Page 1

I nside


I ssue

Card Room Action Casino Entertainment Blackjack Corner – Making Smart Decisions


REEL REVIEWS – Lightning Link by Aristocrat Charity Poker Tournament at Desert Diamond Vol. 25 No. 1 • January 2017

Cover Story on page 8



Vol. 25 No. 1 • January 2017

Boyd’s Eye View of Video Poker Linda Boyd “VP New Year’s Resolutions” 6

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

Contributing Photography Rachel Brockway Jordyn Carias Kevin Cummings Mark Neel John Olson Teresina Prasad Matt Probst David Ramsey Satara Williams

Contributing Writers Linda Boyd Rachel Brockway Kevin Cummings TJ Jorgensen Malory Knudson Teri Morris Mark Neel Teresina Prasad Matt Probst David Ramsey Satara Williams

Special Thanks to: the marketing departments at Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Sunrise Ski Park for their special effort putting this January 2017 issue together – As we begin our 25th year of publishing the most distributed, published and respected gaming magazine in Arizona! 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.

4 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017

Cover Story “Hon-Dah Resort Casino – A Winter Wonderland”


Gaming News “The Silver Car Auction at Fort McDowell Casino”


Card Room Action Poker and Blackjack Action Around the State


Reel Reviews Kevin Cummings “Lighting Link” by Aristocrat


TJ's Blackjack Corner TJ Jorgensen “Making Good Decisions”


Entertainment Casino Entertainment State-wide


Contest Page “Win a White Mountain Ski Package Getaway”


David at the Snack Bar David Ramsey Film and DVD reviews


Gaming News “The Office of Problem Gambling 2017 Symposium”


Bingo Directory Bingo Games at Arizona Casinos


Jokes of the Month, Astrology, & Casino Directory



VP New Year’s Resolutions

vowed that I would no longer set myself up for by failure with New Year’s Linda Boyd resolutions that sound good on paper, but seem unachievable after a few weeks. Things like going to the gym for two hours a session, four days a week and eating only gluten free products fall by the wayside around February. Still, I have no problem making firm decisions regarding gambling habits; for me, they’re much easier to keep. Even if you only do some of these things is better than flying by the seat of your pants once you see the glittering lights at your favorite casino. Here are some worthy 2017 resolutions for Arizona’s VP players. Check Pay Schedules: I still see people plopping down before checking the pay tables or the size of progressive jackpots. I’ll have more details on why this is so important in another column. Minimally, you should check the ER (expected return) for the version of the game you’ve selected by using the tables in my book “The Video Poker Edge” or by using tutorial software. Home Practice: I’ve been playing several classic games like 9/6Jacks or Better (9/6JOB), 8/5Bonus Poker (8/5BP), Full Pay Deuces Wild (FPDW), 10/7Double Bonus (10/7DB), Not-So-Ugly Deuces Wild (NSUD) and several others for many years. So, you’d think I know all the holds, inside out, upside down and backwards. If that’s what you think, then

6 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017

you would be wrong. There are just too many combinations of possible dealt hands to remember every nuance, penalty card exception and anomaly for all of these games. Even though I know the basics I still practice on my home software before heading for a casino and so should you. The best on the market, in my opinion, is Dean Zamzow’s WinPoker, available online and through amazon. Use Slot Card: Let me count the ways that your free slot club card is a benefit. Free rooms, food, concert tickets, event entries, cash and gifts – It makes no sense to throw all of these things away. Keep in mind that there is zero connection between the slot opening for your player’s card and the device where the RNG (random number generator) is housed. In addition to all of these incentives is the fact that you can fade your winnings against your losses on both your federal and state tax returns. (Not all states allow this but, fortunately, Arizona does.) Choose Days: Most people have to work so they’re not as flexible as retirees on scheduling their casino jaunts. For those not restrained by a job, you should go during non-peak times for a number of reasons. You can go when they’re having a promotion, giving away gifts or offering multiple points and can choose almost any machine or game. In addition, there’s less smoke, faster responses to mechanical problems and no lines in the restrooms or at ticket redemption kiosks. Self-Restraint: One of the most important resolutions for Arizona players for 2017 is to stick to your pre-determined budget and demonstrate self-

control. Even if you’ve found a positive play, that’s one where the ER is over 100% (it’s rare, but can happen when you find a good VP pay schedule and add the value of multiple points to your theoretical return), you have to know when it’s quitting time. Often positive ER plays involve infrequent hands, like a royal flush, and your pockets aren’t deep enough to play for hours. You should never go beyond your pre-determined budget by making lots of trips to the ATM.

Impaired Players:

There’s an accurate adage for VP and all table games that involve skill components (luck is always part of the short-term equation), “don’t drink ‘derive’”. There’s a lot of thought that goes into accurate play and you only get the ER with accurate play. That definitely won’t happen if you’re tired, drunk or drugged.

Final Thoughts:

It’s good to make some non-stress inducing New Year’s resolutions that are doable without sweating to the oldies or buying pre-packaged foods from a diet plan. Going to your favorite casino gets you out of the house and is fun, especially if you increase your odds of either playing longer or coming home a winner. 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. Kindle edition now available. www.squareonepublishers. com Toll Free: 877-900-BOOK


A Winter Wonderland Of Outdoor And Indoor Fun!

“Hon-Dah” in the majestic White Mountains, includes Sunrise Park Resort and Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Conference Center in the Pinetop area. The word “Hon-Dah” in the Apache language means “Welcome to my home.” No matter what you plan on doing in this pristine area of tall Ponderosa Pines, whether you are enjoying wildlife of all varieties, picture post card views while you’re hiking, hunting fishing, snowboarding or skiing some of the most amazing mountain slopes in the southwest, you’ll feel like family. Owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe, when you visit. Sunrise Ski Park and Hon-Dah Resort Casino, you will be treated very special! Sunrise Park Resort is located just 20 minutes up the hill from Hon-Dah Resort Casino and is the largest ski hill in Arizona. There are 3 mountains, 65 trails and over 800 acres of ski/snowboard terrain. They start making snow early to insure a heavy base throughout the season. Sunrise has a ski school with top notch instructors, daycare facilities and a sledding/tubing area. Sunrise Park hours are 9am - 4pm daily. There is even night skiing that takes place in January and February, just call for details. There are restaurants in the ski area and the Sunrise Day-lodge Bar offers drink specials and entertainment. After playing outdoors, it’s time to make your way to Hon-Dah Resort Casino, and warm up by the massive fireplace in the hotel lobby, with a cup of hot chocolate or your favorite adult beverage from the lounge.

