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Red Hawk Casino

February 27, 2009 19:32 ET

Red Hawk Casino Sponsors Russell Brainard in Legends of Bartending Competition

Flair Bartending World Championships to Be Held in Las Vegas, March 1 - 3

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - February 27, 2009) - Red Hawk Casino is pleased to announce its sponsorship of flair bartender Russell Brainard at the Legends of Bartending World Championships. Brainard was selected to compete at the advanced level of the flair bartending competition, which requires him to complete four drinks in less than three minutes. The eleventh annual competition, which is organized by High Spirits Enterprises, will be held Sunday, March 1 through Tuesday, March 3 at Luxor's LAX Nightclub in Las Vegas.

Legends of Bartending is one of the world's largest flair bartending competitions, featuring more than 75 participants from around the globe. Competitors must be invited to participate in the pro division, advanced division, or through individual rounds. During the competition, the bartenders will be evaluated based on their pour, speed and flair accuracy. Approximately $25,000 will be awarded to participants in cash and prizes throughout the competition.

"We are proud to support Russell in his quest for the championship at the Legends of Bartending competition," said Peter Fordham, General Manager of Red Hawk Casino. "Guests at Red Hawk Casino have been thoroughly entertained by Russell's flair bartending skills, and we are thrilled that his extraordinary talent will be showcased in this global competition. We wish him all the best as he pursues this incredible opportunity."

"It is a privilege and honor to be able to compete in the Legends of Bartending World Championships," said Brainard. "Flair bartending is about more than just flipping bottles. It's about providing customers with an entertaining experience, while being incredibly efficient and knowledgeable of drink recipes. I'm thrilled to represent Red Hawk Casino at this prestigious competition, and would like to thank the casino for its generous support."

Brainard, who resides in Orangevale, Calif., has been working at Red Hawk Casino since the property opened in December 2008. His flair bartending career began just two years ago when he was promoted to bartender while working at T.G.I. Friday's®. Although he has participated in several local competitions, the Legends of Bartending World Championships will mark his first appearance on the global competitive bartending scene.

The competition finals, which are open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. For more information on the Legends of Bartending World Championships, please call (702) 242-8468 or visit www.legendsofbartending.com.

About Red Hawk Casino

Red Hawk Casino is owned by the Shingle Springs Tribal Gaming Authority, an instrumentality of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. It is located off the Red Hawk Parkway exit of Highway 50, just 10 minutes east of Folsom. Red Hawk Casino is managed by Lakes Entertainment, Inc. and blends a full complement of gaming excitement with the natural beauty of Northern California. Red Hawk Casino features approximately 2,000 slot machines, 75 table games, six restaurants, four bars, and lighted, covered parking. Please play responsibly. You must be 21 years of age to gamble. More information can be found at www.redhawkcasino.com.

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