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Heard it on the River

23 April 2004

GOV. HALEY BARBOUR is known, we have heard, to have three positions on the state's gaming…no gaming expansion beyond the present counties, no lottery and no raising of gaming taxes. Sounds good to me and I think the industry will take comfort on those issues. Speaking of lotteries, don't hear much from folks who were happy to tell me that the TENNESSEE LOTTERY would put Tunica's Casinos out of business. I like the slot win percentage a lot more than my chances of winning anything worthwhile from a lottery ticket. On the other hand, lottery lovers will send my grandkids to college, a comp if you will.

THERE IS NO OTHER TUNICA…Don't misunderstand GRAND CASINO'S current advertising campaign (Discover The Other Tunica) that is so prominent right now. It is just a marketing position to differentiate Grand from its competitors and not to distance or separate itself from Tunica the county, the city. Grand is proud of being a prominent member of the Tunica community and its success is tied to Tunica and vice versa.

Just a reminder if you've not made plans to attend the SOUTHERN GAMING SUMMIT, the annual industry clambake in BILOXI May 5-6. JACKPOT will be in booth #232, listed as MORRIS SPECIALTY PUBLICATIONS, so stop by and say hello. Working out of the same booth will be MISSISSIPPI GAMING NEWS, all the more reason to visit us.

GOLDSTRIKE'S $100,000 Blackjack Tournament is set for May 14-15 with a $50,000 first place prize. Call 1-877-245-8477 to enter. In August Goldstrike is holding its $100,000 MISSISSIPPI CRAPS CHAMPIONSHIP and in September it comes with a $100,000 slot tournament. BALLY'S $150,000 ULTLMATE BLACKJACK TOURNAMENT was won by CHARLES JOHNSON of O'Fallon, MO. He took home $60,000.

HARRAH'S is seeking applications from non-profit organizations nationwide interested in receiving automated public-access defibrillators at no cost. Working with California-based CARDIAC SCIENCE, a leading manufacturer of the life-saving devices, GM PETE BONNER says Harrah's will give first consideration to organizations assisting senior citizens in the 19 Metro areas where the company operates. Applications are due May 15 and can be submitted online at www.aed.com.

The WORLD POKER TOUR televised the finals of the JACK BINION WORLD POKER OPEN on April 21 and if you caught it, it was a great show and a better commercial for TUNICA RESORTS. Maybe I need new glasses but it seemed to me the camera that was supposedly focused on the flop cards was out of focus. They said some 5 million caught the show.

THIS 'N THAT…The PEARL RIVER RUN bike rally takes place May 21-23 and every Saturday until then the Choctaw resort will give away either a Harley-Davidson motorcycle or $10,000 cash…MOTHER'S DAY Brunch at HOLLYWOOD on May 9 in fabulous FAIRBANKS Steakhouse…KEES EDER now the newVP of Resort Operations at Hollywood….CHARLES 'CHAZ' FOWLER back in Tunica as Director of Marketing at Bally's after a sojourn at Caesars Entertainment on the Gulf Coast…SUN HERALD reports that the Chairman of the House Gaming Committee, BOBBY MOAK, said he expects Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Pearl River Community College will offer courses in casino and resort management…HARRAH'S said prospects for opening a fourth hotel-casino in Vegas using the Horseshoe brand looks good…

FROM THE QUOTABLE GAMBLER…The Lyons Press

"Christ, he thin. Look at him. He looks like the advance man for a famine."
SARGE ON AMARILLO SLIM
Quoted in Jon Bradshaw, Fast Company (1975)

LAISSEZ LE BON TEMPS ROULER.

Rudi Schiffer

Rudi Schiffer is a long time columnist and contributing writer for Jackpot Magazine, the South’s leading gaming publication, and for casinocitytimes.com, the world’s leading casino industry internet news distributor. He is also owner and co-host of the 20-year-old Goodtimes Radio Show, now simulcast on Fridays from 3-6 PM Central Time from Country Classic 1180 AM, Memphis networked with KMIS 1050 AM, and 103.9 KGLU FM from Kennet, MO covering parts of Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. His radio show is also archived at audiovegas.com. A Boston University Journalism graduate, he resides in Memphis, TN. Known as the "Voice of Tunica" for his support the gaming jurisdiction for two decades, he was also recently named to Memphis Business Quarterly Magazine’s 3rd annual “The Power Players, Who’s Who” of Memphis.He is also a contributing writer for Southern Gaming & Entertainment and Mississippi Gaming.

Rudi Schiffer Websites:

www.AudioVegas.com
Rudi Schiffer
Rudi Schiffer is a long time columnist and contributing writer for Jackpot Magazine, the South’s leading gaming publication, and for casinocitytimes.com, the world’s leading casino industry internet news distributor. He is also owner and co-host of the 20-year-old Goodtimes Radio Show, now simulcast on Fridays from 3-6 PM Central Time from Country Classic 1180 AM, Memphis networked with KMIS 1050 AM, and 103.9 KGLU FM from Kennet, MO covering parts of Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. His radio show is also archived at audiovegas.com. A Boston University Journalism graduate, he resides in Memphis, TN. Known as the "Voice of Tunica" for his support the gaming jurisdiction for two decades, he was also recently named to Memphis Business Quarterly Magazine’s 3rd annual “The Power Players, Who’s Who” of Memphis.He is also a contributing writer for Southern Gaming & Entertainment and Mississippi Gaming.

Rudi Schiffer Websites:

www.AudioVegas.com