8 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017

Another option might be to enjoy a relaxing dinner and drink at the Indian Pine Restaurant where you can also breakfast or lunch off the menu or try the daily buffets that are also offered. And don’t miss is the absolute best Holiday Buffets in White Mountains at an amazing affordable price – so if you plan to be in the area during those times – Don’t miss out on these Fabulous Feasts – Details will be on their website! Hon-Dah Resort Casino is now offering ski packages for the 2015 / 2016 winter season. These packages include a 2 nights stay at Hon-Dah Resort (single, double, triple or quadruple occupancy) along with two all-day ski lift tickets (9am-4pm) per person, plus a 25% off coupon towards ski rental at Hon-Dah Ski & Outdoor Sports, adjacent to the resort. A typical 2 day package for 2 adults in one room is $421. Other packages are available - just call (928) 369-0299 for more information. There is also free bus transportation between Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Sunrise Mountain base for Ski Package customers. Other amenities at Hon-Dah Resort include an arcade for kids of all ages, a heated swimming pool year round, a convenience store / gas station with usually the lowest price for gas in the area – plus 128 spacious oversized rooms at the hotel equipped with a large flat screen TVs with cable, a microwave, coffee maker and refrigerator!


Hon-Dah Resort Casino has over 800 of the newest and most popular slot machines including on-going promotions with opportunities to win a bundle along with slot tournaments to keep guests entertained! If you love playing cards, you’ll find live action games in the poker room with tournaments daily, plus a blackjack pit open daily Tuesday thru Saturday. There is always something happening at Hon-Dah Resort Casino! Get set for a BIG Event! COMING SOON: Tues, Feb 14th Valentine’s Day, It’s the Rod Stewart Tribute Show starring Gregory Wolfe!

There are Four terrific packages to choose from: 1 - Rod Stewart Tribute Show in the Conference Center - $10 per person 2 - Room package and two tickets to the Rod Stewart tribute Show - $79 3 - Gourmet dinner for two in Timbers Lounge and two tickets to Rod Stewart Tribute - $60 4 - Room package, 2 tickets to Rod Stewart Tribute plus dinner in Timbers Lounge - $134 Please note; Timbers Lounge dinner Packages are limited and will sell out quickly

Doors for the Rod Stewart tribute in Conference Center will be 7pm, show at 8pm Must be 21 or older for all packages - Packages will go on sale mid-January The Timbers Showroom provides live entertainment Tuesday thru Saturday with nationally known bands and if you love to laugh, catch some the nations rising young comics during the Monday Fun-day Comedy Shows. If you have your own RV to stay in, you’re in luck – because across the street from the casino is the Hon-Dah RV Park with over 500 spaces, 24 hour security, an on-site manager, full power, cable TV connections, phone hookups, laundry room and shower facilities! Hon-Dah Resort Casino is known as one of Arizona’s most popular playgrounds in the summer or winter with golf and fishing packages, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, sleigh rides, sledding, tobogganing, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing. So, don’t hibernate this winter! You’ll miss all of the action in the spectacular White Mountains, Sunrise Park Resort, Hon-dah Resort Casino, plus plenty of shopping and other fun things to do nearby in the Show Low, Lakeside and Pinetop area. Hon-Dah Resort Casino - where your fun adventure is happening! Book your getaway package today at or call 1-800-WAY-UP-HI.

gaming news Fort McDowell Silver Car and Memorabilia Auction

One of the most popular collector car and auto related memorabilia auctions, has returned again this year to the We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center at Fort Mc Dowell Casino. The dates for this year’s big event are Thursday, January 19th thru Sunday January 22nd. Gates open at 8am - Admission is $20 ($15 for Fortune Club Card holders) and kids 12 and under are free with an accompanying adult. Auction hours:

Memorabilia Auction

Thursday, Jan 19

Vehicle Auction

Friday, Jan 20th Saturday, Jan 21st

Noon – 1:00pm 10:00am – 11:00am 9:30am – 10:30am

1:00pm – 9:00pm 11:00am – 9:00pm 10:30am – 9:00pm

Sunday, Jan 22nd

11:00am – 11:30am

11:30am – 6:00pm


Published estimated times are designed around a sell-out day – Start and end times may vary. The host hotel is the We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center located adjacent to Fort McDowell Casino at 10438 North Fort McDowell Road (2 miles north of Shea Blvd on Hwy 87 in the Fountain Hills area) In the event the host hotel sells out, there are plenty of hotels and resorts nearby in Scottsdale, Mesa and the Fountain Hills area.

10 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017

Keep in mind when you need a break to relax and enjoy a great dining experience or just a snack, there is a huge variety of restaurants to choose from at both the We-Ko-Pa Resort and Fort McDowell Casino. When you’re ready to party - you’ll find live entertainment and a dance floor at Fort McDowell Casino, plus 24 hour action playing the latest slots, along with bingo, blackjack and a poker room with live games and tournaments every day and evening. The excitement is everywhere at Fort McDowell Casino where you may win the bid on the classic car you’ve always wanted and may be lucky enough to pay for it with the jackpot you hit at the Fort! For more information about this and other upcoming events at the Fort – Just call 1-800-THE-FORT or go on line at FORTMCDOWELLCASINO.COM

CARD ROOM ACTION Apache Gold Casino 800-272-2438

Globe, AZ Dealing blackjack daily at 3pm

Arena Poker Room at Talking Stick Resort 480-850-7777

Scottsdale, AZ Mon – Fri, 11:15am – NLHE Tournament - $125 buy-in Mon – Thurs, 7:15pm - NLHE, $145 buy-in Fri, 7:15pm – NLHE Tournament - $200 buy-in Sat, Jan 21, 11:15 am, “Super Bounty” NLHE, $240 buy-in$100 Bounties Sun, Jan 11, 11:15 am - Weekend Tournament 200 Sat, Dec 24, 11:15 am - Weekend Tournament 200 Sat, Jan 28 at 11:15am – End of Month-NLHE - $160 buy-in Sat, Feb 4 - 11:15am – “Big Stack” NLHE – $345 buy-in Sun, Feb 5 –SUPER SUNDAY” Call for special promotion details

