Issue 254
July 25 - July 31, 2005
Volume 5
page 1

This Issue

Gaming News

Georgetown City Council gives final OK on casino-boat ban

Resorts opens new 25 Hours lounge

Pa. may start taking some casino applications in September

Magna Entertainment Corp. Announces Preliminary Approval by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission on the Application of Remington Park, Inc. for a Racetrack Gaming Operator's License

Paragon Casino announces major expansion

Show Time Seal performs at The Mirage.

Column The "State of the States" in Gambling Survey By John Grochowski.

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Georgetown City Council gives final OK on casino-boat ban

As reported by The Sun News

GEORGETOWN, South Carolina - Georgetown City Council affirmed local opposition to casino boats after passing second and final reading on a total ban on the vessels.

The ordinance banning the boats passed unanimously Thursday night after several Georgetown residents andat least two local pastors asked the council to consider the problems and crime that could come with the boats.

The council was divided last month on the issue but finally agreed the boats would not benefit Georgetown.
Residents who spoke during the public comments section said gambling boats would bring a "sleazy" image to Georgetown.

"The casino-boat industry would like to drag us down while it grows rich," Georgetown resident Bud Black said. "I ask that you unanimously vote to ban the casino boats from our waters and our lives."
Georgetown already has a zoning ordinance that bans boarding the boats from any location in the city.
The General Assembly recently passed a law that allows counties and municipalities to completely ban the vessels.

Georgetown County, which has been sued over banning casino boats, still is adjusting the final language in the county's new ordinance to ban the vessels.

"My observation is where gambling flourishes, crime flourishes," said the Rev. Phil Thrailkill, pastor of Duncan Methodist Church in Georgetown. "When I go into convenience stores, I don't find the rich buying lottery tickets.

"They're believing that something other than hard work and education can advance them. With the bright future that our town has, we do not want to revert to any sleazy image of my community."

Brad Morris, pastor of First Assembly of God, also spoke against gambling boats.

Both Morris and Thrailkill said gambling was a moral issue.

"Just because something is legal does not mean it is desirable or right," Morris said. "This is not something that is desirable for our city."


Resorts opens new 25 Hours lounge
As reported by
The Courier-Post Staff

ATLANTIC CITY - Resorts Atlantic City has opened 25 Hours.

The new casino bar and lounge offers a European vibe and wildly shaken martini classics.
The decor features exotic ebony woods, rich cobalt hues and intimate booths.

"The atmosphere of 25 Hours is unique to the bar scene in Atlantic City," said Audrey Oswell, president and CEO of Resorts Atlantic City. "We've created a sultry environment where guests can experience a private alcove and still be a part of the action on the casino floor."

Cocktail servers don what are being called French coats, a mini version of the trench coat.
In addition to signature drinks and martinis, 25 Hours offers wines, champagne and beer.


Scenes from the feature movie 508 Nelson will be filmed on Thursday at Resorts. The film's story revolves around stolen money, a motorcycle gang, the Russian mob, a masseuse and an investigator.

The movie stars Jamie Harris from Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Olek Krupa from The Italian Job, Reg Cathey from SWAT and A Clear and Present Danger, and Peter Scolari from television shows Bosom Buddies and Newhart.

The scenes will be shot on the casino floor and in a Rendezvous Tower suite.

Resorts taps Perrone

Resorts has named casino industry veteran Tony Perrone as vice president of marketing.
Perrone, who lives in Berlin, will oversee the direct marketing department, special events promotions, the box office and VIP services.

Perrone began his career in the casino industry in 1984. He served in various positions at the Atlantic City Hilton for 19 years.

He most recently served as the Hilton's vice president of casino marketing. He also serves on the board of directors for All About Hope, a nonprofit organization based in Voorhees.

Bally's renovates

Bally's Atlantic City completed a $11.5 million renovation of 25 guest floors, 700 guest rooms, four floors of suites, and corridor and lobby areas.

There are new furnishings, beds and carpeting.

Rooms also now offer high-speed Internet access, in-room safes and refrigerators.
Corridors were repainted with variations of beige, taupe and gold, with refurbished marble and brass accents.

"We are thrilled that we have completed another phase of our hotel room renovations to ultimately offer our guests the finest hotel experience in Atlantic City," said Bill Hayles, Bally's senior vice president of operations.

Bouts at Borgata

Middleweight boxer Bernard Hopkins, president of Golden Boy Promotions East, and former nine-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, have teamed up with Borgata HotelCasino & Spa to present an evening of six professional bouts.

The matches will be Aug. 4 at Borgata's Event Center.

The fight card will feature Hopkins' nephew, undefeated welterweight Demetrius Hopkins.

"I am extremely excited to introduce Golden Boy East and put on our first show," said Hopkins, who lost a controversial fight to Jermain Taylor last week. "We are committed to delivering quality fights in an upscale atmosphere to the Borgata and all boxing fans."

Demetrius Hopkins will fight Paul Delgado, and IBF Middleweight Kingsley Ikeke will take on Epifanio Mendoza.

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