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Heard it on the river

4 May 2007

The perils of staging outdoor events was brought home when the bolt of lightning lit up the sky over the Mississippi River not far from where FITZ and PRIZE FIGHT BOXING were set to hold the ESPN televised match between ZAB JUDAH and RUEBEN GALVAN. An arena for 1,300 has been erected and was sold out, and then the rains came saying don't fool with Mother Nature.

It could have been a total washout, a financial setback, but the Fitz managed to turn all that water into lemonade. Anticipating inclement weather, Fitz had a backup plan in place and when the skies started flinging bolts earthward around 4 pm, GM BOB MCQUEEN made a key decision, that's why he gets the big bucks, and the scramble was on to move the fights from the riverbank up the hill and into the Great Hall, no easy task.

VP of Casino Ops, MIKE "MAV" MAVROMATIS, just a little bit stressed on the turn of events, coolly summoned his troops and with Event Manager, PAULA SHAW, and the rest of the facilities, security, marketing, food and beverage departments, as well as the Prize Fight Boxing crew, the ESPN staff and just about anybody who could lug equipment, like the helping hands of our finest, the off-duty guys in uniform from the TUNICA/DESOTO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENTS, the impossible took only two hours to undo and redo what had taken two days to set up.

Mav, a bit more composed after the event was over the whales heading for the tables, had high praise for the staff and volunteers but also for the fans who attended in spite of bad weather which has been forecast all day. "Who would have expected a sellout when there was 100 percent forecast of rain and thunderstorms all day," said Mav," making the point with a victory cigar in hand. "You have to take your hat off to the fans as we packed the place once again." If you are not aware of the results of the main match, the ten-rounder was ruled a no-contest in the first round when the bloodied Galvan took a head, elbow, whatever, to the skull and the ref stepped in and stopped it. PACMAN JONES, on vacation from his job with the Tennessee Titans, said it was a right hook but nobody believed him.

There was another big event, this one indoors, and $250,000 in prize money was carved up at the HORSESHOE'S blackjack tournament that attracted a capacity turnout of 250 players. The $100,000 first place money went to Alabamian DANIEL DUPONT. Interest in blackjack tournaments is picking up, from both the casino side and the players who welcome smaller events to compete in. GRAND has announced its $2,500 MAY-HEM weekly tournament for every Saturday in May with $2,500 in prize money, HOLLYWOOD continues its successful Sunday Spectacular 6 p.m. tournaments and SAM'S TOWN is putting on a Tuesday night tournament.

MAY events to watch for: The FITZ $50,000 USTA pro tennis tournament at TUNICA NATIONAL, 6th through 12, the $50,000 open slot tournament, May 4-5, a Cinco de Mayo event at SAM'S TOWN, the first outdoor concert of the summer at GRAND'S outdoor stage on May 25 featuring REBA McENTIRE, MICHAEL BOLTON at SILVER STAR May 11 and weekly craps tournaments at PEARL RIVER RESORT every Thursday at 7 pm. How many of you reading this column realize the extent and quality of the attractions in TUNICA COUNTY? It's easy to find out what we have here so go to tunicamiss.com to check out our many unique attractions on the official site of County Government, or another great choice, tunicamiss.org, the official website for the CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU, which has its thumb on the pulse of everything going on here, including the casinos.

Listen to the GOODTIMES RADIO SHOW, this Saturday with special guest, JOSE OAKLEY, the GM of the lively ISLE OF CAPRI in Lula, MS. On May 5, the show is on site live at HOLLYWOOD, set up in the lobby hard by the BATMOBILE. Stop by and visit with from 8:30 to 10;30 a.m. and we might make you famous for a minute. Or just listen to us at WMC790 A.M., Memphis.

FREE POKER is at your fingertips, just click on goodtimesradio.com. You can also check out the latest news and features on casinos on the site's sidebar at southern gaming news. Played in the NATIONAL POKER CHALLENGE 5K invitational recently and was impressed with the well-run, clean poker room at 5703 Quince Road in Memphis. It's a legal poker room with a unique way to play, check it out at www.npcpoker.com or call 901-857-0907. The organization just had the "First Lady of Poker," LINDA JOHNSON, and Card Player columnist, JAN FISHER, put on a free seminar there that was well-attended.

ASK THE GURU…
Q:
Where can I find the half cent slot machines I have heard might be on the market soon? Ima Loser, Hope, AR.

A: Yup, you're right, Ima, they are coming to a casino near you but for now, just play a penny slot half as fast.

ASK THE GURU …email your humorous, weird, bizarre or even a straight gaming-related question to the Guru, at goodtimesradio.com. If we deem is interesting for our discriminating readers, you will win a pair of comps to the GREAT BUFFET, courtesy of SAM'S TOWN.

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