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Full steam ahead to destination private
The Pennsylvania Gaming casino on December 18, the
Station Casinos has received approval to go private from the
Pennsylvan Control Board is struggling to same day the casino’s
National Indian Gaming Commission clearing its final hurdle to
ia in rush
approve a permanent license temporary license runs out
a US$ 90 per share buyout. Station agreed in February to a to approve
for the Philadelphia Park but it says there is a still a lot
Casino by the mid-December of work to do. Philadelphia
buyout offer by an investor group that includes members of the Philly
deadline. Gaming regulators Park intends to open in March
company’s founding family. Shareholders representing 79 per
Casino are due to vote on the and open the casino in
cent of the stock approved the offer by Fertitta Colony Partners
permanent plans for the December 2009.
LLC in August.
The Palazzo
Las Vegas
fights back
to take
luxury to
new heights
Having been acquitted of being a
casino cheat, a novice gambler in
Las Vegas Sands has announced that The Detroit is to sue a casino for false
Palazzo Las Vegas, the lavish resort under
imprisonment, malicious prose-
development adjacent to the famed
cution, defamation of character
Nearing completion:
and intentional infliction of emo-
Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, will soft-open
with 2,000 slots, 80 tables
and over 3,000 hotel
tional distress and is demanding
on December 20 followed by a series of suites, the Venetian’s
at least $25,000 in damages.
spectacular grand opening celebratory
latest addition is a resort
Wayne County Circuit Court
in its own right rejected claims from Greektown
events from January 17 to 19, 2008. Casino that Joseph Ogundu
cheated at a craps table and
hittingtheheights contemporary chic on the “In The Palazzo Las Vegas, control’ technology are a of the most upscale retail rejected charges of a felony and
UNITED STATES Las Vegas Strip. The Palazzo our vision was to develop a few of the in-suite features. destinations under one a misdemeanour.
will feature modern Euro- property of elevated luxury Anchored by a flagship, roof in the United States. In The incident took place back
New resort casinos on the pean ambience and design in Las Vegas,” said Goldstein. 85,000-square-foot the spring of 2008, Broad- in August 2006, after Ogundu
Strip don’t have to be com- reminiscent of Italian afflu- “We’re balancing sophisti- Barneys New York, The way smash-hit Jersey Boys bought $100 worth of chips and
pletely new to qualify as ent living with a unique cated design and decor and Shoppes at The Palazzo will will take residence at The stopped at the craps table. His
new. If that doesn’t make combination of premium luxurious experiences present more than 60 Palazzo in a new 1,800-seat lawyer described Ogundu as an
any sense then take a look amenities that include: spa- with some of the simple luxury boutiques. In addi- custom built theater. Jersey inexperienced gambler and a
towards The Palazzo Las cious suites; restaurants by comforts of home to cater tion to Barneys New York, Boys will be joined by the novice at the dice game. Not
Vegas, which is encroach- top celebrity chefs such as to the preferences of the 20 remarkable stores and 40/40 Club, the sports bar knowing the rules, Ogundu
ing on the Italian style of Wolfgang Puck, Emeril most discerning traveller.” luxury brands are making and lounge founded by placed an illegal bet, betting both
the Venetian, as an add on Lagasse, Mario Batali and Each of the 3,000 rooms their Las Vegas debuts at music impresario Jay-Z, a for and against the shooter,
attraction, which is being Charlie Trotter; extraordi- in The Palazzo Las Vegas is a The Palazzo. They include unique Lamborghini show- prompting the dealer to tell him
marketed as a new venue. nary entertainment with suite, each of which is Chloe, Tory Burch, Chris- room, gift store and cafe, as to remove the bet from the table.
Given the 3,000 hotel the Tony Award-winning specifically fashioned with tian Louboutin, Diane Von well as additional enter- About 15 to 25 minutes later, he
suites and 105,000 foot musical Jersey Boys and comfort and convenience Furstenberg, Van Cleef & tainment offerings which made another improper bet. The
casino with 2,000 slot 40/40 Club, a Las Vegas in mind. A sunken living Arpels, Catherine Malan- will be announced shortly dealer, who was getting ready to
machines and 80 table version of New York’s room decorated with a dis- drino, Anya Hindmarch and and should be ready for pay Ogundu $10 for winning,
games, it is perhaps easy to dynamic sports bar and tinctly modern European Michael Kors. These new guests in early 2008. caught the error and paused to
see why. lounge; The Shoppes at The design, marble-appointed additions to the Las Vegas When combined with explain the rules to him, accord-
According to president Palazzo featuring luxury baths with oversized bath Strip will be joined by the the neighbouring Venetian ing to the lawyer.
of The Palazzo Las Vegas Rob stores anchored by Las sheets, luxurious Egyptian likes of Ralph Lauren, and Sands Expo and Con- Ogundu was arrested and
Goldstein, the property will Vegas’ first-ever Barneys linens from Anichini and Jimmy Choo, Piaget, vention Center, The Palazzo charged with a state gambling
become a new resort-hotel- New York; and, the largest remote-control Roman Burberry, Ferragamo, will give the company the violation that carries up to 10
casino of unparalleled Canyon Ranch SpaClub to shades and curtains with Fendi, Bottega Veneta and largest hotel and conven- years in prison and a $100,000
luxury, sophistication, and date. first-of-its-kind ‘touch Montblanc to present one tion complex in the world. fine if he was convicted, as
well as a misdemeanor, trying
to obtain money under false
pretences, which calls for up to
Asian custom ‘critical’ to Atlantic City’s success
a year in jail and a $500 fine
upon conviction.
Ogundu’s lawyer said the
casino violated its own poli-
goeast table-game revenue, which He said attracting Asian cies which requires that
UNITED STATES is increasing in importance spend was ‘critical for bettors first be warned about
with revenue from slots slip- Atlantic City’s success.’ breaking the rules.
The East Coast is looking ping eight per cent over last Caesars has opened Asian Ogundu returned to Wayne
East to boost its casino rev- year following competition restaurants such as Kwi, The County Circuit Court to file a
enues with venues in from neighbouring States. Hilton has a seven-person lawsuit against the casino, a
Atlantic City following ini- That loss is expected to Asian marketing team that State Police officer and an
tiatives to appeal to Asian increase to 12.3 per cent includes Mandarin, Can- unnamed Detroit cop.
gamblers such as employing once New York and Pennsyl- tonese, Korean and Viet-
workers who speak Asian vania install their planned namese speakers, whilst
languages, adding Asian-style video lottery terminals. eight of the city’s 11 casinos
restaurants and increasing Harrah’s Entertainment have spruced up their
advertising in areas such as Michael Asanloo described gaming floors to include tra-
New York’s Chinatown. Asian customers as the ditional Asian games such as
Asian customers already ‘perfect add-on’ in Atlantic Pai Gow poker and Sic Bo.
make up 15 to 20 per cent of City where increased slot Feng shui consultants
Atlantic City’s revenue and capacity in Pennsylvania and have also been hired to
one-third of the casinos’ New York is taking its toll. ensure rooms are inviting.
14 December 2007 worldnews
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