Issue 35
May 8 - 14, 2001
Volume 1
page 2

From the Craps Table to the Picnic Table

Memorial Day Weekend. A solemn day where we pay homage to our fallen soldiers and sailors. It also signifies the start of summer and with it thousands of grill masters begin their annual ritual of scraping and cleaning the backyard barbeque.

As the connoisseurs of charcoal don their white chef's hat and gloves, a small Iowa company has the perfect gift for these barons of the barbeque. All Occasion Aprons, an Iowa City company, has been making custom designed aprons for every occasion, and has introduced an apron for the gaming aficionado. "This full size cooking apron sports the designs of casino games and gaming memorabilia and is perfect for the gambler who enjoys the craps tables as well as the picnic tables," said Irene Shurson, owner of All Occasion Aprons.

Shurson, a lover of arts and crafts, started her company after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and spent five years in and out of hospitals. "My husband and I enjoy going to the riverboat casinos and with my passion for arts and crafts I started doing this and its snowballed into a popular gift idea. We can do what the customer wants. It's pretty nice to be able to customize the aprons to the individual's favorite games," she said.

Business has been brisk for All Occasion Aprons. The aprons retail for only $19.95. "People can only get so many decks of cards or T-Shirts," Shurson said,

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"but with an apron, well that can last forever," she grinned.

People can order the aprons by either calling Shurson at 319-338-2259 or via email at

Harrah's to Buy Harveys for $625 Million - LAS VEGAS, NV - Casino operator Harrah's Entertainment Inc. announced April 24 plans to acquire Harvey Casino Resort for $625 million to expand its customer base. Under the deal, Las Vegas-based Harrah's will purchase Harveys casinos in Nevada, Iowa and Colorado. The sale does not include Resorts Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Harrah's executives expect the transaction to close by August, pending regulatory approvals.

Gaming Entertainment Center in Mexico Underway - LAS VEGAS, NV - Phoenix Leisure Corporation and Viva Gaming & Resorts Inc. jointly announced April 27 that they have agreed to terms to develop and operate government-approved Gaming Entertainment Centers (GEC) in Mexico. Under the proposed terms, funds provided by Phoenix Leisure will be used to develop Viva Mexico's first GEC location at the Gransur Parque Commercial (Gransur), one of Mexico City's busiest malls, located in the southern part of the city near Azteca Stadium. Viva has leased approximately 10,000 square feet of entertainment space at this government-approved location. Viva Mexico's first GEC at Gransur will contain approximately 500 slot machines to enhance lottery sales and create quality employment opportunities in the local economy. In addition, a portion of Viva Mexico's GEC profits will be contributed towards charitable causes. Under the proposed terms, Viva and Phoenix Leisure will have until June 10, 2001 to execute the definitive agreements relating to this transaction.

Greektown Casino Voted "Best" in Detroit - DETROIT, MI - Greektown Casino was voted "best'' casino and best "place to be seen'' by readers of the Detroit Free Press. "It is a tremendous honor to be named Detroit's best casino by the people who live and work in the community and who read Michigan's largest daily newspaper,'' said Greektown Casino Chief Operating Officer Sal Semola. "It's also a tribute to our 2,600 Team Members, who make extraordinary efforts every day to provide superior service and a fabulous gaming experience to all of our guests. "More than two million people have already experienced Greektown Casino. Now everyone knows we're the best.''

Greektown Casino is in the heart of Greektown, featuring 2,400 slot machines and 103 table games in 75,000 square feet of luxurious Mediterranean-themed gaming space. Greektown Casino is located at 555 E. Lafayette, a six-lane road that is a direct exit off I-375, just a block from the casino's main entrance. More than 1,600 terrific hotel rooms are within quick access of Greektown Casino.


Experience an unforgettable sensory awakening when Whisper makes its sensational United States debut at Tropicana Resort Casino Atlantic City. Whisper opens an extended run with a special 3:30pm matinee and 8:00pm evening performance on May 16 in the Tropicana Showroom.

Astonishing images of unknown civilizations and far off worlds emerge as the breathtaking application of fire juggling, elaborate costumes and dynamic three-dimensional sets form the backdrop for inhabitants of the Whisper universe. From Roman Gladiators to Galactic Empires, all areas of the three story, two thousand seat theatre are utilized as forty of the world's finest aerialists, contortionists, dancers, singers and performance artists are transported a thousand years forward and back to distant worlds and unknown civilizations. Voyagers through an eternity of time and space, these fantasy characters express an irrepressible passion for life.


TICKETS: $29.50 - $49.50 plus tax

For more information please call Tropicana Resort Casino box office at 800-526-2935.

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