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CR82-p16-America N:SJC-Casino Review 26/7/09 09:42 Page 1
World Series turns away
550 poker players
Over 500 poker players were turned away from the
fourth day of the $10,000 buy-in No Limit Texas Hold
'em event at the World Series of Poker
event at the Rio in Las Vegas.
WSOP officials accepted 2,809 players
before closing registration about two
hours before the noon start time of day
1D of the tournament. “We do
everything we can in our power to
give everyone an opportunity to play in
this event,” WSOP communications
director Seth Palansky. “We’re sorry
we couldn’t accommodate everyone,
but those waiting until the last minute,
as in life, sometimes come up short.”
Biggest US riverboat
opens in Indiana
The curtain has been lifted on a new gaming experience in Lawrenceburg with the
former Argosy Casino Hotel owned by Penn National Gaming being replaced with a
new $336m casino boat called Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg. As the
biggest in the States, it is aiming to be a boatload of fun.
floatyourboat capital investment, Hollywood wood on the Roof, a perform- missing from older generation
UNITED STATES Casino Lawrenceburg is bring- ance area with a panoramic riverboat casinos.
ing guests new gaming and screen resembling the Holly- Players can choose from an
The United States has just wit- entertainment experiences wood Bowl where bands can array of over 3,200 state-of-the-
nessed the unveiling of the that are unrivaleld in the entertain guests and video art electronic machines, up
biggest riverboat in the country market. The Hollywood décor content can be projected in from 2,400 electronic games
with 3,232 slot machines, 88 and theme is flawlessly exe- grand scale. Hollywood on the on the casino’s former boat. The
table games, a 41-table World cuted throughout the facility, Roof features a high-energy cir- games range from penny slots
Poker Tour poker room and a we have added a large number cular bar that looks out onto the to high-limit machines, progres-
300-room hotel. of slots and gaming positions to casino atrium and its giant eye- sives, electronic table games
Located on the Ohio River in accommodate significantly catching chandelier. and video poker. There is an
the City of Lawrenceburg, more patrons during peak The casino floor is marked by expanded high limit area near
Indiana, the Hollywood Casino periods and we have expanded two back-lot Hollywood film Hollywood on the Roof on the
was opened by Lawrenceburg parking and made infrastruc- sets: Central Park, complete with upper deck, and a non-smoking
Mayor William Cunningham ture improvements which will a classic wrought iron gate at the area on the lower level with
and Penn National Gaming make the facility more accessi- perimeter and trees and foliage four hundred slot machines.
chief executive officer Peter ble than ever before. sprinkled among slot machines; “We have 800 more elec-
Carlino at the end of June. The classic style and glamour and Water Works, designed to tronic units than we had on the
Marked by the scale, of 1930s art deco Hollywood is create an atmosphere reminis- former boat,” said Rodio.
