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Card Room Action Casino Entertainment REEL REVIEWS – Zeus by WMS Boyd’s Eye View – VP Literalists Travel – Show Low for a great high Blackjack Corner – Memorial Day Event Vol. 24 No. 5 • May 2016

Oasis in the Desert

Cover Story on Page 8



Gaming•Entertainment•Travel PO Box 33393 • Phoenix Arizona 85067 • 602-373-8728 • Editor Phil Scudella Production Assistants John Olson Graphic Design CommuniGraphics

Contributing Photography Kevin Cummings Tony Deluz Anne Grobner Melody Hudson David Ramsey Melissa Rowberry Satara Williams

Special Thanks to: Shelley Stewart and the entire Marketing team and Management at Fort McDowell Casino for all their help on this Issue

Contributing Writers Linda Boyd Rachel Brockway Kevin Cummings Cindy Esquer Anne Grobner Melody Hudson TJ Jorgensen Lyra Manning Teri Morris Brian Mulligan David Ramsey Melissa Rowberry Shelley Stewart Satara Williams

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Vol. 24 No. 5 • May 2016

TJ's Blackjack Corner TJ Jorgensen ”Memorial Day Tournament”


Boyd’s Eye View of Video Poker Linda Boyd “VP Literalists”


Cover Story Fort McDowell “Oasis in the Desert”


Gaming News Casino AZ & Talking Stick Resort earn Stevie Awards


Card Room Action Table Game Action Around the State


Reel Reviews Kevin Cummings “Zeus – Son of Kronos” by WMS


Lottery News “West side resident wins The Pick Jackpot”


Entertainment Casino Entertainment State-wide


Travel “Show Low for a Great Time”


Horsin' Around Brian Mulligan Derby recap & Preakness Tips


David at the Snack Bar David Ramsey Film and DVD reviews


Bingo Directory Complete List of Bingo Games at Arizona Casinos


Jokes of the Month, Astrology, & Casino Directory



TJ’s Blackjack corner

Memorial Day Blackjack Tournament

f you’re looking for something to do on Monday, May 30th, Here’s a great idea, especially if you like to participate in tournaments. Tournaments are where you get “Max for your Money.” A small entry fee can turn into a BIG payoff! Now the details; Lone Bute Casino is hosting a special Memorial Day Blackjack Tournament. Registration starts at 10am and the Tournament begins at noon. The casino is paying 6th Places (everyone at the final table) and 1st place money is guaranteed to be $5,000, that’s really great for a $50 entry fee. Recently Lone Butte held a President’s Day Blackjack Tournament and it was a sell-out. The Tournament was very well organized, and everyone had a lot of fun. Last month my column was entitled “How to win a Blackjack Tournament” and this month I will give you a little more ammunition if you decide to come out and play. A Tournament can be broken down into four parts; The Early part of the round, Middle of the round, Late round, and the Final Hand. In the Early part of the round you should be betting close to the minimum bet. I use this part of the round to size up the other players. The ones that play perfect basic strategy will probably be the contenders in the late round. In the middle part of the round you should figure out where you stand, if you are behind you will probably need to make a catch up bet. When to do that is up to you, but I try to do it in a single bet as opposed to several small bets – Odds of winning a single bet is about 44%. Here is a way you can give yourself a 60% chance of successfully making a catch up bet. by TJ Jorgensen

by TJ Jorgensen


Let’s say the player with the lead has $800 to your $650. If you bet half your chips and lose you would have to win the next bet to get back to $650, not an effective move. If you bet all your chips you only have a 44% chance of winning the bet. However a better way is to bet $175. If you win you have the lead, but if you lose, go all in with your remaining $475. If you win either bet you have the top bankroll. Chances of winning one of the two hands is 60%, as you can see, much better than 44%. Late in the round you need to put on your game face. You want to be the chip leader going into the final hand, or bust out trying to get there. You may need to double or split more to get the lead but it is worth it. The Player with the highest bankroll going into the final hand has a much better chance of winning the round. The final hand is where tournaments can be won or lost depending on the skills of the player. Entire books have been written on last hand strategy. A powerful and effective play for the last hand if you have the top chip count is to make a max bet – whatever is allowed in the tournament. I hope everyone comes out on Memorial Day – You’ll have lots of fun and maybe even take home some well-earned cash. Keep this in mind when you’re playing blackjack, it’s a quote from Eddie Felson in the movie The Color of Money, Eddie said “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned” Good Luck! T.J. Jorgensen has been a professional Blackjack player for over 20 years. He is well known for his live tournament play and has competed against, and beaten, some of the top tournament players in the world. He also has won the prestigious World Series of Blackjack. His book, “Beating the Casino at Their Own Game,” is available through his web site or by e-mail


VP Literalists –

en, my nephew’s son, crawled out to the second floor balcony one time too many when he was a toddler. His dad, alarmed by the danger, said “I told you no! Do you want a by spanking?” He then spanked Ken so that he would Linda Boyd remember. Tearfully, Ken cried, “I said no thank you daddy!” Ken was born a literalist, so the fact that he politely answered the question and was still spanked bothered him more than the punishment. What does this have to do with video poker (VP)? There are times when emblazoned signs within a casino are accurate and others when it’s just hype. Your job is to know the difference. Here are some tips to help you. Superlatives: I’m sure you’ve notice many casinos have neon signs saying “Voted the best in Vegas” and wonder how this could be possible. Sometimes a publication just names a casino “the best” for ad dollars and other times it’s based on unknown criteria. The use of superlatives in advertising is definitely not the least bit objective, so try playing there and see if it meets your definition. New Point System: There was a standing joke among educators selecting their pension plans, if they’re offering you a “new and fabulous” option, just say no! True, not everybody got the message, but that’s why there are fish on the dinner table. The same is true for changing the way slot club points are awarded or any deviation from the old system. Always verify the percentage paid for slot club points (an easy to use formula is in my book, “The Video Poker Edge” available at or bookstores) before accepting that it will be better. If the casino is changing from cash to free play you probably won’t consider it better nor is it a good thing when they purge either your points or food comps due to a wonderful new system. Mailers: These offers come in the mail from casinos and are usually the gospel. But read the fine print, get out your readers, you’ll see “while supply lasts” but the larger font might state – “From 8AM to 7PM, We have a gift for you!” Most casinos order enough, but I’ve been snookered when I arrived by 3PM and way before the 7PM deadline, and they were out of gifts. Like Ken’s hurt feelings over the spanking, I felt stupid for driving a long way for no gift, but instead receive a $10 slot voucher for the inconvenience. I didn’t care


