Tucson set to roll,Illinois in waiting

Jun 17, 2003 6:01 AM

Gambling is set to explode in both Arizona and Wisconsin with plans for huge gaming ventures.

Arizona’s is right on the horizon with the expected July 4 opening of the 213,000-square foot gaming complex expansion in Tucson. The Casino Del Sol, featuring 26 blackjack tables, a 600-player bingo hall and four themed restaurants would be the largest and most unique casino and entertainment destination in Arizona.

In the upper Midwest, plans for a billion dollar casino were unveiled for Illinois. Realization, however, could be years away with numerous obstacles and caveats to overcome. The primary concerns are the land trust property needing approval from the U.S. Congress, along with the consent of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Extra Saturday lifts KC

The Kansas City Star reported that Kansas City area casinos in Missouri raked in $52.3 million in May, the sixth-biggest revenue month in market history.

The rise was due to a bonus fifth Saturday in the month. Missouri Gaming Commission financial analyst Jim Oberkirsch said that the market would have probably slipped a percentage point from last year without it.

"Kansas City is still at the top of the bubble," Oberkirsch said. "It’s just flattened out a bit.

Cal majority anti-Davis

The San Jose Mercury News reports that a poll released last week shows for the first time that, if given a chance, a majority of likely California voters would cast their ballots against current Gov. Gray Davis.

The poll showed that the governor’s approval ratings have hit a historic low of 21 percent among likely voters.