grandeur and modern design of evident throughout the casino cent of a Busby Berkeley movie. “Players can find all their
the project, the new Hollywood and is complemented by the “We really didn’t have an iden- favourite games along with new
Casino boat is more than twice latest technology and amenities tity when we were Argosy, but ones such as Monopoly, Wizard
the size of the property’s exist- designed for ultimate guest the classic Hollywood theme is of Oz, Bally Hot Shot and Hot
ing casino vessel and offers comfort. Among the casino’s something that resonates with Hot Penny. We’ve also doubled
4,400 gaming positions - the major attractions is an exclusive every guest,” said Tony Rodio, the number of video poker units new side bet options that offer sive that it was recently selected
most of any riverboat casino in VIP Producer’s Lounge, Hollywood Lawrenceburg we offer and now feature well extra chances to win.” as a stop on the World Poker Tour,
the United States. Hollywood’s expanded high-limit gaming area general manager. “Our goal is to over 30 limited progressive The new additions, designed and we’ve established the World
two decks, each wider than an and a 41-table World Poker Tour create an energetic yet sophisti- banks, including many that are to enhance Hollywood Poker Tour room at the facility,
aircraft carrier and nearly as poker room, the largest card cated ambiance that exudes Hol- multi-level.” Casino’s variety of popular which will be the premier poker
long as a football field, can room of any kind in the Midwest. lywood no matter where you The new Hollywood boat fea- table games, include rapid room for Midwest players,”
accommodate nearly 9,000 The casino brings classic Hol- play on the floor, and to deliver a tures 88 live table games and six roulette, three-card poker pro- Carlino explained. “We are grate-
guests, approximately a 5,000- lywood to life with a 60-foot ser- unique experience each and electronic tables (up from 64 gressive, fortune pai gow poker ful for the support of local and
person increase from the pentine video wall, nine large every visit a player makes here.” tables and two electronic tables and lucky ladies blackjack. state government officials and
casino’s former capacity. billboards and more than 300 Thirty-foot ceilings that slope on the previous boat). The new World Poker Tour regulators throughout the plan-
But it is not just aiming to be flat screen displays featuring upward to 45 feet add to the spa- “The goal was to add more (WPT) poker room will estab- ning and development process
the biggest as Carlino first-run movie trailers, video ciousness of the casino, and 12 variety among our most lish Hollywood Casino and look forward to bringing our
explained: “With four years of shorts, entertainment program- bio-climatic air-handling units popular games,” said Rodio. Lawrenceburg as the poker special brand of ‘Hollywood’
planning, two years of con- ming and sporting events. ensure that guests enjoy fresh air “Our blackjack players will find capital of the Midwest. entertainment to visitors from
struction and a significant At the centre of it all is Holly- while they play, something that we’ve introduced several “The new facility is so impres- across the tri-state region.”
Casino de Mont-Tremblant opens up on the slopes
nextresort Pilon were all present. project for the local economy national tourist magnet,”
CANADA “After many months of that will make a positive con- Cousineau said.
work, we are truly proud to tribution to regional devel- The Mont-Tremblant Ski
Some 550 people gathered open our doors and let opment.” Resort is claiming to be the
on Mont-Tremblant Ski people see how we have left “As a veritable jewel in the most important international
Resort’s Versant Soleil to no stone unturned in our heart of the mountain, the resort centre in Québec. With
celebrate the inauguration of efforts to make this casino Casino de Mont-Tremblant a gaming offer tailored to its
the Casino de Mont-Trem- something quite unique,” will be a complementary specific clientele, it is esti-
blant, bringing together said Loto-Québec president entertainment venue to the mated that 65 per cent of vis-
many well-known personali- and CEO Alain Cousineau. high calibre tourism, cultural, itors are from outside
ties from the region’s eco- Minister Nicole Ménard restaurant and hotel infra- Québec. The 2,000 square
nomic, tourist and political added: “I am thrilled to share structures that are already meter casino has been con-
communities. On hand for the opening to the public were Pierre-Luc Brodeur, in this very tangible event, well established in the region. structed with an investment
Minister of Tourism Nicole
President of Tourisme Mont-Tremblant, Mireille Bisson, President
one that means so much for It goes without saying that of almost $61m and consists
Ménard, National Assembly
of Mont-Tremblant's Chamber of Commerce, Daniel Bissonnette,
the development of the Lau- the new casino is a four- of 400 slot machines and 20
Member for Labelle Sylvain
General Manager of Casino de Mont-Tremblant, Pierre Pilon, Mayor
of Mont-Tremblant, Alain Cousineau, President and CEO of Loto-
rentian region. Besides the season attraction that will gaming tables, a large bar
Pagé and the Mayor of
Québec, Charles Massicotte, President of Station Mont-Tremblant,
225 jobs it will create, the help strengthen the status of and a private lounge with
Mont-Tremblant, Pierre and Santa Di Stefano, Director of Operations of the Casino new casino is a formative Mont-Tremblant as an inter- high limit section.
16 August 2009 • northamericanews
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