about the “cookware” since even the sound of those words makes me shiver (I mostly eat out) but I dislike feeling like a chump. Payback Percentages: If you see expected returns (ER) on signage above the bank of machines, you can be sure it’s literally true. For example, there’s such a sign above some machines in Laughlin that says “Payback over 100% with accurate play” and that’s absolutely correct. I heard a lady say “you know that’s a lie or they couldn’t stay in business”. Wrong. They can do it because few people make accurate holds (if players practiced on tutorial software they would get close to perfect) and most machines have lower ERs. They draw a lot of business by being able to advertise that they have VP machines with the highest return percentages on the river (Laughlin). So if the sign reads; “over 100% payback with correct play” Find a seat, sit down and play, since it is true! Random Number Generator (RNG): I don’t care who tells you the machines are “set” to not pay much for any reason they provide, it’s simply untrue. The only way to downgrade a machine to make it “tight” or “loose” is through the pay schedule. If the pay table is altered, say 8/5 JOB becomes 7/5 JOB, then your ER is reduced. As long as the 8/5JOB you played on the last visit remains 8/5 JOB there is no tightening for Arizona players. That’s because they are required to have an RNG on the logic board. In some jurisdictions there are VLT’s (video lottery terminals) without a RNG and then you have no way of determining the game’s ER. Just one of many reasons why it’s good to be an Arizona player! Final Thoughts: It’s a smart thing to be a Video Poker literalist when it comes to accurate card holds, mailers (get there early for gift offers), and payback percentages on your slot club card. On the other hand, if you believe every casino is “the best in town” Then be careful if you’re offered something (used car, house, big screen TV) that seems “too good to be true”…. because….well, you know the rest! Linda Boyd, a long-time table game player before turning to video poker, also writes for “Southern & Midwest Gaming” and the latest edition of “American Casino Guide”. Watch her videos on YouTube or view them on American Casino Guide’s web site and her radio interviews are on iTunes. Boyd’s book, “The Video Poker Edge”, includes free removable pay schedules and strategy cards for the most popular games. The latest edition is available from, Square One Publishers and book stores - Also at 1-800-877-BOOK. Kindle edition now available.


Oasis in the Desert

Casino, hotel, golf course offer visitors many ways to refresh and rejuvenate. A visitor to Fort McDowell Casino, located 18 miles northeast of Scottsdale on State Route 97, will find panoramic views, great food, amazing entertainment, Vegas-style gaming, luxury accommodations and award-winning golf. At the casino, new slot machines and generous promotions fuel the fun. Whether it’s a tournament or a live cash poker game, many win-it-all opportunities await. Fort McDowell Casino offers both smoking and non-smoking card rooms, with games like Texas Hold ‘Em, Progressive Pai Gow, and Three Card Poker. Blackjack with Push your Luck side bet. What’s more, a 1,200-seat Bingo Hall is open seven days a week, giving guests ample chance to win over $50,000 in cash. Whether you’re a smoker or a non-smoker, you’ll enjoy this state-of-art gaming space. The Fort’s five restaurants offer an amazing variety of dining options, from quick snacks like fresh deli sandwiches to full-course temptations like tender prime rib, mouth-watering crab legs and succulent lobster tails. At the adjoining, lushly landscaped Wekopa Resort, amenities and activities abound. Luxurious linens, panoramic mountain views, a refreshing outdoor pool and a state-of-the-art spa assure you every comfort. Nearby, horseback trail rides, cattle drives and themed cookouts turn overnight stays into adventures.



Just a chip shot from your guest room is the top-rated We-Ko-Pa Golf Club. Rated the #1 public course in Arizona by Golfweek Magazine, the course extends across desert washes and over ridges, flowing flawlessly into greens tucked into foothills and desert arroyos. Views include

the Verde and Salt River Valleys, Red Mountain and the Superstition Mountains. Fort McDowell is a welcome respite in the desert, offering non-stop gaming, dining, hospitality, entertainment, award-winning golf, luxurious accommodations and more. For additional information, visit the website at or call 1-800-THE-FORT.

gaming news TALKING STICK AND CASINO AZ RECEIVE STEVIE AWARDS! Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, enterprises of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community have received multiple Stevie Awards in the 14th annual American Business Awards. Talking Stick Resort was named a Silver Stevie Award winner for the “Minority-owned Business of the Year” and a Bronze Stevie Award winner for “Company of the Year- Hospitality & Leisure” categories. The venue’s sister property, Casino Arizona, was deemed a Bronze Stevie Award winner for the “Minority-owned Business of the Year” and “Company of the Year- Hospitality & Leisure” divisions. “This is a much appreciated honor for both Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort. “Both venues are innovators in the hospitality and gaming industries and we’re thrilled to receive such recognition from a prominent award program. We are proud of our heritage and glad our two properties are being recognized as the leading minority-owned businesses in the country.” The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.  The platform featured various sectors including customer service, public


relations, company/organization sectors, marketing, website, information technology and new product. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 20. More than 250 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners. The AAA Four Diamond Rated Resort and central landmark within the emerging Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination is located in Scottsdale, just east of the Loop 101 on Indian Bend Road, Talking Stick Resort is locally owned and caringly operated by the Salt River PimaMaricopa Indian Community. The property offers culturally rich experiences and luxury accommodations throughout its 496 deluxe rooms, nearly 300,000 sq. ft. casino, 11 restaurants and lounges, world-class spa, 650-seat showroom, 25,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom, thriving cultural center and more than 113,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Located in Scottsdale at the Loop 101 Freeway and McKellips Road, Casino Arizona is independently owned and operated by the Salt River PimaMaricopa Indian Community, and offers visitors more than 100,000 square feet devoted to gaming and entertainment. Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. To learn more about the Stevie Awards – go to

