Issue 36
May 15 - 21, 2001
Volume 1
page 2

Harrah's To Expand Players Island Casino

METROPOLIS, IL - Harrah's Casino plans a $42 million expansion of Players Island Casino, the property in Southern Illinois that it acquired last year.

Harrah's will add a new riverboat, three new restaurants, an entertainment center and more parking. After the improvements, the riverboat will bear the Harrah's name.

Mike Crider, Players Island Casino vice president and general manager, said that the expansion is expected double the size of the casino's work force and increase business by 20 percent. ''This means more tax revenues for Illinois, Metropolis, and it is good for us, too,'' says Crider.

In September, Harrah's will add another riverboat with more gaming space, state-of-the-art games, a climate-controlled ramp and Harrah's signature restaurants. The casino also will add more parking. The expansion is expected to double the size of the casino's 700-person work force, Crider said.

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Fire Break Out at Mississippi Casino - ROBINSONVILLE, MS - A fire broke out May 4 at the Grand Casino and Hotel, sending smoke into the huge gambling hall. There were no reports of injuries.

The fire reportedly started at an entrance to the casino and near the 1,300-room hotel. The Grand Casino is one of 10 located in Tunica County, about 20 miles south of Memphis, TN. The fire was reported about 7 a.m. on May 4 Tunica police officer Roger Goff said early reports were that the casino was evacuated and there were no injuries. The Grand Casino is one of the largest in Tunica County with 2,800 employees and 140,000 square feet of gaming space.

Luxor Offers All-You-Can-Eat Bug Buffet - LAS VEGAS, NV - Where's the best buffet in Las Vegas? Bats agree its every night at the Luxor Hotel-Casino. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of bats and birds fly towards the Luxor's powerful light beam, which attracts tasty moths, beetles and other bugs.

The nightly feeding frenzy is so dramatic that motorists sometimes pull off to the side of Interstate 15 to watch. Brett Riddle, a biology professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, says that the bats come from all over town and even as far as caves in Red Rock Canyon, about 20 miles away. "Those are bats?" asks Rory Higgens incredulously. "That's trippy. Well, actually, it's kind of disgusting." The Luxor's beam is the most powerful in the world, bright enough to be seen on a clear night up to 250 miles away. "We don't have a position on the bats," says Luxor spokeswoman Hillary Bernstein. "It's just nature at work. Bats are attracted to bugs, bugs are attracted to light and we have the brightest light in the world. Go figure." .

MotorCity Casino's Buffet Voted 'Best of Detroit' by Detroit Free Press - DETROIT, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The votes have been counted and MotorCity Casino is at the top of the food chain in the metro area. Thousands of Detroit Free Press readers recently recognized MotorCity Casino's Classics Buffet as the ``Best Buffet'' in Detroit.

When the Detroit Free Press presented its ``Best of Detroit 2001,'' the popular Classics Buffet added another honor to its growing list of awards recognizing its excellence in all areas of food service and quality. The May 2 newspaper insert showcased readers' favorite people, places and things throughout Metro Detroit. Votes by readers were combined with picks by a panel of local insiders to assemble the honorees.

Tom Petty

Rock star Tom Petty will performa at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel Casino June 1-2.

Tom Petty is unique among the rock pantheon for the clarity, purity and confidence of his music. Tom Petty's characters are frequently seduced and brought down by indulging their desires, but Petty has always been about knowing his limits. Since Petty is very good at what he does, he never feels the need to play tourist among the hip and cool. Moby won't be producing him anytime soon. Petty has never written a rock opera, an oratorio or even a concept album. He has never felt the need to cozy up with classical musicians like Elvis Costello did or to join up with Pearl Jam like Neil Young. Tom Petty writes great rock songs that are played perfectly by the Heartbreakers.

SHOWTIME: 8:00 p.m.

TICKETS: $103 & $203 plus tax

For more information please call Hard rock Hotel Casino box office at
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