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

Contributing Photography Rachel Brockway Kevin Cummings John Olson David Ramsey The Riester Agency Satara Williams

Contributing Writers Linda Boyd Rachel Brockway Kevin Cummings TJ Jorgensen Lyra Manning Teri Morris David Ramsey Satara Williams

Special Thanks to: The entire Marketing team and Management at Talking Stick Resort & Casino Arizona along with everyone at the Riester Agency for their help on this July Issue The Arizona Player is published the first weekend of each month. All claims or guarantees are the sole responsibility of the advertiser. All comments and views of contributing writers are their own and do not reflect official policy of the Arizona Player which assumes no liability for any advertisement not supplied camera ready by the advertiser. Reproduction or use in whole or in part without written consent from the publisher and Copyright owners is prohibited.

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Vol. 24 No. 7 • July 2016

Boyd’s Eye View of Video Poker Linda Boyd “Pull Back the Curtain”

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Cover Story Casino AZ & Talking Stick Resort’s “Action Packed Summer”

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Gaming News Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort is Expanding Again

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Card Room Action Table Game Action Around the State

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Gaming News Casino Arizona’s “777” Free Throw Shot Winner

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TJ's Blackjack Corner TJ Jorgensen “Tournament Tips”

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Entertainment Casino Entertainment State-wide

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Reel Reviews Kevin Cummings “Gold Fish Deluxe”

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Gaming News Casino Del Sol’s New ZEBOZ Bar is Open

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Travel “The Miller Peak Wilderness Area”

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David at the Snack Bar David Ramsey Film and DVD reviews

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Bingo Directory Complete List of Bingo Games at Arizona Casinos

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Jokes of the Month, Astrology, & Casino Directory

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A BOYD’S EYE VIEW OF VIDEO POKER

Pulling Back The Curtain

emember the recent brouhaha between Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan after she learned her co-host was leaving? She had a major meltdown followed by several unschedby Linda Boyd uled days off and he left several months before he was supposed to. Once the curtain opened on “Live with Kelly and Michael!” they were both sunshine and lollypops, but many sure wanted to be a fly on the wall once the curtains closed. Unlike the dust-up between Kelly and Michael video poker players can get a peek at what really goes on between closed doors in the casino business. Some of the scuttlebutt you’ve heard is true while other grapevine talk is just nonsense. One reason is that there are regulations within the gaming industry, although there are jurisdiction differences. All Arizona casinos abide by these rules although you may find other states are not bound by them. For example, Arizona requires a random number generator (RNG) within every device but some states allow video lottery terminals (VLT’s) and it might be just like playing a lottery scratch ticket-- no skill required. Complete details are in my book “The Video Poker Edge”, available at Amazon.com, Square One Publishers or any major book store. Pay Tables: If you’re playing a traditional slot there’s no possible way of knowing the ER (expected return) by looking at the pay table. That’s because each machine has a chip ordered by the casino and within the jurisdiction’s maximum/minimum parameters that resides within. So one China Shores slot could have an 80% ER while the identical machine right next to it could have a 95% ER - That’s not to say they won’t both have losing or winning streaks but the fact that they have identical looking pay tables is irrelevant; in the long run the chip within determines the return. On the other hand, with video poker (VP) the pay table alone determines the long term ER and you can learn the exact percentage by looking at the tables in my book (removable and can be brought to the casino) or by entering the data on tutorial software. Keep in mind the ER assumes computer accurate play--easy if you use my free strategy cards (in my book) or practice on the software at home.

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Lowering Returns During Peak Times: Somehow a rumor that casinos lower the ER during peak times, like weekends and holidays, grew wings. This information is totally incorrect although some players swear by it. Part of the reason is that we all have selective memories and both good and rotten outcomes are memorable. Another cause for this erroneous idea is when it’s crowded the most popular machines are taken and in VP that means the machines with the best pay schedules. Over time you’ll do better on 9/6JOB than 8/5JOB although you’re likely to find both in the same casino. Rigged Promotions: A while back, I was feeling a bit grouchy about not being called during a promotional event as I noticed the same guy was called during two consecutive drawings. It took a lot of points to earn each ticket and I had over two hundred entries. I was standing next to this same guy in line for a VIP event and asked him how many tickets he had in the drawing--a jaw-dropping 3,700 tickets! So I shut up and told him to enjoy the cash and the cruise. Promotions are not rigged but your equity is based on your coin-in so the more you play the more drawing tickets you earn. That’s truly quite fair. Slot Cards Change Outcomes: If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it 100 times and seen it as well. That’s people claiming you won’t win as much with your player’s card inserted or that you have to pull the card out sometimes “so the machine thinks you’re a different person”. Pure hogwash! There’s absolutely no connection between the RNG and the card slot so playing without a card is just foolish. Final Thoughts: I can still remember when Toto pulled back the green curtain in the Wizard of Oz to reveal a plain old man and nothing at all magical. The same is true with what’s behind the curtain at plays, concerts and in your local casino as well. The most reasonable and logical explanation is usually accurate; guess Kelly and Michael really were glad to part ways as well! 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”. You can see 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 at 1-877-900-BOOK, book stores, amazon.com, bookstores, and now on Kindle Square One Publishers www.squareonepublishers.com


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Talking Stick Resort Gears Up For Action-Packed Gaming Promotions Talking Stick Resort invites guests to escape the heat by visiting the property for some indoor fun. The AAA Four Diamond resort is celebrating summer with various promotions and an exclusive Summer Playcation package. With a minimum twonight stay, guests will receive a daily $25 food and beverage credit that can be redeemed at the Blue Coyote Cantina, the pool and Blue Coyote Café. Stays are available now through Sept. 30, 2016 and the special rates apply Sunday – Thursday. Ride on the Wild Side, a summer promotion that offers gamblers the opportunity to win one of eight 2016 Ford Mustangs or a share of up to $72,000 in cash prizes, kicks off July 1, 2016. Guests can participate in the promotion by using their Player Rewards Club (PRC) card at the resort—as well as sister property Casino Arizona—all summer long through Aug. 25, 2016. Each Thursday, five winners will be randomly selected and given an opportunity to draw a car key from a bag. The person who snags the gold key will become the proud new owner of a 2016 Ford Mustang. The remaining four players will still be in luck as they will be able to select a board game piece and earn a cash prize ranging from $500 to $3,000 and Power PERC$ (free slot play).

