Broadcast Details Announced for Inaugural Casino Rama Curling Skins Game, in High Definition Dec. 8 and 9 on TSN and TSN HD



    -- First ever curling event in North America to be produced and televised
    in HD --

    TORONTO, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - Four of Canada's most decorated curlers take to
the ice and go head-to-head with $100,000 (Cdn) up for grabs at the inaugural
Casino Rama Curling Skins Game. The made-for-TV original TSN production airs
live in High Definition on December 8 and 9 in three, 3-hour telecasts on TSN
and TSN HD. It is the first North American-based curling tournament to be
produced and televised in HD. All games will also be available on-demand on
TSN Broadband at www.TSN.ca.
    The Casino Rama Curling Skins Game is an annual all-Canadian event, which
this year features the popular rinks of Glenn Howard, Wayne Middaugh, Kevin
Martin and Brad Gushue (see 'Player Bios'). The event consists of two
semifinals on Saturday, Dec. 8, with the winners advancing to the final on
Sunday, Dec. 9 (see 'Broadcast Schedule').

    (xx)For media interested in attending the event, please contact Andrea
Goldstein at agoldstein@tsn.ca for media accreditation form(xx)

    Casino Rama has built a curling rink exclusively for this event in its
5,000-seat world-class Entertainment Centre, marking the first time a Canadian
casino has staged a curling event.
    TSN's esteemed curling broadcast team will call the action from Casino
Rama, with Vic Rauter doing the play-by-play alongside analyst and former
Brier champion Ray Turnbull and analyst and Olympic gold medallist Linda
Moore.

    
    Broadcast Schedule on TSN and TSN HD
    ------------------------------------
    -  Saturday, Dec. 8 - Semifinal No. 1: Howard vs. Middaugh at 1 p.m. ET
    -  Saturday, Dec. 8 - Semifinal No. 2: Martin vs. Gushue at 7 p.m. ET
    -  Sunday, Dec. 9 - Final at 1 p.m. ET
    

    Rules of Play and Prizing
    -------------------------
    Each game will consist of eight ends, with a skin won by i) taking two or
more points when holding last rock, or ii) stealing the end. All money not won
in an end is carried over to the next end. If the money at stake in the eighth
end is not won, each team will play one draw to the house, with the team whose
stone is closest to the button declared the winner of the end/money.
    Prior to the start of the event, each player will deliver one shot to the
tee. Each rock will be measured and the team's accumulated total distance from
the button will determine the teams' rankings. The team with the least
accumulated distance will receive the highest ranking and win a bonus of
$1,000. In each game, the higher ranking team will have the choice of either
last rock in the first end or stones.
    Game winners will be determined by total prize money won. A $15,000 bonus
will be awarded to the overall winner of the tournament. The monetary prize
breakdown is as follows:

    
    Ends               Semifinals           Final
    1 & 2              $1,000               $2,000
    3&4                $1,500               $3,000
    5                  $2,000               $4,000
    6                  $3,000               $6,000
    7                  $4,500               $9,000
    8                  $6,500               $13,000

    Draw to the Button Bonus = $1,000
    Tournament Winner Bonus = $15,000
    Total Prize Money = $100,000
    

    The Casino Rama Curling Skins Game will operate under a modified set of
rules by the Canadian Curling Association (CCA).

    How the Ice Will Be Made
    ------------------------
    Casino Rama is building a 16x150 ft. curling rink exclusively for the
event in its Entertainment Centre. The casino has hired the best curling
icemaker in the business in Hans Wuthrich, icemaker for the Tournament of
Hearts, Brier and World Championships and head technician of the curling
sheets at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Wuthrich will work in
conjunction with Ontario-based CIMCO, the preferred rink equipment supplier of
the NHL, to ensure the ice at Casino Rama meets CCA standards.
    To build the curling sheet from scratch, Wuthrich and his crew will
install a layer of plastic on the Entertainment Centre's floor, and then
create the frame that will form the shape of the ice's surface. Once a frame
is in place, the team will lay in pipes, which act as the cooling system to
keep the ice frozen. A layer of sand is then poured to fill in spaces between
the piping, and the framed area is flooded and left to freeze. Once the ice is
frozen, curling lines and logos are painted on before another layer of water
is poured and left to freeze. The ice making process is scheduled to take four
days, and a CIMCO portable ice plant will be used to refrigerate the ice
throughout the event.

