Issue 79
March 12 - 18, 2002
Volume 3
page 2

Puyallups Plan Washington’s
Largest Casino

TACOMA, WA - /AP/ - The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is planning a $200 million casino complex, with waterfalls, a 250-room hotel, shopping arcades and a man-made lake, on tribal land near Interstate 5 just east of Seattle.

The tribe has chosen Nevada-based Morris & Brown Architects to design the complex, which will replace its Emerald Queen Casino on the Tideflats.

"This will be the biggest and the best," said Frank Wright, manager of the Emerald Queen and coordinator of the new project. "It will be like nothing anybody has seen in this area."

The casino complex -- with a 3,000-seat entertainment arena, health spas and a half-dozen restaurants -- will be built on land now occupied by the tribal headquarters and bingo hall.

Construction may not begin for a year or more.

The Emerald Queen, which opened four years ago, will likely to be sold and the property turned into a tribally operated deep-water port facility, Wright said.

Win at!

Celine May Entice More Stars To Shine in Vegas - LOS ANGLES, CA - Music superstar Celine Dion has agreed to a multi-year contract at Caesars Palace, setting the stage for other pop stars to base their acts in Las Vegas.

Dion has agreed to perform five nights a week for three years at Caesars Palace, with shows beginning next March. The deal is worth a reported $100 million, and the casino resort will build a $95-million, 4,000-seat theater to house the new production.

The idea for her own Las Vegas show began when Dion and her husband and manager, Rene Angelil, watched "O" at the Bellagio.

"I knew I wanted to perform and have a visual show like this and have, like, 60 performers on stage with me and make every song look like a visual experience," explains Dion. "It's kind of impossible to travel with a show like this; the effects and the decor and the whole thing makes it technically impossible. We would have to have a base. And we found that in Las Vegas."

Dion is the only contemporary superstar at the height of her career to make such a lengthy commitment to one venue. Her decision to set up shop in Las Vegas for a multiyear run may inspire other pop artists to do the same.

Robin Williams

One of Hollywood's funniest entertainers, Robin Williams will perform at the Grand Garden Arena at MGM Hotel Casino on April 27, 2002.

Price: $50, $100, $200

Showtime: 8:00 pm

Reservations: Reservations Recommended

For more information please call: (800) 646-7787
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