Player Special (2am - Noon) $4 breakfast Also dealing blackjack 24/7

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

Parker, AZ Poker Room opens at 2pm daily 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 2:30pm, NLHE - $35 buy-in w/ $20 re-buy & $5 Bounties Sat at 2:30pm, NLHE - $60 buy-in w/ no re-buys Daily Aces Cracked $50 - max 3 per day Wed, all day – Straight flush $50 Fri, all day – 4 of a kind $50, Royal Flush $200 Bad Beat Hold-em Jackpot, aces full of 10s or better - beaten (Quads or better) Dealing blackjack daily at 9am

Bucky’s Casino 1-800-756-8744

Prescott, AZ Tues – Fri, Noon - NLHE Shootouts $20 buy –in Wed/Thurs, 6pm NLHE $40 BI, Opt $10 add-on - Earn points for Player of Month - $600 paid out Sat, Noon – $500 added DEEP STACK, $80 buy-in/opt dealer add-on $20 Spreading $2/$100 Texas hold-em anytime Call for details on tournaments and daily live play Dealing blackjack 24/7

Casino Arizona 480-850-7777

Scottsdale, AZ Blackjack Tournaments: Tues, noon $1,000 added “Break at Noon” $ 50 buy-in “Great Late” Tournament, $25 buy-in (Starts 1am Friday morning) Dealing blackjack 24/7

12 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017

Casino Del Sol 520-838-6565

Tucson, AZ Sunday at 5pm “Deep Stack” $5,000 Guaranteed NLHE, $100 buy-in Sun-Fri, 10 am - $600 Guaranteed (w/30 players) NLHE, $25 buy-in, opt $5 chip-up & $10 add-on Mon, 7pm - $1,500 Guar $40 buy in w/ $5 chip up available Tues, 7pm - $600 guarantee FREE ROLL – 50 players max (no cost) opt “chip up” of $6 Wed – “Race for Cash” Noon till Mid thru Jan 25 Thurs, 7pm - “Deep Stack” $5,000 Guaranteed NLHE, $120 buy-in Sat, 9am – $200 added Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, $20 buy-in, $5 re-buys & one $10 add-on Sat noon – $1,500 Guaranteed NLHE - $55 buy-in – no re-buys w/ opt $5 chip-up & $5 add-on Mon – Thurs (noon-Mid) Omaha only-Buy in for a “rack”, play 2 hours and get a “stack”! Mon – Thurs (2pm-Mid) Omaha 6/4 Cracked pays $100 – max 5/day Dealing Blackjack 24/7 W/ new side bet “Buster Blackjack” You win when the dealer busts!

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/ opt $5 dealer chip up Sat, 11am – (every other weekend) Single table shootout - NLHE $50 or $100 buy-in tables w/ opt $5 dealer chip up Sat, 11am (every other weekend) Multi-table Shootout - $70 buy-in + $10 Dealer Chip-up All Week – Royal Flush pays $100 “Aces Cracked” 24/7 Win from $50 to $200 Sat morning “Faces Cracked” before tournament Sat 6pm-Mid “High Hand Bonus” 4 of a kind pays $150, Straight Flush $250 – Royals $350 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 – $38 buy-in no re-buys JUST ADDED! Feb 10th thru 12th at Noon – $ 22,000 Chicanos Por La Causa Charity No- Limit Hold Em Poker Tournament – $200 Buy in, 2 Qualifying rounds at Noon Feb 11 & 12, Finals on Sunday Feb 12 at Noon – Bonus chips are available if you register early – Call for details

Daily – Any Royal Flush $200 Hold Em, $100 Omaha, Straight Flush $100 Hold Em, $50 Omaha Special Poker Room menu at ½ off regular prices Dealing blackjack 24/7 with 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, Wed, Thurs & Fri at Noon NLHE - $30 buy-in - $20 add-on - No-rebuys Tues, noon and Sat 4pm – Omaha Hi-Lo, $40 buy-in ($100 added per table) 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 - 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 SUPER SUNDAY Feb 5th – Call for the “Super” Details! Ladies NLHE Poker Tournament in Feb – Call for date $60 BI w/Opt $10 chip-up “Aces Cracked” 24/7 Min $100 up to $1,000 between 1am-5pm. “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! Also playing “Push Bet” that pays 10-1 when you push with the dealer!

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino 480-802-5138

Maricopa, AZ Thurs, 7:30pm – 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 SUPER SUNDAY Feb 5th Call for details! COMING IN FEBRUARY – WSOP Tournaments are back! Aces Cracked – 24/7 pays $50 “$50 High Hand” hourly Mon-Fri 10am-1pm / Royal Flush pays $50 Daily $25 Splash pots” every ½ hour- (1:30pm – close) call for details

Also dealing blackjack 24/7 – including “Push the bet”

CARD ROOM ACTION Hon-Dah Casino 928-369-7555

Pinetop, AZ Open daily at 4pm, Sat & Sun at 2pm Mon, 6pm – Free Pizza and NFL Splash Pots 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 “Early bird” tournament chips available daily before tournaments

Fri & Sat – $100 High Hand at 6pm, 9pm & Mid (Hold Em) Also dealing blackjack Sun thru Thurs 4pm – 10pm, Fri and Sat 2pm – Mid

Lone Butte Casino 800-946-4452

Quechan Casino Resort 1-877-783-2426

Winterhaven, CA (Yuma area) 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 ($20) bounty tournament $60 buy-in, unlimited buy-ins first hour Sun, 4pm, “Deep Stack” NLHE $100 buy-in Dealing blackjack 24/7 - Special room rates for poker players

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort 928-856-7244 Flagstaff, AZ Dealing blackjack 24/7

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

Chandler, AZ Dealing blackjack 24/7 Progressive Jackpots include; Crazy 4 Poker & Ultimate Texas Hold EM at all 3 Gila River Casinos! The PAI GOW Jackpot was hit twice in November for $240,000 and $108,000 and it’s growing again.

