Issue 71
January 15 - 21, 2002
Volume 2
page 2

Stratosphere Lets the Dogs Out

LAS VEAGS - The Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas has added a dog to its security force.

The Stratosphere�s new K-9 unit consists of Steve Leiberman, a security officer trained in K-9 tactics, and Officer Dex, a two-year-old German shepherd trained by the Schutzhund obedience method.

�We have enhanced our security measures by diligently finding a dog that has been bred and trained with the necessary temperament and skills to work at a gaming resort property," says Art Steele, vice president of security for the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower. "Officer Dex represents a valuable new asset to security in the gaming, tour and travel industry and will broaden the range of Stratosphere Tower security measures already in place."

Officer Dex is trained in area search, explosives detection, handler protection, and article tracking, but can still mingle cordially with casino guests. "Officer Dex is the only dog of its kind at a gaming resort property in Las Vegas as well as a valuable community resource," adds Steele.

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Korean Gambling Industry Grows 45% in 2001 - /Korean Herald/ - The gambling industry in Korea grew 45 percent last year according to a report by Korea Leisure Industry Consulting (KOLEC). The Korean gambling industry � which includes casinos, the lottery, and betting on horseracing and cycling � jumped from 6.3 trillion won in 2000 to 9.2 trillion won in 2001. "The gambling industry became about 3.5 times larger last year from that of 1995, as new kinds of gambling appeared," says Seo Cheon-beom, director KOLEC. "To minimize the damage caused by the gambling industry, however, we need to devise measures such as establishing a supervisory committee that oversees and regulates the gambling industry." Horseracing recorded the largest sales figure in the gambling industry, marking a 30.1-percent increase to 6.16 trillion won. The second largest market was cycling, with sales increasing 76.2 percent to 2.16 trillion. Lottery sales are expected to have risen 49 percent to 600 billion won. At Gangwon Land, the nation's only casino for Koreans, the total amount bet is estimated to reach 3 trillion won.

Gambling Debate Heats Up in Hawaii - HONOLULU, HAWAII - The president of Sun International Hotels, the company that wants to build a $1-billion casino resort in Hawaii on Oahu at Ko Olina, says he would not mind if local gamblers were excluded from the establishment. Butch Kerzner, president of Sun International Hotels, says he would have no objection to keeping the proposed Ko Olina casino for non-residents only. Kerzner argues that even though Bahamian residents are not allowed to gamble at the company�s Atlantis casino on Paradise Island, the casino has succeeded in revitalizing the entire tourism industry there. "Our model is to go after the resort market. That is a big enough market and we believe we can make it a bigger market," says Kerzner. Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano continues to support a single casino in Hawaii, saying that state voters should decide the issue of legalizing gambling in Hawaii by a ballot question in the November election. The 2002 legislative session begins next Wednesday, and some leaders are doubtful any gambling measure will be approved. Well over half of the 17 members of the House Judiciary Committee are on the record as opposed to legalizing gambling.

The Strokes

The Strokes will perform at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino's House of Blues on January 30.

Adored by the press and its fans alike, The Strokes take '70s punk and recreate it in its own sound with raw vocals, spiky guitars and a constant backbeat.

Barely in their twenties by the time the band's debut, "Is This It?" came out in 2001, former schoolmates Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond Jr., Fabrizio Moretti and Nikolai Fraiture saw swift success. After playing together for a year, the band scored its first gig in fall 1999 at New York City's Spiral and became a popular act across the city. .

Price: $25.00, $30.00

Showtimes: 8:30 p.m.

For more information please call: (877) 632-7400
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