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					   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-
     hind?

                            - 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
                    Fax: 317-231-7035
            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
                                                                                                         pushes expanded
           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
                                                                           luncheon.
        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-
                                                                                                         panded gambling.
                                                        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
                                                    big game.



      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.

				
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