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2003 Readers' Choice Awards for Midwest Casinos

6 May 2003

WASECA, Minnesota -- (Press Release) -- Readers of Midwest Gaming & Travel magazine have selected their favorite riverboat and land-based casinos in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan and Missouri.

The Midwest Gaming & Travel 2003 Readers' Choice survey of riverboat and landbased casinos in the Midwest, which appeared in the March issue, also asked readers to select their favorite casinos in several gaming-related and hospitality categories. The complete list of survey results will be published in the June issue of Midwest Gaming & Travel. (The results of the 2003 Readers' Choice survey of Native American casinos appears in the July issue.)

Midwest Gaming & Travel is the foremost source of information, news and instruction for people who enjoy visiting casinos in America's Heartland. Based in Waseca, Minnesota, Midwest Gaming & Travel is a glossy, monthly consumer magazine with a circulation of 50,000 and a seven-state primary coverage area.

And the winners are:

     ILLINOIS:
     -- Hollywood Casino Aurora
     Favorite Casino
     Best Selection of Slots
     Best high-limit area
     Favorite Casino Fine Dining Restaurant -- Fairbanks Steakhouse & Bar
     Best Pavilion Amenities
     Favorite Casino Buffet Restaurant -- Epic Buffet
     Best nearby golf courses

     -- Casino Queen in East St. Louis
     Favorite Casino Hotel -- Crown Hotel at Casino Queen
     Friendliest Dealers
     Best Selection of Table Games
     Most Comfortable Hotel Rooms -- Crown Hotel
     Best Hotel Ambience -- Crown Hotel
     Best Hotel Amenities -- Crown Hotel
     Best Live Entertainment
     Best RV Park

     -- Empress Casino Joliet
     Best Lounge -- Zanzibar
     Best Video Poker
     Favorite themed and/or ethnic restaurant -- Cafe Casablanca
     Most Appealing Pavilion

     -- Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel
     Best Casino Hosts
     Best Players Club -- Total Rewards also Harrah's Metropolis
     Best players club parties (and/or outings)
     Most Comfortable Pavilion
     Most Easily Accessible Pavilion
     Favorite casual dining restaurant -- Winning Streaks

     -- Jumer's Casino Rock Island
     Most Friendly Employees
     Most Knowledgeable/Helpful Employees


     INDIANA:
     -- Argosy Casino & Hotel in Lawrenceburg
     Favorite Casino
     Best Selection of Slots
     Best Pavilion Amenities
     Most Comfortable Pavilion
     Favorite casual dining restaurant -- Bogart's Grill
     Best Lounge -- The Chartroom

     -- Caesars Riverboat Casino in Elizabeth
     Favorite Casino Hotel
     Most Comfortable Hotel Rooms
     Best Hotel Ambience
     Best Hotel Amenities
     Most Appealing Pavilion

     -- Horseshoe Casino Hammond
     Best Casino Hosts
     Friendliest Dealers
     Best players club parties (and/or outings)
     Best high-limit area
     Favorite Casino Fine Dining Restaurant -- Jack Binion's Steakhouse

     -- Majestic Star Casino in Gary
     Best Video Poker
     Best Selection of Table Games
     Most Friendly Employees
     Most Knowledgeable/Helpful Employees
     Most Easily Accessible Pavilion

     -- Harrah's East Chicago
     Best Players Club -- Total Rewards
     Favorite Casino Buffet Restaurant -- Fresh Market Square Buffet
     Best live entertainment

     -- Belterra Casino Resort in Belterra
     Best casino-owned golf course
     Favorite themed and/or ethnic restaurant -- The Aquarium
     Best concert Venue -- CenterStage


     IOWA:
     -- Ameristar Casino Hotel in Council Bluffs
     Favorite Casino
     Favorite Casino Hotel
     Best Selection of Slots
     Best Video Poker
     Best Selection of Table Games
     Best lounge -- Amerisports Bar
     Best high-limit area
     Most Appealing Pavilion
     Best Pavilion Amenities
     Best Live Entertainment
     Best Concert Venue -- Star Arena
     Most Comfortable Hotel Rooms

     -- Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque
     Most Friendly Employees
     Most Knowledgeable/Helpful Employees

     -- Harrah's Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel
     Friendliest Dealers
     Best Casino Hosts
     Best Players Club -- Harrah's Total Rewards
     Favorite Casino Buffet Restaurant -- Fresh Market Square Buffet
     Most Easily Accessible Pavilion
     Best players club parties (and/or outings)

     -- Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel in Bettendorf
     Favorite Casino Fine Dining Restaurant -- Farraday's
     Best Hotel Amenities

     -- Rhythm City Casino in Davenport
     Favorite themed and/or ethnic restaurant -- Rock Around The Clock Rest.
     Best Hotel Ambience -- Blackhawk Hotel

     -- Lakeside Casino & Resort in Osceola
     Favorite Casual Dining -- Landing Steakhouse
     Most Comfortable Pavilion
     Best RV Park
     Best nearby golf courses


     MICHIGAN:
     Landbased casinos located only in Detroit. These awards are Best In
      Detroit.
     -- Greektown Casino
     Favorite Casino
     Best Selection of Slots
     Best Selection of Table Games
     Best high-limit area
     Most Friendly Employees
     Friendliest Dealers
     Favorite Casino Fine Dining Restaurant -- The Alley Grille Steakhouse
     Best Live Entertainment

     -- MGM Grand Detroit Casino
     Best Video Poker
     Best Casino Hosts
     Best players club parties (and/or outings)
     Best lounge -- Stage Bar
     Favorite themed and/or ethnic restaurant -- Venti Uno

     -- MotorCity Casino
     Most Knowledgeable/Helpful Employees
     Best Players Club -- Club Metro
     Favorite casual dining restaurant -- MotorCity Pit Stop
     Favorite Casino Buffet Restaurant -- The Classics Buffet

     MISSOURI:
     -- Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City
     Favorite Casino Hotel
     Friendliest Dealers
     Most Friendly Employees
     Most Comfortable Hotel Rooms
     Most Comfortable Pavilion
     Best Lounge -- Hofbrauhaus Brewery and Biergarten
     Best Concert Venue -- Star Pavilion

     -- Ameristar Casino St. Charles
     Favorite Casino
     Best Selection of Slots
     Best Selection of Table Games
     Best High-Limit Area
     Favorite Themed and/or Ethnic Restaurant -- 47 Port Street Grill
     Most Appealing Pavilion
     Best Pavilion Amenities
     Best Live Entertainment

     -- Harrah's North Kansas City
     Best Casino Hosts
     Best Players Club -- Total Rewards
     Best Players Club Parties (and/or outings)
     Favorite Casual Dining Restaurant -- Range Steakhouse

     -- Harrah's St. Louis Casino & Hotel
     Best Video Poker
     Best Players Club -- Total Rewards
     Favorite Casual Dining Restaurant -- Range Steakhouse
     Best Hotel Ambience
     Best Hotel Amenities

     -- Isle of Capri Kansas City
     Favorite Fine Dining Restaurant -- Farraday's
     Favorite Casino Buffet -- Calypso's
     Most Knowledgeable/Helpful Employees
     Most Easily Accessible Pavilion

     -- Isle of Capri Boonville
     Favorite Fine Dining Restaurant -- Farraday's
     Favorite Casino Buffet -- Calypso's

     -- Mark Twain Casino in LaGrange
     Best RV Park

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