Wynn Casino Strikes It Rick With Gold Medal From Jason Kidd
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What could be valuable to a casino icon and his wife who has seemingly everything the world could offer? How about a gold medal from the Olympics that they did not compete in.
It appears to matter not that Steve Wynn and his wife Elaine, did not compete in the Beijing Olympics. They will be forever reminded of the games anyway.
Jason Kidd is fulfilling a promise made to Elaine that if the U.S. basketball team won the gold medal, then Kidd would give his to the Wynn’s. He claims it is the least he could do for their generosity.
Others are speculation that the gold medal could be an exchange for money that Kidd owes the casino, but he swears that is not the case. “No, it’s not a marker or anything like that. She’s (Elaine) just a great friend and a really great person,” said Kidd.
The fondness for Wynn and his casino stems from last summer, when Kidd claims to have been treated extraordinarily. “I told her (Elaine) I’d make a deal with her, that if we won the gold medal, I’d give it to her. She thought I was kidding. But I told her I had one already, and the way they treated us at the Wynn, it was the least I could do,” said Kidd.
Senecas Halting Construction of Casino In Buffalo
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The Seneca Indian Nation has been living dangerously by continuing to construct a casino in Buffalo. A judge has now ruled twice that the tribe’s temporary casino is illegal, but has yet to order it closed.
On Wednesday, the tribe ordered the construction on the permanent casino closed on their own. They are stopping the building not because of the ruling, but because of the current state of the economy.
This is not the first expansion project that has been shut down thanks to the economy. Other developers also feared that the economy would hurt them and their casinos, so they have also put a stop on the building.
While many might believe that the decision today was a direct response to the judge’s ruling, the tribe is claiming that it did not play into the decision. “A decision of that magnitude is not made overnight,” said Phil Pantano, spokesman for the Seneca Gaming Corp.
While the construction will be stopped, the tribe has not ruled out restarting again once the economy picks back up. “We’re going to continue to watch the economy very closely,” said Pantano.
In the meantime, the decision that was made again on Tuesday is being appealed, and the tribe is hopeful that it will be overturned.