Issue 33
April 25 - May 1, 2001
Volume 1
page 2

Absentee Shawnee Planning
New Casino

SHAWNEE, OK - The Absentee Shawnee Tribe is planning a new casino along Interstate 40 east of Oklahoma City. The tribe is proposing a 240,000-square-foot casino and travel plaza off I-40 and State Highway 9A at the Earlsboro exit.

"We're breaking ground in May," said James Edwards, governor of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe.

The project will be built in two parts. Phase I will bring nearly 900 jobs to the area and cost about $50 million, Edwards said.

Plans for Phase I include two convenience stores, a gift shop, a hair salon, an arcade, a food court, casual fine dining and buffet restaurants, a 100-room hotel, a day care center for employees and customers and laundry facilities and showers for truckers.

Construction on a 27-hole golf course and a 300- to 400-room resort hotel will begin immediately after Phase I is complete, Edwards said.

Edwards said most of the casino and travel plaza employees will be hired within 35 miles of the casino. They will be trained at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center in Shawnee and surrounding schools.

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe Casino is one of three gaming centers planned in the area.

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Slot Machine Glitch Leads to Frustration - /CasinoWire/ - DTROIT, MI - A slot machine malfunction that allows players to cheat was detected early morning on April 24 by employees of MotorCity Casino in Detroit.

The problem affects all slot machines manufactured by WMS Industries, the second-largest slots manufacturer in the U.S. with 15-20 percent of the market. The malfunction or "glitch" allows cheaters to play for free credits in the slot machine by jamming the machine's bill acceptor.

Casino operators are temporarily dealing with the problem in two ways: by disabling the bill acceptor or disabling the hopper inside the machines. "Certainly, there are difficulties," says Jim Mundy, spokesman for Casino Windsor that has 180 WMS machines. "With the nickel games, you have to imagine dropping in 45 coins, the maximum bid on some machines, just to pull the handle once."

Greektown, with 360 machines, has disabled the hopper, forcing players to wait for payouts. "It's nonsense," says Darlene Blaesing, Instant Winner nickel slots player at Greektown. "In order to get paid three credits, you have to wait 20 minutes. It's ridiculous." John Hawkins, Greektown's vice president of slots, admits, "It's a real pain in the neck. We've doubled our staff in our slots area."

Orrin Edidin, executive vice president of WMS says, "We don't view it as a software glitch; we see it as criminal manipulation of the device." It could take a month before the problem is fixed.

Harrah's Closes Memphis Call Center Cuts 143 Jobs - LOS ANGLES, CA - Casino operator Harrah's Entertainment Inc. closed its data call center in Memphis, TN, and eliminated 143 positions on April 22. Duties at its Memphis Tele-services Center would be outsourced to APAC Customer Services Inc. after the center is shuttered on Sunday. The move left about 400 Harrah's employees in Memphis, which also was home to Harrah's headquarters until it was relocated to Las Vegas in 1999.

"Equal Opportunity Offender"
Jackie Mason

The Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort will present "equal opportunity offender," Jackie Mason, for two performances on May 4 and May 5.

Mason's comedic insight examines the problems of personal relationships, cultural differences, political and social issues that concern the people of America and the world.

Mason has been referred to as the Jewish Will Rogers. Neil Simon, Steve Allen, Carl Reiner, George Burns, Bob Hope and Johny Carson are among the many who sung Jackie's praises, returning to see him again and again to confirm and agree that he is the funnyman of the ages. His dedication to finding the truth at the heart of an issue and, however painful it may be, present it in a way that inspires laughter and understanding.

SHOWTIME: 5/4 at 9 pm; 5/5 at 8 pm

TICKETS: $40, $45 plus tax

For more information please call Atlantic City Hilton Box Office at 800-736-1420.

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