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BALLY'S SALOON & GAMBLING HALL OPENS IN TUNICA, MISS.; FIRST WATER-BASED GAMING VENTURE IS LARGEST DOCKSIDE CASINO IN AREA

 CHICAGO, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Arthur M. Goldberg, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Bally Manufacturing Corporation (NYSE: BLY) announced today the opening of Bally's Saloon & Gambling Hall, by its subsidiary, Bally's Casino Holdings, Inc., the company's first water-based casino docked at Mhoon Landing in Tunica, Miss.
 Bally's 40,000 square foot dockside casino is the largest in Tunica. Only 35 miles from Memphis, Tennessee, Bally's Saloon & Gambling Hall features a high-action dockside casino with live nightly entertainment and a land-based food court.
 According to Mr. Goldberg, "This dockside casino is the first example of Bally's strategy, establishing new gaming operations in major markets across the country."
 "The opening of this casino, only six months after securing the site, marks a significant milestone for the company.
 "We are proud to be a part of an overall gaming industry that will infuse $250 million of tax revenue and approximately 11,000 new jobs into one of Mississippi's most underdeveloped regions," Mr. Goldberg said. Bally's dockside casino alone will provide over 800 jobs for Tunica residents.
 The western-themed casino offers 1,150 slot machines, 57 of the most popular table games, including blackjack, craps, mini-baccarat and roulette, along with 8 poker tables. For increased elbow room, the aisles for slots and table games are wider than the standard casino size. All slot machines use the latest technology, including currency acceptors.
 The elaborate saloon is decorated with a western-motif and consists of a circular bar with video poker and a stage for live entertainment.
 On land, connected to the casino by a grand entrance, McDonald's will operate a 270-seat food court facility. In addition to McDonald's, the food court will also feature an Oscar Mayer hot dog shop, a pizza shop, and a Breyers ice cream and bakery shop.
 Mississippi law requires that all gaming establishments open for a pre-determined period of time and then close for 48 hours to allow for a tax commission inspection. Bally's will open Monday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. and will remain open through 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8. The casino will reopen to the public on Friday, Dec. 10.
 The dockside casino in Tunica brings to four the number of casinos operated by Bally's. The company owns two casinos in Atlantic City: Bally's Park Place Casino Hotel and Tower, and The Grand - A Bally's Casino Resort, as well as operates and owns an equity interest in Bally's Las Vegas, Nev.
 The company recently announced receipt of a preliminary certificate of approval by its subsidiary, Bally's Casino Holdings to build a major riverboat casino to operate in New Orleans, La.
 Bally Manufacturing Corporation is one of the world's foremost operators of casino hotel resorts and fitness centers.
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