Issue 34
May 2 - 8 , 2001
Volume 1
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Gaming News
The 127th Kentucky Derby Runs Saturday

Mandalay Bay to Build
Major Las Vegas Convention Center

Boyd Gaming To Acquire
Louisiana Horse Track

Gold Strike Casino Resort Presents Rush for Riches

Mexico's President Fox Supports Casinos

Smith's Columns On Vegas Characters, Mob Guys,
Players and Hustlers Top Reading

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The 127th Kentucky Derby
Runs Saturday

The horse racing world's spotlight will shine on Churchill Downs this Saturday, May 5, as the pageantry, the spectacle and the celebration quiet and racing fans across the globe hold their collective breath for "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports."

Gates will open at 8:00 am and the first post starts at 11:30 am. General admission is $40.

This "Run for the Roses" attracts the finest three-year-old Thoroughbreds in North America and serves as the first jewel of the VISA Triple Crown.

The Kentucky Derby is the oldest horse race event in North America, attended by more than 130,000 spectators and watched on television by millions of people. It has run continuously at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, KY, on the first Saturday of May since 1875, the year the track was built.

Mandalay Bay to Build
Major Las Vegas Convention Center

Mandalay Bay Resort Casino to build major Las Vegas  convention centerLAS VEGAS, NV - Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino announced April 26 plans to build a 1.8-million-suqare-foot convention complex at the resort. The new facility will be built as an addition to the 3,300-room Four Diamond award-winning resort.

The new three-level center will include more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space, suitable for industry trade shows, national and international association meetings and large corporation meetings. Also included in the new facility is a 100,000-square-foot ballroom - the largest hotel ballroom in the country, according to Las Vegas-based casino operator Mandalay Resort Group.

The state-of-the-art facility will sit on 16.5 acres adjacent to the existing 190,000 square-foot Mandalay Bay Conference Center. The technologically modern facility will feature some of the newest developments in voice, data and fiber optic transmission capabilities. Also included is a 10-thousand square-foot business service center, which will be staffed and equipped to handle the daily business needs of conference participants and conventioneers.

The new center is also designed for ease in the load-in and load-out of major trade shows. Three separate tractor-trailer loading docks on two different levels can accommodate 36 trailers simultaneously.

Upon completion of the project, Mandalay Bay will offer a total of almost 2 million gross square-feet of conference and exhibit space, including 4 ballrooms ranging from 31,000 to 100,000 square feet, 1 million square feet of exhibit space and room to accommodate more than 75 simultaneous breakout meetings.

Groundbreaking on the Convention Center at Mandalay is scheduled for June 2001, with the facility's first show in Summer 2002.

Mandalay Resort Group, founded in 1974 as Circus Circus Enterprises Inc., owns casino/hotels in Nevada, including Mandalay Bay, Circus Circus, Excalibur, and Luxor in Las Vegas. It also owns 50 percent of three casino/hotels in Las Vegas and Reno, NV, and Elgin, IL.

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