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Drawings will take place every Thursday at 7 p.m. and the schedule will be as follows: Casino Arizona July 7, July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18 Talking Stick Resort July 14, July 28, Aug. 11 and Aug. 25 Registration for a PRC card is free. To learn more information or to sign up to become a PRC member, visit the Players Reward Club desk at either property or http://www.casinoarizona.com/rewards.aspx.  “Our Ride on the Wild Side promotion is an annual favorite,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Talking Stick Resort. “There’s so much excitement leading up to each drawing and truly anyone can win. Guests only need to use their Player Rewards Club card and they can go home with a brand new car or a large cash prize.”

Poker Tournament offers over $1,000,000 in Prize Pool! Poker fans will have an opportunity to showcase their skills as well in Talking Stick Resort’s 12th Annual Arizona State Poker Championship this fall. The No Limit Hold “Em tournament will take place in The ARENA Poker Room on Aug.12-16, 2016 and registration is currently under away. The match is open to poker experts and beginners alike and will feature a prize pool of more than $1 million. “The 12th Annual Arizona State Poker Championship is a staple in the gaming industry and each year, the level of talent continues to grow,” said Tom Young, director of poker for Talking Stick Resort. “The tournament is full of


COVER STORY various twists and turns and you never know who is going to win until the final The 2015 tournament hand is played. Last year’s event featured 1,580 competitors and we anticipate broke attendance records the 2016 tournament will have an even bigger turnout.” and featured household poker professionals like Challengers can partake in the fun with just a $1,100 buy-in. Each competi- Karina Jett, Kenna James tor will begin the match with $16,000 in tournament chips and will have the and Dennis Phillips. After option of purchasing an additional $10,000 chips for $30. The multi-day match a battle of wits and gamewill begin at 9 a.m. on Aug. 12, 13, 14, 15 and 10 a.m. on Aug. 16, 2016. Players play, Vance Fitzgerald was eliminated during the first three days will also have the option to rejoin the declared the 2015 victor. In game the same day—up until the first break at 11:15 a.m.—or the following addition to the grand title, the resident of Surprise, morning. Ariz. earned a Rolex watch, The final round will feature customized trophy and the remaining 10 players and will $253,600 cash prize. His opponents Chad Mizner and Jake Balsiger received be emceed by four-time World trophies and payouts of $189,600 and $134,300 respectively. Series of Poker champion, Tom Entries are currently being accepted for the 12th Annual Arizona State Schneider. The largest poker room in the state, The ARENA Poker Poker Championship in The ARENA Poker Room. All participants must Room, also offers varied fare, serv- submit their $1,100 buy-in during the registration process. To register by ing everything from burgers to credit card or phone, call the Talking Stick Resort Box Office at (480) 850sirloin steaks. Players won’t need 7734. to curb their appetites as the 2016 tournament will feature one oneTo learn more information about the 2016 tournament, visit www.talkinghour dinner break on Aug. 12, 13 stickresort.com or call the Poker Board at (480) 850-8693. You must be 21 or and 14 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. older to participate.

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gaming news Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino is Expanding again! With shovels in hand, Chairman Robert Miguel, along with members of the Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Council and executive leadership from Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, turned the dirt to commemorate the groundbreaking of the multi-million dollar expansion at the hotel and casino. The expansion will include a spa, a conference center with multi-use ballroom space, a parking garage, additional restaurants and more than 200 additional rooms. “The Ak-Chin Indian Community is excited about this expansion that will provide our guests and visitors with the high-quality hospitality and entertainment that they have come to expect here at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino,” said Chairman Miguel. According to Robert Livingston, general manager of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, this expansion will not only increase room availability and accommodate additional hotel guests, but will also afford the property the opportunity to host large-scale entertainment, conventions and other meetings. “As one of a few full-service hotels and casinos in the area, this expansion will offer more options to visitors and guests throughout Pinal and Maricopa counties” said Livingston. The general contractor for the project is Sundt|Yates and Thalden Boyd Emery is the architect. Chandra Reilly, Sundt project director commenting on behalf of the Sundt|Yates Joint Venture, said, “It is an honor to be part of the Ak-Chin Indian Community’s economic evolution and continued partnership with Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino. This project has demanded the best ideas out of everyone involved, and we look forward to bringing those ideas to life over the next two years.” The Ak-Chin Indian Community is nestled into the Santa Cruz Valley of Southern Arizona. The community lies 35 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern part of Pinal County. Ak-Chin is an O’odham word translated to mean “mouth of the wash” or “place where the wash loses itself in the sand or ground.” Ak-Chin has an enrollment of more than 1,022 tribal members and a land base of just over 22,000 acres. The Ak-Chin Indian Community has a variety of business enterprises including Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle and Santa Cruz Commerce Center. Celebrating more than 20 years in Maricopa, Arizona, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino is Arizona’s first and only tribal casino to have an international management partner, Caesars Entertainment. Offering the largest selection of

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Pictured Left to Right: Beth Amoroso, Harrah’s director of human resources, Angie Groeneveld, Harrah’s director of hospitality operations, Gabriel Lopez, Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Council, Ann Antone, AkChin Indian Community Tribal Council, Chairman Robert Miguel, Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Council, Vice-Chairman Delia Carlyle, Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Council, Robert Livingston, Harrah’s general manager, Bambi Johnson,  Harrah’s director of finance and administration, Michael Kintner, Harrah’s director of marketing and operations and April Stovall, Harrah’s surveillance and facilities manager

the latest reel and video slots in a range of denominations, Harrah’s Ak-Chin features slot machines, video poker, video Keno as well as popular statewide progressives and live-action poker and Black Jack. Casino guests can also enjoy live entertainment in The Lounge and a variety of dining options including the Copper Cactus Grill, Agave’s Restaurant, The Range Steakhouse, The Buffet and Dunkin Donuts. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino features 300 luxurious resort and tower guestrooms and a swimming pool with swim-up bar. Harrah’s Ak-Chin has been named a Most Admired Company by Arizona Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ, and Phoenix Business Journal has named the property one of the “Best Places to Work in the Valley” four consecutive years. Harrah’s Ak-Chin was also awarded a Volunteer Service Award from the Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. For more information, please visit www.harrahsakchin.com.


