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Imperial Casino Adds to Dealertainers Line-up

21 November 2003

LAS VEGAS – (Press Release) -- Cher, Bette Midler and Dolly Parton performing together would turn a lot of heads. Now, add Liza Minnelli and Michael Jackson to the bill, and you could only be talking about the ever-popular "Dealertainers" at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino. Since their introduction on Memorial Day weekend, the Dealertainers were an instant hit and have packed the aisles of the casino nightly. The celebrity impersonators strut their stuff at 6 p.m. every day and continue to keep visitors entertained.

"People just can't get enough of these dealers," said Craig Garland, casino manager. "We have people every night who were only passing through and ended up sitting with the Dealertainers all night long."

The hotel continues to keep the act fresh and fun by adding new faces and new features. Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Stevie Nicks and Ricky Martin have recently joined that action, which runs every night from 6 p.m. - 4 a.m. on the main casino floor. The Legends Pit provides more than just another game of blackjack. At any point during the night, you could have Bette Midler serenade you and then see Michael Jackson or Ray Charles break into a dance number.

Dealertainers hit the casino floor in late May with Elvis, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Barbra Streisand and more dealing Thursday through Sunday nights. After the summer, the Legends Pit was so popular, the hotel brought in Cher, Bette Midler, Ritchie Valens, Dolly Parton, Mae West and more to the Monday through Wednesday night shifts. There was so much interest in the Legends Pit and the Dealertainers at the beginning that the hotel had to hire new characters and open the pit seven nights a week. The Imperial Palace is always looking for new celebrities and the human resources department accepts applications in person.

"They have to be a universally recognizable celebrity, like Madonna, Michael Jackson or Elvis," Garland said. "It loses its appeal if the guests have to stand back and try to figure out who they are supposed to be."

The Imperial Palace is home to the award-winning tribute show "Legends In Concert" and the all-new Legends Pit featuring celebrity look-alike blackjack dealers. The hotel also hosts The Auto Collections. In addition, the resort is famous for "five-star-friendly" service; industry-respected race and sports book; 2,700 comfortable rooms and suites; world-class gaming and amenities; a seasonal poolside "Luau"; 35,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space; 10 specialty restaurants; 10 cocktail lounges; spa and fitness center; business center; independent on-site medical center and a wedding chapel.

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