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Contents FEATURE 14 PROBLEM GAMBLING AWARENESS WEEK Hope for Problem Gambling March 4-10, 2012.

GREAT GAMES 08 IGT’S BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S & GODZILLA WMS’ Epic Monopoly & Battleship arrive in casinos.

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12 MILLION DOLLAR JACKPOT AT MAZATZAL 2012’s first giant slot jackpot on a Gold Series® slot.

WINNING WAYS 18 THE “NEW” LOTTERY Powerball® by the numbers.

CASINO DINING 20 BUCKY’S & YAVAPAI CASINOS COMFORT FOOD The editor’s picks of comfort food at the casinos.

FAST FACTS 22 TRIBAL GAMING Mazatzal GM Farrell Hoosava’s leadership programs. 24 TRIBAL SPOTLIGHT The Dilzhe’e Apache (or Tonto Apache) Nation.

CASINO ENTERTAINMENT 26 E.P. EXPO AT DESERT DIAMOND CASINO The editor’s picks of Arizona’s casino entertainment.

REGULAR RESPINS

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04 EDITOR’S NOTE What’s on our mind. 06 PLAYERS TALK What’s on your mind. 28 FUN & GAMES Sudoku & Puzzles to keep your mind sharp. 30 SAMI’S SMACKDOWN Rants, raves & reflections. 30 CASINO DIRECTORY Slot machine image courtesy of IGT. © Copyright IGT. All Rights Reserved. www.igt.com Photo courtesy of Bucky’s Casino. © Copyright Bucky’s Casino. All Rights Reserved. www.buckyscasino.com

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Your Authority On Everything Gaming VOLUME 04 • ISSUE 03 PUBLISHER Chris Hoft chris@azgamingguide.com MANAGING DIRECTOR Elizabeth Torma liz@azgamingguide.com

We Are Starting A Bus Program! Based on numerous discussions our publisher Chris has had with casinos around the state, we have decided to introduce a bus program for all our fans. Starting at the end of March and into April, we’ve scheduled a few trips to several casinos around the state. Trust me, our bus trips are going to be a blast! We’ll have lots of things to do during our trip and we’ll have plenty of goodies and free stuff to hand out to you as well. Head over to our website www.azgamingguide.com to reserve your seat right now! In this month’s issue I’m highlighting some new slots around the state including games by IGT and WMS. I also feature Responsible Gaming week (March 4-10) by presenting valuable information from Arizona’s Office of Problem Gambling. Mazatzal Hotel & Casino’s General Manager Mr. Farrell Hoosava was selected for an interview this month because of his commitment to leadership and development programs at his casino. I also bring you my opinion of all the comfort food available at Arizona’s casinos and where the best meals are! Please visit us at: www.facebook.com/ArizonaGamingGuide, become part of our community and share your thoughts and experiences with others who also love the same casino games you do. You can sign up for our enewsletter and find the current and back issues of the Arizona Gaming Guide on our website at www.azgamingguide.com. For your convenience, we have included the QR codes for both web addresses in our directory. Let me know what you think of our March issue and have fun! Cheers!

Alexandra Alexandra Lang Editor-in-Chief editor@azgamingguide.com

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Alexandra Lang editor@azgamingguide.com ART DIRECTOR Melanie Mueller CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mark Novak Alex Stewart Samantha Becker Lana Hartmann Elizabeth Torma ADVERTISING SALES Nina Consiglio nina@azgamingguide.com Alex Stewart alex@azgamingguide.com MAILING INFORMATION Arizona Gaming Guide P.O. Box 20636 Mesa, Arizona 85277 INTERNET INFORMATION www.azgamingguide.com www.facebook.com/ArizonaGamingGuide Copyright © 2012 The Arizona Gaming Guide. All rights reserved. The Arizona Gaming Guide (AGG) presents casino industry and gaming related facts as well as personal opinions and expects the reader to make his or her own decisions. All responses to reader posts, e-mails and letters are to be considered as advice only. AGG accepts no responsibility and no liability for any actions of our readers based on the articles and advertisements presented within this publication. All pictures, images, logos, trademarks and trade names, etc. are the sole property of their respective owners. You must be 21 or older to gamble. Please play responsibly. Help is available at 1.800.NEXT.STEP or problemgambling.az.gov.

Arizona’s State Gaming Regulatory Agency: Arizona Department of Gaming 1110 W. Washington Street, Suite 450, Phoenix, 85007 1.602.771.4263 or azgaming.gov Tribal Gaming Funded Problem Gambling Resource: Office of Problem Gambling 1.800.NEXT.STEP or 1.800.639.8783 1110 W. Washington Street, Suite 450, Phoenix, 85007 1.602.542.8998 or problemgambling.az.gov