Laveen, AZ Sat 11:15 am, NLHE “Big Stack $10 bounties”-$50 buy-in /Opt $10 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 Wed, 7:30pm, NLHE “Humpday”$40 buy-in w/ Opt $10 Staff fee

Payson, AZ “Road to Vegas” Poker Tournaments First Wed of each month at 6pm thru April 5 - $50 buy-in w/ $50 bounties – 2 winners per tournament are seeded into the “Tournament of Champions” on April 26 – Grand Prize $1,000 cash and a seat into a 2017 WSOP Tournament in Las Vegas 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

1st Sat of the month at noon “Super Stack” NLHE - $110 BI, $20 Staff “chip up” & $20 add-on “Quads or Better” Starts at $50, up $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 Quads or better progressive increases daily “Red & Black ACES CRACKED” Daily 10am-4am –pair of Red or Black Aces pay $100 W/$50 Splash pot on next hand 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 Feb 25 Super Sunday Feb 5th – SUPER SPLASH POTS on “Super Sunday” High Hand Promo Mon – Fri 3:30 am – 10am, $50 every ½ hour – plus $50 Splash on next hand Dealing blackjack 24/7 – Friday Afternoon Blackjack Tournament at 4pm - $30 buy-in

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino 800-777-7529

Progressive Jackpots for Ultimate Texas Hold EM & Crazy 4 Poker grow daily at all 3 Casinos! The PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot was hit twice recently – call for update!

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

NFL Playoff “Splash pots” Plus Feb 5th “SUPER SUNDAY” SPLASH POTS! “Aces Cracked” 24/7* Win a Rack – “Rolling Cash Fever” Drawing every other hour 24/7, $100 min, increases by $100 if not hit – must go Monday night 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 twice recently – call for update! *Except during sports promotions

before play for added chips

CARD ROOM MANAGERS please send updates to

ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017 13

reel reviews by kevin cummings

14 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017

TJ’s Blackjack corner

Are you making good Blackjack Decisions? he Decisions that you make in regards to your Blackjack play can be influenced by your personal factors such as; the amount of time you have to play. Your bankroll and your overall Blackjack skills have a great deal to do with the choices that you make at the table. Your surroundings can influence you, the number of players at your table, the rules of the casino, the number of decks used, and even the management of the pit bosses have a great deal to do with the selections you make. The best thing about learning to play Blackjack the correct way is that it pays off. If you learn all of the right decisions to make, Blackjack has one of the lowest house edges in the Casino. Your game will improve and your money will last longer. In fact you will have a 25% chance of being ahead after 25,000 hands – Here are factors you should consider to help you make good blackjack decisions. Blackjack Table Selection Hands are played at a fast pace so if you choose a table with several players you have more time to make correct decisions, especially if you sit in the middle or end of the table. Most Casinos will let you have a basic strategy chart while you play so take advantage of that if you’re not 100% sure on basic strategy. Additionally the slower pace will make your money last longer. by TJ Jorgensen

by TJ Jorgensen

16 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017

Blackjack Table Limits When choosing a Blackjack table find one that has a minimum bet you are comfortable with. Generally that bet should only be 5% of your Bankroll. Blackjack Bank Roll Basic Strategy Decisions Your Blackjack Bank Roll should be disposable Basic Strategy was developed by running milincome, money that you can comfortably afford to lions of simulations on an IBM main frame to lose. If you are a recreational player you should look at your Bankroll as entertainment money. You find out what the best way to play each hand in Blackjack. If a blackjack player knows perfect could go to the movies, out to dinner or go to the basic strategy, over the long run he can reduce the Casino with your entertainment money but once casinos advantage to around -.54 depending on the it’s gone your entertainment is over. Under no circumstances should you gamble your rent, child casinos rules, and how many decks that are used. Most players at some point start playing hunches support, or car payment money. Besides being a special kind of stupid if you do, you won’t play cor- which gives the casino an additional 5% advantage over them. That means instead of losing 50 cents rectly either. for every $100 put into play they lose $5 for every Depending on the type of Blackjack Player you are will determine just how much of a Bankroll you $100. With chart in hand go to the table and when need. The professional Player who comes to the Casino for one reason only, to extract money from each hand comes up look at the chart and play the hand correctly. Not only will you give yourself the the Casino, usually has a separate stash built up best chance of winning but the other players at from winnings. Personally I have a journal that I your table will appreciate your text book play.  track the date, Casino, time, and wins or losses. I Blackjack Factors know down to the penny how much I win or lose, As you can see there are many factors that and I have statistics for the last 30 years. Doing this also demonstrates how good or bad your game effect your decisions you make at the Blackjack table. If you would like to discover additional tacreally is. tics that can help you win, or need basic strategy, Whatever size your Bankroll is, you should you can go to my free website only risk a fraction of it on any one hand. If you are going to be playing a few hours 1%-5% of your tjsblackjackcorner Bankroll is all you should be betting. If you are T.J. Jorgensen has been a professional Blackjack player for over 20 years. He is well known for his live tournaplaying at a $5 table you need about $500. That ment play. He has competed against, and beaten, some way you can lose 20 hands per hour for up to 5 of the top tournament players in the world and has won the prestigious World Series of Blackjack hours.

gaming news Chicanos Por La Causa Charity Poker Tournament in Tucson This February, Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment is offering poker fans a chance to win big while supporting a great cause. The Chicanos Por La Causa Poker Tournament returns to Desert Diamond’s Tucson location on Nogales Highway from February 10 – 12, 2017. The charity poker tournament is the latest step in Desert Diamond’s long history of support for Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC), a nonprofit committed to promoting stronger and healthier communities throughout Arizona. The casino has hosted previous charity tournaments and has been a sponsor of numerous other CPLC events over the years, as the two organizations have worked together to find opportunities to benefit the community. Funds from the charity poker tournament support one of CPLC’s longestrunning programs, called Nahui Ollin. This program works with high schools students on the importance of building self-confidence while focusing on dropout prevention, reducing and preventing drug use, tobacco cessation and prevention of teen pregnancy. The program serves roughly 400 students from four local high schools. The 2017 Chicanos Por La Causa Charity Poker Tournament will be a No Limit Texas Hold’em Tournament with seating limited to 120 participants and a prize pool of up to $22,000. Buy-in is $200, with $70 of buy-in benefitting Chicanos Por La Causa and the rest going towards the prize pool and administrative costs.