CARD ROOM ACTION Apache Gold Casino 800-272-2438

Globe, AZ Dealing blackjack, and poker daily at noon NLHE Tournaments – Saturdays at 2pm – Buy-in $25 w/ one $5 add-on

Arena Poker Room at Talking Stick Resort 480-8507777

Scottsdale, AZ Coming Soon! 12th Annual AZ State Poker Championship August 12 thru 16 AZ State Poker Championship “Win A Seat” Satellite Tournaments on these Sundays; July 3,July 10, July 17, July 24 & July 31 at 11:15am Mon – Fri, 11:15 am – NLHE Tournament - $125 buy-in Mon – Thurs, 7:15pm - NLHE, $145 buy-in Fridays at 7:15 pm – NLHE Tournament - $200 buy-in Sat, June 11, & July 9 & Aug 30, 11:15 am – “Super Bounty” NLHE - $240 buy-in, $100 Bounties Sat, May 28, June & July 30, 11:15 am – End of Month-NLHE - $160 buy-in Sun May 29, 11:15am – Ladies NLHE tournament Sat, June 4, July 7 & Aug 6, 11:15am – “Big Stack” NLHE – $345 buy-in Sat, May 21, 11:15am – Super Stack NLHE - $500 buy-in Sat, Aug 21 at 11:15am - $500 NLHE “BIG STACK” tournament $200 Weekend NLHE Tournaments; June 5, June 12, June 18 & 19, June 26 & July 16 at 11:15am Food Specials; Daily (2am-Noon) $4 breakfast or $6.75 Steak & eggs & $16 Prime Rib Dinner on Monday nights

Also dealing blackjack 24/7

Bluewater Resort & Casino 888-243-3360 Ext#7649

Parker, AZ Poker Room opens at 4pm daily except 2pm on Sun & Wed Tues at 7pm, NLHE Tournament - $35 buy-in, w/ one $20 re-buy, $5 Bounties Thurs at 7pm, NLHE – $40 buy-in, $20 re-buy & $5 Bounties w/ “High Hand” of the Tournament Fri at 8pm, NLHE - $35 buy-in w/ $20 re-buy & $5 Bounties Sat at 8pm, NLHE - $100 buy-in w/ no re-buys Daily Aces Cracked $40 - max 3 per day Wed, all day – Straight Flush $50 & High hand of day at 8pm pays $50 Fri, all day – 4 of a kind $50, Royal Flush $200 - High hand of day at 8pm pays $50 Bad Beat Hold-em Jackpot (aces full of 10s or better, beaten) Dealing blackjack daily at 9am

Bucky’s Casino 928-515-5305

Prescott, AZ WIN BIG during Bucky’s Poker Room’s 20th Anniversary Celebration – Grand Prize; A 5 day-4 nights Getaway for 2 in MAUI! Just play 40 hours “Live” in May or June and receive a drawing ticket, plus another ticket for every additional 10


hours of play. Winners will be drawn on the 1st Sunday of June & July – Good Luck & Aloha! Mon – Fri, 10am - NLHE Shootouts $25 entry Tues – Thurs, 6pm NLHE $50 buy-in (top 3-5 cash) top 5 earn points for Player of Month (3 places $300, $200 & $100) Sat, Noon – DEEP STACK Tournament - $100 buy-in – re-buys the first hour

Last Sunday of the Month, at Noon – Omaha Hi/Lo - $100 added per table $80 buy-in Every Mon and Fri at 6:30pm – spreading $2 - $100 Texas hold-em $25 “Splash Pots” every 15 minutes on Tues, Thur & Sun from noon-3pm & 8-11pm Every Mon & Wed at 8am – Spreading Omaha Hi/Lo plus $25 High Hand from 9am-1pm “Aces Cracked” Wins $75 every day – no limits in any Texas Hold Em game Dealing blackjack 24/7 – Now playing; Texas Shoot Out and High Card Flush w/ bonus jackpot

Casino Arizona 480-850-7777

Scottsdale, AZ Blackjack Tournaments: Tues, noon $1,000 added “Break at Noon” $ 50 buy-in Fri, 2:30am - The “Great Late” Tournament, $25 buy-in (Starting time 1am) Dealing blackjack 24/7

Casino Del Sol 520-838-6565

Tucson, AZ Mon-Fri, 10 am - $800 Guaranteed (w/30 players) NLHE, $10 buy-in, opt $5 chip-up & $10 add-ons Tues, 7pm - $400 guarantee FREE ROLL – 50 players max (no entry fee) opt Dealer chip up of $6 Sun & Wed, 7pm - NLHE, $15 buy-in/Opt $15 add-on Thurs, 7pm - $5,000 Guaranteed deep stack NLHE, $125 buy-in no re-buys – 1st & 2nd place winners win a WPT main event seat + Qualifier plus $200 cash Sun 11am - $1,500 Guaranteed NLHE, $45 buy-in – no re-buys Sat, 9am – $200 added Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, $15 buy-in, $5 re-buys + $5 add-on Mon 7pm & Sat noon – NLHE - $35 buy-in – no re-buys with opt $5 chip-up Progressive High Hand 24/7 – Win up to $500 - see poker room for details

Pro Basketball Pools on Mon, Tues, Sat & Sun – win more if you play longer

Dealing Blackjack 24/7 - New Games featuring; Crazy 4 Poker, Texas Shootout, Casino WAR & Ultimate Texas Hold’Em!

