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Heard it on the river

18 July 2007

There is no longer a leader known as the "chief" of the MISSSISSIPPI BAND OF CHOCTAW INDIANS. The man who held that title for three decades, CHIEF PHILLIP MARTIN, 81, lost in the recent Tribal election to Council member BEASLEY DENSON, who prefers to be called MIK0, the Choctaw word for chief. The soft-spoken 57-old Denson told us that he wants to change the face of the Choctaws and bring them more to the forefront without losing the heritage of which they are so proud of.

"I like our native tongue and prefer the title of Miko," said Denson who is leading the 9,000 member tribe into a future that he would like to see improved as he seeks to lift the tribe to higher levels in business, health, education and housing. The Tribe, which has developed PEARL RIVER RESORT in southeast central Mississippi near Philadelphia, moved from dire poverty under Martin's tenure and now own this huge resort that features two casinos, two golf courses, and a popular water park. (An in-depth feature will profile the Miko and the tribe in Jackpot's next issue).

We met the Miko and his wife Lena, at the press conference held at the Resort's DANCING RABBIT GOLF CLUB, where the NGA HOOTER'S TOUR announced it was returning its pro golf event to Mississippi and would play at the club's AZALEAS course August 6-12. The Miko is an avid golfer and invited the NGA to play the PEARL RIVER CLASSIC at the club every year. The course was recently ranked 32th on GOLF MAGAZINE'S list of their top 100 courses. The NGA has a history of producing top professionals for the PGA and in fact, 50 percent of the players who earned their 2007 PGA card and 47 percent of the players who earned full exempt status on the Nationwide Tour started their careers on the NGA/Hooters Tour. The Azaleas, built on ancestral lands of the Choctaws, just celebrated its 10th anniversary. It has grown into a beautiful child.

If you like blackjack as your table game of choice, it's time to put on your lucky tournament hat again as it just might earn you a million smackers. HORSESHOE CASINO is hosting the $125,000 MILLIONAIRE MAKER blackjack event this weekend (July 19-21) and if you read this in time, you still can plunk down $500 to enter unless you can get to the early bird signup July 19 where you receive a $100 chip for registering before the crowd shows up on July 20 for regular signup. Play begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and is limited to 250 players. While first place pays a nice $50,000, the top seven finishers and three wild card drawing winners will win a seat in the national Millionaire Maker to be held at HARRAH'S CAESAR'S PALACE in Las Vegas on August 5-8. If that contest is not sweet enough for you, how about Harrah's new "How Suite It Is" national promotion.

GRAND CASINO RESORT and SHERATON CASINO will be giving their customers a chance at the "suite life' with $25,000 and their choice of eight ultimate suite prize packages. TOTAL REWARDS card members accumulate entries in the final drawing for $25,000 and their choice of a suite package by swiping their card daily and by adding points by playing with their card. There is a lot more to this promotion than I can print in this short column, such as baseball, football and basketball suite trips, not mention golf, dining and entertainment trips to Vegas. So check out the full story in this issue. Harrah's Entertainment has been named Corporate Partner of the Year by the Memphis Chapter of the NATIONAL BLACK MBA ASSOCIATION.

Calling all craps players who like the action and money available in tournament play. SAM'S TOWN holds a $50 buy-in tournament every Saturday with registration at 9 a.m. Call 800-456-0711 for more info.

Looking for low buy-in blackjack tournament. For only a $30 entry fee you can play in HOLLYWOOD CASINO'S Sunday Spectacular Blackjack tournament that kicks off at 6 pm each Sunday. First place is $1,000. Sign ups start at 4 p.m. near the cashier's cage in the blackjack pit. During August, guests who earn 50 points in one day quality to play in one of Hollywood's Saturday Matinee Slot Tournaments with $5,000 in cash prizes awarded. You can also win a GARMIN GPS unit every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. to midnight on July's remaining Saturdays with drawings every 15 minutes.

Over at SOUTHLAND GAMING & RACING, not only can you watch the dogs run every day and check out simulcasting from the Winning Edge room but you can turn your Player Reward card to earning more points and $20 in free play the rest of this month. The MEAN GREEN MUSIC MACHINE is also playing on July 20-21 and ELMO AND THE SHADES appear July 27-28.

MISSISSIPPI GAMING NEWS which is published by the same folks who put out JACKPOT MAGAZINE will soon have a surprise for thousands of state casino employees for whom the publication is produced.

ASK THE GURU…

Q. One of my friends told me to increase my bet after losing. Is this a good move? James D. Nashville, TN.

A. Not a good move! It is a major mistake to chase your losses by increasing your bets when losing. If you are losing, limit your bets or quit to play another day as the casinos will still be there when you return.

ASK THE GURU … send him our gaming questions at goodtimesradio@aol.comand if printed in this column, you will win a pair of buffet coupons at 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