There will be two qualifying rounds for the tournament at noon on Feb 10 and 11, with finals starting at noon on Feb 12. Early registration at Desert Diamond’s Poker Room starts January 22. Participants who register before January 28 will receive $3,000 bonus chips, while those who register before February 4 will get $2,000 bonus chips. Early Bird chips will be available each qualifying round, up to $6,000. In addition to the charity poker events, Desert Diamond Casinos’ Sahuarita location has hosted the CPLC’s Annual Southern Arizona Gala at its Diamond Center since that venue first opened its doors. The dinner, one CPLC’s largest fundraising events each year, recognizes individuals who have made a difference for the community. Past awardees have included Desert Diamond COO Libby Francisco. “We’re very excited to once again host this fantastic tournament and continue supporting the great work that CPLC is doing for young people in our community,” said Treena Parvello, Director of Public Relations and Communications for the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise. “For many years, Desert Diamond has been a strong partner of the CPLC and their mission of providing needed services to the most vulnerable Arizonans. We’re glad to offer poker fans a chance to join us in giving back to this fantastic organization.” In addition to the CPLC event, the Poker Room offers No-Limit Texas Hold’em Poker Tournaments Mondays and Thursdays at 9:30am and Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:00pm. Buy-in is $35, including a $5 entry fee. Desert Diamond Casino Tucson’s Poker Room can be reached at (520) 342-1810 for any questions about the Chicanos Por La Causa Charity Poker Tournament or other events.

Make your Special event a Fun Filled party to reMeMber! Deejays with Years of On-Air Broadcast Experience will work with you to personalize your

• • • •

Wedding Reunion Theme Party Corporate Function

“Music and Emcee for Any Event“ taylored M uSic Phil Taylor

602.919.7700 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017 17

entertainment Apache Gold Casino Resort

(5 miles East of Globe on Hwy 70) 1-800-272-2438

The Gin Blossoms

BlueWater Showroom Jan 28 – “Hotel California” Eagles Tribute Band Feb 18 – “Barbara & Frank” Tribute to Sinatra & Streisand Dig Lounge: DJs/live bands & Sports on the big screens River’s Edge Cantina: Sports on the big screens

5655 W. Valencia Rd. Tucson 520-838-6506 Conference Center: Jan 21 & 22 – The Ultimate Elvis Tribute FREE event except for the Finals ($20) Sat 1pm & 5pm, Sun 3pm – plus finals at 7pm AVA Amphitheater: New concert schedule coming soon Paradiso Bar: AZ top bands (free) every weekend and Tribute bands on Thursdays;

BlueWater Resort and Casino

18 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017

101 at McKellips, Scottsdale 480-850-7734 Showroom: Jan 20 & 21 – Fortunate Son (Tribute to John Fogerty and CCR Jan 27 & 28 – Fan Halen(Tribute to Van Halen Feb 3 & 4 – TLR(Tribute to the Eagles) Feb 5 THE BIG GAME Viewing Party – FREE admission – win prizes plus food and drink specials Feb 17 & 18 – MASTER OF PUPPETS Feb 24 & 25 – Police Experience(Tribute Band) Arizona Room Patio Grill: 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) Chad Freeman & Redline at 8pm Thurs - Latin Fire Dance Night w/Dance Lessons (6-8pm) Rhythm of the Sun Band at 8pm Fri & Sat at 8pm - Live bands Bingo Hall: Fri & Sat at Midnight, L-8 Nite Bingo! Music, light show & dancing w/ host Corina & DJ Kenji!

Casino Del Sol

San Carlos Event Center: Jan 21 – The Gin Blossoms & EVERCLEAR The POINT Sports Bar & Grill: Big screens to watch sports&Live bands on weekends; 11300 Resort Dr., Parker 1-888-243-3360 BlueWater Amphitheatre: Feb 25 – TRACE ATKINS

Casino Arizona

Trace Atkins


Desert Diamond Casino Hotel

Fort McDowell Casino

Desert Diamond Casino I-19

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort & Casino

7350 South Nogales Hwy, Tucson 1-866-332-9467 Monsoon Night Club: Flashback Fridays: featuring Classic Hip-Hop and Old School w/ Primetime Deejays Saturdays: Hottest Live Latin bands like; Angel Norteno, Los Gallegos and others

Jan 19 “Turn the Page” (Bob Seger Tribute band) Jan 20 -Rich Berra Band, Jan 26 - 80z All Stars, Jan 27 – Just Press Play, Jan 28 – Con Junto Elegantes

Cliff Castle Casino

I-17 at exit 289 in Camp Verde 1-800-381-SLOT Dragonfly Lounge: Jan 20 & 21 – G Sueno Jan 27 & 28 – Mystery Train Feb 3 & 4 – Rez Roots Feb 5 – SUPER GAME Tailgate Party Feb 10 – Sammy Davis Feb 16 – Thursday Night Band Showcase Feb 17 & 18 – Gerardo Mendoza Feb 24 – Apache Spirit

Cocopah Casino Resort

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

20 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017

1100 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita 1-866-332-9467 Diamond Center: Jan 13 - The Temptations Jan 17 – “Who Loves You” Tribute to Frankie Valli (and the four Seasons) May 5 - Anjelah Johnson Presents BON QUI QUI in concert Sports Bar: Nightly Sports on big screens, plus Karaoke/DJ nightly & live bands on weekends

Bon Qui Qui

N of Shea off Hwy 87, Fountain Hills 1-800-THE-FORT “Lucky 7” Saloon: The top bands in Arizona on weekends; Furious George, the Dave Arnold Band, Tommy Price & the Stilettos, The Walkens and others Bingo Hall: 1st Saturday of each month - Late Night Lunar Bingo w/ music & giveaways Updates - go to 15406 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa 480-802-5000 THE LOUNGE: NFL Playoff games and THE BIG GAME on Super Sunday on the big screens Friday & Saturday 5-8pm and 8pm-1am - BIG NAMES – NO COVER! Feb 17 – FIREFALL Feb 24 – Alec Davis Great bands on weekends featuring; Young Country, Soundwave, John Eric Band, Quantum and others Wed(Happy Hour, 5-8pm) featuring; Walkens Trio or the Stanley Serano Trio Wed (noon -4pm) w/Route 66, Walkens Trio, Mancini the band, Bandstand Shows, Thaddeus Rose or Silhouette For updates, go to