Cliff Castle Casino 928-567-7952

Camp Verde, AZ Mon-Fri, 10am - NLHE Shoot-out, $30 buy-in, w/ no re-buys Wed, 6pm – NLHE Tournament $\30 buy-in Thurs, 6:30pm – NLHE Tournament $20 buy-in – Max 2 tables – re-enter first 10 minutes Fri, 7pm - NLHE Shoot-outs, $ 150 added per table of 10 - $25

buy-in – no re-buys Sat, Noon – $10 added per player– NLHE $50 or $100 buy-in tables (opt $5 dealer chip up) All Week – Royal Flush pays $100 “Aces Cracked” Win from $50 to $200 Also dealing blackjack – 9am – 2am (Mon-Thurs) 9am – 4am (Fri & Sat)

Cocopah Casino 800-237-5687

Somerton, AZ Dealing blackjack daily at 10am –

Desert Diamond Casino Hotel 520-342-1810

Tucson, AZ Mon & Thurs at 9:30 am, plus Tues & Wed at 7pm $500 added NLHE – $35 buy-in no re-buys Daily – Any Royal Flush $200 Hold Em, $100 Omaha, Straight Flush $100 Hold Em, $50 Omaha Splash Pots for selected Pro Basketball TV playoff games, call poker room for details

Special Poker Room menu at ½ off regular prices Dealing blackjack 24/7 w/ 3 card poker, “progressive 6 card bonus” “Push Bet” and “IN BETWEEN” bet – featuring three 3-deck shoes along with 6-deck shoes

Desert Diamond I-19 Casino 1-866-332-9467 Sahuarita, AZ Dealing blackjack 24/7

Fort McDowell Casino 480-789-4284

Fountain Hills, AZ Mon-Fri at Noon NLHE - $30 buy-in - $20 add-on - No-rebuys Mon at 7pm, Omaha High/Low - $5 buy in w/ $5 re-buys – plus at the break $5 -$20 add-on Sun, Tues & Thurs, 7pm - NLHE - $5 buy-in Fri, 7pm, NLHE - $60 buy-in w/one $10 dealer add-on for additional $5,000 in chips Sat, Noon & 4pm - NLHE - $5 buy-in Sat, 7pm, NLHE Deep Stack tournament - $50 buy-in w/ opt $30 add-on Sun, Noon & Wed, 7pm – NLHE - $10 buy-in, $5 re-buys & Double $20 add-on at the break Ladies NLHE Poker Tournament in June - $60 Buy-in + Opt $10 Dealer Appreciation “Aces Cracked” 24/7 Min $100 up to $1,000! See poker room for details

“Easy way Jackpot” Aces full of tens beaten by Quads or better wins Jackpot! “Faces Cracked” daily 5pm to 1am – Win up to $300 hourly Dealing blackjack 24/7 – w/ “Free Bet” blackjack, split Aces up to 3 times, hit more than once and Double Down after first hit! In addition NEW GAMES JUST ADDED! Including the “Push Bet” that pays 10-1 when you push with the dealer!

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino 480-802-5138

Maricopa, AZ BIG EVENT! Saturday May 21 at 10am & 2pm $10,000 WSOP Satellite Tournament – WIN a $10,000 seat into the WSOP

CARD ROOM ACTION Wed at 6pm, plus Sat & Sun at 3pm, NLHE Tournament, $25 buy-in – no re-buys Dealing blackjack 10am to 1am, with $5 games including the “Push Bet”, “Texas Shoot-Out” and new “Multiplier” Blackjack Mon - 6pm, Blackjack Tournament $40 buy-in w/two $25 re-buys Bonus Blackjack get dealt a 6, 7 or 8 card “21” win up to $200

Dealing blackjack 24/7 – Friday Afternoon Blackjack Tournament at 4pm - $30 buy-in Linked Progressive Jackpots for Ultimate Texas Hold EM & Crazy 4 Poker grow daily at all 3 Casinos! The PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot was hit recently for over $270,000! And it’s growing again.

Sun 5:30pm – WSOP Qualifier NLHE, $120 buy-in (Min 20 players) Win a $1,500 WSOP Seat & $250. Aces Cracked – 24/7 pays $50 All-Day Everyday – $25 Splash pots” every ½ hour Also dealing blackjack 24/7 – including “Push the bet”

Winterhaven, CA Open Sat & Sun at 10am, Mon &Tues at 4pm, Wed & Thur at 2pm Wed & Thurs at 2pm Fri – Sun at 10am - spreading 4/8 Hold Em with a kill, 4/8 Omaha hi-low split with a kill also 3-6 & 4-8 limit Texas Hold-Em, plus 1-3 & 2-5 No Limit Texas Hold Em Sat, 1pm, NLHE Tournaments $25 buy-in, unlimited buy-ins

Chandler, AZ Mon-Thurs, Noon - NLHE, $30 buy-in, opt $10 “chip-up” no re-buys - $150 added per table Tues & Wed, 7:30pm - $1,000 added NLHE Freeze Out, $50 entry fee w/ $10 optional add-on Sun, 3:30pm, NLHE - $30 buy-in, $5 opt, $20 add-on & bonus

Pinetop, AZ Open Mon-Fri at 4pm – Sat & Sun at 2pm, “early bird”

Thurs, 7pm NLHE Deep Stack - $80 buy-in Dealing blackjack 24/7 - Special room rates for poker players

