Sign Up Deadline Aug. 24 for Frankie’s Bocce Tournament & Italian Festival

Dover, DE, August 23, 2010 --( The registration deadline for Dover Downs Hotel & Casino’s inaugural Frankie’s Bocce Ball Tournament & Italian Festival is Aug. 25. Teams interested in participating in the Bocce Ball Tournament should call Jeannine Lahey at 302-857-2166.

The bocce ball tournament will be set up in four-person teams to compete in double-elimination rounds. The entry fee is $200 per team and includes a souvenir T-shirt and $20 Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Gift Card for each player. The first 32 teams to register will secure a spot in the tournament, and the guaranteed first place prize is $3,000.

The Tournament and Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Rollins Center®. The schedule follows:

Saturday, Sept. 4
10:00 a.m. Bocce Tournament begins and festival opens
11:00 Italian Lessons with Francesca Primac
11:45 Cooking Demo – Pizzelle Making with Mark Zirilli
12:30 p.m. Sean “Sinatra” Reilly – Tribute to Frank Sinatra
1:15 Wine Seminar
2:00 Italian Lessons with Francesca Primac
2:45 Cooking Demo – Gravy making with Chef Giovanni
3:00 Spaghetti Eating Contest ($100 Prize)
3:30 Sean “Sinatra” Reilly – Tribute to Frank Sinatra
4:15 Whacked Pack featuring Tom Pizzi and Mario Rocco
5:00 Bocce Tournament end, resumes Sunday
5:00 Wine Seminar
5:45 Cooking Demo – Pasta Making with Chef Giovanni
7:00 PrimaMania featuring The Wildness: Reflections of Louie & Keeley

Sunday, Sept. 5
10:00 a.m. Bocce Tournament resumes and festival re-opens
11:00 Italian Lessons with Francesca Primac
11:45 Cooking Demo – Pasta Making with Chef Giovanni
12:30 p.m. Whacked Pack with special appearance by Jim “Sly Stallone” Parsley
1:45 Wine Seminar
3:00 Spaghetti Eating Contest ($100 Prize)
3:30 Whacked Pack with special appearance by Jim “Sly Stallone” Parsley
4:15 Bocce Awards Presentation

Admission is $5 and includes observing the bocce ball competition, entertainment, wine sampling, cooking demonstrations, a food and merchandise marketplace featuring Rocky Mountain Candy Factory, Pampered Chef, Calabria Imports from Philadelphia offering Italian music CDs and movies, imported olive oils, pasta and Italian sweets, and more. VIP ticket for $30 includes festival admission, access to special tournament viewing area and a buffet-style meal featuring Italian specialties and wine. Tickets 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, 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, world-class live harness racing and simulcast horse racing. For more information, please visit
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