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 480-850-7777

Scottsdale, AZ Coming! 12th Annual AZ State Poker Championship August 12 thru 16 – Over $1,000,000 in prize money – Buy-in is $1,100 or “Win a Seat” into this prestigious Event-Satellite Tournaments will be held on Sundays; July;10, 17 24,31, Aug 7, 10 & 11 at 11:15am – plus August 8 & 9 at 7:15pm – There are also “sit and go” Satellites anytime 10 players sign up – Buy-in is $120 (single table winner)$240 (2 winners per table!) 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, July 9, Aug 20, Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12 & Dec10 - 11:15 am – “Super Bounty” NLHE - $240 buy-in w/ $100 Bounties Sat, July 30, 11:15 am – End of Month-NLHE - $160 buy-in Sat, July 7 & Aug 6, Sept 3, Oct 1, Nov 5 & Dec3 - 11:15am – “Big Stack” NLHE – $345 buy-in Sat, Aug 21 & Oct 15 at 11:15am - $500 NLHE “BIG STACK” tournament

$200 Weekend NLHE Tournaments; July 16 & July 23, 11:15am Sun Sept 4 & Oct 30, 11:15am – Ladies NLHE tournament Sept 11 & Oct 9 - Jack & Jill NLHE Tournaments at 11:15am - $110 buy-in Player Special (2am-Noon) $4 breakfast/$6.75 Steak & eggs $16 Prime Rib Dinner on Mondays

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 Mon – Fri, 10am - NLHE Shootouts $25 entry Tues – Thurs, 6pm NLHE $50 buy-in (top 3-5 cash) top 5 earn

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points for Player of Month (3 places $300, $200 & $100) Sat, Noon – DEEP STACK Tournament - $100 buy-in – re-buys the first hour

Sat, 7pm – NLHE $25 Bounty Tournament $80 buy-in Last Sunday at Noon – Omaha Hi/Lo - $100 added per table $80 buy-in Mon & Fri at 6:30pm – spreading $2/$100 Texas hold-em Mon & Wed at 8am – Spreading Omaha Hi/Lo plus $25 High Hand each hour “Aces Cracked” 24/7 Wins $75 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, The “Great Late” Tournament, $25 buy-in (Starts at 1am) Dealing blackjack 24/7

Casino Del Sol 520-838-6565

Tucson, AZ NEW! Bad Beat Jackpot is at $48,000 and increases by $1,000 every Monday till hit – If you’re playing in a “live” game on ANY table - you share in 20% of the jackpot! NEW! Double Omaha Hi-Lo Jackpot between Mid-4am, 8am-Noon & 4pm-8pm NEW! $4,600 in cash drawings every week! Sun 2-6pm & 8 & 10pm, Mon-Wed (12:30 – 3:30 & * & 10pm) Thurs (12:30 – 3:30pm) Fri (12:30pm-3:30am) & Sat (2-6pm) NEW! Mon – Fri “Stack for a Rack” Buy in for a rack, after 2 hours play receive a stack! Mon-Fri, 10 am - $800 Guaranteed (w/30 players) NLHE, $25 buy-in, opt $5 chip-up & $10 add-on Sun & Tues, 7pm - $1,000 guarantee FREE ROLL – 50 players max (no cost) opt “chip up” of $6 Wed, 7pm – $1,500 Guarantee Omaha Hi-Lo, $20 buy-in/Opt $20 add-on Thurs, 7pm - $5,000 Guaranteed deep stack NLHE, $120 buy-in no re-buys – 1st & 2nd place winners win a WPT $1,000 seat to the $150,000 Main Event + plus $200 cash Sun 11am - $2,000 Guaranteed NLHE, $65 buy-in – no re-buys Sat, 9am – $300 added Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, $20 buy-in, $5 re-buys & one $10 add-on Sat noon – $ 1,500 Guaranteed NLHE - $35 buy-in – no re-buys with opt $5 chip-up & $5 add-on Dealing Blackjack 24/7 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 w/ opt $5 dealer chip up All Week – Royal Flush pays $100 “Aces Cracked” Win from $50 to $200 Dealing blackjack; 9am – 2am (Mon-Thurs) 9am – 4am (Fri & Sat) In July, LUCKY 777’s – Three 7’s in a winning hand pays 5 to 1 BIG EVENT! Now thru Aug 31, WIN a trip to Las Vegas and a seat in the $250,000 Shuffle Master Classic 3 card Poker Tournament! See Castle Club for details.

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 Coming Soon! Splash Pots for selected NFL TV 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 on July 17 - $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 $75 hourly Dealing blackjack 24/7 w/ “Free Bet” split Aces up to 3 times & hit more than once & Double Down after first hit! Now playing “Push Bet” that pays 10-1 when you push with the dealer!


Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino 480-802-5138

Maricopa, AZ Tuesday 7:30pm “Crazy Pineapple” w/ $20 Bounties - $60 buy-in – no re-buys Wed, 7:30pm – NLHE, $80 buy-in w/ no re-buys Guaranteed $1,000 1st Place(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

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

Hon-Dah Casino 928-369-7555

Pinetop, AZ Open Mon-Fri at 4pm – Sat & Sun at 2pm, “early bird” 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 Progressive Jackpots include; Crazy 4 Poker & Ultimate Texas Hold EM at all 3 Gila River Casinos! PAI GOW Jackpot was hit recently 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 em Fri & Sat nights at 6pm (you can sign up the day before for all live games. Wed, 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 & 8 “21” win up to $200

Quechan Casino Resort 1-877-783-2426

Winterhaven, CA Open 10am Sat/Sun, 4pm Mon/Tues, 2pm Wed/Thurs Wed/Thurs at 2pm & Fri thru 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 first hour

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

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COMING SOON! NFL “Splash pots” return on August 7th Dealing blackjack 24/7 – Friday Afternoon Blackjack Tournament at 4pm - $30 buy-in Progressive Jackpots for Ultimate Texas Hold EM & Crazy 4 Poker grow daily at all 3 Casinos! The PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot was hit recently and it’s growing again.

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

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 chips for play before tournament

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort 928-856-7244

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

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

“High Hand” 6am-10am wins $100 each hour “Aces Cracked” Win a Rack – COMING SOON – NFL “Splash Pots”! “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 Progressive Jackpots for Ultimate Texas Hold EM & Crazy 4 Poker grow daily at all 3 Casinos! The PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot was hit recently and it’s growing again.

Flagstaff, AZ Dealing blackjack 24/7

Laveen, AZ Sat, 11:15 am, NLHE “Big Stack”$40 buy-in w/ Opt $10 Staff “chip-up” + $20 add-on at break Sun 11:15 am, NLHE “Sunday Brunch”$30 buy-in w/ Opt $10 Staff “chip-up” & $20 add-on break Wed, 7:30pm, NLHE “Humpday”$40 buy-in w/ Opt $10 Staff fee before play for added chips

Tues 7:30pm, Limit Omaha Hi-Lo $40 BI w/ Opt $10 Staff fee before play for added chips

Sat Noon, Aug 6, Sept 3, Oct 1 “Super Stack” NLHE - $110 BI, $20 Staff “chip up” & $20 add-on 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 any tournament - 1st & 2nd place at final table qualify for the “Tournament of Champions” FREE ROLL each quarter. Next one is Aug 27 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!

tables will be splashed during any game

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gaming news

MERCURY FAN WINS $777 DURING “LUCKY 7’S SHOOTOUT” The prize was secured with a free throw! Casino Arizona, an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), has added Taneesa Congdon to its Lucky 7’s Shootout winner circle. The Phoenix resident stepped on Talking Stick Resort Arena’s court on July 1 and made a free throw shot during the Phoenix Mercury-New York Liberty game. The winning shot earned Congdon $777 as part of Casino Arizona’s Lucky 7’s Shootout, an on-court promotion that allows hopefuls to showcase their basketball skills for a cash prize. “I was excited to be chosen for the opportunity to play in Casino Arizona’s Lucky 7’s Shootout,” said Congdon. “I feel it was the opportunity of a lifetime and I had a blast! Go Mercury!” Casino Arizona’s Lucky 7’s Shootout is offered every Friday and Saturday during the Phoenix Mercury home games. Fans are randomly selected from the audience and are given the option to shoot a free throw for a payout of $777, a three-point shot for $7,777 or a half-court

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shot for $77,777. Feeling confident in her free throw ability, Congdon chose to shoot from the free throw line. She is currently planning her 2017 wedding and intends on using the funds for her upcoming nuptials. “Our Lucky 7’s Shootout is a fan favorite and we love partnering with the Phoenix Mercury to be able to offer this fun opportunity to sports fans,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations at Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort. “We are happy that Congdon was selected and won, helping bring her special day to fruition” Video of the winning shot can be viewed at https://www.dropbox. com/s/62czkd8gldd06x0/Lucky%20 7%20shootout%200701.mov?dl=0 To learn more information about Casino Arizona or the Lucky 7’s Shootout, visit www.casinoarizona.com.   Located in Scottsdale, Ariz. at the Loop 101 Freeway and McKellips Rd., Casino Arizona is independently owned and operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and offers visitors more than 100,000 square feet devoted to gaming and entertainment.


TJ’s Blackjack corner

Overcoming the Luck Factor

f you were to enter a Blackjack Tournament that has odds of getting paid at 25 to 1, and are inexperienced, in theory, by luck alone you would finish in the money once every 25 tries. This doesn’t sound very encouraging, however if the hostby TJ by Jorgensen TJ Jorgensen ing casino adds money to the prize pool, it makes it a positive value event and very attractive. Here’s why: Let’s say 125 players pay $60 each to enter a tournament = $ 7,500 Then factor in the Casino adds $10,000 to the prize pool = $10,000 Total Prize money = $17,500 Five players will get paid making the average payout = $ 3,500 In theory, you will get in the money 1 in 25 tournaments – It would cost you $ 1500 in entry fees to play 25 times. Since the average payout is $3500 it makes this a positive value event. Based on luck alone you will show a profit of $2000 every 25 tournaments. It’s not a question of if you will come out ahead, just when. So when you see an event like this you should always play. By playing a lot of tournaments you start to develop skills to over-come the luck factor to some degree. Personally I get in the money in Tournaments about once every four tries. So it is definitely possible to improve your chances of getting paid by becoming a skilled player. To help you become a tournament player with skills, here is a little move you can put into your bag of tricks. This scenario should get you thinking about strategy; try to figure out the best play for this situation. It’s the final hand and there are only two players left. Only one player advances to the next round, and betting limits are $25 min, $2500 max. You have to bet first.

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(You) Player A have $5,000 bet $2,500 dealt 8-2 Player B has $5,500 bet $2,500 dealt 10-10 Dealer has a 6 up Since Player B has matched your bet, if you both win or both lose one bet, Player B wins the round. If you double down and catch a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, Player B can split his 10s and it doesn’t matter what cards he draws he will still have the high and low covered. It would seem that unless you win while player B pushes or loses (there is only about a 14% chance of that occurring), you will be eliminated. So what would you do to give yourself the best chance at winning? Consider this, since Player B can only split for an equal amount, ($2500) if you double for less than $1975 you can take away either the high or the low from Player B. You force player B to make a choice, if he stands on 20 and the dealer breaks you win with your double down no matter what card you draw. If Player B Splits and the dealer breaks then Player B would win, but you would win if the Dealer beats you both. By doubling for less you have increased your chances of winning the round from 14% to about 44%. Not a bad increase in win odds by just playing smart. If you would like to know more about tournament strategy or how to play a better Blackjack – go to my free website at freewebs.com/tjsblackjackcorner Or get my E book “Playing Winning Blackjack” on my website.

