CARD DEALER EMMA PURTILL IN NEW OASIS CASINO IN JERICHO.
Emma Purtill, 21, from Manchester, England, deals out cards on a Black Jack table in the Oasis Casino September 14 as one of the floor inspectors, Ian McCann from Bradford, England, looks on. The Oasis Casino is located in the Palestinian Authority self-rule town of Jericho in a desert area at the lowest point on Earth about a one-half hour drive from Jerusalem. The casino at a cost of $50-million will open tomorrow and will eventually be valued at $150-million and include a luxury hotel, a golf course, and conference center. The casino, which has 35 U.S. dollar-only gaming tab;es and 220 slot machines is seen as a bold gamble by Palestinian Presiddent Yasser Arafat.