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PLAYERS TALK

Q&A On Everything Gaming Q: I AM CONFUSED! IS IT LEGAL OR NOT? On January 24 you posted a link to an article about an illegal gambling operation on your Facebook page and you said, “Some people just can't get it through their heads that in this day and age you will get busted if you run an illegal gambling room!” I’m still really confused because there are poker games that are run outside of the casinos in bars and restaurants all the time. How come they’re not caught? I’m not saying I support what’s going on, but is it legal or is it not legal? Paul Wincek – Chandler, AZ Paul, assuming you are referring to establishments that are actually operating a card room with buy-ins, a rake, a cashier, and so on—yes, they are illegal! You cannot obtain a commercial license to operate a card room anywhere in the State of Arizona unless you are on tribal land. Anyone operating a card room off tribal land is doing so illegally. On the other hand, it is legal for restaurants and bars to offer poker nights where there is no buy-in, players may win a nonmonetary prize, and any individual 21 and older may participate in the game regardless of the level of service or amount of a commodity they consume at the host establishment. That being said, any establishment may host card games for charitable or social gambling purposes if the event adheres to Arizona Statutes. The main points to consider include (but are not limited to) the following: 1. No player receives a benefit other than the winnings gained from the social gambling activity. 2. No other person benefits from the social gambling activity. 3. No player has an advantage over the other when engaged in the social gambling activity. Any establishment (for profit or charity) planning to host a social or charitable gambling activity should seek the professional advice of an attorney in the early stages of organizing the event. More info can also be obtained by visiting the AZ Dept. of Gaming website at www.azgaming.gov or by mail at 1110 W. Washington St. Suite 450, Phoenix, AZ 85007. $

ASK THE EXPERTS Get a $25 gas card if we decide to print your question! Do you have a question for our staff of casino gaming industry professionals and slot experts? Write us with your questions and comments in any area of gaming and we will make every attempt to publish a response in upcoming issues. Space is limited so we are unable to print every letter or e-mail we receive. Please include your name and mailing address with all correspondence. Mail to: Arizona Gaming Guide PO BOX 20636 Mesa, AZ 85277 or E-mail to: editor@azgamingguide.com.

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Q&A On Everything Gaming

PLAYERS TALK

A STRONG MESSAGE SENT TO THE ORGANIZERS OF ILLEGAL GAMBLING On February 3, 2012, a jury in the Maricopa County Superior Court convicted 68 year-old Harold Smith Lee, Jr., of Tempe, for his involvement in the Ace High Card Room and Social Club; which operated in Surprise, Arizona from 2008 to 2010. Lee’s former gambling enterprises included The International Card and Game Players Association, The Arizona Card Room and The Arizona Card League. Lee was convicted on three felony counts, including conspiracy to engage in an illegal gambling business, promotion of gambling, and illegal conduct of an enterprise. “We’re sending a message in the strongest terms possible,” said Mark Brnovich, Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming. “Illegal gambling will not be tolerated in our neighborhoods.” Lee is a former Phoenix Justice of the Peace, who served for the Northeast Justice Court Precinct from 1973 to 1985, and an outspoken advocate for off-reservation poker rooms. Additional card room operators, Michael Orlando and Ronald Curcio, pleaded guilty to reduced charges in exchange for their cooperation against Lee. Orlando, age 76, of Sun City West, was convicted on the felony charge of Promotion of Gambling, and was sentenced today to 18 months of probation. Curcio, age 69, of Sun City West, was convicted on the misdemeanor charge of Attempted Promotion of Gambling, and was sentenced today to 6 months of probation. All defendants will be jointly responsible to repay the Arizona Department of Gaming's costs of investigation. The sentencing for Lee is scheduled to take place on March 7, 2012, at 9:30 AM, before Judge Bruce Cohen in Maricopa County Superior Court. "I commend the Arizona Department of Gaming for its work on this case," said Attorney General Tom Horne. "Illegal gambling is obviously unacceptable, and it is especially disturbing that an Officer of the Court, in this case a now-former Justice of the Peace, would be involved. Thanks to the cooperation between the Attorney General's Office and the Department of Gaming, the operators of this ring are being held responsible for their actions." For more information about the Arizona Department of Gaming, please visit their website at www.azgaming.gov. azgamingguide.com | March 2012 | Arizona Gaming Guide

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GREAT GAMES

New Slots

ere’s a secret … WMS’ Epic Monopoly™ slot is on its way

H to Arizona and we’ll be able to play this exciting new

theme that combines Super Multi-Pay® base game action with the MONOPOLY mega bonus excitement soon! Bonus and WILD symbols on the main game transfer to the smaller reel sets. Stay tuned for more details about this great new game.

Only at Desert Diamond in Tucson

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s™ reakfast at Tiffany’s by IGT is a

Bslot game that targets players 50

years and older that are familiar with the 1960s film. The new two-up MultiPLAY is themed around the two main characters from the movie—Paul and Holly. The music that plays continuously is supposed to encourage rhythm of play but tends to get a little annoying after a while from a player’s perspective and the 90 credit wager to be able to play both games may be a bit steep for some players. However, the game does contain five bonuses and eight features (including four mulilevel progressive jackpots) that do happen often and keep the energy up and the game enjoyable.

