action games will be conducted. The final event is expected to attract more than 1,000 entrants; last year's winner took home a first prize of $2.5 million.

Benny Binion hatched the idea for the World Series of Poker in the 1950s, when he hosted a high-stakes poker game between Nicholas "Nick the Greek" Dandolos -- regarded by many as the best poker player of the day -- and Johnny Moss, a Binion friend from Dallas. Crowds gathered to watch the competition, and Binion immediately saw the value of the publicity the game generated.

In 1970, Binion recaptured the excitement of the original game when he launched the first World Series of Poker to crown a "World Champion." Poker greats from around the country descended on Binion's Horseshoe Hotel & Casino for a chance at the title. The tournament's first winner was determined by popular vote. Later the competition evolved into its current format, a "freeze out" event, in which players are systematically eliminated until one player wins all the chips.

Imperial Palace Contest Gives Performers a
Chance at a Dream

LAS VEGAS -- Starting in November 2003, the Imperial Palace has been providing opportunities for performers looking to get their foot in the door with an award-winning Las Vegas show.

The monthly winner in the hotel's "Be A Legend" Amateur Celebrity Impersonator Karaoke Contest receives an audition for the 20-year celebrity tribute show "Legends In Concert" and $500 in cash.

Contestants from across the country have come to the hotel's Strip-front nightclub, Tequila Joe's, to try their hand at becoming a Legend. Past winners include California resident Lois Minato as Whitney Houston, Las Vegas' Gina Michel as Shania Twain and Sheila Wright, of Las Vegas, as Liza Minnelli.

The contest, which is free to enter, is the only opportunity for an amateur performer to skip the red tape and move directly to the audition phase with On Stage Entertainment, producers of "Legends In Concert."

The "Be A Legend" contest is open to all performers who have not had a contract as a celebrity impersonator in the past 12 months. Contestants are required to perform in full costume as the character they are representing and prepare two songs from that performer. Songs are limited to four minutes or less.

Influential judges from the Las Vegas entertainment industry score each contestant on seven categories ranging from voice to performance to character marketability and ultimately award one lucky contestant a shot at their dreams.

Other prizes in the monthly contest include $250 for second place and $100 for third place. Fourth and fifth place finishers receive two tickets to Legends In Concert.

The Imperial Palace is home to the celebrity impersonators, having hosted Legends In Concert for 20 years and recently adding a Las Vegas first with its Legends Pit, where celebrity look-a-likes called Dealertainers entertain visitors while dealing blackjack.

For more information or to enter the contest, call the advertising office at 702-794-3114, or visit the hotel's Web site at

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