T.J. Jorgensen has been a professional Blackjack player for over 20 years. He is well known for his live tournament play. He has competed against, and beaten, some of the top tournament players in the world and has won the prestigious World Series of Blackjack.


entertainment Apache Gold Casino Resort

(5 miles East of Globe on Hwy 70) 1-800-272-2438 The POINT Sports Bar & Grill: Big screens to watch sports & more! The Point Sports Bar: Live bands on weekends;

BlueWater Resort and Casino

11300 Resort Dr., Parker 1-888-243-3360 Amphitheater: Call for updated concert lineup Dig Lounge: DJs/live bands & Sports on the big screens River’s Edge Cantina: Sports on the big screens

Casino Arizona

101 at McKellips, Scottsdale 480-850-7734 Showroom: July 15 & 16 – Strange Days (Doors Tribute) July 22 & 23 – Pick Your Poison (Poison Tribute Band) July 29 & 30 – Fooz Fighters (Foo Fighters tribute) Aug 5 & 6 – Chicago Experience featuring Kenny Cetera Aug 19 & 20 – Rock & Roll-Over (Kiss Tribute) Aug 26 & 27 – Visions of Fleetwood Mac 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

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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! Frank Caliendo

Casino Del Sol

5655 W. Valencia Rd. Tucson 520-838-6506 AVA Amphitheater: Aug 17 – Brandi Carlile & Old Crow Medicine Show Aug 19 – Lost 80’s Live w/ Men With-out Hats, A Flock of Seagulls, Modern English, Naked Eyes, The Thompson Twins and many more Aug 26 – ALICE COOPER Sept 2 – Comedian, Actor & Impressionist Frank Caliendo Sept 25 – Hank Williams Jr Event Center: July 23 – WFF/MMA Fights Paradiso Bar: Free entertainment, with bands like every weekend and Tribute bands on Thursdays

Cliff Castle Casino

I-17 at exit 289 in Camp Verde 1-800-381-SLOT Stargazer Pavilion: July 15 – Un Noche De Lluvias De Estrellas2 – Featuring Banda el Recordo, Grupo Concepto & Joel Velazquez Dragonfly Lounge: live music on weekends; July 15 & 16 – Latino Rebel Band, July 22 & 23 – Aravaipa, July 29 & 30 – Chaka and Friends

Cocopah Casino Resort

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


entertainment weekend; July 15 & 23 – Furious George, July 16 – Davey Arnold Band, July 17 – The Walkens, July 21 – The Elevens, July 22 &30 – Club Country, July 24 – Duane Moore & Mogollon, July 28 – Kung Fu Grip, July 29 – Nineball, July 31 Sugahbeats OUTDOOR EVENT: Aug 13 at 7pm – SUMMERLAND Tour w/ Sugar Ray, Everclear, Lit and Sponge Bingo Hall: 1st Saturday of each month - Late Night Lunar Bingo w/ music & giveaways Updates - go to fortmcdowellcasino.com

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort & Casino

Desert Diamond Casino Hotel

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

Desert Diamond Casino I-19

1100 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita 1-866-332-9467 Diamond Center: July 23 – Hugo Cortes (Juan Gabriel Tribute) July 29 – Martina McBride Aug 5 – Three Dog Night Sept 24 – Gloria Trevi – The Como Yo Te Amo World Tour Sept 30 – Comedian Brian Regan Sports Bar: Nightly Sports on big screens, plus Karaoke/DJ nightly & live bands on weekends

Fort McDowell Casino

N of Shea off Hwy 87, Fountain Hills 1-800-THE-FORT “Lucky 7” Saloon: The top bands in Arizona every

15406 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa 480-802-5000 THE LOUNGE: Friday, Saturday & Sunday in THE Lounge (5-8pm and 8pm-1am) BIG NAMES – NO COVER! Aug 19 – (8 & 10pm) THE WEIGHT (former members of THE BAND) Other bands on weekends featuring; Cold Shott & Hurricane Horns, Smooth Groove, Walkens, Soundwave, Thaddeus Rose, Gemini Band, Basketball Jones, Joe Costello Syndicate and Sun City Groove band Mon, Wed & Thurs (Happy Hour, 5-8pm) featuring; Western Fusion, Karen & Marcus, The Walkens Trio, Chuck E Duo, John Eric Duo, Freddie Duran Duo and others Wed (noon -4pm) featuring; Bandstand Shows, Thaddeus Rose, Silhouette or Jukebox Sun (5-9pm) Freddie Duran or Flavour POOLSIDE Every Sunday 2-6pm July 17 – Silhouette, July 24 – Rock Lobster, July 31 – Soundwave, Aug 7 – Volcano, Aug 14 – The Walkens, Aug 21 – Quantum, Aug 28 – Cheeseburgers in Paradise (Jimmy Buffet Tribute) For updates, go to harrahsakchin.com

Hon-Dah Resort and Casino Highways 260 and 73, Pinetop 1-800-WAY-UP-HIGH

Outdoor Event Center: Conference Center: Aug 26 – Hot August Nights (Neil Diamond Tribute) Sept 2 – Desperado (Eagles Tribute Band) Timbers Lounge: Free entertainment, Monday is Comedy Night, Tues-Sat, Live bands July 12 thru 16 – House of Steel July 19 thru 23 – Justin Wright & High Octane Aug 2 thru 6 – Affinity Aug 9 thru 13 – Barrio Latino Aug 16 thru 20 – Greywolf Sept 6 thru 10 – Rev it Up Aug 13 thru 17 – Smokehouse Aug 20 thru 24 – Groove City Band

