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Heard it on the River

13 January 2005

An old TUNICA hand has returned to Mississippi but it is at the PEARL RIVER RESORT in Choctaw, MS where CHUCK MILLER had landed. The mega-resort located in the piney woods about an hour northeast of Jackson, concluded an exhaustive search for a new President and CEO and its Development Board and TRIBAL CHIEF PHILLIP MARTIN decided on Miller whose 30 years of management experience and past performance made him a clear choice.

Miller comes to Pearl River Resort from CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT where he was VP of Development but is best known in these parts as the former president of Grand Casino, Bally's and Sheraton in Tunica where he worked for Park Place Entertainment.

While we are talking about Grand, WE HEARD that the property's proposed water park is back in the swim of things. Apparently the earlier deal with the Hernando-based real estate developers fell through and Grand has now found a new group to put the year-round water park in business in 2006. The earlier arrangement had Grand putting up the land; it owns some 2,200 acres, and the developers footing the bill for the construction and operation. Stay tuned. The only other casino water park in the state is at Pearl River Resort and it's a beauty that fills up during the season.

"THE FIST OF FIRE," a nine-bout pro boxing card, will be held at FITZGERALDS on Jan. 22. Promoted by Prize Fight Boxing of Southaven, the main event that night will be a 12-rounder for the NABO Jr. Lightweight Championship featuring DONNELL LOGAN (9-1-1) of Memphis and the USBA Regional Champion, ANTONIO DAVIS (15-1) OF Atlanta. The eight additional matches include the best female boxer in the region, gorgeous CHRISTY NICKEL of Southaven. Christy, who has lost only one fight in her young career, takes on rough and tough MIRIAM BRAKACHE of Atlanta. It's a return revenge bout for Nickel who lost to the brawling Brakache the first time around. Nickel is on a roll at 6-1 and won her most recent fight at Fitzgeralds with an impressive performance. Horseshoe pit boss, heavyweight RAY LUNSFORD, a local favorite and a guy you would want to collect markers, puts his big body on the line in the under card. Doors open at 7 p.m., with fights beginning at 7:30. Seats are $30 and $25 and can be purchased in the casino's gift shop.

Grand Casino is staging its $150,000 ACES 21 ULTIMATE BLACKJACK TOURNAMENT on Feb. 25-27. The $500 buy-in includes hotel accommodations for two nights, a tournament gift and one entry. There is also a welcome reception in the Gold Card lounge from 7 to 9 p.m. on the 25th where table assignments will be assigned. Tournament play begins the next day at 10 a.m.. To reserve a spot call VIP services at 1-800-550-4473 and use the code name "150BJT."

FITZ' has also introduced a new table game called TEXAS HOLD 'EM BONUS poker. HARRAH'S is giving away two luxurious JAGUARS if you want to step in class. One goes on Jan. 29 and the second one on Feb. 26 through drawings held on those nights. Free entry with card swipe and tracked play for slots and table games.

Speaking of poker, the real stuff, the JACK BINION WORLD POKER OPEN is in full swing at GoldStrike and Horseshoe and spectators are welcome, no charge. You might want to take in the final table action for prize money that could hit up to $2.0 million for first place in the Texas Hold 'Em no-limit championship. The final table can best be viewed on the giant screen in the Millenium theatre on Jan. 24. Another interesting session to take in is the Ladies Event no-limit Hold 'Em on Sunday Jan. 23. It was estimated before the 6th annual WPO that over 7,000 players might register. What makes this game poplar to spectators is that it is part game show, party reality show and part sport. High drama is the glue that holds it all together. It's been said, at least NOLAN DALLA, the very capable media director for the event likes to say, "In poker it's too bad real life is not as fair, equitable, and democratic as the game of poker."

There is not much time left to sign up for BALLY'S ULTIMATE BLACKJACK TOURNAMENT set for Jan. 21-23 with $60,000 guaranteed for first place. Second place pays $25,000. The $500 entry fee includes a comp breakfast, welcome reception, private banquet, and a tournament gift. About 265 players are expected and to enter call 1-800-38BALLY, ext 1511.

Stocks of casino companies with operations in Tunica made significant gains in 2004 according to the COMMERCIAL APPEAL (Jan. 1, 2005). PENN NATIONAL, which owns Hollywood Casino, hit the jackpot with a 161.9 percent gain compared to its price on Dec. 31, 2003. Other big gainers for the same period included BOYD GAMING (Sam's Town), 158.1 percent, CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT (Grand, Sheraton, Bally's), 86.0 percent, MANDALAY RESORT (Goldstrike), 57.5 percent and Harrah's Entertainment (Harrah's Tunica, Horseshoe) 34.4 percent. Some of the gain can be attributed to a flurry of casino company mergers or acquisitions that were announced or completed last year at a combined cost of $25 billion.

DUNCAN McKENZIE, GM of GRAND BILOXI, and incoming president of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, says the group will hold a session this month to

begin strategic planning which he thought was needed to address the spate of casino company consolidation.

GOLDEN TOUCH CRAPS DICE CONTROL AND BLACKJACK classes will be held in Tunica next month. The nation's leading gaming author and a weekly expert commentator on the GOODTIMES RADIO SHOW (audiovegas.com) is running the sessions. Some of the instructors include Sharpshooter, Dominator, Stickman and Scoblete who recently had some very long sessions on the craps tables, such as 89 hands without crapping out. The dice control sessions will be held Feb. 19-20 and the blackjack lessons with, Dan Pronovost, Dr. Henry Tamburin and Scoblete, will be held Feb. 26-27. The new advantage-play technique covers speed counting and optimum basic strategy. To learn more call 886-SET-DICE or 1-800-944-0406. Internet sites are goldentouchcraps.com and goldentouchblackjack.com.

HERB GEE, VP of Table Games at Grand, is looking for a few good craps players. He said the casino is now offering FREE craps lessons on Saturdays at 2 p.m. in the first floor craps pit.

FROM THE QUOTABLE GAMBLER…Lyons Press.

"Poker is a game of many skills: you need card sense, psychological insight, a good memory, controlled aggression, enough mathematical know-how to work out the odds as each hand develops, and what poker players call a leather ass- i.e., patience.

ALVIN ALVAREZ "No Limit" (1994)

LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER

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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