    Player Bios
    -----------
    This year's star-studded field of competing Canadian rinks features:

    Glenn Howard (Ontario) - A 34-year veteran curler, Howard claimed his
third Canadian championship this past February and went on to win his third
World title in Edmonton, adding to the World and Canadian titles he won in
1993 and 1987. Howard is no stranger to Skins curling, having won $77,200 in
the 2001 TSN Skins Game.

    Wayne Middaugh (Ontario) - Wayne Middaugh is the most successful curler
in TSN Curling Skins history having been a member of seven championship rinks.
Middaugh has also won two World championships and two Canadian titles (1998
and 1993) throughout his 28-year career.

    Kevin Martin (Alberta) - The defending TSN Skins champion, Kevin Martin's
successful career includes silver medals at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and
1991 World Championships, two Canadian titles in 1997 and 1991, and three TSN
Skins championships (2004, 1998, 1997).

    Brad Gushue (Newfoundland) - Gushue will forever be remembered for
winning a gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, marking
Canada's first men's gold in the sport since curling's addition to the Games
in 1998. This is his first appearance ever in a Curling Skins game.

    Casino Rama Curling Skins Game Backgrounder
    -------------------------------------------
    The Casino Rama Curling Skins Game represents the first year of a
three-year partnership between TSN and Casino Rama, and marks the return of
TSN's popular Curling Skins event, which TSN produced and televised from 1986
to 2004 as part of the network's all-encompassing curling coverage. TSN has
been televising curling since the network's inception in 1984.
    The Casino Rama Curling Skins Game is part of an ongoing relationship
between TSN and Casino Rama, which includes Rumble at Rama I and II, and the
recently completed 2007 Degree Poker Championship.
    The following is a list of past winners of the TSN Curling Skins Game
(year, winnings and host site):

    
    -  2004 - Kevin Martin ($100,500), Bathurst, NB
    -  2003 - Wayne Middaugh ($88,000), Gimli, NB
    -  2002 - Randy Ferbey ($79,500), Grand Prairie, AB
    -  2001 - Glenn Howard ($77,200), Barrie, ON
    -  2000 - Greg McAulay ($66,100), Fredericton, NB
    -  1999 - Wayne Middaugh ($58,900), Whitehorse, YK
    -  1998 - Kevin Martin ($50,450), St. John's, NL
    -  1997 - Kevin Martin ($46,900), Cranbrook, BC
    -  1996 - Wayne Middaugh ($64,800), Sault Ste. Marie, ON
    -  1995 - Wayne Middaugh ($45,750), Halifax, NS
    -  1994 - Ed Werenich ($45,750), Saskatoon, SK
    -  1993 - Russ Howard ($37,000), Ottawa, ON
    -  1992 - Russ Howard ($37,300), Quebec City, QC
    -  1991 - Russ Howard ($42,250), Calgary, AB
    -  1990 - Ed Werenich ($38,750), Charlottetown, PEI
    -  1989 - Mark Dacey ($28,000), Winnipeg, MB
    -  1988 - Ed Werenich ($22,900) Brandon, MB
    -  1987 - Ed Lukowich ($19,250), Thunder Bay, ON
    -  1986 - Ed Werenich ($16,000), Newmarket, ON
    

    Beginning in 2008/09, TSN will be the exclusive Canadian home of all
eight Season of Champions curling events. The deal between the network and the
Canadian Curling Association runs through the 2013/14 season, and includes the
semifinals and finals, as well as morning, afternoon and evening draws.

    About Casino Rama
    -----------------
    Operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week since July 31, 1996, Casino
Rama is Ontario's only First Nation's commercial casino. The Casino offers a
complete entertainment experience with over 2,500 slot machines, more than 110
gaming tables, nine unique restaurants, a world-class 5,000 seat Entertainment
Centre and a 300-room all-suite, full-service hotel, featuring spa and health
club facilities. Casino Rama is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.

    About TSN Events
    ----------------
    Established in 2003, TSN Events was created to develop a wide-variety of
original branded programming and event platforms to supplement TSN's
traditional live sports and news coverage. TSN Events acquires sports
marketing rights, develops original programming and grassroots initiatives,
and leverages the strength and capabilities of the TSN brand to meet customer
objectives and exceed fan expectations. TSN Events' assets include NASCAR
Canada, Degree Poker Championship and Casino Rama Curling Skins Game.

    About TSN
    ---------
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    (*)2005/2006 Roper Canada - Winter





For further information:

For further information: Andrea Goldstein, TSN, (w)(416) 332-7575,
agoldstein@tsn.ca; Jenna Hunter, Casino Rama, (w)(705) 329-5179,
hunterj@casinorama.com


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