Lone Butte Casino

202 loop at the Kyrene exit - Chandler, 1-800-WINGILA Lone Butte Event Center: Call for updated schedule Cascades Lounge: Mon, Tues & Fri (4-8pm) Featuring; Marty & the Party or Thaddeus Rose Fri & Sat (late night) w/ Shining Star, Smooth Groove, Thaddeus Rose 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

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

1/2-mile S. of Payson on Hwy 87 1-800-777-PLAY www.777play.com Event Center: Aug 3 – The Troubadour Experience (Ultimate George Strait Tribute) Sept 3 – Desperado (Tribute to the Eagles) Oct 8 – Southbound (A Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd) Apache Spirits Lounge: Entertainment nightly Thurs - Sat (live bands, Deejays and Sporting Events)

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Paradise Casino

450 Quechan Drive, Yuma 1-888-777- 4946 Sharky’s Bar & Bites: DJ or bands on weekends

Quechan Casino Resort

525 Algodones Rd, Winterhaven CA (Yuma area) 1-877-783-2426 Sidewinders Bar: Free weekend entertainment w/ bands or deejays

Talking Stick Resort

Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road - Scottsdale 480-850-7734 Showroom: July 22 – Robert Cray Sept 17 – Gregg Allman Oct 18 – Terry Fator Grand Ballroom: July 16 - Happy Together Tour w/The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron, Cowsills, Mark Lindsay, Spencer Davis Group and Gary Puckett & the Union Gap Jay Leno

Aug 5 Jay Leno Aug 12 - The FOUR PHANTOMS Oct 7 – Cyndi Lauper Nov 18 – Terry Fator THE POOL AT Talking Stick Resort Sept 2 – Tedeschi Trucks Band Sept 30 – Alice in Chains Oct 9 – ZZ Top Oct 16 - Foreigner OUTDOOR “Release” Pool Parties are back! The fun begins every weekend Dance to internationally known dance music artists & Deejays Palo Verde Lounge: Live bands nightly Shadows Lounge: singles & duos featuring jazz, classic sounds of Sinatra Degree 270 Lounge: Fri & Sat, w/the region’s best DJ’s Orange Sky Restaurant & Lounge: Live jazz 20 ARIZONA PLAYER July 2016


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Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort

22181 Resort Blvd (I-40 @ exit 219) Flagstaff (928) 856-7200 Free Live bands on weekends; July 15 & 16 – Rebel Heart, July 22 & 23 – Tyler Stevens & July 28 & 29 - Stateline

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Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino

The West Valley Casino 51st Ave, 4 miles S. of Baseline - Laveen 1-800-WIN-GILA Event Center: July 16 – Banda Pachuco, July 30 – One Gunn, One Love (Bob Marley Tribute) Aug 13 – Vennus and Sept 10 – Los Muecas V Q LIVE: Open Wed – Sat (4pm-7pm & 9pm-1am), Featuring; Powerdrive, Rhythm of the Sun, Marty & the Party , Priminition, Tyron D & the Ledge, Soundwave, Andrea & Gemini, Chaka & Friends, Latino Rebel Band, or Rhythm Edition Sunday’s; Mariachi Rodriguez or Mariachi Fiesta Valle Del Sol Bingo Park: Every Saturday at 11pm - BINGO ECLIPSE - Bingo, DJ music, light show & giveaways

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

I-10 at Wild Horse Pass exit - Chandler 1-800-WIN-GILA ZZ Top

Ovations LIVE! Showroom: July 17 – Gregory Wolfe (tribute to Rod Stewart)July 22 – Rodney Carrington, Aug 5 – Kansas, Aug 11 – The Latin Comedy Jam, Aug 13 – Jay Mohr, Aug 21 – These British Women (Tribute to the Greatest British female singers) Sept 2 – Boyz II Men, Sept 24 – Sara Evans The Lounge: Mid-day (Mon10am-3pm) w/ Jukebox 6, Swingtips or Route 66 w/ DJ Danny Davis Late night (Wed - Sun) featuring; The Walkens, Chaka & Friends, Shining Star, Rhythm of the Sun band, Smokestack Lightning or New Frequency CHROME NIGHT CLUB: Fridays & Saturdays - Arizona’s Newest Hot Spot featuring DJ Medik

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gaming news Casino Del Sol unveils new Zeboz Bar!

Located inside Tucson’s premier entertainment destination, Zeboz is the bar in the center of the action at Casino Del Sol Resort and it just got a whole new look. Over the course of the last three months, the existing bar in the middle of the Piazza gaming area was demolished and rebuilt. The newly renovated Zeboz is bigger, brighter, and has more to offer than the original. Measuring in at more than 2,700 square feet, the bar is approximately 450 square feet larger than before, and can now accommodate more than 125 guests. The redesign of Zeboz goes hand-in-hand with Casino Del Sol’s Mediterraneanthemed property, with rustic ironwork and patterned terrazzo tiling. Zeboz is now much more open, with an exposed trellis that reveals the domed perpetual daytime sky mural on the ceiling. A rectangular wrap-around bar has been built, allowing guests to view the gaming excitement from every angle. Additionally, 17 bar top gaming machines have been installed, so customers can now enjoy a beer, wine or cocktail while playing a variety of keno and video poker games. These machines accept Club Sol player’s cards and accumulate points, just like the machines on the surrounding casino floor. For guests who prefer more intimate seating, the bar now boasts four booths, one in each corner of the raised platform. “Zeboz occupies premium space in the casino, and this new look truly enhances the ambiance of the property,” said Casino Del Sol Resort’s CEO, Kimberly Van Amburg. “These improvements will allow us to provide the elevated experience that our valued guests have come to expect from us.” Casino Del Sol’s Property Mixologist, Aaron DeFeo, is developing a new cocktail menu for Zeboz that will feature several specialty drinks, which will roll out soon. The new Zeboz is open from 8am till.-2am daily. For more information about Casino Del Sol’s bars and restaurants, visit www.CasinoDelSol.com or call 1-855-SOL-STAY (765-7829).