Main Event plus $500 spending cash! Buy –in $350 Monday Madness NLHE at 7:30pm - $25 buy-in – unlimited $5 re-buys the first hour Wed, 7:30pm – $1,000 WSOP Qualifier NLHE, $80 buy-in w/ no re-buys (min 20 players) Thurs, 5:30pm – NLHE, $20 Buy-in plus three $10 re-buys & two $10 add-ons Sat, 12:30pm – $500 Guaranteed NLHE - $50 buy-in Sun 12:30pm – NLHE - $25 buy-in w/ two $10 add-ons at the break

Hon-Dah Casino 928-369-7555 tournament chips available daily

Mon, 6pm – NLHE – “$25 Bounty” Tournament, $45 buy-in w/$10 re-buys and $10 add-on Tues, 6pm - NLHE “Speed Shoot-Out” $15 buy-in (no re-buys) $2 chip-up Wed, 6pm – No-limit Hold Em - $40 buy-in no re-buys Thurs, 6pm – Omaha Hi-Lo - $40 buy-in, no re-buys Sat, 4pm - NLHE, $30 buy-in, $10 re-buys + $10 add-on Sun, 4pm, Crazy Pineapple $30 buy-in, $10 re-buys + $10 add-on Fri & Sat – all day, $100 High Hand (Hold Em)

Lone Butte Casino 800-946-4452

Chandler, AZ Dealing blackjack 24/7 Linked Progressive Jackpots include; Crazy 4 Poker & Ultimate Texas Hold EM grows at all 3 Gila River Casinos! Call for current jackpots. The PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot was hit recently for over $270,000! And it’s growing again.

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino 800-777-7529

Payson, AZ Live poker Wed –Sun at 10am- includes Omaha on Wed & Thurs morning, and Hold e Fri & Sat nights at 6pm (sign up the day before for all live games.

Quechan Casino Resort 1-877-783-2426

first hour

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort 928-856-7244

Flagstaff, AZ Dealing blackjack 24/7

Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino 800-946-4452 Ext#1507

Laveen, AZ Wed, 7:30pm, NLHE “Humpday”$40 buy-in w/ Opt $10 Staff fee at the break for added chips

Sat, 11:15 am, (except 1st Sat) NLHE “Big Stack”$40 buy-in Opt $10 Staff fee for extra chips + $20 add-on at break 1st Sat at 12:15pm – “Super Stack” NLHE ($110 buy-in) Opt $20 Staff “Chip up” & $20 add-on Sun 11:15 am, NLHE “Sunday Brunch”$30 buy-in w/ Opt $10 Staff “chip-up” & $20 add-on break NEW “Quads or Better” Starts at $50, up by $25 a day till hit – “Straight Flush” starts at $100 up by $50 per day till hit! Royal Flush starts at $200 up $50 per day till hit! “ACES CRACKED” spins the wheel - win up $300 Early Bird Chips” for live play before each tournament - 1st & 2nd place at final table qualify for the “Tournament of Champions” FREE ROLL each quarter. D-Backs “Splash Pots” each time D-Back’s score a run – 3 tables are “Splashed” $50 – ALL tables are splashed $50 for a Grand Slam!

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino 800-946-4452 Ext #7375

chips for play before tournament

Baseball “Splash Pots” during selected games – Any time a run is scored – 4 tables are “Splashed” $50 – Guaranteed 12 tables will be splashed during any game

“High Hand” 4am-9am wins $100 each hour “Aces Cracked” Win a Rack, Plus $50 is Splashed on that table the next hand! “Rolling Cash Fever” Drawing every other hour 24/7, $100 min, increases by $100 if not hit – must go at 11pm on Monday Food specials: ½ price poker room menu Dealing blackjack 24/7 - Linked Progressive Jackpots for Ultimate Texas Hold Em & Crazy 4 Poker grows daily at all 3 Gila River Casinos!


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Valley resident wins $8 Million “The Pick” Jackpot!

Looking for a little mid-day fun? Well if you live in Tucson or plan to visit the Old Pueblo on these Tuesdays coming up; May 24, June 7 or June 21. Stop by the Arizona Lottery Tucson Office between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm and check out this special promotion. With any $5 purchase of Arizona Lottery draw games, you will receive a free $1” Good as Gold” scratch ticket where you could win as much as $2,500! And If that Good as Gold scratcher ticket is nor a winner – hold on to it and enter it into the second chance drawing where the Grand Prize is $30,000 along with a lot of other prizes! Wait, say you want more…OK, you’ll also get a spin on the prize wheel (to take home some nice prizes) PLUS you will also receive an entry in a drawing to win a $100 dining gift card! There is a limit of five (5) free Good as Gold tickets per person, per each of these Tuesday events. Arizona Lottery Tucson Office is located at 2900 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite #190  in Tucson. To find out more about this and other promotions where you can win cash and prizes with losing tickets! – just go to the Arizona Lottery website

Arizona gained a millionaire over this past Mother’s Day weekend. An Avondale resident has come forward to claim the $8.4 million The Pick jackpot that was won on the Saturday, May 7th drawing. The huge jackpot winner, who chose to remain anonymous, opted to take the cash option of $5.5 million. The winning ticket was purchased at the Fry’s Marketplace located at 8325 W. Indian School Road in Phoenix. There is no question that some lottery players will make the trek over to this “lucky” customer service booth at Fry’s to get their tickets for the next few drawings drawing. The amazing $8.4 million jackpot rolled over twice each week for nearly seven months and was The Pick’s highest jackpot the Lottery has seen in more than six years. In addition to the jackpot winner there were over 12,000 players also won cash prizes in The Pick drawing on that special Saturday night, ranging from $3 to as much $2,000 and 15 players did take home that $2,000 prize. The Pick has reloaded to an estimated $1 million is up for grabs in the next drawing. Although it’s not an 8 million super jackpot, but winning even $1,000,000 in any Arizona Lottery drawing would be life changing for most people. Since 1981, the Arizona Lottery and its retail partners have generated more than $3 billion in net funding in support of programs that help to improve the quality of life for the people of Arizona. Proceeds from Lottery ticket sales (more than $3.7 million per week) – fund Arts and Education; Community Enrichment; Economic Development; Environmental Conservation; Health and Human Services; and Public Safety programs. Their mission is to support Arizona programs for the public benefit by maximizing net revenue in a responsible manner. Learn more at


