Thursday, November 20, 2008

Stars at Snoqualmie Casino Grand Opening

Thursday, November 6, 2008 marked the Grand Opening of the Snoqualmie Casino.

Olympic gold medalist figure skater Oksana Baiul, "Baywatch’s" Traci Bingham, "American Idol" runner-up Blake Lewis and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon attended opening night which featured a private concert by Jessica Simpson, her first public concert in the Seattle area since 2004.

Simpson unveiled her new country songs from her latest album "Do You Know" which debuted #1 on the country charts and she is currently promoting her 2nd hit single "Remember That." She spoke fondly of her boyfriend, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, in between songs. Simpson reflected on what it is like to be in love and be happy with the right person and performed her version of "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'."

Oksana Baiul wore Chanel and Louis Vuitton in a look that harkened to a 1940s screen siren. The Olympian was overheard talking about her exciting projects off the ice, including her Broadway show "Cold As Ice,” and her new reality TV show, which will follow her segue into Hollywood.

Traci Bingham wore a cherry red and leopard print mini and was telling everyone about the new show she hosts on Fox, searching for the next American Sex Symbol. Bingham’s sister was the big winner, turning $10 in the slot machine into a few thousand dollars in minutes.

Celebrity guests and VIPs were treated to sushi, cocktails from the Absolut & Bacardi ice bars, cognac and cigars at Snoqualmie's LIT cigar lounge, the yummy dessert selection and chocolate fondue fountain and their own custom Snoqualmie poker sets.

“ There’s just nothing like [Snoqualmie Casino] in this region,” said Michael Barozzi, chief executive officer of Snoqualmie Entertainment Authority, which owns and operates Snoqualmie Casino. “Our guests can enjoy the elegance and sophistication expected of a 5-star resort and at the same time experience the high-octane thrill of true, Vegas-style casino entertainment.”

Snoqualmie Casino is the closest gaming center to Seattle and the first on Seattle’s eastside. With more than 170,000-square-feet of entertainment space, the Vegas-style venue features 50 table games, eight poker tables, and 1700 state-of-the-art slot machines.

In addition to live concerts, the 11,000-square-foot Ballroom will also host other high-profile events such as world-class boxing, and national poker tournaments. Five restaurants, three unique lounges and bars, and a plush cigar lounge round out the total entertainment experience.


Captions: Jessica Simpson with NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon and his wife Mandy

Jessica Simpson onstage during her private concert at the Snoqualmie Casino Grand Opening