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travel Coronado National Forest – Miller Peak Wilderness Area By Phil Scudella The Sierra Vista Recreational Area incorporates several mountain ranges which are separated by rolling hills and some of the Southwest’s most extensive grasslands. The area includes the Huachuca, Patagonia and Whetstone Mountains. These areas were once the focus of extensive mining activity and their canyons and ridges are rich in the history of those colorful days. An extensive network of trails provides access to the Huachuca Mountains and to the 20,190 acre Miller Peak Wilderness. In nearby Ramsey Canyon, where miners once sluiced, blasted and tunneled for gold and silver, birdwatchers have found a gentler bonanza. A number of scenic drives cross the area’s broad grasslands, and anglers find their reward in Parker Canyon Lake where stocked trout, as well as other species, challenge fishermen Miller Peak Named for the highest peak in the Huachuca Mountains, and is the highest and southernmost peak in the United States. This Wilderness encompasses 20,190 acres and was established in 1984.

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The Miller Peak Wilderness lies between the city of Sierra Vista and the Mexican border in the southern half of the Huachuca Mountains. The Miller Peak Wilderness is a land of sheer cliffs, soaring summits and deep canyons. In these diverse life-zones lives an amazing variety of wildlife including over 170 species of birds (14 species of hummingbirds). Seventy-eight species of mammals have been observed in the Huachuca’s including coatimundi, javelina, black bear and mountain lion. Over 60 species of reptiles also can be found here. Seventeenth-century Spanish Captain Juan Mateo Manje referred to these mountains in his expedition journal as Sierra de Huachuca, or Huachuca Mountains. Many sheer cliffs rise hundreds of feet above the canyon floors. At least 21 trails lead through the Wilderness from its eastern, western, and southern boundaries. The Arizona Trail traverses this wilderness before reaching its southern terminus at the U.S./Mexican border. From the Crest Trail (11 miles) one can reach the top of Miller Peak. Throughout the area, visitors may encounter evidence of the region’s bygone mining and ranching days. Trails here climb from 5,200 feet to as high as 9,466 feet at the apex of Miller Peak, and offer some of the most dramatic views in the Southwest. The Huachuca’s are rich in history. These canyons, cliffs, and forests are littered with the remains of various late nineteenth- and early twentiethcentury mining booms that all eventually went bust. Today, the gold rush has been replaced by a recreation rush that’s adding a new chapter to the history of the Miller Peak Wilderness.


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This area is an exciting adventure where you could spend weeks and not come close to seeing all that you would like to that would include; Historic Fort Huachuca, Bisbee, Tombstone, the Kartcher Caverns, Arizona’s famous wineries in Elgin and Sonoita. You’ll find terrific Bed and Breakfast places to stay, Hotels everywhere including a couple that are said to be haunted.

Enjoy great food throughout entire Southern Arizona including “Papa’s 50’s Diner” in Sierra Vista. Now let me mention this, in all of the years of including articles of out of the way unique places to grab a meal while you were traveling, I have never once mentioned my brother Richard’s authentic 50’s diner in Sierra Vista that he built nearly 20 years ago. I should have – since you will find a great menu covering breakfast, lunch and dinners including his wife Marie Christine’s family recipes for some terrific Italian dishes. Their motto: “Breakfast is served around the clock till the doors are locked” You could spend an hour looking at the memorabilia that he has collected that will transport you back to the 50’s & 60’s While you’re there you might even see a regular customer that looks very much like rock and roll’s original icon. Encourage him and he may sing to you as he does on the outdoor patio every Sunday mid-day!

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DAVID AT THE SNACK BAR Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Brothers have ruined many family events in the past with their wild party ways, now their sister is getting married in Hawaii. She and their parents have made it mandatory they bring dates feeling that a couple of nice girls will by keep them under control. They place and ad David Ramsey that goes viral ending up on TV. They get hundreds of responses but two girls stand-out. The brothers think are perfect and so does their family. What they don›t know is they are only acting like nice girls to get the free trip to Hawaii. Will the wedding survive? While not brilliantly written or acted it "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" is funny with hilarious moments. Remember its R rated for a few reasons and have fun at the matinee.

David’s Video Details Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

After what happened the last time we saw Superman, Batman is concerned that he is a threat to mankind and decides to take matters into his own hands. Add in Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman and a super-monster and it is a big test for Superman. A sequel to "Man of Steel" it has the same problems as that film - it is too long, the fights go on until you don›t care anymore, it isn›t true to the comics and is over stylized. The cast is good but Ben Affleck is outstanding as an aging Batman. "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" sets up the coming "Justice League" movies that I can only hope are better.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Cafe Society Set in the 1930s, Bobby moves from the Bronx to Hollywood hoping for work for his Uncle Phil, a big time theatrical agent. He falls in love with his Uncle›s secretary but she has a boyfriend, then things get complicated. Meanwhile, back in the Bronx his older brother buys a nightclub. When Bobby moves back he takes over managing the club and it becomes the talk of the town. The often very funny story of true love and compromise is very well done with a great cast. The only drawback is the pointless and often annoying narration. "Cafe Society", while not Woody Allen›s best, is worth seeing.

Tris and Four must escape and go beyond the wall that surrounds Chicago to discover the truth of their world. And, of course, Evelyn is still after them. The pacing is tedious, the story is dull and pointless. What a waste of a talented cast. After seeing this third installment in the young adult series I can only hope there is not a fourth.

Criminal

When a CIA agent is killed before he can complete his mission to stop a diabolic plot his bosses decide to try a experimental and potentially dangerous operation. They decide to implant his memories, secrets and skills in a death-row inmate who volunteers for the sci-fi type experiment. Unfortunately, the criminal they pick, Jericho, is very strong willed and not very cooperative. And then the experiment doesn›t go as planned - do they ever? "Criminal" has a good cast but the story is too predictable. 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 WildAboutMovies.com. Contact him at David@TheSnackBar.net.