Hon-Dah Resort and Casino

Highways 260 and 73, Pinetop 1-800-WAY-UP-HIGH Conference Center: Jan 19 - JOURNEY UNLIMITED The Tribute - $10 person OR $79 Room Package includes 2 free concert tickets! Feb 14 – Rod Stewart Tribute $10/person or Dinner/show or dinner/Room and show packages – call for details Timbers Lounge: Dec 13 thru 17 – Justin Wright & High Octane (Country)Jan 3 thru 7 – In-A-Fect (R&B)Jan 10 thru 14 – Smokehouse (Country& Boogie Woogie swing)

entertainment Lone Butte Casino

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

202 loop at the Kyrene exit - Chandler, 1-800-WIN-GILA Lone Butte Event Center: Top Artists local and nationally known: Call for updated schedule Cascades Lounge: Mon, Tues & Fri (4-8pm) and Fri & Sat (late night) featuring Marty & the Party, Thaddeus Rose, The Hamptons, JJ’s Band, Smooth Groove,STR8UP, Rhythm Edition and others 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

I-10 at Wild Horse Pass exit - Chandler 1-800-WIN-GILA Ovations LIVE! Showroom: Jan 28 – Mixed Martial Arts LIVE Feb 3 – Chubby Checker Feb 10 – Tony Orlando Feb 19 - The Piano Men (Billy Joel & Elton John Tribute Feb 23 – Marty Haggard (Tribute to my Dad Merle) Mar 11 - Foghat Mar 19 – ABBA FAB (Tribute to ABBA Apr 28 - SINBAD 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, Chuck E Baby, Warren G Band and others CHROME NIGHT CLUB: Fridays & Saturdays Arizona’s Hot Spot featuring DJ Medik

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

1/2-mile S. of Payson on Hwy 87 1-800-777-PLAY EVENT CENTER: Apache Spirits Lounge: Entertainment nightly Thurs - Sat (live bands, Deejays and Sporting Events) 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 Talking Stick Way - Scottsdale - 480-850-7734 Showroom: Jan 20 - Taylor Dayne Feb 3 – Comedian DAVID SPADE Feb 4 – Kenny Wayne Shepard Band Feb 10 – Gino Vannelli Feb 17 – Arsenio Hall Feb 18 – Johnny Rivers Grand Ballroom: Jan 14 – Andrew Dice Clay Jan 15 - STYX Mar 4 – George Thorogood& the Destroyers Mar 18 – Air Supply Palo Verde Lounge: Live bands nightly Shadows Lounge: singles & duos featuringjazz,

22 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017

Johnny Rivers classic sounds of Sinatra Degree 270 Lounge: Fri & Sat, w/the region’s best DJ’s Orange Sky Restaurant & Lounge: Live jazz

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort

22181 Resort Blvd (I-40 @ exit 219) Flagstaff (928) 856-7200 Free live entertainment on weekends with the Top Bands like: Rebel Heart, Uptown Band, Country Road 5, Buckit, Matt Farris, Latino Rebel, Stateline, John Eric Band and Outside the Line

VeeQuiva Hotel & Casino

The West Valley Casino 51st Ave, 4 miles S. of Baseline - Laveen 1-800-WIN-GILA Event Center: Jan 28 – The Drifters, Feb 10 & 11 – Little Joe Y La Familia V Q LIVE: Open Wed – Sat, Featuring; STR8UP Band, Powerdrive, Rhythm of the Sun, Marty & the Party, Priminition, Chaka & Friends, Latino Rebel Band,Rhythm Edition and others Sunday’s; Mariachi Rodriguez or Mariachi Fiesta Valle Del Sol Bingo Park: Every Saturday at 11pm BINGO ECLIPSE 0aways

Chubby Checker


If you love racing down the snow covered slopes of the spectacular White Mountains on skis or a snowboard, then waste no time and enter this exciting getaway to Sunrise Park Resort and Hon-Dah Resort Casino. We will have a total of 7 Lucky winners! The Grand Prize Package (valued at over $500) includes; a 2 night stay in the picturesque Pinetop area at Hon-Dah Resort Casino. You and a guest will receive breakfast and dinner at the Indian Pines Restaurant. Plus lift tickets to Sunrise Ski Resort for both adults for 2 full days! And to sweeten the pot even more – Arizona Player is including $100 in spending cash! You’ll have an incredible amount of fun on the slopes, but let’s not forget all of the indoor excitement at Hon-Dah Resort Casino including; live entertainment in the Timbers Lounge featuring Arizona’s best bands and nationally known performers too!

24 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017

You’ll find “live” poker games and poker tournaments daily to play in, plus blackjack and some of the loosest slots anywhere in Arizona, so that you can bring home a jackpot. Along with the Grand Prize Winners, Arizona Player will also award 6 runner-up prize winners that will receive a 4 pack of Arizona Renaissance Festival tickets (2 adult and 2 child tickets) a $72 value good anytime from Feb 11th thru April 2nd.2017! So don’t delay, enter now! Go to the website and fill out the form completely…..or if you prefer you can mail your entry to: Arizona Player “Winter Sweepstakes” PO BOX 33393, Phoenix, AZ 85067 Hurry, entries close on Jan 31. (limit of one entry per person, 2 per household)- If mailing in an entry, use a 3x5 card that must include your Name, Address, E-mail (if you have one) Phone #, Age, Male or Female, Favorite Casino & Favorite Casino activity (Slots, blackjack, Poker, other games, entertainment or dining choice. Be sure to fill it out the entry form completely - Winners will be announced in the February 2017 issue. Hope to see you soon enjoying the spectacular White Mountains this winter compliments of Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Sunrise Ski Park. Thanks for picking up, reading and passing along copies of Arizona Player to your friends - We love all of your suggestions to make our magazine even better! Look for new exciting new things coming in 2017. You are going to like them!


by David Ramsey

Top Ten Films of 2016

1. Hell or High Water

2. La La Land

A modern day western about two brothers who resort to robbing banks to save the family farm in West Texas, with the Texas Rangers fast on their trail. The acting is superb, even the minor characters are outstanding. The writing makes you care about everyone.

Mia is a struggling would be actress. Sebastian is a struggling jazz musician. As their romance grows their careers take different paths and compromises are made. This is a wonderful musical with great music, perfect cast and a well-directed brilliant script.

3.. Deadpool

4. Zootopia

The story of the “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. Everything about "Deadpool" is perfect.

Set in a world where animals act as humans where predators and prey have learned to live together. This is one of those rare animated films that has something for adults and children. It’s funny, has a great message and a nice touch of suspense.

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 David@

26 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017

DAVID AT THE SNACK BAR 5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Before "A New Hope" a band of rebels steals the plans for the Death Star in this prequel that sets up the entire series. The cast is great, there is more action than any other "Star Wars" film and it blends perfectly into the next film but it is unique – This may be the best film in the entire series.

