Issue 177
February 2 - 8, 2004
Volume 4
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Gaming News
SHOOTING STARS: Production on 'The Casino' set to begin at Golden Nugget

The $1,000,000 Prima Poker World Tour 2004 Flies First Class

Developer plans Natchez casino

Beatles Show May Replace Siegfried & Roy in Vegas

Pacific Avenue Has Reopened at Tropicana Casino and Resort


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SHOOTING STARS: Production on 'The Casino' set to begin at Golden Nugget
As reported by The Las Vegas Review-Journal

Reality reigns this week on location in Las Vegas -- or at least what passes for reality in the genre known informally as "reality TV."

Leading the charge: "The Casino," a new 13-episode Fox series from "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett, which launches production today at the Golden Nugget.

The show, scheduled for a summer debut, focuses on the Nugget under new owners (and Internet pioneers) Timothy Poster and Thomas Breitling, who hope to transform the Glitter Gulch landmark into a hip destination reminiscent of Las Vegas' Rat Pack heyday.

As for why that's worthy of a network reality series, "Las Vegas is like a magnet," Burnett explains in a news release. "The city attracts people from all over the world with two things on their mind -- getting rich quick and having as much fun as possible in a short period of time."

And it's "the magnetism of Las Vegas that we will try to capture on camera," Burnett promises, "as we tell the story of two young entrepreneurs who found remarkable success during the Internet boom and are now living out their dreams of owning a Las Vegas casino."

Camera crews have been shadowing Poster and Breitling for the past few weeks, getting preliminary footage for the show.

This week, however, the action shifts to the casino itself, with the emphasis on visitors and employees alike.

"The Casino" plans to showcase a variety of colorful characters.

One of them: Las Vegan Dan Sherbondy, whose locally produced comedy romp "The Dan Show" resumes filming this week.

This week, "The Dan Show" plans a variety of hidden-camera tricks in restaurants, "so beware," warns Sherbondy. Another planned skit finds Sherbondy portraying Saddam Hussein, who's holed up in a cave and touting "Saddam Perignon" champagne.

This week's broadcast (1 a.m. Saturday on KVVU-TV, Channel 5) also will feature Sherbondy announcing a $50,000 reward to anyone who introduces him to the woman of his dreams.

"I'm searching for my dream girl," he says. And he figures offering a $50,000 reward "is cheaper than buying drinks and dinner for years."

Sherbondy's search already has attracted attention -- from none other than "The Casino," which has cast him as a featured character, he notes. "Casino" cameras are scheduled to follow him next week as he tapes his comedy show -- and searches for his dream girl.

"They're looking for anybody who has a different story," Sherbondy notes.

Meanwhile, back at Green Valley Ranch Station, the Discovery Channel's "American Casino" -- from the folks who brought you "American Chopper" -- begins its fourth week of production at Green Valley Ranch.

"The Casino" is scheduled to shoot through March 16; "American Casino," another 13-episode series, is expected to roll through May and begin its Discovery run in June.

The $1,000,000 Prima Poker World Tour 2004
Flies First Class

CURACAO - The Prima Poker Tour 2004 - A Million Dollars in Entry Fees to 14 poker festivals in 7 countries, making this the largest Global tour in Poker History. has set a new record with the largest terrestrial sponsorship in the history of poker by backing the world famous Hendon Mob on their second global escapade. The Mob will challenge the world's best poker players as they compete in 14 of the most prestigious poker festivals across 7 countries over the next 12 months. is continuing the biggest ever sponsorship in the poker world after The Mob outperformed all expectations in the inaugural Prima Poker Tour, with 49 money finishes, 11 tournament trophies, and around $500,000US in total prize money. "The partnership with The Hendon Mob has been extremely good not just for, but for the sport as a whole. The synergy between online and offline poker has given the sport more exposure than ever before, bringing new audiences into play both online and in the terrestrial card rooms", said Tamar Yaniv of

The Prima Poker World Tour 2004 sponsorship marks a new beginning for the sport, quickly becoming favorite late night TV viewing in both the UK and the US. Millions of viewers in America and Europe are adding The Hendon Mob and other big name poker stars to their "celebrity wish to meet lists".

The Prima Poker Tour 2004 will take The Hendon Mob to Las Vegas, Paris, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Vienna, Dublin and London. The Tour will include the World Series of Poker, where it is odds-on that at least one of the four members of The Hendon Mob wins a WSOP bracelet. The prize money for the World Series of Poker's main event tops $10,000,000.

"We are delighted that are continuing to put their faith in us and we intend to continue as we started last year; breaking records and making friends all over the planet. are set to be the biggest poker network in the world and we aim to be the biggest winners on the tournament circuit", said Barny Boatman of The Hendon Mob.

Joining The Hendon Mob on the Prima Poker Tour will be some of the best online players on the Network. Satellites will be run on the network for many of the Prima Poker Tour tournaments, with the winning players joining The Mob at the exclusive festivals around the world.

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