Only at Lone Butte Casino in Chandler

Only at Casino of the Sun in Tucson

manufacturer WMS always fires on all cylinders to produce games S Lot with something for everyone! The one-of-a-kind community gaming experience, BATTLESHIP™ Team Compete To Win™, has made its way to Arizona! Only

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at Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde


GREAT GAMES

2012’s First Giant Slot Jackpot

MILLION DOLLAR SLOT MACHINE JACKPOT

January 27, 2012 at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson A local man living near Payson, AZ won over $1 million on Rocket Gaming Systems® Gold Series® line of Class II slot machines. The first million dollar prize of 2012, the lucky player was awarded a Gold Series top progressive prize of $1,033,554 while playing Rocket’s Kingdom Cash® video slot machine game at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino. This marks the 15th Gold Series top progressive prize since the game was introduced in 2009. To date, the Gold Series line has awarded over $800 million in prizes. The Gold Series currently consists of nine video slot titles and eight reel slot titles, with new games being released frequently. They provide players with

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unique and entertaining themes along with a wide range of winning and exciting bonus rounds, the Gold Series has become one of the most popular Class II slots in the casino gaming industry. We were the first to introduce you to Rocket’s Class II slot machines at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in an article several months ago, just as Mazatzal was the first casino in the state to have the Gold Series. For those of you who are familiar with Mazatzal, the winning machine (pictured left) is on the end of a bank, so make sure you head over to the slot and give it a try! There are also some Gold Series slots at Fort McDowell Casino near Fountain Hills. $


When The Fun Stops There’s Hope & Help What is Problem Gambling? Problem gambling is an urge to gamble despite harmful negative consequences causing disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, social or vocational. The cause of a gambling problem is the individual’s inability to control the gambling. This may be as a result of a person’s genetic tendency to develop an addiction, their inability to cope with normal life stress, or their social upbringing and moral attitudes about gambling. According to Rick Pyper, Director of the Arizona Office of Problem Gambling, problem gambling is a condition that now affects 2% - 3% of the adult population. Anyone who gambles is susceptible to developing problems if they are not aware of the risks and do not gamble responsibly. Regardless of the amount of money won or lost, when gambling behavior interferes with finances, relationships, and the workplace a serious problem already exists. Contrary to popular belief, the frequency of a person’s gambling does not determine whether or not they have a gambling problem. Even though the problem gambler may only go on periodic gambling binges, the emotional and financial consequences will still be evident in the gambler’s life, including the effects on the family. Although no substance is ingested, the problem gambler gets the same effect from gambling as someone else might get from taking a tranquilizer or having a drink. The gambling alters the person’s mood and the gambler keeps repeating behavior attempting to achieve the same effect. But just as tolerance develops to drugs or alcohol, the gambler finds that it takes more of the gambling experience to achieve the same emotional effect as before. 14 Arizona Gaming Guide | March February 2012 2012 | azgamingguide.com | azgamingguide.com

What Are The Warning Signs? Answering yes to one or more of the following questions may indicate that either you or a loved one is struggling with gambling. For free, confidential information and referral regarding a gambling problem, call 1.800.NEXT STEP or visit www.problemgambling.az.gov. 1. Have you ever felt the need to bet more and more money? 2. Have you ever lied to people important to you about how much you gambled? 3. Have you repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop gambling? 4. Do you gamble as a way of escaping emotional or physical pain? 5. Have you ever relied on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling? 6. Have you ever jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job, or career because of gambling? 7. Have you gambled to get money with which to pay debts or to solve other financial problems? 8. Have you borrowed money to finance your gambling? 9. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy? 10. Do you gamble to try to get your money back?


RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING GUIDELINES We hope that if you choose to gamble, you will make conscious, informed decisions about the role you want gambling to play in your life. The following are some suggestions for personal guidelines for responsible gambling: >> Set a money limit and stick to it. Decide before you go not only what you can afford to lose, but how much you want to spend. Do not change your mind after losing.

Steps To Take If You Or Someone You Know Has A Gambling Problem If someone you know suffers from compulsive gambling it is important to maintain a support system for them. Engage in open communication and let them know that you are there to help. ● Become aware of the warning signs yourself (read the warning signs on page 14) ● Share the warning signs with your loved one ● Tell your loved one about the state-wide 24/7 help line 1.800.NEXT.STEP (1.800.639.8783) ● Let your loved one know that you will be there to help during treatment and recovery ● Share gambler’s anonymous information with your loved one (www.problemgambling.az.gov) ● Be aware that treatment is available for you for the damage a loved one’s problem has caused in your life (e.g. treatment, gamblers anonymous) Continued on page 16

>> Set a time limit and stick to it. Decide how much of your time you want to allow for gambling. Leave when you reach the time limit, whether you are winning or losing. >> Make it a rule not to gamble on credit. Do not borrow to gamble, including getting cash advances on your credit card. >> Consider any losses the cost of recreation. Expect to lose and treat any winnings as a bonus. >> Don’t gamble as a way to cope with any emotional or physical pain. Gambling is meant to be entertainment and should not replace coping skills. >> Create balance in your life. Gambling should not interfere with or substitute for friends, family, work, or other worthwhile activities. >> Avoid trying to win back lost money. Chances are, the more you try to recoup your losses, the larger your losses will be. >> If gambling is no longer “fun” ask yourself why you are still playing. >> Become educated about the warning signs of problem gambling. The more you know, the better choices you can make. azgamingguide.com azgamingguide.com | February | March 2012 | Arizona Gaming Guide

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Tips On How To Talk To Your Kids About Gambling

>> Convey to your kids the role of gambling in your own life. If you choose to gamble, make sure it is from a conscious, informed position. Share the guidelines you observe when you gamble (read the responsible gambling guidelines on page 15).