6. Captain America: Civil War A pivotal film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe it is one of the best super heroes movies. 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.

7. Moonlight

8. The Edge of Seventeen

A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Nadine has always been an outsider with only one friend when that friend falls for her annoyingly perfect brother her life falls apart. This teen angst film is one of the funniest films of the year. The cast is perfect, the writing is witty and spot on hilarious.

9. 10 Cloverfield Lane

10. 20th Century Women

After a car accident Michelle wakes up in a locked bare room chained to the wall. At times an intense edge-of-your-seat thriller while at others it›s a mystery all with a sci-fi twist. The script is perfect and the cast is ideal.

This is the story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s. The cast is terrific, the story is compelling and the direction is personal.

ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017 27

gaming news Problem Gambling: Hope and Help is available Additionally, information can be You probably know someone who has accessed from the Division of Problem had problems with gambling. Gambling The DSM-5 indicates that the Gambling’s website; www.problemgambling. addiction affects 3-5 million people symptoms of Gambling Disorder are: in the United States alone every year. Gambling which persistently and repeatedly leads gov. There you can find other resources Problem gambling can have devastatincluding: to clinically significant impairment or distress over a ing consequences that can affect all Tribal/State funded outpatient treat12-month period, as indicated by four or more of the aspects of people’s lives. Not only do ment following criteria: problem gamblers experience financial Information of the Self-Exclusion 1 Tolerance- the need to gamble with progressively consequences, but there are emotional Program; offering a voluntary process to more money to achieve the desired level of and even physical consequences that exclude themselves from tribal casinos. excitement. can affect themselves, as well as their Educational information of the disor2 Withdrawal- restlessness and irritability families and friends. der of Problem Gambling accompanying effort s to cut back or stop gambling. Gambling can be defined as risking The Arizona Division of Problem 3 Repeated unsuccessful attempts to cut back or stop money or valued items, or sometimes Gambling also holds a symposium each gambling. behaviors, in the hope of gaining someyear on problem gambling. This year, 4 Preoccupation with gambling, including ruminating thing of greater value. The majority of on past gambling, planning future gambling, or think- renowned experts in the field including; people can gamble for the purpose of Dr. Jon Grant Professor of Psychiatry ing of ways to acquire money for gambling. recreation and entertainment without it & Neuroscience from the University of 5 Self-soothing and medicating mood with gambling. leading to problems. People will spend Chicago, and Keith Whyte the Executive 6 Chasing losses- following a gambling loss, further relatively small amounts of their disposDirector of the National Council on gambling is engaged in to try to recover the losses. able income on occasional gambling Problem Gambling will be the Keynote 7 Shame- engages in lies to hide the extent of activities such as purchasing lottery speakers. Both of these presenters have gambling. tickets, attending a day of racing at the decades of knowledge and experience in 8 Intrusion of consequences or time spent gambling horse track, or spending an evening with the field of Problem Gambling. into peripheral areas of life- e.g. work, education, friends at a local casino. They do not Multiple topics will be presented at and relationships. anticipate that they will necessarily win, this year’s symposium and it is open to 9 Becomes reliant on others for money for expenses and they enjoy themselves. Gambling is the public. that has been depleted due to gambling. not the focus of their activities. 10 The gambling behavior is not better accounted for However, some individuals will gamble by a manic episode. Arizona Department of Gaming; with the money they intended to use for Division of Problem Gambling 2017 Symposium Event Details: their living expenses. They may experience what could be considered a Monday, March 6th from 8am-4pm high during the activity or they may lose track of time as they escape into Black Canyon Conference Center their gambling behavior. They often will experience extreme emotions in 9440 N 25th Ave, Phoenix relation to wins and losses that could result in depression, anger, or even in some cases violence. Pathological gambling was first recognized as a medical disorder in 1980 – At that time, it was included as a diagnosis in the DSM-II by the American Psychiatric Association. DSM stands for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders. It is the manual published by the American Psychiatric Association which lists all classifications of mental disorders. Most recently, in the DSM-IV, pathological gambling was reclassified from an impulse disorder to an actual addiction. In Arizona, we are fortunate to have hope and help available to those who may be suffering from a gambling addiction. The Arizona Department of Gaming - Division of Problem Gambling has a toll free 24-hour helpline where people can gain information and access resources from experienced counselors.1-800-NEXT-STEP offers free, confidential information to anyone who calls. 28 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017

For more information on this event can be found at To register by phone, call (480)990-1887

bingo Apache Gold Casino – Globe, Wed thru Sun at Noon Fri, Sat – plus 1st Mon of the month at 7pm BlueWater Casino – Parker, Mon thru Wed at 6:30pm & Sun at 1:30pm Casino Arizona – Scottsdale, Daily at 1pm and 7pm plus “Late Night Bingo” Midnight Fri &Sat Casino Del Sol – Tucson, Daily Mini-Session at Noon and 2pm & 7pm sessions (early Birds ½ hour earlier) Cocopah Casino – Yuma, Daily at 1pm & 7pm Desert Diamond Casino – Tucson, Daily at 2pm & 7pm (early Birds ½ hour earlier) Fort McDowell Casino – Fountain Hills, Wed – Mon at 9am, 12:30pm & 6:30pm, Fri & Sat at 11:30pm and Midnight on the 1st Sat of the month for “Lunar Bingo” featuring a DJ, music, light show, dancing and Bingo. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino – Maricopa, Wed thru Sun 11:30 am, 2:30pm, 3:30pm & 6:30pm (Super Coverall & MP Bingo each evening) Lone Butte Casino – Chandler, Daily at Noon & 6:30pm, Sat & Sun at 10am, “Mini’s” at 3:30 & 5:30pm – also “Bingo After Dark” Fri & Sat at 10:30pm featuring a DJ, Music, light show, dancing and bingo. Mazatzal Casino – Payson, Daily at Noon & 6:30pm – DOUBLE Payoffs on 1st Thurs and 3rd Tues Paradise Casino – Yuma, Daily at 1:30 & 6pm Vee Quiva Casino – Laveen, Daily at Noon & 6:30pm, Plus “Bingo Eclipse” each Sat at 11:30pm, eaturing DJ music, dancing and bingo

ARIZONA PLAYER January 2017 29

Joke page, ASTROLOGY, Casino directory Wine, Women and Golf

Guido an 80-year-old Italian goes to the doctor for a check-up. The doctor is amazed at what good shape the guy is in and asks “how do you stay in such great physical condition?” “I’m Italian and I am a golfer” says Guido, “and that’s why I’m in such good shape. I’m up well before daylight and out golfing up and down the fairways. I have a glass of vino, and…all is well.”

jokes of the month

Guido looks and laughs “Who said he was dead?”

