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Mike Allgeier named general manager of Buffalo Thunder Casino.

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SANTA FE, N.M. - Buffalo Thunder Resort, a combined project of the Pueblo of Pojoaque and Hilton Hotels Corp., has named Mike Allgeier general manager for Buffalo Thunder Casino. Allgeier is responsible for overall management of the casino and will oversee all casino operations when the resort opens in August.

''Mike Allgeier brings a solid background of gaming industry experience which will enable Buffalo Thunder Casino to be successful in a variety of areas,'' said Duff Taylor, executive director of gaming operations. ''We're pleased to have him on board.''

Allgeier brings nearly three decades of gaming experience to his position at Buffalo Thunder Casino. Most recently, he was vice president of casino operations for Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Prior, he was vice president of casino operations for the Las Vegas Hilton. Allgeier comes to Santa Fe from Las Vegas, where he has lived for almost 30 years.

Buffalo Thunder Resort will be the largest destination resort in New Mexico, and will include a state-of-the-art casino with Las Vegas-style gaming and the Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa at Buffalo Thunder with 390 luxury guest rooms. The destination will offer a variety of world-class amenities, including a Hale Irwin- and Bill Phillips-designed golf course, luxury spa, Mark Miller's signature Red Sage Restaurant, Blue Tower Lounge, two heated pools, tennis courts, walking trails, a Native heritage center, retail shopping and 66,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

Buffalo Thunder Resort is located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Highway 85/285 in Pojoaque, only minutes from historic Santa Fe. For more information, call (877) 455-7775 or visit www.buffalo thunderresort.com.