>> Let them know gambling isn’t a way to make easy money. “Professional poker player” is about as likely as a career as an NFL player.

>> Ask questions and listen.

>> Be a responsible role model.

>> Be patient. Continued on page 18

>> Teach them about odds. >> Teach them the serious consequences of problem gambling. >> Look for a time to bring up the topic naturally. Bring it up when running across a poker show on TV, or finding out that a friend or family member has won or lost money gambling. >> When you talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol, include problem gambling in “the conversation.”

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Don’t know what to say or how to say it? Visit the Anti-Drug’s website for practical, ready-to-use tips on talking with your teen: www.theantidrug.com/ei/conversations.asp For free, confidential information and referral regarding a gambling problem please call: 1.800.NEXT.STEP (1.800.639.8783) or visit: www.problemgambling.az.gov


WINNING WAYS

The “New” Lottery

POWERBALL

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BY THE NUMBERS …

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f you’re one of the 2+ million people who play the Powerball® did you decide to keep playing even after the increase in price from $1 to $2 a ticket happened recently? If you said ‘yes’ you made the right decision! The price has doubled, but so have the prizes and the odds are actually better! Running a side-by-side comparison between both games here are the numbers: With the “old” Powerball ® you could expect to win something once every 35 plays and over time your $1 bet returned around 17.47 cents. This meant the long run hold on the game for the State was around 82.53 cents per $1 ticket purchased. With the “new” 2012’s Powerball ® you win once every 32 plays and over time your $2 bet returns around 36.05 cents (18.02 cents per dollar). This means the long run hold on the game is around 81.98 cents per $1 spent on tickets. Hmm, higher ticket prices, better odds for the player, larger starting jackpots, but a slightly lower hold for the States (by 0.67%). That doesn't add up so well for the Lottery Officials who made the changes based on player feedback and, purportedly, as a way to make additional money for each State that participates in the national Powerball ® Lottery! Sounds like the Lottery Officials are gambling a little bit too! The only way this ends up as a “good decision” for Powerball ® is if actual ticket sales increase. What do you think? Good move or bad move? $ 18 Arizona Gaming Guide | March 2012 | azgamingguide.com

Jim Wuelfing, Keynote Speaker at the AZOPG 2011 Symposium

Jim Wuelfing was the keynote speaker at the AZOPG 2011 Symposium entitled “Making a Difference in an Unpredictable Climate” which focused on issues directly affecting both consumers and professionals. Mr. Wuelfing discussed the challenges and principles of prevention while several other presenters also addressed areas of prevention, problem gambling research, and treatment. This year’s Symposium is entitled “Hope for Problem Gambling” and will be held on March 5 at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix.


CASINO DINING

Classic Comfort Food

Classic Comfort Food that won’t bust your bankroll!

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omfort food always wins us over when we’re at a casino. From fresh pancakes to made-to-order omelets with fried onions, fried jalapeños and cheese, to burgers with fries, to creamy pasta dishes, we always enjoy a healthy portion of our favorite foods after a gambling session and we know you’re no different! In our journeys around the state, we’ve had the distinct pleasure of testing a wide variety of foods from a multitude of casino kitchens and we’re pleased to report on our findings. Bucky’s and Yavapai Casinos in Prescott, Arizona both have an excellent selection of comfort food fare at more than reasonable prices. The most notable menu items are listed below, but you’ll have to check out their complete set of options the next time you visit. Plus, no matter what day of the week you’re there, both the Café and the Cantina have daily food specials including an open face turkey sandwich, a parmesan chicken sandwich, a

cashew chicken salad, a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, a popcorn shrimp wrap, and the Cubano burger! Other places we’ve consistently had fantastic comfort food include the Diamond Grill in Desert Diamond Casino at the Sahuarita location just South of Tucson, the Blue Coyote Café at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, and Johnny Rockets at Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde. When you are on a quest to discover your favorite classic comfort food, experiment! That’s the key to not getting bored from being stuck in a rut. Since variety is the spice of life, try eating at all the different dining options available at the casinos. The best part about having so many casinos across Arizona is the number of choices for gaming and dining. Have fun exploring the comfort food at the casinos. It’s delicious and inexpensive! Do you have a favorite dish we should know about? Tell us now in an email to editor@azgamingguide.com! $

Bucky’s Café at Bucky’s Casino in Prescott Thursday features a $9.99 10-oz Prime Rib Dinner Friday offers guests a $4.99 All You Can Eat Fish Fry Saturday’s specials include a $6.99 Half Rack of Ribs Featuring $3.99 & $2 food specials daily 11AM to 5PM. Hours: Su-Th 7am-10pm, Mo-Sa 7am-Midnight Call 800.756.8744 for more info.

