PLACERVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2008) - Red Hawk Casino announced today the appointment of its executive host team. The team of 11 hosts led by Director of Player Development, Michael Newsome, is responsible for providing excellent customer service and ensuring a positive gaming experience for Red Hawk Casino's players.

"Casino hosts are often the first line of contact between the players and the casino," said Peter Fordham, General Manager of Red Hawk Casino. "We assembled this experienced team to ensure the best possible experience for our players."

The executive host team has more than 92 years of combined experience in the gaming industry. Many members of the host team are multi-lingual and are fluent in the following nine languages: Cantonese, English, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Filipino, Spanish, Taiwanese and Vietnamese.

Members of the executive host team include:

Michael Newsome -- Michael Newsome is the Director of Player Development at Red Hawk Casino. He has more than 15 years of experience in casino marketing and player development. Previously, he held a variety of gaming positions at Caesar's Entertainment, MGM and IP Casino Resort and Spa in Biloxi, Miss.

Kristina Bonachita -- Kristina Bonachita has more than nine years experience working in the hospitality industry. She previously worked at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., where she held positions including hotel shift manager, VIP registration agent and concierge.

Michael Cabras -- Michael Cabras comes to Red Hawk Casino from Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel in Jackson, Calif., where he served as Asian executive host. Previously, he worked in the real estate industry at companies including Exit Realty West in Sacramento, Calif. and Re/Max Gold in Elk Grove, Calif.

Cindy Chung -- Cindy Chung has a background working in Human Assistance Services. Cindy has been in the gaming industry more than four years. Previously, she was a table games dealer at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif.

Robert Diego -- Robert Diego has more than 20 years of experience in the casino industry. He joins Red Hawk Casino from Horizon Casino Resort in Lake Tahoe, Nev., where he served for five years as an executive casino host and casino shift manager. He has also held positions with Suncoast Hotel & Casino and Bally's Paris, both in Las Vegas, Nev., and Harrah's in Lake Tahoe, Nev.

Betty Huang -- Betty Huang has more than seven years of experience in the casino industry. She comes to Red Hawk Casino from Lucky Derby Casino in Citrus Heights, Calif., where she worked as a casino host. Previously, she served as a card dealer at Rancho's Club Casino in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Charles Kennett -- Charles Kennett is serving as an executive casino host for the first time. Previously, he served as a sales manager at Interval Marketing Inc. and Royal Resorts, both in Las Vegas, Nev.

Shawn Monty Moore -- Shawn Monty Moore has more than 13 years experience as a casino host. He previously worked as an executive casino host at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Peppermill Reno Hotel Casino, and the Hilton, all in Reno, Nev. He also served as a player development manager at Boomtown Casino in New Orleans, La.

Stephanie Nguyen -- Stephanie Nguyen has more than seven years of experience in the gaming industry. She comes to Red Hawk Casino from Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., where she worked for five years as a casino host and previously as a server.

Daniel Ochoa -- Daniel Ochoa has more than 11 years experience as an executive casino host. Previously, he worked at Ramada Express Casino & Hotel and Harrah's Casino & Hotel, both in Laughlin, Nev.; Harrah's Casino and Hotel in Lake Tahoe, Nev.; and Silver Legacy Resort and Casino in Reno, Nev.

Jennifer Ramonat -- Jennifer Ramonat has eight years experience in the casino industry. Previously, she was a table games dealer at Greektown Casino in Detroit, Mich. and a poker shift manager at Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich.

Sean Robinson -- Sean Robinson has more than five years of experience in guest relations. He comes to Red Hawk Casino from Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, Calif., where he held positions including assistant room manager and beverage assistant manager. Previously, he worked in entertainment and guest relations at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif.

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 scheduled to open on December 17, 2008 at 7 p.m. near Placerville, Calif., located off of Highway 50, just 20 minutes east of Sacramento. The project is being managed by Lakes Entertainment, Inc. and will blend a full complement of gaming excitement with the natural beauty of Northern California. Once complete, Red Hawk Casino will feature approximately 2,000 slot machines, 75 table games, six restaurants, four bars, and lighted, covered parking. More information can be found at

Contact Information: Media Contacts: Sara DeNio Dresner Corporate Services 312-780-7223 Joshua Taustein Dresner Corporate Services 312-780-7219