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Binion's Online Contest Under Investigation

10 April 2003

NEVADA – As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "State gaming regulators are investigating whether an Internet contest promoting pay-per-view telecasts of the World Series of Poker on the Binion's Horseshoe Web site could be considered an illegal lottery, officials said Wednesday.

"After a Horseshoe lawyer was notified Tuesday afternoon that the contest might be considered a lottery, the property removed the contest offer from its Internet site, binions.com.

"Early Tuesday, the Web site was offering two separate packages to people interested in paying to watch on computer the final table of the tournament's championship event, slated for May 23.

"One option offered a live webcast of the final table action for $29.95. The second option offered the same live webcast plus a chance to win a seat at the $10,000-entry championship event along with lodging at Binion's and limo transportation, for $49.95.

"The extra $20, in effect, was the cost of entering the contest for a poker tournament seat.

"…`It raises the legal issue of whether the contest is a lottery,' Gaming Control Board Chairman Dennis Neilander said Wednesday. `We're going to take a look at it. It is officially under investigation.'…"

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