Yavapai Cantina at Yavapai Casino in Prescott $2 Taco Tuesdays—This special can’t be beat! Featuring $3.99 & $2 food specials daily 11AM to 11PM. Hours: 7 days a week, 24 hours a day Call 800.756.8744 for more info.

Other Classic Comfort Food Options At Bucky’s & Yavapai Casinos Include: Breakfast Biscuits & Gravy Spicy Southwestern Quesadilla Stuffed Baked Potato (Yavapai Cantina only) Monster Philly Beef Super Bacon Cheeseburger Meatball Sandwich (Bucky’s Café only) All American Apple Pie 20 Arizona Gaming Guide | March 2012 | azgamingguide.com


Editor’s Picks of Classic Comfort Food

CASINO DINING

Apache Gold Casino—Globe—928.475.7800 Apache Grill: Native & Southwestern dishes prepared by award-winning chefs including fish ‘n chips, riblets, chicken fingers, Indian fry bread. Hours: Su-Th 6am-11pm, Fr-Sa 24 Hours BlueWater Casino—Parker—928.669.7777 Snack Bar: Chili cheese dogs, corn dogs, burritos, tacos, nachos, pizza, chef salad, ice cream, hot & cold beverages and more. Hours: Su 12pm-12am, Mo-Sa 2pm-12am Casino Arizona (Salt River)—Scottsdale—480.850.7777 Salt River Café: Appetizers, mouth-watering pizza, juicy burgers, hot & cold sandwiches, Native fry bread tacos and more. Hours: 7 days a week, 24 hours per day Casino del Sol—Tucson—855.765.7829 Moby’s: Enjoy the nostalgia of decades past at this beach-themed diner. Vintage pancakes, frosty milkshake, or a classic burger and fries. Hours: 7 days a week, 24 hours per day Cliff Castle Casino—Camp Verde—800.381.7568 Johnny Rockets®: Cooked-to-order burgers, fries, fresh-baked apple pie, and hand-dipped malts and shakes. Hours: Call 928.567.5158 Desert Diamond Casinos—Tucson&Sahuarita—866.332.9467 Diamond Grill: All your classic favorites including soups, salads, and sandwiches, all served quickly so you can get back to the fun. Hours: 7 days a week, 24 hours per day Fort McDowell Casino—Fort McDowell—800.843.3678 Silver Platter: Good old-fashioned burgers and shakes, Native fry bread, grilled cheese sandwiches, pizzas, brisket BBQ beef sandwich & more. Hours: Mo, We, Th, Su 7am-9pm, Tu 10am-9pm, Fr & Sa 7am-Midnight Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino—Maricopa - 1-800.427.7247 Copper Cactus Grill: Sandwiches, grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza are popular favorites. Try a breakfast quesadilla or burrito for breakfast. Hours: 7 days a week, 24 hours per day Hon-Dah Casino—Pinetop—800.929.8744 Indian Pine Restaurant: Offering a large variety of American and Native American foods cooked to your liking. Hours: 7 days a week, 6am-9pm Mazatzal Casino—Payson—800.777.7529 The Grille: Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner including sandwiches, appetizers, salads, burgers, pizza and desserts. Hours: 7 days a week, 24 hours per day Paradise Casino—Yuma—888.777.4946 Seahorse Restaurant: Great breakfast, lunch and dinner selections including daily specials and family dining. Hours: Call 888.777.4946 Quechan Casino—Winterhaven, CA—877.783.2426 Sidewinders Lounge: Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner including sandwiches, appetizers, salads, burgers and desserts. Hours: Su-Th 7am-11pm, Fr-Sa 7am-Midnight Talking Stick Resort—Scottsdale—480.850.7777 Blue Coyote Café: Mouth-watering American cuisine with a Southwest flair. Fresh omelets, specialty sandwiches, salads, soups, sushi menu and happy hour. Hours: 7 days a week, 24 hours per day Wild Horse Pass Casino—Chandler—800.946.4452 Casual Dining: A host of American brands to choose from including Fatburger®, Famous Famiglia Pizzeria®, Boar’s Head Delicatessen® and Tamales®. Hours: Vary by restaurant—call 800.946.4452 for more info All restaurants are open daily. Please verify all details and any age restrictions with each casino. We are not responsible for incorrect or outdated information. Photos courtesy of Bucky’s & Yavapai Casinos.

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FAST FACTS

Tribal Gaming

MAZATZAL Farrell Hoosava—General Manager at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson, Arizona.

