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Wild West Lives on in Reno...YEE HAH!

1 June 2003

It’s that time of year again, when Reno fills up with the cowboys, and the spirit of the cowboy rises... is nearly time for the Reno Rodeo, which runs from June 21-29 and if you haven’t been to a good old-fashioned rodeo for a long time, I’d be heading to Reno. It’s one of the best events going, and the whole town turns into one bundle of fun during this event.

Speaking of Wild West activities, Gold Dust West has a Reno Rodeo VIP Offer for Gold Rush Club members, so if you have a card, and have 10,500 cash points, or $17.50 in comp dollars, you can purchase Reno Rodeo VIP passes and see the rodeo from the best seats (other than a saddle, they say!) Also, during the month of June, guests can take a shot at pulling a prize from their Chute when they check in... and win rodeo tickets, free rooms, free food and other valuable offers... or just drop in for the Rodeo Week special at the Wildwood Restaurant and grab a cowboy platter with a quarter barbecued roasted chicken and a half rack of Baby Back Ribs, served with fries and coleslaw for $8.99! Just remember, if you are going to the Gold Dust West, that they don’t allow ANYBODY under 21 inside the doors of the casino or the restaurant. This is a 21 and over club only...

Boomtown Hotel and Casino had a big video keno winner! And I don’t mean chump change big... I mean really BIG. Joe Lazaro III won $60,088 on a multi-denominational Game King Keno... he was playing four-card keno with a 50-cent bet when he hit the biggest jackpot of his life! I’ve got the winner’s photo for it... So if you have been listening to the experts who seem to slap keno around, I still say it is worth a try, and I think this is the proof!

Harrah’s Reno is host to the famous Chippendales... From May 30 to July 4 Chippendales will be lighting up women’s eyes as they celebrate their 25th anniversary! They will be adorning Sammy’s Showroom, tickets are $24.95 and $34.95. You must be 18 and older to attend, and you can call (775) 788-2900 for details!

Fitzgeralds Reno had a big winner too! Raymond, from Oregon was playing "Swing Time Betty" ( Boop that is...) When he hit the big one for $178,301. Not too shabby! You can view the photo on the RENO GAMING GUIDE and while you are at it, add some thoughts to the message board, and be sure to subscribe to the Reno-Tahoe Gambling Weekly, which will keep you doubly informed about events and casinos in Reno... better yet, it’s FREE! And don’t forget to poke a pin in the guest map showing where you dropped by from! For some reason pins are poking an outline of the US, and sorely lacking are pins from most of the mid-west... so sign on! It will help get the funding needed to keep this web site going! And if you really like the web site, why not let your favorite Reno casinos know?!

Comedian Tom Dreesen makes his way to the Atlantis Casino Resort Grand Ballroom stage Sunday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. Dreesen is best known as the hilarious opening act for Frank Sinatra at club and concert appearances for 13 years. Also, Ladies...Thunder from Down Under takes Reno By Storm May 27 - June 7! Shows for Thunder from Down Under will be offered at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday and 7:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Need a nice new vehicle? Win a Toyota Highlander At Fitzgeralds Reno. While playing your favorite slots, table games and keno, you can earn entries into the July 12, 2003 Fitzgeralds Card Toyota Highlander Giveaway. The winner chosen is a GUARANTEED WINNER. They just gave John Love of Willows, California a Jeep Liberty on April 5, 2003 and here they go getting ready to give away another one!

Just use your Fitzgeralds Card while playing slots, table games or keno and swipe your card at any promotions kiosk when you are done playing and you will receive entries into the giveaway. You earn one free entry per day, just for swiping your card and you can earn additional entries for every 20 O’Lucky Cents earned playing slots, table games or keno.

The winner does not need to be present to win, however, if they are present and win, then they will receive an additional $1000 cash.

Don’t forget, Club Cal Neva has a coupon deal... sign up at the Cash Club Booth for your free card, and every Thursday you can stop by and pick up your new weekly coupon sheet for some really good deals... over $900 in potential value, it isn’t something to sneeze at!

For those keeping track of me and Reno in the same breath... Summer looks like it is officially here. Temperatures have been in the 80s and 90s, and I find myself crossing my fingers that sponsors will finally help support the web site, so I can get back to living like a real human, and not a bag lady in a box. I’d love to be able to replace the costly RV refrigerator that I tossed out after it almost killed me. I’d love to be able to finish getting that couple of root canals so I can quit the antibiotics and handfuls of ibuprofen. I just want to get on with the promoting of Reno because it is such a neat place, a scenic place, and a fun place loaded with history and gambling tales. Can you blame me? It has been such a long road, it time that I arrived at the destination. I’m ready. I hope sponsors come before this life kills me!

So if you’ve been watching the heat in Vegas, and just can’t do that type of thing to your body, start checking into the benefits of Reno. I think you will be amazed. There is something for everyone in Reno, and I can’t think of a better place to be! So c’mon and pack your bags, look in my casino directory for hotels and phone numbers, and I’ll see you around town!