Issue 88
May 14 - 20, 2002
Volume 3
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Greektown Casino Voted the 'Best' in Michigan

Canterbury Park Ready to Run! 2002 Live Racing Season Opens Friday Night

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Greektown Casino Voted the 'Best' in Michigan

The exterior of the Greektown casino.DETROIT, MI - Readers of the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, Michigan's two largest newspapers, agree that Greektown Casino is the best casino in Detroit and Michigan.

Three weeks after readers of The News voted Greektown Michigan's "Best Casino" for 2002, the Free Press announced on May 8 that its readers have selected Greektown as the "Best Detroit Casino" for the second consecutive year.

Greektown Casino was named "Best Casino" and "Best Place to be Seen" by Free Press readers for the second year in a row in the paper's Best of Detroit 2002 poll. The News' readers recently voted Greektown Casino Michigan's "Best Casino," "Best Casino with Winning Slots," "Best Wait Staff Outfits," "Best Craps Tables," "Best Blackjack Tables," "Best High Rollers Area," "Best Casino Crowd," "Best Casino Restaurant," "Best Casino Decor," "Best Casino with Quickest Valet," and "Best Casino Entertainment."

"The readers of Michigan's two largest newspapers have recognized Greektown Casino as their favorite gaming destination, and we are deeply grateful for their support," said Greektown Casino Chief Executive Officer Bernard Bouschor. "You can't have the best casino without the best staff like we are so fortunate to have at Greektown. These awards are tributes to our Team Members' hard work and dedication, and a testament to their award-winning personalities."

Greektown Casino is proud to house the latest and greatest in gaming. We are thrilled to offer the first and only live poker room in the market! In addition to being named the "Best Casino" by readers of Michigan's two largest daily newspapers, Greektown Casino has captured many other accolades in the 18 months it has been open, including "Best Slot Club," Casino Player magazine's 2001 review of the nation's top slot clubs; "One of the best video poker selections in Michigan," Casino Player Magazine; "Best Slots," New Detroit Magazine; and "Best Place for People Watching," Metro Times Best of Detroit issue.

Table games in the Greektown casino.Greektown Casino is in the heart of Greektown, Detroit's fun-town neighborhood. A total entertainment destination, Greektown Casino features more than 2,500 slot machines and more than 90 table games in 75,000 square feet of luxurious Mediterranean-themed gaming space.

Greektown Casino is home to the Alley Grille Steakhouse, Detroit's finest steakhouse, and the Grapevine Cafe. Casino guests can also experience about two dozen restaurants, pubs, confectioneries and other shops in the Greektown neighborhood and nearby Harmonie Park. Greektown Casino is a short walk from Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit's Fox Town theater district, and Ford Field, the new home of the Detroit Lions.

Canterbury Park Ready to Run!
2002 Live Racing Season Opens Friday Night

SHAKOPEE, MN - Another summer of horse racing action breaks from the gate with the arrival of live racing season at Canterbury Park on May 17. The 62-day meet will once again reflect the success of Canterbury Park with purse levels remaining at their 2001 record levels, another healthy complement of horses, both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing, and a series of 29 stakes races worth more than $1 million.

The daily purse figures are the continuance of a series of increases begun in 2000 thanks to the success of the Canterbury Card Club. Two years ago the daily purses were slated to average approximately $100,000, a significant increase over the 1999 figures. For 2002, the average daily purses will be more than $120,000. The consistent purse structure has proven attractive to horsemen as Canterbury Park again expects to be at or near stall capacity of 1,600 horses. The influx of horses last year led to a similar influx of new trainers and jockeys, supplementing a well-respected group of returnees. Most of those new faces have returned. "What's especially exciting is seeing the new faces from last year returning for another summer," said President Randy Sampson. "It's a testament to our growth and our product that both horsemen and patrons are willing to return time and again."

On the track, jockey Derek Bell returns to defend his back-to-back riding titles facing stiff competition from Seth Martinez who finished second to Bell last season and currently stands 7th in the nation with 106 wins riding at Turf Paradise in Phoenix.

Opening weekend will feature a pair of outings for top Minnesota-Bred horses. The 2002 stakes schedule begins Saturday afternoon with the $35,000 - 10,000 Lakes Stakes for top state-bred colts and geldings. Sunday afternoon the fillies and mares take their turn in the $35,000 Lady Slipper stakes featuring two-time defending champion Nidari ridden by Bell.

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