HOTEL & CASINO

GM Develops Programs To Expand Opportunities For Tribal Members

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hen asked what professional achievements he is the most proud of during his tenure as General Manager of Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, Farrell Hoosava is very excited to discuss the opportunities for staff development initially through the TriPoD program he introduced and helped develop and most recently the Master Plan for Fun Program he is currently implementing. TriPoD is Mazatzal Hotel & Casino’s Tribal Professional Development program that gives participants the tools they need to set, commit to, and achieve the goals that will make their dreams a reality. “Participants commit to making a difference in themselves, their business and their community. They set goals and work with their mentor to achieve them as well as attend eight monthly forums to increase awareness on many business and social issues,” said Hoosava. The Master Plan for Fun Program taps into the creativity and input from many in Mazatzal Hotel & Casino’s organization to develop and execute a strategic plan for the property. Mr. Hoosava’s vision to encourage em22 Arizona Gaming Guide | March 2012 | azgamingguide.com

TriPoD Mentors & Participants in Phase IV: Top Row Left to Right—Teri Alba, Donavan Waterman, Michele Sikes. Bottom Row Left to Right—Jamie Waterman, Karl Watts, Tashina Smith.

ployee growth and development has fostered continued success for Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. A true inspiration and role model himself, Mr. Hoosava is a testament that with hard work and perseverance people can overcome challenges and difficult obstacles in life to accomplish great things. Mr. Hoosava has triumphed over his own personal struggles and paved a successful path for himself as General Manager of a large gaming


Tribal Gaming

FAST FACTS

enterprise and it’s no surprise why the desire is there to help others do the same. Arizona Gaming Guide (AGG) recently had the privilege of speaking with Mr. Farrell Hoosava (FH) about his career and plans for Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. (AGG) You have been with Mazatzal Hotel & Casino since it was founded in 1993 and today you are the General Manager of this great enterprise. What were the stepping stones in your career path that led Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Master Plan For Fun Class you towards such an accomplishment? (FH) First, taking the steps and achieving sobriety and What’s your personal philosophy regarding leading learning that I could make other choices in life than those and managing your team? which were destructive. Second, learning about the ca(FH) I make sure I have the right people for the right job sino business little by little, always asking questions, and and then give them full support so I’m not the sole deciultimately pursuing a college degree with concentrations sion maker. in accounting and finance. (AGG) Are there more expansion plans for Mazatzal (AGG) Did you have any mentors to help you learn the Hotel & Casino? industry? (FH) Yes. We still have an 8000 square foot meeting (FH) We had several General Managers over the years space that we need to complete and we are waiting for and each had a different leadership style. I always asked the economy to stabilize so that we can pursue this other the GMs questions about the business. One of the GMs piece of our business which will enable us to accommotold me that to achieve more success in the gaming busidate larger conferences and events. ness, I had to become less conservative. I pondered his words and realized as a leader I needed to become a risk (AGG) What’s your outlook for the future of Mazatzal taker in our free enterprise business. Hotel & Casino and the casino gaming industry in Arizona, in general, considering the current economic (AGG) What advice would you give someone who woes? would like to pursue a career in the gaming industry? (FH) Our outlook is positive and we are striving to be as (FH) Understand that you are in the entertainment busiefficient as possible without damaging our service repuness. Have fun, be open to challenges and do your best to tation; we’re the friendliest and the cleanest. As far as help everyone around you, coworkers and patrons, enjoy the economy, it’s a guessing game and we have to stay themselves and feel good about what they are achieving. focused on how the uncertainty impacts our customers Be willing to contribute your abilities, talents and ideas to and employees. the operation. Always strive to improve and be willing to step out of your comfort zone. (AGG) The trend in Arizona has been to convert a casino property into a casino and hotel property. How (AGG) It’s astounding to think of all the aspects indoes Mazatzal Hotel & Casino stand out from all the volved in running a casino - a 24 hour operation. What’s rest of the available casino options in Arizona? the secret to keeping everything running so smoothly? (FH) Being smaller than many of our competitors has its azgamingguide.com | March 2012 | Arizona Gaming Guide

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FAST FACTS

Tribal Spotlight

advantages and a big advantage is that we get to know our customers. We want to know their names, treat them like family and give them the best amenities for their dollars. Customers often comment that they are surprised by how well we treat them and I am very proud of our committed and friendly team members. (AGG) What do you want your casino visitors to take away from their experience at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino? (FH) That we really care about them. All comments and suggestions are reviewed on a daily basis to ensure that we are providing the best experience for each of our customers. Many thanks to Mr. Farrell Hoosava, Patricia Wisner, Karen Ammann, and Amy Martell for their time and assistance with this article. Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, the gaming enterprise of the Dilzhe’e Apache (commonly known as the Tonto Apache), officially opened for business on September 3, 1993. The extensive 119,000 square foot casino/hotel operation includes over 400 slots, bingo, video poker, live poker, blackjack and more! In addition to all the exciting gaming options, Mazatzal Hotel & Casino has several dining options to choose from, live entertainment, a top-notch hotel with 40 luxurious hotel suites, a plethora of meeting spaces, sports lounge, gift shop, and arcade. Visit www.777play.com for more info. $ Farrell Hoosava Accepts The Best Of Rim Country 2012 Best Business Award

Dilzhe’e Apache, commonly known as the Tonto Apache Tribe, is located adjacent to the town of Payson (originally named Te-go-suk, Place of the Yellow Water), in northwestern Gila County approximately 95 miles northeast of Phoenix and 100 miles southeast of Flagstaff, Arizona. The reservation now has a total of 400 acres. The tribe began with 85 acres and recently acquired 300 more. The total population of the Dilzhe’e reservation is approximately 140 and nearly all of its members live on the reservation. Tribal members are well known in the art community for their outstanding bead work and basketry, which have won them national recognition and can be purchased on the reservation.

