Frankie’s Bocce Tournament and Italian Festival Premieres at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Sept. 4 & 5

Dover, DE, August 07, 2010 --( Dover Downs Hotel & Casino announces the inaugural Frankie’s Bocce Ball Tournament & Italian Festival to take place on Saturday, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bocce tournament courses will be set up in the Rollins Center ballroom in correlation with the Italian Festival, offering live entertainment, a spaghetti eating contest, refreshments and more.

“We are excited to bring the Bocce Tournament and Italian Festival to the Rollins Center,” said George Fiorile, vice president and general manager of Hotel Operations for Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. “Combining the tournament and festival enables us to celebrate Italian heritage while attracting visitors from the Mid-Atlantic region. Delicious authentic Italian food and wines will be offered, along with lively Italian music and entertainment.”

The bocce ball tournament will be set up in four-person teams who will compete in double-elimination rounds. The entry fee is $200 per team, and the registration deadline is Aug. 25. The first 32 teams to register will secure a spot in the tournament, and the guaranteed first place prize is $3,000.

The general public is invited to attend the tournament and festival for an admission price of $5. Attendees are invited to view the exciting live bocce ball competition and enjoy great entertainment, food and wine sampling, cooking demonstrations, a food and merchandise marketplace, and more.

Teams interested in participating in the Bocce Ball Tournament should call Jeannine Lahey at 302-857-2166. Tickets for the event may be purchased through VIP Services at 800-711-5882.


Owned by Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: DDE), Dover Downs Hotel & Casino® is a premier gaming and entertainment resort destination in the Mid-Atlantic region. The casino is open 24 hours daily and consists of table games including blackjack, craps, roulette, poker, baccarat and more, in addition to approximately 2,700 video lottery terminals controlled by Delaware Lottery. Trackview Slots on the 4th floor holds more slots and electronic blackjack games. The Crown Royal® Poker Room opened on July 14, 2010, on the 3rd floor with 12 poker tables offering the most popular poker games, including Texas Hold‘Em. The Colonnade features the Race & Sports Book with pro football parlay betting and horse racing simulcasts, a casino lounge called Fire & Ice at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, and shops and restaurants consisting of The Marketplace, Swarovski, Godiva, Fashions of The Colonnade, Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House, Frankie’s Italian Restaurant and Sweet Perks Too. The AAA-rated Four Diamond hotel is the largest in Delaware with 500 luxurious rooms/suites, indoor pool, sauna, exercise room, gift shop, Toppers Spa/Salon, 1600-seat Rollins Center® ballroom and 35,000 sq. ft. of multi-function space. Additional property amenities include seven restaurants/cafes, five bars and world-class live harness racing. For more information, please visit
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