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Market (Continued from page 52) pleased with the quality and timing of its boats delivered from Leevac.
He described his company's role in the building process as "hands-on," as Players retained the services of
Rodney Lay & Associates and "sends people with construction experience in."
Terming the competition for li- censes in legalized areas as fierce, he stressed the need to provide a complete entertainment package with a community outlook to be successful
Finally, Mr. Pratt said Holly- wood Casino Corp. has "hired the best naval architects and brought in people who know how to operate the marine side of it." Regarding decisions on specific equipment, he defers to the decisions of the naval architects and the vessel builders. "We specify what we need from a casino standpoint, and leave it up to the marine experts to fit it all together."
Hemmeter Team To Tackle
New Orleans developer Christo- pher Hemmeter and Hollywood
Casino Corp.'s Jack E. Pratt an- nounced that their firms will form a partnership to compete for the gam- ing license for Michigan City, Ind.
Dallas-based Hollywood Casino currently operates two riverboats in
Aurora, 111., and will complete con- struction of a dockside gaming facil- ity in Tunica, Miss, this summer.
Mr. Hemmeter submitted an ini- tial proposal to Michigan City for the construction of a gaming com- plex, the first to do so in September 1993.
Preliminary plans call for devel- opment of a combination waterfront resort/riverboat casino, with addi- tional convention and recreation fa- cilities.
Hollywood's Aurora boats are re- portedly the second-highest revenue- generating riverboats in Illinois.
Intl. Gaming Managment Lady Luck Raises
Granted Zoning Permit $ 185 Million
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The Mississippi Wildlife, Fisher- ies & Parks Commission/Bureau of
Marine Resources has granted a coastal wetlands permit to Interna- tional Gaming Management, Inc. for its proposed dockside casino development project in D'lberville,
Miss. This action by the commis- sion allows the company to seek approval for its application for a permit from the Army Corps of
Engineers. The company's applica- tion for a Mississippi gaming li- cense is also in progress.
Ameristar Casino Vicksburg, re- portedly the largest and most di- verse gaming facility in Central
Mississippi, opened February 27.
Modeled after the paddlewheel ves- sels which cruised in the 1870s, the
Ameristar Casino Vicksburg dockside riverboat is a part of a $70 million development. The riverboat casino has 32,000-sq.-ft. of gaming space, and includes 1,050 slot and video poker machines, 44 blackjack tables, 12 poker tables, six craps tables and other gaming options.
All three levels of the riverboat are connected by escalators in a multi-level atrium.
Lady Luck Gaming Co. an- nounced that it has raised $185 mil- lion, and the company reportedly plans to use the funds in part to proceed with expansion programs of constructing individually-themed casinos in several emerging mar- kets, including in Mississippi and
Rodney E. Lay & Associates
Offers Casino Cat™ For
The Casino Cat™ casino cruise vessel hull, developed by Rodney E.
Lay & Associates in 1991 for Em- press River Casino Cruises, is cur- rently under construction at Atlan- tic Marine in Jacksonville, Fla. The 288-foot (87.7 m) Empress III fea- tures a combination of roll stabiliz- ers to both minimize roll angle and increase roll period, to reduce dis- comforting lateral accelerations. The stabilizers are effective at any speed.
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Walter Machine Outfits Casino Vessels
With Keel Coolers
The Walter Machine Co. of Jer- sey City, N.J. supplied Walter Keel
Coolers on the Bender-built Star
Casino, the first gaming vessel to open in Louisiana.
Walter Keel Coolers have been used on a number of other gaming vessels to cool propulsion engines, auxiliary engines and air-condition- ing systems.
Keel coolers are a proven form of marine engine cooling, since their completely closed-loop cooling sys- tem eliminates the possibility of clogged sea strainers and raw wa- ter pump failures in dirty or ice- laden waters.
Featuring 70/30 cupronickel "Turbo Tube," Walter Keel Coolers' streamlined design conforms to hull curvatures and does not require recessing.
Prefabricated Walter Keel Cool- ers save thousands of pounds of weight on the hull, translating into reduced operating costs, according to the manufacturer.
Walter's Sea Chest model has also been reported to significantly decrease installation time since it eliminates the need for cofferdams inside the hull. Walter offers keel
Drawing of Walter Machine keel cooler circuit. coolers for propulsion and auxil- iary engines from 10 to 5,000 hp, including Caterpillar, Cummins,
Detroit Diesel, Volvo Penta, MAN,
GM EMD, John Deere, Lugger and more.
Established in 1927, Walter Ma- chine Co. also manufactures a com- plete line of marine and industrial gear drives (V-Drives, reduction gears and speed increasers).
For additional information on
Walter Machine's products and ser- vices for the casino riverboat mar- ket,
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