The

The Dilzhe’e Apache of Payson are one of the subdivisions of the greater Apache Tribe. The large Rio Verde Reserve, near Camp Verde, was established in 1871 for the Dilzhe’e and Yavapai Indians. The Reserve was dissolved in 1875 when they were forcibly moved to the San Carlos Apache Reservation. The Dilzhe’e people returned to Payson after 20 years of exile to find white settlers had taken much of their land. They lived as squatters until a new congressional reservation was established in October, 1972. As a result of the small size of the reservation, there are no significant geographic features within the reservation, and natural resources such as timber and minerals are quite limited. However, the reservation is surrounded by a variety of major land forms. The Mazatzal Mountains are located to the west, the Sierra Ancha Mountains are to the south, and the Mogollon Rim is to the north. The Mogollon Rim, just minutes from the reservation, offers beautiful pines, lakes, streams, camping and hunting. The winter snow provides unlimited skiing, snowmobiling and even cross-country snow shoe racing.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Casino Listings

Apache Gold Casino

Cocopah Resort Casino

Globe, AZ—800.272.2438 Cabaret Lounge: Chaka & Friends—Mar. 9 & 10 Rhythm Edition—Mar. 16 & 17 The Backstage Crew—Mar. 23 & 24 Radio 80’s—Mar. 30 & 31

Somerton, AZ—800.237.5687 The Park: Call for more entertainment details* River Room: Zumba—Mondays & Tuesdays Karaoke—Wednesdays & Thursdays La Vida Loca—Fridays (featuring Norteña dance bands)

BlueWater Casino Parker, AZ—888.243.3360 BlueWater Amphitheater: Brad Williams—Mar. 23 at 7pm Dig Lounge: Fiesta Sundays—DJ with Latin Beats or Live Norteño & Latin Bands Mondays—Karaoke Tuesdays—Totally 80’s Wednesdays & Thursdays—Local & Regional Live Entertainment Fridays & Saturdays—House DJ playing Top 40 & Hip-Hop

The Backstage Crew Apache Gold Casino March 23rd & 24th

Tucson, AZ—866.332.9467 Desert Diamond Sports Bar: Call for more entertainment details* Monsoon Nightclub: Friday Night Groove—Join 106.3FM The Groove for a dance party now through Dec. 28. $5 cover, ladies free!

Willie Nelson Desert Diamond Casino March 6th

Desert Diamond Casino II Sahuarita, AZ—866.332.9467 Sports Bar: Friday Night Party—Music & dancing at 8pm or after the featured game. Saturday Night Party—Music & dancing at 8pm or after the featured game. Diamond Center: Willie Nelson—Mar. 6 at 7pm George Thorogood & The Destroyers— Mar. 11 at 7pm EP Expo—A Tribute To The King— March 29-31 Th 6pm, Fr 6pm, Sa 1pm Hotel California—Apr. 15 at 7pm

Bucky's Casino Prescott, AZ—800.756.8744 Yavapai Cantina: Karaoke—Fridays 8pm to Midnight with Cruisin’ Susan Call for more entertainment details*

Casino Arizona Scottsdale, AZ—480.850.7777 The Showroom: Call for more entertainment details* The Pima Lounge: Local bands playing rock, pop, funk, old-school and more from the 60's, 70's, 80's 90's & today. Start times: 8pm SuTh & 5pm Fr-Sa. The Arizona Room Piano Lounge: Features a variety of music styles including the sounds of swing and jazz. Start times: 4pm weekdays & 5pm weekends

Desert Diamond Casino I

Brad Williams BlueWater Casino March 23rd

George Thorogood Desert Diamond Casino March 11th

Desert Diamond Casino (Why) Why, AZ—866.332.9467 Call for more entertainment details*

Fort McDowell Casino Fort McDowell, AZ—800.843.3678 Event Center: Bad Boy Fight Night—Mar. 9 at 5pm Lucky 7 Saloon: Call for more entertainment details* Lunar Bingo: The one, the only, the original—Mar. 17

Casino del Sol Tucson, AZ—520.838.6506 AVA Amphitheater: Gabriel Iglesias—May 12th at 8pm Event Center: Boz Scaggs—Mar. 9 at 9pm Shobox Boxing—Mar. 23 at 6pm Paradiso Bar & Lounge: Local & Regional Entertainment.

