Santa Ana Star Casino first to launch social networking Web site - Tuesday 3rd of February 2009

Santa Ana Star Casino, one of New Mexicos leading American Indian gaming casinos, has become the first in the country to launch a social networking Web site that creates an interactive online player community.

Santa Ana Star Casino announced the launch of MY.Santaanastar.com, a social networking site that combines applications similar to Facebook and MySpace with accessible information in the style of My Yahoo and iGoogle.

"Santa Ana Star Casino is delighted to be the first casino in the United States to launch a social networking Web site. Guests are always telling us they feel like theyre with friends and family while at the casino," said Scott Eldredge, interim general manager of Santa Ana Star Casino. "Our new Web site allows guests to take that feeling and interaction home with them while easily accessing information from their casino, and staying in touch with their community, friends and family."

MY.Santaanastar.com is modeled after Facebook and MySpace, and allows its users to create a profile and link others to their homepage. The site includes similar features as other social networking sites including photo sharing and instant messaging. Casino game playing is linked to the Santa Ana Star Casinos Star @ Home site where the games that are in the casino are available to be played for free.

The site can be customized similarly to iGoogle and My Yahoo by adding widgets, a removable link or button embedded in a site. These widgets allow access to a variety of information including news, weather, sports, entertainment, lifestyle and travel, and business and financial information. Current widgets allow users to access news and information from live local radio and television.

The site enables Santa Ana Star Casino to immediately share information about casino events and promotions, and allows its guests to provide feedback by answering surveys and submitting comments. MY.Santaanastar.com is open to users of all ages and can be accessed at www.santaanastar.com/myhomepage. MY.Santaanastar.com is also accessible from the Santa Ana Star Casino home page at www.santaanastar.com.

Foxwoods Resort and Casino, owned by Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, in Connecticut is the only other casino to have a social networking system. Though it hasnt launched yet.

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