A Monthly Publication of the Casino Association of Indiana Volume 4, Issue 2……..February 2007
Resorts East Chicago sponsors
community Black History events
Resorts East Chicago is diving into Black
History month, sponsoring two of Northwestern
Indiana’s major February events.
INSIDE THIS On February 3, Resorts served as the corpo-
I S S U E: rate sponsor for the Gospel Peace Fest, the Black
History Committee of East Chicago’s annual
Letter from the 2 Black History Month program. The event, which
Executive Director featured gospel music from several local groups
and area students, attracted people from across
In Brief ... 2 the Chicagoland area, including a number of sen-
Illinois to look at 3 ior citizens and elected officials.
expanded gaming After the performances, attendees also were
treated to a “Taste of Soul,” a soul food dinner
Majestic sends students 3 specially prepared by the Resorts East Chicago From left: Ida Halliburton of the East Chicago Black
to Las Vegas culinary team. The meal included Resorts’ fa- History Committee, Resorts East Chicago Chef
mous fried chicken, delicious BBQ rib tips, Stephen Watkins and cook Charlene Holland pose
during the “Taste of Soul” soul food dinner, spon-
Big news at Horseshoe 3 southern turnip greens, candied sweet potatoes,
sored by Resorts East Chicago
and mouthwatering down-home peach cobbler.
Resorts also will serve as corporate sponsor to
Resorts sends fans to 4 another event this month: February 17’s Salute to French Lick Resort & Casino Job Fair!!
the Super Bowl East Chicago’s African-American Police Offi-
cers. That event, at Central High School, will The French Lick Resort & Casino will hold a
Online gambling bill 4 honor the efforts of East Chicago’s African- job fair March 2, to fill 200 positions at the
making its mark American police officers. newly-renovated West Baden Springs Hotel.
Every year, Resorts East Chicago is heavily Officials are hoping to do “on-the-spot” hiring
involved in Black History Month efforts. For in- for the jobs, which are mostly hourly front line
formation on last year’s efforts, see our February and supervisory positions.
2006 edition at www.casinoassociation.org.
Caesars to sponsor Thunder Over Louisville once again
When this year’s Kentucky Derby “Caesars Indiana is delighted to return
kicks off in Louisville, Caesars Indiana as a sponsor for the eighth year,” Ed Gar-
will be playing a big part. ruto, general manager of Caesars Indiana,
Once again, Caesars will be a corporate said at a press conference. “We understand
sponsor for Thunder Over Louisville, the the importance of Thunder to our guests,
show that launches the Kentucky Derby our team members, and to the entire re-
Festival’s Opening Ceremonies. The event gional community.”
will occur Saturday, April 21, with Cae- The Kentucky Derby Festival is an
sars, UPS, Meijer, and E.ON US sponsor- independent community organization that
ing the show. produces more than 70 events each spring,
This year marks the 18th Thunder Over GM Ed Garruto at a press conference making the festival one of the leading
Louisville - a huge fireworks and air show, announcing this year’s sponsors. community celebrations in the world.
held on the Ohio River in Kentucky. The The Kentucky Derby itself will be held
event is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands, And for that reason, Caesars Indiana is Saturday, May 5 at Churchill Downs in
in both Indiana and Kentucky. proud to sponsor the event yet again. Louisville.
Casino Association of Indiana February 2007
NBA All-Star Game
brings sports to Vegas
Gambling on sports has
always been big business.
Every year, countless peo-
ple enter some form of NCAA
Tournament betting pool. Mil-
lions of people now play Fan-
tasy sports - a trend that has
created unprecedented interest
in professional sports.
Heck, just this month,
Americans bet $93.1 million on the outcome of the Horseshoe exec takes icy dip in Lake Michigan
Indianapolis Colts/Chicago Bears Super Bowl.
Yet most major sports shun the very idea of gam- A Horseshoe executive’s prom- to jump in the lake if the scores
bling - despite the huge interest it brings to their game. ise left him near-freezing in Lake were high enough.
Until now. For the first time, one of the major pro- Michigan this month, after his team So, after the Food & Beverage
fessional sports is housing one of its major events in achieved an impressive performance team scores came back over 110,
Las Vegas. The event, as most know, is the NBA All- standard. Huba donned his winter swimming
Star Game, being played in Vegas as a possible pre- Stefan Huba, vice-president for gear and jumped in the lake.
cursor to an NBA team locating in the city. Food & Beverages at Horseshoe Despite the frosty, 35 degree
In a terrific Sports Illustrated column, Ian Casino, took a dip in Lake Michigan temperatures, Huba managed to stay
Thomsen writes how this is a landmark occasion, be- this month, after his team’s Per- healthy.
cause it marks sports gambling’s nearing entry into formance Ration standard for last Some members of his team went
the pro sports mainstream. Once upon a time, there quarter came in. Huba had promised into the lake, as well.
