Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Five Foot High and Rolling

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Five Foot High and Rolling

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The high rollers came to town last week and caused a lot of trouble at a couple of casinos.

The Mississippi and Missouri rivers rolled above flood stage and approached their levels of 1993. The waters forced the closing of the President Casino at the Admiral on May 11 and the Casino St. Charles last Wednesday. Both casinos remained closed at press time, but managers were hoping to reopen them soon.

The water doused some of the plans the boats had for their one-year anniversaries, which are this Saturday. The Casino St. Charles, which was planning to give away a car a day in May, has announced it will extend its promotion into June, until all 31 drawings are held.

Even the horses had a tough time in the water. A levee break flooded much of the Fairmount Park parking lot, canceling almost a week of live racing. The track was still open for intertrack wagering, but Fairmount lost a potential big handle when Saturday's live card in conjunction with the Preakness Stakes was canceled.

The Illinois boats remained open. The Casino Queen was using an alternate entrance ramp that wove outside and up and down stairs before taking customers to the boat. It was the same ramp used during some of the 1993 flooding. For people who have a hard time negotiating steps, this ramp means an arduous march to the boat, although the Queen staff will carry gamblers to the boat, if needed.

So far, the weather hasn't affected the Alton Belle's plans to open Argosy Island, an open-air dock with a tropical motif. The dock will have music, drinks and barbecue, including shrimp and chicken kabobs. The Belle is planning to open Argosy Island on Sunday. It will be open at 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and at noon on Sunday.

Winner of the Week: One of the biggest house games around is Caribbean Stud Poker. But as the progressive jackpot on the game at the Admiral topped $150,000, it became mighty tough to resist. Well, there is a little less temptation now.

Imperial's Alvin Walsh Jr. drew a royal flush on the Admiral last month and took home the $176,052.58 pot. Walsh and his wife, Debbie, had been visiting the Admiral at least twice a week and watched as the Caribbean jackpot soared. …

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