Father’s Father? How old was he when he passed away?”

The doctor is amazed. “You mean you’re 80 years old and your Father’s still alive? How old is he?”

‘Who said my Nonno’s dead?” replied Guido

“He’s 99 years old” says Guido “In fact he golfed with me this morning, and then we went to the nude beach for a walk, we both had a little vino and that’s why he’s still alive - He’s Italian and he’s a golfer, too.”

“’OK” says the doctor, I’m sure that helps, but there’s got to be more to it. How old was your Father when he died”

“Well,” the doctor is amazed, and says “that’s great, but I’m sure there’s more to it than that. How about your

Capricorn Dec 22 to Jan 20

Aquarius Jan 21 to Feb 19

Pisces Feb 20 to Mar 20

Jan 10–16 Jan 17–23 Jan 24–31 Feb 1–7 Jan 10–16 Jan 17–23 Jan 24–31 Feb 1–7 Jan 10–16 Jan 17–23 Jan 24–31 Feb 1–7

Trust is a must Best pal has great idea Call from the past Plan that needed trip

Cards flop favorably Take time for yourself Big things coming Call old friend and go out Weekend of fun Play cautious this week Good friend was right Future looking brighter

Aries Mar 21 to April 20

“He’s 118 years old”’ says the Old Italian golfer.

At this point the doctor is close to losing it. “Getting married? Why would a 118 year- old guy want to get married?” Guido shook his head back and forth and replied “Who said he wanted to?”

The doctor is getting frustrated at this point, “So, I guess he went golfing with you this morning too?”

Cancer June 22 to July 22

Taurus April 21 to May 21

Leo July 23 to Aug 23

Scorpio Oct 24 to Nov 22

Gemini May 22 to June 21

Virgo Aug 24 to Sept 23

Sagittarius Nov 23 to Dec 21

Jan 10–16 Jan 17–23 Jan 24–31 Feb 1–7 Jan 10–16 Jan 17–23 Jan 24–31 Feb 1–7 Jan 10–16 Jan 17–23 Jan 24–31 Feb 1–7




b a

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 January 2017

Stunned, the doctor asks, “you mean you’re 80 years old and your grandfather’s still living! Incredible, how old is he?”

“Nah….Nonno couldn’t go this morning because he’s getting married today.”

Correct choice again Take Idea to next step Persistence is rewarded Stick to your convictions Best friend needs help Big win ahead Play table games Terrific turnaround lucky week family getaway Favorite machine hits Take friends advice

Jan 10–16 Jan 17–23 Jan 24–31 Feb 1–7 Jan 10–16 Jan 17–23 Jan 24–31 Feb 1–7 Jan 10–16 Jan 17–23 Jan 24–31 Feb 1–7

Big payoff soon Good news this week Hard works pays off Always play your hunch

Go with sure thing Cash windfall ahead Don’t underestimate luck Fun trip Have faith in yourself Interesting encounter Stay late for nice hit Timing is perfect

6. Casino Del Sol Resort • (Tucson) Pascua Yaqui Tribe-slots bingo poker blackjack & Entertainment (800) 344-9435 7. Casino of the Sun • (Tucson) Pascua Yaqui Tribe-slots (520) 883-1700 8. Cliff Castle Casino • (Camp Verde) Yavapai-Apache Nation-slots blackjack poker & Entertainment (800) 381-7568 9. Cocopah Casino • (Yuma) Cocopah Tribe-slots bingo blackjack & Entertainment (800) 237-5687 10. Desert Diamond Casino Hotel • (Tucson) Tohono O’Odham Nation-Old Nogales Hwy slots keno bingo poker & Entertainment (520) 294-7777 10a. Desert Diamond - I-19 • (south of Tucson) slots blackjack & Entertainment (520) 294-7777 10b. Desert Diamond • (Why) Tohono O’Odham Nation-Slots 10c. Desert Diamond West Valley • (Glendale) Slots 11. Fort McDowell Casino • (Fountain Hills) Fort McDowell-Yavapai Nation-slots keno bingo poker blackjack & Entertainment (480) 837-1424 12. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino • (Chandler) Gila River Indian Community-slots keno blackjack poker & Entertainment (800) 946-4452 13. Gila River Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino • (Laveen) Gila River Indian Community-slots bingo blackjack poker & Entertainment (800) 946-4452

Libra Sept 24 to Oct 23

Jan 10–16 Jan 17–23 Jan 24–31 Feb 1–7 Jan 10–16 Jan 17–23 Jan 24–31 Feb 1–7 Jan 10–16 Jan 17–23 Jan 24–31 Feb 1–7

Take a friend to play Never underestimate luck Roair old friendship Stay close for big win Think outside of the box Relax with friends Now you’re cookin’ Believe – you can do it Think positive, always Repair old friendship Rip roaring good time New relationship soon

14. Gila River Lone Butte Casino • (Chandler) Gila River Indian Community-slots bingo blackjack & Entertainment (800) 946-4452 16. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino (Maricopa) Ak-Chin Indian Community - slots keno poker bingo blackjack & Entertainment (480) 802-5000 17. Hon-Dah Resort-Casino • (Pinetop) White Mountain Apache Tribe - slots poker & Entertainment (800) 929-8744 18. Mazatzal Hotel Casino • (Payson) Tonto Apache Tribe - slots bingo poker blackjack & Entertainment (800) 777-7529 19. Paradise Casino • (Yuma) Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe - slots bingo.& Live Entertainment (888) 777-4946 19a Quechan Casino Resort • (Winterhaven, CA) Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe - slots table games poker & Entertainment 20. Spirit Mountain Casino • (Bullhead City) Fort Mohave Indian Tribe-slots (888) 837-4030 21. Talking Stick Resort • (Scottsdale) Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community-slots poker blackjack Keno & Entertainment (480) 850-7777 22. Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort • (Flagstaff) Navajo Nation - Slots, Table Games, Poker, Keno & Entertainment

January 2017  
January 2017  

Now in the 25th year players turn to this resource for new blackjack games, poker tournaments, casino events, entertainment, promotions, exp...