was a fear that sports gambling would lead to prob-
lems: Point shaving, teams throwing games, and other
forms of impropriety. But, as Thomsen points out, this Caesars Indiana holds certification workshop
tends to be a larger problem where gambling is illegal,
than it does where it is legal. This month, several women and After hearing from them, busi-
And that is where he sees the NBA laying ground- minority business owners in the ness owners in attendance had a
work to be a pioneer. This year, they have convinced New Albany area came together to chance to hear from a certified
sports books not to take bets on the All Star Game, as learn how to become certified mi- WBE, who spoke about the benefits
it is in Las Vegas. This is much like the old deal be- nority– and women-owned busi- her business has realized after be-
tween UNLV and the sports books; until 2001, books nesses. coming certified.
did not take bets on UNLV games. The certification workshop, Business owners also had a
Why did that policy change? Because someone hosted by Caesars Indiana as part of chance to speak individually with
realized that such bets were not only not problematic, its ongoing outreach to such busi- certification officials, to discuss
but they actually were safer. With the gambling both nesses, occurred on February 1. their individual business opportuni-
legal and regulated, those regulators were able to Representatives from both Ken- ties, as well as to answer any ques-
catch and stop scams like the 1994 Arizona State tucky and Indiana’s certifying de- tions they might have about the
point-shaving scandal. partments were on-hand to discuss process.
That’s the benefit of having someone police sports both how to achieve certification, About 23 local business owners
gambling - a phenomenon that won’t go away any and the benefits they could receive attended one of the two workshops
time soon. What this NBA All-Star Game could do is by doing so. held that day.
introduce sports gambling to the mainstream.
If the marriage works, will other sports be far be-
- Mike Smith, Executive Director
Admission Tax, January ’07 $ 6,695,431
Wagering Tax, January ’07 $ 69,863,146
Admission Tax, Fiscal YTD $ 48,475,402
Wagering Tax, Fiscal YTD $391,280,664
One North Capitol, Suite 520
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-231-7030 Total Admission and Wagering Tax $439,756,366
Email info@CasinoAssociation.org *Fiscal Year Defined as July 1 to June 30
Problem Gambling Hotline: 1-800-994-8448
Casino Association of Indiana February 2007
Majestic Star sending Gary Illinois legislator
students to Las Vegas gaming
Four high school students from Gary,
Indiana, are headed to Las Vegas this
Lang believes four new
month as part of the Barden Gary Foun- Chicagoland casinos can
dation’s Scholarship Program.
The students, who won a recent Black hold off state budget crisis
History Month contest, will fly to Vegas
to take part in the 5th anniversary celebra-
tion for Fitzgerald’s. They also will join An Illinois legislator is floating
other students from across the country in expanded gaming as the possible cure
the Motivation Education Celebration - an for the state’s budget woes.
event aimed at motivating students The Barden Gary Foundation recently hosted Lou Lang, a Democrat from
through emphasizing the importance of a Mentoring Minds luncheon, for seniors who Skokie, Ill., is proposing that the state
education. are part of the Foundation’s Scholarship create three new gaming licenses, and
The four students attending are Robyn Program. Above, the students who attended give all three – as well as one current
Anderson of West Side High School, Am- pose with Foundation officials after the license, whose fate has been embroiled
ber Marshall of Roosevelt High School, in controversy – to the Chicagoland
and Asia Smith and Demetrius Warren of area.
Wirt High School. Two other organiza- students educational incentives, a struc- “Gambling is here to stay, whether
tions - Sky Value Airlines and the Gary tured program for obtaining positive rein- we have 10 riverboats, or 14, or a
International Airport - joined the Founda- forcement from teachers, parents, coun- thousand,” Lang told CBS2 News in
tion in helping sponsor the program, and selors and mentors, and by providing Chicago. “We already have more ways
will help with the students’ travel. scholarships for seniors. to gamble today in the state of Illinois
On their way to take part in the two Currently, 97 seniors are enrolled in than they have in the state of Nevada.”
celebrations, the students will fly free the Barden Gary Foundation’s Scholar- His proposal, if passed, would cre-
from the Gary International Airport on ship Program. Many attended a Mentor- ate competition for several Indiana
Sky Value Airlines. ing Minds luncheon, hosted by the Foun- casinos located in the Chicagoland
The entire trip flows into the Barden dation earlier this month. area. It would lead to a new riverboat
Gary Foundation’s mission to encourage The students who entered the contest, casino near O’Hare International Air-
students to reach their full academic po- and won the trip to Vegas, are part of that port, one in Waukegan, and another in
tential. That goal is achieved by providing program. the south suburbs of Cook County.
The fourth new casino could be a
large, land-based casino in Chicago.
