Issue 184
March 22 - 28, 2004
Volume 4
page 2

Allegan County casino moves one step closer to reality
As reported by The WorldNow

It seems waiting has paid off for a tribe trying to build a casino in West Michigan.

The Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi Indians wants a casino in Wayland Township and a recent decision by the federal government has put the project one step closer to reality. Now, a look at what's ahead.

In the middle of nowhere is a 200,000 square foot building, where a Gun Lake tribe foresees gambling, restaurants, and entertainment. And now the U.S. Department of Interior, in a 3 page report, said putting the casino on the site off US-131 in Wayland Township will have no significant environmental impact on the area. The decision means in 30 days, the land could be put into trust, paving the way for construction of a new casino in Allegan County.

In order for the casino to be fully operational with slot machines and card tables, Governor Granholm has to sign a compact giving the tribe permission. Otherwise, it will be called a class 2 casino which features low risk games like bingo. The governor has not announced when she will make a decision. If all goes well, the tribe said the casino could be up and running by next January.




How to position Singapore's casino
As reported by The Singapore Business Times

The government's announcement last week that it may consider setting up a casino is great news for singapore's tourism and hospitality industry.

Once this attraction is in place, Singapore will join the ranks of cities like New York (Atlantic City), London, Hong Kong (Macau), Sydney and Melbourne.

Many top-end visitors coming to Singapore on business have, thus far, missed out on what a casino can offer. We have some good attractions - the Kranji racecourse, the Esplanade, great hotels, good shopping, golf courses and restaurants. A casino complex will complete the loop.

If we get it right, a casino in Singapore can attain world-class status and will be a must-visit for those who enjoy a flutter, or even serious gambling.

TV company's big gamble pays off
As reported by The Western Mail

MID WALES production company Dai4Films hit the jackpot after being commissioned by Sky One to make a Las Vegas gambling documentary.

Double or Nothing is a four- part series starting on March 31, which will follow professional poker-player Ashley Revell, as he sells everything he owns to place the "ultimate bet", live from the Hard Rock Casino.

A cross between light entertainment and documentary, the concept for the show was developed and successfully pitched to Sky One by Neil Davies of Dai4Films, the Lampeter independent

The ambitious project, costing almost a million pounds to produce, has already resulted in 12 extra staff being employed at the company, and at its peak will require almost 60 people.

A team will be taking up residence in Las Vegas from the beginning of next month to prepare to film Ashley's outrageous gamble.

Paul Crompton, commissioning editor at BSkyB, said, "This project is unique and exciting to be working on.

Mamma Mia!
Paul Anka

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa: Paul Anka, one of the most successful songwriters in history and a teen idol of the late '50s, performs at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

Date: April 9 - 10, 2004

Price: $67.50

Time: 8:00pm


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