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(5 miles East of Globe on Hwy 70) 1-800-272-2438 The POINT Sports Bar & Grill: Big screens to watch sports & more! San Carlos Event Center: June 4 - Apache Reggae Jam3, featuring Stick Figure, The Holdup & Arise Roots The Point Sports Bar: Live bands on various weekends

BlueWater Resort and Casino

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5655 W. Valencia Rd. Tucson 520-838-6506 AVA Amphitheater: May 14 - Noche de las Estrellas 2016 (25TH Anniversary Mariachi & Folklorico Festival) May 20 - CBS Sports Live Boxing featuring World Ranked Hanzel Martinez May 26 - Snoop Dogg

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11300 Resort Dr., Parker 1-888-243-3360 BlueWater Showroom: June 25 - CAGE RAGE 11 BlueWater Amphitheater: Summer concert season lineup coming soon River’s Edge Cantina: Call for updates Dig Lounge: DJs/live bands & Sports on the big screens


I-17 at exit 289 in Camp Verde 1-800-381-SLOT Stargazer Pavilion: new Summer schedule soon Dragonfly Lounge: live music on weekends with bands; May 13 & 14 The Trust, May 20 & 21 - Kill Babylon Coalition, May 27 & 28 - Rhythm Edition, June 3 & 4 - Greywolf, June 10 & 11 Country Image, June 17 & 18 - Grupo Sueno, June 24 & 25 - Aces & Eights

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N of Shea off Hwy 87, Fountain Hills 1-800-THE-FORT “Lucky 7” Saloon: The top bands in the southwest every weekend featuring; POWERDRIVE, Stateline, Furious George, Duane Moore & Mogollon, The Hamptons, Smokestack Lighting, STR8UP Band and Rhythm Edition OUTDOOR EVENT: June 25 - The Beach Boys

15318 S Avenue B, Somerton, AZ (Yuma area) (928) 726-8066 Sunset Lounge: Fri & Sat - Bling Bling Karaoke River Room: The best Live bands in Arizona

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101 at McKellips, Scottsdale 480-850-7734 Showroom: May 13 & 14 - QUEEN NATION (Tribute to Queen) May 20 & 21 - Fan Halen (Van Halen Tribute Band) May 27 & 28 - The Long Run (Eagles Experience) June 3 & 4 - Paradise City (Guns N’ Roses Tribute band) June 10 & 11 - The Who Generation (THE WHO Tribute band) June 24 & 25 - LA.VATION (U2 Tribute Band) Arizona Room Patio Grill: Mon - Chad Freeman and Redline (8pm) Tues– Trivia Tuesdays - $1,000 up for grabs (register 5:30-6:30 - action starts at 7pm) Wed - Country dance instruction with Laina Lee, (6-8pm) Daisy Train at 8pm Thurs - Latin Fire Dance Night w/Dance Lessons (6-8pm) Rhythm of the Sun Band at 8pm Fri - Superhero Band at 8pm Sat - Live bands like; Neon, Shining Star or JJ’s Band Bingo Hall: Fri & Sat at Midnight, L-8 Nite Bingo! Music, light show & dancing w/host Corina & DJ Kenji!

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June 10 - Sammy Hagar and the Circle June 16 - Hombres G & Los Enanitos Verdes June 17 - Father’s Day Tejano Blowout w/Michael Salgado, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Ron Herrera, Marquel Ledesma & Los Garcia Bros June 19 - Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan June 23 - “I Love the 90’s Tour” w/Young MC, Kid-N-Play, Vanilla Ice, Rob Base, Tone Loc and Color Me Bad June 24 - Gabriel Iglesias July 2 - Enrique Iglesias (Sex & Love Tour) Aug 17 - Brandi Carlile & Old Crow Medicine Show Aug 26 - ALICE COOPER Conference Center: May 27 - Comic Mike Epps Oasis Pool Bar/Lounge: May 22 - “Sunday SOAK Party” Old School by the pool featuring Groove DJs Paradiso Bar: Free entertainment, with bands like every weekend and Tribute bands on Thursdays

7350 South Nogales Hwy, Tucson 1-866-332-9467 Monsoon Night Club: Hottest Live Latin bands on weekends Featuring; Los Gallegos, Angel Norteno, Grupo Latido, La Gran Ciudad, Conjunto Elegantes or AZ Norte

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1100 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita 1-866-332-9467 Diamond Center: May 27 - Comedian Bill Engvall Sports Bar: Nightly Sports on big screens, plus Karaoke/DJ nightly & live bands on weekends

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Lone Butte Casino

202 loop at the Kyrene exit - Chandler, 1-800-WIN-GILA Lone Butte Event Center: May 13 - DSB (An American Journey) Cascades Lounge: Mon, Tues & Fri (4-8pm) Featuring; Marty & the Party or Thaddeus Rose Fri & Sat (late night) w/ JJ’s Band, Soundwave, Shining Star, Andrea & Gemini, New Frequency Band, Soul Persuasion, Smooth Groove or Rhythm of the Sun Band Cities Bar & Grille: Sunday: (10am-4pm) live Jazz during Brunch Buffet Bingo Hall: 11pm Fri & Sat - B.A.D BINGO w/ DJ “Rockin’ Rob” music, light show, bingo & giveaways

