Issue 21
January 31 - February 6, 2001
Volume 1
page 2

Coyote Cafe Teams With Markham Vineyards for Valentine's Day Dinner

Celebrity Chef and Las Vegan Mark Miller, owner of the Coyote Cafe, and Bryan Delbondio, President of Markham Vineyards have teamed up to host a spectacular Valentine's Day Dinner Event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The five-course dinner will take place in Mark Miller's Grill Room restaurant in the MGM Grand at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 and will feature a different Markham Winewith each course. Mark Miller's Grill Room, a signature restaurant adjacent to Coyote Cafe, boasts original design and artwork straight from Santa Fe. The room includes hand-made New Mexican sconces, original etched glass displays, woodcarvings, and an elegant wine cellar. The cost of the dinner will be $65.00 per person, including tax and gratuity.

Seating is limited and reservations may be made by calling (702) 891-7349.

Binion's To Sell Illinois Casino

Binion's Horseshoe Gaming Corp. is being forced to sell its Illinois riverboat casino within 150 days.

Binion's and the Illinois Gaming Board came to an agreement on January 30 allowing the casino company to sell its Empress Joliet Riverboat Casino and drop its appeal of the state's 2000 decision to deny Binion's a casino owner's license.

Illinois regulators denied Binions a casino owner's License back in June, citing the failure of the casino to follow state rules after the company's 1998 deal to buy the Empress Joliet and an Indiana riverboat for $629 million.

The Illinois board charged that Binion's accepted a questionable loan from a customer at his downtown Las Vegas Binion's Horseshoe, misled Louisiana officials about the scope of minority participation at his Bossier City, La., casino and failed to notify Illinois regulators about stock buybacks at his Joliet riverboat.

After selling the riverboat, Binion's will be allowed to withdraw their license application, preventing other regulatory fallout in Illinois.

Slots Pay Off Big for AC Casinos - ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - Slot machines continued last year to take a bigger bite out of Atlantic City's casino revenue pie.

The city's 36,000 slots accounted for 71.8 percent, or $3.1 billion, of the $4.3 billion in total casino revenue. That's the 20th straight year in which slots increased their share of the total. In 1980, slot revenue accounted for just 41.7 percent of all gaming revenue.

Over the last 15 years in Atlantic City, slot revenue has increased 184 percent while table-games revenue has increased only 15 percent.

Group Eyes So. Las Vegas Blvd. Site for New Casino - /GAMING WIRE/ - A group of California developers are proposing to build an Asian-themed 600-room hotel-casino on 10 acres along the west side of Las Vegas Boulevard, just south of the Strip near the Belz Factory Outlet World.

Plans call for the $104 million Dynasty Forbidden City hotel-casino, a privately financed project, to have a four-story hotel tower with a U-shaped parking garage wrapped around it in a design reminiscent of the Great Wall of China, according to documents filed with the Clark County Comprehensive Planning Department.

The proposed project is scheduled to go before the Enterprise Town Board Feb. 14 and awaits later hearings before the Clark County Planning Commission and the County Commission .

Gaming Board Shoots Down Rosemont Bid for Casino - /AP/ CHICAGO - The Illinois Gaming Board has nixed a deal that would have allowed a casino to open just a few blocks from O'Hare International Airport.

The board voted 4-1 January 30, against plans that would have allowed a defunct riverboat's owners to switch their license to Rosemont, a northwest Chicago suburb.

''The process is absolutely broken,'' said Kevin Flynn, chairman and CEO of Emerald Casino Inc., the casino company that had hoped to move to Rosemont.

Emerald attorney Mike Ficaro said he would appeal the decision.

2001 Espy Awards

The 9th Annual ESPY Awards, which will air live on ESPN on Monday, February 12, 2001 starting at 9 pm, will take place at MGM Grand this year in Las Vegas. EST, with - for the first time ever - a live one-hour red carpet pre-show featuring arrivals beginning at 8 p.m.

Joining this year�s telecast as presenters are Lara Flynn Boyle, Andy Garcia, Steve Harris, Orlando Jones, Matt LeBlanc and Gabrielle Reese and musical group Clarence Clemons and the Band of Faith will be the house band. Additional presenters, celebrity attendees and musical performers will be announced as we near the event.

6:00 pm

$50, $100, $250, $500 plus tax

For more information, call the MGM Grand Box Office at 702-547-7777.

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