The plan also would allow the
Big news at Horseshoe! state’s existing casinos to expand, and
would allow the state’s racetracks to
install almost 4,000 slot machines. In
Scott Brown and the Horseshoe training
team recently were named Division Win- total, Lang said he believes this plan
ners for Harrah’s highest corporate will bring state revenues up to $3.5
honor: The Chairman Awards. All now are billion, helping stave off deficits.
entered in the company’s national compe- Several past efforts to expand ca-
tition, with the winner taking home $5,000 sino gaming in Illinois have failed due
in company stock!! to lack of support in the legislature. In
addition, Governor Rod Blagojevich
has actively fought the idea of ex-
Horseshoe recently teamed with non-profit
Campagna Academy in Schererville, Ind., to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley also
host an invitation-only pre-reception for First could prove an obstacle, as he has long
Look for Charity. The event is part of the favored a Chicago casino owned and
Chicago Auto Show. operated by the city. His idea is to
allow taxpayers to reap the profits
At left, Executive Sous Chef Thomas Spoor directly.
shows off hors d’oeuvres prepared by his For those, and other reasons, many
team, while flanked by Campagna Executive think Lang’s bill is unlikely to pass.
Director Bruce Hillman and Horseshoe
General Manager Rick Mazer.
Casino Association of Indiana February 2007
Resorts’ winners go to the Super Bowl
Three visitors to Resorts East Chicago From January 1 to January 25, Resorts The prize package was estimated at
walked away with a huge prize this Destination Casino Club players could $19,000 in value.
month, when the casino sent them on an enter into the contest, earning entries by The three winners, whose names were
all-expenses-paid trip to see Rex drawing specific winning hands at table drawn on January 11th, 18th, and 25th,
Grossman and the nearby Chicago Bears games (excluding live poker). Anyone were Marianato P. of South Holland, Ill.;
play Peyton Manning and the home-state with the right winning hands won an AnnaMarie K. of Dyer, Ind.; and John L.
Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI. automatic entry into one of three grand of Gary, Ind.
prize drawings, with each grand prize While the trio didn’t disclose their
winner taking home a “Big Game Pack- rooting interests in the game, all three had
age” for the Super Bowl! a great time in Miami watching Manning
That package included two tickets to win the MVP award as the Colts beat the
the Super Bowl, round-trip air fare for Bears in Super Bowl XLI!
two, hotel accommodations for three days
and two nights, and limousine transporta-
tion to and from Dolphins Stadium for the
Online sites feeling Congress’ heat
But new law doesn’t appear to be stopping
online gamblers from placing their wagers on the Net
Online gambling sites are beginning cation is clear that the new law is not
to react to a law passed by Congress last deterring online gambling. Or, at least, it Bang Up – Closing the game or the
October, banning financial institutions is not deterring the online gambler from house upon command from a boss or
from processing payments for online attempting to place wagers. supervisor.
gambling. When it comes to the gambling sites,
But so far, online gamblers don’t however, some already are starting to Center Field – 1) In blackjack, the
seem to care. change their practices. center box or position, directly across
The law, which was aimed at stop- Many companies that handle finan- from the dealer; 2) In craps, the field
ping online gambling in the United cial transactions for sites like Poker- bet nine.
States, doesn’t appear to be stopping Room.com are backing away from the False Carding – In draw poker, bluff-
many Americans from attempting to business. While many expect these sites ing by taking fewer cards than is nec-
gamble online, according to a recent to find other ways to handle payment, essary to improve one’s hand so that a
article in Computerworld magazine. several currently are telling their Ameri- position of strength is implied.
Citing information from ScanSafe, a can customers to cash out.
company that employers use to monitor “The remaining companies that proc- Natural – 1) In blackjack, a two-card
and block certain employee online ac- ess cashouts from PokerRoom.com to count of 21; 2) In craps, a seven or 11
tivities, U.S. employees haven’t stopped our players in the United States have on the come-out roll; 3) In baccarat, a
trying to visit online betting sites. contacted us to say that, in the near fu- two-card count of eight or nine.
In fact, according to the article, the ture, they will no longer facilitate these
number of Americans attempting to transactions,” said a message on Poker- Rail – 1) A casino term referring to
reach online sports betting sites in- Room’s home page. “As such, we would the carpeted area bordering the gam-
creased 77 percent from January 24 to advise all American players that have ing tables; 2) In roulette, the wheel
31, leading up to the Super Bowl on not cashed out already to do so immedi- groove where the ball spins.
February 4. ScanSafe blocked many of ately.”
these searches, as many employers do The law officially takes effect July 1
not want their employees gambling on – the government’s deadline to develop
the clock. processing regulations for financial insti-
While ScanSafe’s data does not en- tutions. But, as sites like Poker-
compass all Internet gamblers - only Room.com are finding, many financial
those who attempt - and are blocked institutions aren’t going to wait that long
from - doing so while at work - the indi- to get out of the online gambling game.