Issue 196
June 14 - 20, 2004
Volume 4
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Gaming News

Casino City Launches with Real-Time Popularity Rankings

Fox rolls dice with Casino

New York and Cayugas reach casino-land accord

Memphis investors plan to open casino resort at Mhoon Landing

MGM Mirage Increases Offer for Mandalay


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Casino City Launches with Real-Time Popularity Rankings

Casino City just launched its new Online Casino City website where online gaming enthusiasts can find the most comprehensive directory of 2,000 online gaming sites ranked in order of popularity.

"When it comes to online gaming, players want to know where to play and who they can trust," says Michael Corfman, president of Casino City. "The popularity rankings provided on are completely objective, updated daily, and calculated by monitoring and measuring the actual web usage of millions of web users."

Online gaming sites are ranked in order of popularity by type of gaming activity (for example, most popular casinos, poker rooms, sports books, and bingo halls), by software developer, by licensing jurisdiction, and more. is the most complete online gaming directory on the web. Visitors to can find profiles of 2,000 online gaming sites including online casinos, poker rooms, sports and race books, bingo halls, and lotteries. Each profile includes a site overview, current special offers, how the site ranks on different lists, the owner of the site, the software vendor, licensing jurisdiction, deposit methods, currencies accepted, and support and other contact information.

While viewing the latest popularity rankings, visitors to can read online gaming news posted each day by our gaming news reporters. Visitors may also select a language from a dropdown box to customize their view of the website to only show sites offering games in that language. is part of the Casino City Network, which also includes,,,, and With over a million visits per month, the Casino City Network provides gaming enthusiasts with everything from gaming strategy articles, news, and live gaming radio shows to detailed information on every land-based and online casino and gaming property in the world!

Fox rolls dice with Casino
As reported by The Sun-Sentinel

Take the business drama of The Restaurant or The Apprentice, mix in the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, and you have The Casino, which Fox hopes will be its next reality hit (even without snarky British judges or plastic surgery).

Starting tonight, reality-television titan Mark Burnett (the man behind the above shows, and, of course, Survivor) and his team -- co-executive producers Jamie Bruce and Conrad Riggs, and supervising producer Kevin Harris -- throw open the doors of the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas, right next to the Fremont Street Experience, to show what happens when a couple of Internet millionaires decide to gamble it all in Sin City.

For 13 episodes, The Casino follows Tim Poster and Tom Breitling, who founded then sold it to Expedia, pocketing millions -- as they take over the Nugget, along with a sister property in Laughlin, Nev. Their dream is to reproduce the classic Vegas experience.

"It's almost an oasis in the middle of downtown," Bruce says of the Golden Nugget. "It's a very upscale hotel, but it's a gaming hall more than a casino. It doesn't have the shopping mall. It's a real gambling haven. Tim and Tom are upgrading it. They want to be the force behind invigorating downtown."

Open 24-7, with about 3,000 employees, the Nugget is a world unto itself, but unlike The Restaurant, the employees and owners don't provide all the drama.

"The drama is in the guests," Bruce says, "and in the casino. Some people, on television, have lost a couple hundred thousand of their own money.

"At the beginning of the show, I was very worried. I was saying, `I hope the guests are going to come and be into it.' I quickly realized that, A, people who come to Vegas want to have fun; and, B, people want to be on TV. The combination of those two is explosive."

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