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6/8/08 TO 6/14/08

A tale of two states

IA - Missouri has 13 casinos (including one under construction near St. Louis) with nine of them slugging it out in the state's two largest urban markets. The St. Louis market also includes two Illinois riverboat casinos. The commission's own market study concluded there's almost no room left for additional casinos in Kansas City. Despite all that the Missouri Gaming Commission continues to consider a new casino in suburban Sugar Creek... / by Rick Alm / June 10, 2008

All but Isle of Capri post strong May gaming numbers

MO - Isle of Capri reported revenue of $7 million, down 4 percent... / Wichita Business Journal / June 10, 2008

Anxiety on the rise along with rivers

MO - The President Casino in St. Louis is expected to close between 4 and 5 a.m. Wednesday due to the rising Mississippi River, the casino said. It's the second such closure this year -- the riverboat was closed for three days in April also because of high water, which was its first weather-related closure since May 2002. It was not known how long the casino could be closed. / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS / 06/11/2008

Can he snuff out smoke ban?

MO - Kansas City lawyer Jonathan Sternberg wasn't looking for a job when he warned the Kansas City Council about the Missouri Constitution regarding smoking-ban ordinances... Honestly, I never expected to get hired to sue the city... "If the judge accepts all of the plaintiffs' arguments, there will be nothing to amend," he says. "Because the laws will be struck down." / Jun. 10, 2008

Caruthersville casino gets new name

MO - One year after the sale of southeast Missouri's only casino, the gambling facility has a new name. / ASSOCIATED PRESS / 06/11/2008

Flood Preparations Underway

MO - The President Casino is closed due to the rising waters of the Mississippi River. This is the second time this year the casino has been forced to temporarily close for safety reasons. / Jun 11, 2008

Flooding closes casino in St. Louis

MO - The fast-rising Mississippi River forced closure of a St. Louis casino on Wednesday and prompted sandbagging efforts in communities preparing for near-historic crests. It wasn't clear when the casino would reopen. / The Associated Press / Jim Salter / June 12, 2008

Isle of Capri re-brands Casino Aztar as Lady Luck Casino

MO - Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. has re-branded the former Casino Aztar in Caruthersville, Mo., to the company's first Lady Luck casino as part of its overall strategic plan to re-introduce the Lady Luck brand... / June 10, 2008

Lady Luck Casino takes over the former Casino Aztar in Caruthersville

MO - On Tuesday, Lady Luck Casino officially changed the chips, cards, game layouts and dice that were formerly owned by Casino Aztar. Isle of Capri Casinos acquired Lady Luck Caruthersville for about $45 million from an affiliate of Kentucky-based Columbia Sussex Corp. on June 10, 2007, but didn't change its name until now. / Southeast Missourian / By Brian Blackwell / June 11, 2008

Lady Luck back in business

MO - The riverboat property was acquired by St. Louis-based Isle of Capri Casinos last year and is the first property to be transformed as part of the company's recently announced multi-brand strategy for its 14 U.S. casinos. / by Rick Alm / June 10, 2008

Mixed results for St. Louis casinos in May

MO - President Casino's admissions and revenue took another significant hit in May after the casino reported a 42 percent drop in admission in April partially due to the casino temporarily closing for several days due to rising flood waters on the Mississippi River. The Alton Belle Casino in Alton, Ill., reported a 23 percent drop in revenue to $8.3 million last month... / St. Louis Business Journal / by Matt Allen / June 11, 2008

North Kansas City Council OKs smoking ban

MO - A smoking ban similar to one passed by Kansas City voters in April won approval from the North Kansas City Council on Tuesday night. The ban approved by Kansas City voters and the one passed by the North Kansas City Council require that local casino gaming floors become smoke free when casinos in neighboring cities approve similar bans. / The Kansas City Star / By GENE HANSON / Jun. 10, 2008

North Kansas City Council to vote on smoking ban

MO - What [the North Kansas City] city council decides this evening could attract a lot of attention around the metropolitan area because of the impact a smoking ban there could have on smoking in area casinos. The smoking ban that Kansas City voters passed on April 8 requires the casino gaming floors there to go smoke-free when casinos in neighboring cities approve similar bans. / The Kansas City Star / By MIKE RICE / Jun. 10, 2008

North Kansas City Passes Smoking Ban

MO - In an 8 to 1 vote, North Kansas City council members passed an ordinance banning smoking in all bars and restaurants, with the exception of casino gaming floors. / By Elana Gordon / 2008-06-11

Now it's time to ban smoking in all KC area casinos

KC - Kansas City did it in April. North Kansas City did it Tuesday. Now it's up to Riverside to approve a smoke-free law for its casino. / by Yael T. Abouhalkah / June 11, 2008

President Casino temporarily closes due to rising floodwaters

MO - For the second time in two months, the President Casino in downtown St. Louis is temporarily closing due to rising floodwaters on the Mississippi River... / St. Louis Business Journal / by Matt Allen / June 11, 2008

President Casino to close because of rising Mississippi River

MO - President Casino is expected to resume operations once the floodwaters recede and workers can remove mud and other debris from the streets, parking lots, porte cochere and access ramps to the boat. / June 11, 2008

Rain to the north has rivers rising here

MO - The river is expected to crest in St. Louis and in Alton on Sunday. Flood stage is 30 feet in St. Louis, and the crest is predicted to hit 35.6 feet. Flood stage is Alton is 21 feet, and the river is expected to crest at 28.6 feet, the National Weather Service predicted. The President Casino riverboat closed due to the swelling waters. / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / By Leah Thorsen / 06/12/2008

Sugar Creek casino dead?

MO - The Missouri Gaming Commission has set a special meeting Monday to consider a "moratorium" on future casino licenses. If approved the measure would appear to dash, at least in the short term, any hopes for a new casino in Sugar Creek that the commission has been considering for more than a year. / by Rick Alm / June 12, 2008

Where theres smoke, theres ire

MO - "I don't smoke," Vander Veen said. "But it's a free country. To put a ban on a legal product doesn't make sense to me." It apparently did not make sense to the city council majority, which has voiced disinterest in the proposal, despite impassioned and corroborated arguments from physicians and registered nurse Daniele Pasatieri, chairwoman of the St. Charles Wellness Commission. Councilman Ron Stivison, Ward 9, said he thought the Wellness Commission's proposal "sounded pretty good," but he did believe that St. Charles would probably lose business to neighboring cities if it enacted a smoking ban on its own. A statewide ban would have less local impact, he said. Pasatieri said the council's response sounded like a cop out. "Talk about fear and poor judgment," she said. "To say you are for a statewide ban is convenient from a politician's standpoint. But that's not how it works. A statewide ban starts at the city level, then the county, then the state." St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano said two aldermen have approached him about putting a smoking ban on the ballot. Pagano himself proposed a smoking ban in 2005, but it did not receive support from the Board of Aldermen. "I don't think it would hurt businesses," Pagano said. "In cities like Ballwin and Arnold, it hasn't had the kind of negative impact critics said it would. I've been to entire states where there isn't any smoking, like Florida and New York. No one is going out of business there. People have accepted it. I'm very disappointed in Missouri for not acting on this. When Kansas City enacted its smoking restrictions, it exempted casinos. The Wellness Commission's proposed ordinance would extend to Ameristar Casino. Mike Knopfel, Ameristar public relations manager, said the St. Charles casino would see a decline in gaming revenue if a ban went into effect. Ashley Daniels, general manager of the French Quarter Bar and Grill in Ballwin, said her business is booming. "We are absolutely more successful now than we were before the smoking ban," Daniels said. / By Raymond Castile / June 7, 2008