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Mar 30, 2004 7:35 AM

Horseshoe to re-open on Friday

Harrah’s announced Monday that it plans to re-open Binion’s Horseshoe on Friday, and that the World Series of Poker will proceed on schedule beginning April 22.

The casino doors are expected to swing open at 4 p.m. with Mayor Oscar Goodman and other officials on hand to christen the event.

"We’re thrilled to get one of the world’s most famous casinos back up and running, and to get Horseshoe employees back to work," said Tom Jenkin, Harrah’s Western Division president.

Station to buy two Henderson casinos

Station Casinos has announced an agreement to purchase two small Henderson casinos, the Magic Star on Boulder Highway and the Gold Rush on Sunset Road and adjacent to its Sunset Station property.

Terms of the sale were not announced.

Station officials said they want the properties to be "better able to serve the niche market of customers" in the Henderson area.

Buying the Gold Rush, which practically rests on the Sunset Station site, also makes it possible for that casino to expand at some point in the future.

The Magic Star has 191 slot machines, a sports book and a restaurant. The Gold Rush features 179 slots, a sports book and restaurant.

Station said it intends to retain all 200 employees who work at the properties, and that they will remain independent from the other Station casinos.

Wheel of Fortune does the ”˜hat trick’

Hitting three times in about 12 hours, Wheel of Fortune slots went into hyper-spin in southern Nevada on Sunday. The "megaburst" of MegaJackpots made one player a millionaire and awarded two others hundreds of thousands of dollars and, in an extraordinary twist, two of the jackpots were hit at the same casino.

The streak began shortly after midnight at the Casablanca in Mesquite, when Eugene Pawluk of Edmonton, Alberta, won $867,743 on a quarter machine.

A short time later, a school teacher visiting from Blue Island, Ill., hit Wheel of Fortune $5 at the Riviera on the Las Vegas Strip for $1,597,978. Nancy Signore said she was told to play the popular slot machine because a friend had seen a man win $3 million on the game.

Then, Sunday afternoon, at the Casablanca again, a 92-year old Mesquite resident won $258,363. The unidentified woman said that she was just following her usual Sunday routine of having breakfast at the resort and then playing slot machines.

Golden Nuggets to go coinless

The new owners of the Golden Nugget hotel/casinos in Las Vegas and Laughlin have agreed to hire Aristocrat Technologies to install its cutting-edge Oasis Casino Management System at the Golden Nugget casinos.

Under the contract, Aristocrat will provide its most comprehensive system ever installed in one phase, an inclusive package that provides the Golden Nugget properties with the full Oasis suite: Quickets ticket-in/ticket-out technology for cashless wagering, player-tracking software, on-line accounting tools, customized cage technology, and Aristocrat’s most advanced marketing and promotions technology.

In addition, Aristocrat will provide ongoing technology services to the Golden Nugget properties that will include maintenance, software upgrades, and training.

The new owners of the Golden Nugget properties, Tim Poster and Tom Breitling, know something about high-tech systems technology: they made their millions with travelscape.com in the dot-com industry.

"With our reputation for leveraging technology to deliver successful business solutions, we selected the powerful tools that the Oasis suite provides for our casino operations and our casino marketing initiatives," said Poster, chairman and chief executive officer of Poster Financial Group, the owner-operator of the Golden Nugget properties. "We’re especially looking forward to using Aristocrat’s diverse marketing applications to help us develop some very exciting promotions and rewards for our players."

Aristocrat will begin installing its Oasis system at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas immediately for a projected "go live" date in the second quarter. Installation at the Golden Nugget Laughlin is scheduled for completion later this year.

"We are thrilled to be recognized by and grateful for the opportunity to provide the Golden Nugget with our comprehensive single-line OASIS casino management system," said Gavin Isaacs, president of Aristocrat Technologies.