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Casino Arizona- Scottsdale

Apache Gold Casino - Globe

Daily; 1pm Matinee & 7pm Nightly (Early Birds at 12:30 & 6:30pm) Fri & Sat at Midnight; “Late Night Bingo” w/Music, Light Show and dancing

Fort Mc Dowell Casino - Fountain Hills

Daily; Wed-Mon, 9am, 12:30 & 6:30pm Fri & Sat “Late Night” at 11:30pm Midnight on 1st Sat of each Month; “LUNAR BINGO” Features a DJ w/music, light show and dancing March 19 - Mega Bash 38 game session w/$80,00 in cash and prizes including a 70” LED TV and a Cruise! The FORT features MP Bingo & Planet Bingo NEW BINGO GAMES COMING SOON!

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino - Maricopa Wed-Sun; 11:30am, 2:30, 3:30 & 6:30pm Evenings features MP Bingo & Super Cover All

Lone Butte Casino - Chandler

Daily; Noon & 6:30pm, plus Sat & Sun Morning at 10am & Minis at 3:30 & 5:30pm Fri & Sat “Bingo After Dark” Party at 10:30pm featuresDJ music, light show & dancing Bingo at 11:30pm

Wed-Sun at Noon Fri, Sat & 1st Mon of Month at 7pm

BlueWater Casino - Parker

Mon-Wed at 6:30pm & Sun at 1:30pm

Casino Del Sol - Tucson

Daily; 2pm (Early Birds at 1:30pm) & 7pm (Early Birds at 6:30pm) BINGO PLAYOFFS! Bingo winners Are invited to Playoffs on Saturday to play 5 special games that pay $500 each! JUST ADDED: March 23 Evening Session $ 20,000 Bingo Bash w games paying $1,199 PLUS the final game pays $10,000!

Cocopah Casino - Somerton (Yuma area) Daily; 1 & 6pm

Desert Diamond - Tucson

Daily; 2pm (Early Bird 1:30pm) 7pm (Early Bird 6pm, warm up 6:30pm)

Mazatzal Casino - Payson

Daily; Noon & 6:30pm (sales at 5pm w/warmups) Double Payoffs on 1st Thurs & 3rd Tues

Paradise Casino - Yuma Daily at 1:30 & 6pm

VeeQuiva Casino - Laveen

Daily; Noon & 6:30pm, Sat 11:30pm “Bingo Eclipse” w/DJ, music & dancing

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Joke page, ASTROLOGY, Casino directory

jokes of the month Tailor made answer

Careful Now…

A rookie police officer jumps into his squad car and calls the station.“I have an interesting case here,” he says. “A woman shot her husband for stepping on the floor she just mopped.” “Have you arrested her?” asks the sergeant. “Heck no” replied the officer, “not yet, the floor’s still wet.”

Truth Hurts

Jim and Karen are sitting in their living room celebrating her birthday while sipping wine. Out of 
the blue, Karen says, “I love you.” “Is that you or the wine talking?” asks the husband. “It’s me,” says Karen. “Talking to the wine”

Some Things are Worse than Others

Kelly, a sexy real estate agent sells quite a few rental properties to a successful businessman, but not always with the enthusiastic support of his wife. Recently, she was showing him a home when his wife called, and Kelly could hear his wife ask him “What are you doing?” He sternly answered “I’m with Kathy my real estate agent and we’re having an affair…OK!” After a brief moment she replied “Thank God, I thought she was selling you another house.”

My husband and I couldn’t decide which jacket to buy our granddaughter, so we asked the young salesman. “If you were buying a jacket for your girlfriend,” I said, “what would you get?” “A bulletproof one,” he said. “I’m married.”

The Real Truth

Ah, marriage. I was standing in front of the bathroom mirror one evening admiring my reflection, when I posed this question to my wife of 40 years: “Will you still love me when I’m old, fat, and balding?” She smiled and answered, “I do.”

Cancer June 22 to July 22

Libra Sept 24 to Oct 23

Capricorn Dec 22 to Jan 20

Leo July 23 to Aug 23

Scorpio Oct 24 to Nov 22

Aquarius Jan 21 to Feb 19

Taurus April 21 to May 21

Virgo Aug 24 to Sept 23

Sagittarius Nov 23 to Dec 21

Pisces Feb 20 to Mar 20

Gemini May 22 to June 21

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You’ll be rewarded Terrific time with old pal Plan that vacation Now is the time, go for it Unexpected trip ahead Fun time and you win Cards are the way to go Rare chance – take it

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1. Apache Gold Hotel Resort Casino • (Globe) San Carlos Apache Tribe-slots bingo & blackjack & Entertainment (800) 272-2438 2. BlueWater Resort Casino • (Parker) Colorado River Indian Tribe-slots bingo blackjack poker & Entertainment (888) 243-3360 3. Bucky’s Casino • (Prescott) Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe-slots, poker & blackjack (800) 756-8744 3a. Yavapai Casino & Gaming Center • (Prescott) Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe-slots (800) 756-8744 5. Casino Arizona @ 101 & McKellips • (Scottsdale) Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community-slots bingo blackjack Keno & Entertainment (480) 850-7777 30 ARIZONA PLAYER July 2016

Hang in - it’s happening Think positive to win Nice pleasant trip Expect a call from past Play to win always Good friend was right Why not? You’re ready Unplanned adventure For now, a good choice Things are looking up A short trip pays off Play favorite numbers

Jul 7–14 Jul 15–22 Jul 23–31 Aug 1–7 Jul 7–14 Jul 15–22 Jul 23–31 Aug 1–7 Jul 7–14 Jul 15–22 Jul 23–31 Aug 1–7

Silly idea works Past mistakes help here Test the water, soon Go back to basics

New friend is good choice Get ready to take leap Get some needed advice Make that plan work Forgive those who matter Great time at favorite spot Best be careful this week Weekend to remember

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