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Hon-Dah Resort and Casino

Highways 260 and 73, Pinetop 1-800-WAY-UP-HIGH Conference Center: May 13 - The Troubadour Experience (Tribute to George Strait) Outdoors: June 24 - The 7th Annual White Mountain Bike Rally June 25 - White Mountain Bike Rally and Concert Timbers Lounge: Free entertainment, Mon, Comedy Night, Tues-Sat, Live bands May 10 - 14 - Soular Eclipse June 7 - 11 - Apache Spirit June 14 - 18 - Groove City

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1/2-mile S. of Payson on Hwy 87 1-800-777-PLAY Event Center: May 21 NEON CIRCUS (Brooks & Dunn Tribute Apache Spirits Lounge: Entertainment nightly Thurs - Sat (live bands, Deejays and Sporting Events)

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DJ Skrillex Gap and the Spencer Davis Group Aug 12 - The FOUR PHANTOMS OUTDOOR “Release” Pool Parties are back! - The fun begins every weekend Coming Memorial Day Weekend - May 28 - Grammy Award Winning DJ Skrillex Along with these internationally known dance music artists - here are some other nationally known DJ’s; May 14 - Wolfgang Gartner, May 15 - Quintino & Sandro Silva, May 21 Tigerlily, May 22 - Bingo Players, May 28 - May 29 - Robin Schulz Palo Verde Lounge: Live bands nightly


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22181 Resort Blvd (I-40 @ exit 219) Flagstaff (928) 856-7200 Free Live Entertainment on weekends featuring; May 13 & 14 - Breaking Point, May 20 & 21 - Country Road, May 27 & 28 - Tyler Stevens

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I-10 at Wild Horse Pass exit - Chandler 1-800-WIN-GILA Ovations LIVE! Showroom: May 13 - Night Ranger, May 15 - Saturday Night Fever Tribute, May 21 Julieta Venegas, June 3 - Mariachi Vargas, June 4 - Ziggy Marley, June 10 - Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

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travel SHOW LOW FOR A GREAT TIME Why is this mile high town called Show Low – And how did it get that name? Well, back in 1875 Marion Clark and Corydon Cooley squatted on about 100,000 acres of land in the North eastern Arizona Territory. The two pioneers had an objective to start a ranching and farming operation to supply Fort Apache, a nearby military post. Clark supervised the ranch, while Cooley worked with the military and became friends with the White Mountain Apache Indians, learned the Apache language and even married two of the chief’s daughters. The Army though so much of Cooley, they hired him as an interpreter. Cooley’s relationship with the Army, may have benefited the tribe to stay on their land. Clark and Cooley disagreed on who was doing more for their success. Clark told Cooley, either help more at the ranch or get out! They both agreed that the settlement wasn’t big enough for both of them anymore and since neither had the resources to buy the other one out, along with the fact that both men were both gamblers, they agreed to let a game of cards decide their fate with the loser to move out. As the story goes, they played all night with neither having an advantage, so they decided to shuffle the cards and draw a card. The tale is, Clark said, “if you can show low, you win.” Corydon Cooley drew the Deuce of Clubs, the lowest card in the deck – Clack agreed with the outcome, left town never to be heard from again. A short time later the government opened a post office in that region and Cooley became the first Postmaster. The Post Office was named SHOW LOW.


And as Show Low grew…so did the legend. The main street in Show Low is named the “Deuce of Clubs.” In keeping with that theme you will find streets like; Full House Lane, Blackjack Road, Club Straight Lane and Wild Aces Road. Right now is a great time to pack up the car, truck, van or RV and head north east to the tall cool pines of Show Low and leave behind the 100 + temperatures in the valley. Enjoy some fun cool adventures at about 6,000 to 7,000 feet where the air is crisp and clear. And the timing could not be better because the first weekend of June is “Show Low Days” with something for everyone, there is a Cruz’n the Rim car show, a soap box derby race down the Deuce of Clubs and plenty of other activities like hiking, biking, fishing, camping and lots more for the whole family. You’ll find hotels, cabins and campsites. You might even like to try out the newest Zip Line tour over the tall pines that is over a mile long, it’s close by at Sunrise Park Resort. And should you want to follow the footsteps of the founders of Show Low and play a little poker, Hon-Dah Resort Casino is just minutes away with fun games and entertainment. So why not Show Low…for a great high. The rare air will do you good.



The Second Jewel

efore we get into the second jewel of the 2016 Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, let’s look back to what really happened on Kentucky Derby Day. by Experience means something in sports and Brian Mulligan the connections of Nyquist banked on their experience and won another Kentucky Derby. Four years ago I’ll Have Another, owned, ridden and trained by the Nyquist crew, won the Kentucky Derby and although these horses are different with different personalities, to be able to go back and lean on what has happened in the past can be huge. Trainer Doug O’Neill and rider Super Mario Gutierrez were very well prepared. Some horses had good trips Saturday, some did not; Nyquist stalked the sizzling :22.58, :45.72, 1:10.40 pace set by Danzing Candy, took over the lead from Gun Runner heading into the lane, opened a large margin at mid-stretch and had plenty left to hold off the late run of Exaggerator to win by 1 1/4 lengths before the second-largest crowd in Derby history. Exaggerator ran huge considering the way the race figured to set up as he had to come from 15th and was over 3 clears clear of the show horse, Gun Runner, who got a solid 3-hole trip. This was the third straight win for a California-based horse and runners from California have now won 4 of the last 5 Derbies! The logical major players of this year’s Preakness are clearly in front of us starting with Nyquist but if one digs deep enough, other contenders can come of out of the woodwork. Obvious Choice First let’s give the Derby winner his props. Nyquist is the eighth unbeaten Derby winner in history. The last unbeaten to win his first 8 races was Majestic Prince back in 1969.

And he did something that Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew did in 1977 and that is – Win the Derby after being an unbeaten champ at 2.

