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The Sound of Money at the Lake!

29 May 2000

Wow! Even I was impressed by this past week at the lake! Money was coming out all over, the gamblers all looked happy as clams. It was hard to keep gathering jackpot amounts for the After all, I always put those figures for the South Shore online by 6am DAILY. The urge was to pick a slot and join in the money madness going on all around me!

On Friday night, a California man invested $9 in Megabucks at the Horizon Casino Resort, and won the Horizon's largest jackpot of record, a whopping $7,745,109.00 ! Elio D. Leon of East Los Angeles, California said that he was visiting Lake Tahoe for the first time. All International Game Technology MegaJackpots are paid in annual installments.

That wasn't all. I was really into day 107 of visiting all the South Shore casinos, but my morning run turned into a series of U-turns and figure 8s as I tried to catch all the noisy jackpots around me in order to put the reset jackpot amounts into my trusty notebook. It wasn't just the Horizon, it was Harrah's, it was Harveys, it was Bill's, it was Caesars, it was the Lakeside Inn--gamblers everywhere were smiling! Thousands and thousands of dollars more!

Speaking of the Lakeside Inn, Wednesday, May 24th was their 15th birthday, and what a party they throw every year! Cash drawings every 15 minutes...but then they are always doing something! Coming up is the Corvette show.

Memorial Day kicks off the summer season at Lake Tahoe. If you haven't been to the Lake, you are really missing out. We are going to start posting our temperatures versus those in Las Vegas and other gaming areas. Just imagine a much cooler, can't beat the scenery, group of casinos nestled in an area with a great big really COOL lake and imagine yourself here. Come to Lake Tahoe.

Don't forget to visit all our casinos during your stay. Harrah's is soon having a grand re-opening of their Friday's Station restaurant. They have been doing major construction! Harveys is still having their promotion to win a year's play on them ($100,000!) with the tournament set for June 16th. And Caesars Tahoe still has that wonderful neon yellow Lamborghini Diablo car worth $302,000 parked in the middle of their floor. My jaw hits the ground daily every time I pass it. Everyone is having outdoor car and motorcycle shows...don't forget the Harley's at the Tahoe Biltmore in Crystal Bay the first weekend in June. The whole place is humming with activity. Craft fairs too!

Remember, if you want a preview of the lake's jackpots, visit me at

If you want to start a gaming conversation, visit the

And if you just want the coolest place on the planet to gamble....LAKE TAHOE is where it's at!