Possible Player

Gun Runner could be one of those players that steps up in the Preakness. He got a good draw in the Kentucky Derby with slow horses, those with limited speed, inside and outside of him. He ran well to be third and he could enjoy the shorter trip of the Preakness. Consistency has been Gun Runner’s calling card as the only time he was out of the money was in the live sloppy 2015 finale. Solid in the Bayou to kick off the year, this colt was the top point earner for the Derby.

Logical Contender

Now, the logical main foe for Nyquist is Exaggerator. In the Derby, Exaggerator was forced to stop at one point but he had clear running the entire stretch and did seem to level off in the final sixteenth. He was 17 back at one point in the Derby but he can be closer up if in the mood. Note, he was just a length off the sprint pace in the San Vicente and he was close up in his Saratoga Special victory last year too. A final note his Beyer in the Santa Anita Derby was the highest figured earned in any two-turn Derby prep.

Maybe a Long shot?

New shooters and new faces have had a very tough time in the Preakness. Since, before Secretariat won the Triple Crown, to be exact in 1970, only 7 Preakness winners didn’t run in the Derby. Those are not good odds – With that said, think about a new shooter named Stradivari. He was hung wide in his educational debut, and he made it look easy in the maiden breaker and was equally as impressive beating winners. In his work on May13, this runner was clocked in,:59.51 as he started out about 2 lengths behind Stanford, the winner of the Charles Town Classic, finished together strongly, with this runner appearing the stronger of the pair. He is talented but untested and this racer is bred to run all day on top and his dam was a proven router and Grade 2 winner that banked nearly $900K. He must be respected since he won his last 2 races by over 25 lengths combined. So, there you have it. Nyquist is the selection in the Preakness and one could do worse than taking a shot with a value runner named Stradivari.

Brian Mulligan was the main West Coast linemaker for two decades for the Daily Racing Form writing under the non de plume of “SWEEP.” He continues to contribute to the Daily Racing Form. 26 ARIZONA PLAYER May 2016

DAVID AT THE SNACK BAR Captain America: Civil War After a successful mission to stop an arms dealer has deadly collateral damage the governments of the world call for the Avengers to be placed under U. N. supervision. The super team splits on the idea with Tony ‹Iron Man› Stark leading those by in agreement and Captain America leading David Ramsey the opposition. In the middle of this debate it appears the Winter Soldier has returned causing more mayhem. The pursuit of Caps old friend causes a further divide among the most powerful people on the planet. While there is plenty of action, with some surprises including a much anticipated debut, it is the dramatic scenes that are the most powerful and make this a unique super-hero film that actually has a plot that does not include a super villain. A pivotal film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe «Captain America: Civil War» is one of the best super heroes movies.

The Nice Guys Jackson Healy is the guy you hire when you need something done with a little muscle. Amelia thinks she is being stalked and hires him to stop the men doing it. Jackson tracks down Holland March and asks him to stop, with more than a little persuasion. The only problem is Jackson is a private investigator who has been hired to find Amelia. When things get complicated they team up to find her and stop whoever is behind the attempts on her life. The cast is exceptional with newcomer Angourie Rice, as March›s 13-year-old daughter, stealing the show. «The Nice Guys» delivers action, humor, intrigue and a perfect 1970s look and feel - making for an enjoyable couple of hours. 28 ARIZONA PLAYER May 2016

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Former Special Forces op turned mercenary, Wade Wilson, is diagnosed with terminal cancer and agrees to under a rogue treatment to beat it. He is cured but turned into a disfigured mutant with incredible healing powers. He designs a special suit and adopts the name ‹Deadpool› but he is still the wisecracking, foul-mouthed ‹merc with a mouth›. This is the first R-Rated Marvel film and it earns that rating. It is true to the comic, very funny from the opening credits to the very end and part of the ‹X-Men› universe. Ryan Reynolds has been trying to get this movie made for years. I am glad he finally got it done. Everything about «Deadpool» is perfect.

Zootopia Set in a world where animals act as humans and predators and prey have learned to live together. Judy Hopps has always wanted to be a policeman but it has always been a job for big strong predators. Judy perseveres and becomes the first rabbit on the force. The chief assigns her to parking detail where she convinces a conman fox, her natural enemy, to help her solve a big case. She has 48 hours to solve the disappearances of a number of well respected citizens who happen to be predators. «Zootopia» is one of those rare animated films that has something for adults and children. It is funny, has a great message and a nice touch of suspense.


A disaster sends Derek and Hansel into hiding where they attempt to live down their previous stardom. They are both invited to return to the run away as models for the hottest new designer in the business only to suffer new humiliation. As they attempt to recover they are approached by an Interpol agent who asks for their help bringing down Mugatu, who has returned with an more evil plan to dominate the fashion industry. The first film was fun and wacky this one is just a retread with none of the humor and way too many celebrity cameos. David Ramsey is the President and co-founder of the Phoenix Film Critics Society and a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (The Critics Choice Awards). Watch his reviews on the CBS 5 Morning News every Friday between 5:30 and 6:30am and on ABC-15’s “Sonoran Living Live” every other Friday. Read more of his DVD reviews at Contact him at


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My goal for 2016 was to lose 10 pounds, as of today…I just have 15 pounds to go.

Remember back when we were kids and every time it was below zero out they closed schools? Me neither.

I’m trying to lose weight, so had salad for dinner! It was mostly croutons & tomatoes. Actually just one big, round crouton covered with tomato sauce and cheese – FINE…it was pizza.  I ate pizza.

OK, I’m not that funny, or athletic, or good looking, or smart or talented, but….I forgot where I was going with this.

I recently did a week’s worth of cardio after walking into a spider web on my patio. I don’t mean to brag but...... I finished my 14-day diet in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

A thief broke into my house last night. He started searching for money, so I woke up and searched with him. Finally, for the health conscious folks out there, here’s a guide to prepare Tofu for your next meal; 1. Throw it in the trash. 2.  Grill some Meat.

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