EP Expo Desert Diamond Casino March 29-31st

Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino Maricopa, AZ—800.427.7247 Oasis Lounge: CCR Tribute—Mar. 17 - 8&10pm Journey Tribute—Mar. 23-24 - 8&10pm The Dixiecups—Mar 28 - 1&3pm Hotel California—Mar 30-31 - 8&10pm

Casino of the Sun Tucson, AZ—520.879.5450 Call for more entertainment details*

Hon-Dah Casino

Cliff Castle Casino Camp Verde, AZ—800.381.7568 Stargazer Pavillion: Call for more entertainment details* Dragonfly Lounge: Enjoy live music including Rock, Country, R&B, and Latin.

Boz Scaggs Casino del Sol March 9th

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Pinetop, AZ—800.929.8744 Timbers Lounge and Showroom: Munday Funday—Comedy Show Midnight Riders—Mar. 6-10 Buck Ford Band—Mar. 13-17 James Douglas Show—Mar. 20-24 Tony Marques—Mar. 27-31 Clue & The Honkeytones—Apr. 3-7 Doo-Wah Riders—Apr. 17-21

Hotel California Desert Diamond Casino April 15th Harrah’s Ak Chin Casino March 30th-31st


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ENTERTAINMENT

Lone Butte Casino Chandler, AZ—800.946.4452 Cascades Lounge: Call for more entertainment details*

Mazatzal Casino Payson, AZ—800.777.7529 Event Center: Bobby Collins—Mar. 30 Surfin’ Safari—Jul. 28 Hotel California—Sep. 21

Paradise Casino Yuma, AZ—888.777.4946 Sharky’s Bar & Bites: Live entertainment—Fr & Sa Call for more entertainment details*

Quechan Casino Winterhaven, CA—877.783.2426 Pipa Event Center: Call for more entertainment details* Sidewinders Bar & Grill: Call for more entertainment details*

Tony Marques Hon-Dah Casino March 27-31st

Spirit Mountain Casino Mohave Valley, AZ— 888.837.4030 Call for more entertainment details*

E.P. EXPO

Talking Stick Resort Scottsdale, AZ—480.850.7777 The Showroom: Smokey Robinson—May 27 at 8pm Call for more entertainment details* Coffee Garden: Dueling Pianos—Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 8-11pm

Bobby Collins Mazatzal Casino March 30th

Vee Quiva Casino

Special guests include: The 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest Winner, Bill Cherry, who will be performing twice over the three days. The EAS Band, the #1 Elvis tribute band in the world. Jay Dupuis, 2010 E.P. EXPO Champion. Chuck O' Brien, founder of Presenting Presley. Over 30 tribute artists are competing in the Tribute Contest.

Laveen, AZ—800.946.4452 3 Amigos Tequila Party Pit: Thurdays 6pm-2am

Wild Horse Pass Casino Chandler, AZ—800.946.4452 Showroom: Boz Scaggs—Mar. 7 Rodney Carrington—Mar. 16 Sinbad—Mar. 23 Legends of Country—Mar. 30 Kansas—Apr. 14 E. Humperdinck—Apr. 22 Roberta Flack—Apr. 27 Keith Sweat—May 12

Yavapai Casino Prescott, AZ—800.756.8744 Yavapai Cantina: Karaoke—Fridays 8pm to Midnight with Cruisin’ Susan Call for more entertainment details*

Diamond Center Desert Diamond Casino—Sahuarita March 29th—31st Tickets start at $20—520.294.7777

Smokey Robinson Talking Stick Resort May 27

Verify all details & age restrictions for each event. Venues, times, dates, and ticket information are subject to change. Photos/images are copyright of the individual artist(s) or photographer. All Rights Reserved. Not responsible for incorrect or outdated info. *More info from casino not available by press time.

Celebrity guests include Sam Thompson and Ed Bonja. Sam was not only Elvis' personal bodyguard but a close friend. He is also the brother of Linda Thompson, whom Elvis dated for several years. Ed was Elvis' tour manager and personal photographer. There will be several of Ed's photos on display as well as available for purchase. Sam & Ed will be sharing their experiences that they had with the King, answering questions, and signing autographs. Weekend activities include vendors, meet and greets, showcases, interviews, Tribute Contest and the unforgettable E.P. EXPO after parties. $ azgamingguide.com | March 2012 | Arizona Gaming Guide

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FUN & GAMES

SUDOKU

SLOT MATH 101

Each of the columns, rows, and nine 3x3 grids must contain all of the digits 1 - 9. None of the digits may appear more than once in each column, row, and 3x3 grid.

How well do you count? Can you come up with the answers to these important slot machine questions?

(Solution on page 30)

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#1 If a free game bonus happens about once in every one hundred spins and a pick ‘em bonus happens about once in every one hundred spins, about how often does either bonus happen? #2 If a free game bonus happens about once in every one hundred spins and a pick ‘em bonus happens about once in every eighty spins, about how often does either bonus happen? (Solutions on page 30)

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SAMI’S SMACKDOWN Casino Gaming Directory

By Sami Becker

Don’t Tell Me To Go To Your Website ! I Want That Comment Card Now!

Every casino should have them. Those casinos that don’t, need to have them. Once a casino has them, they need to read them! I’m talking about customer comment cards. Now that we straightened that out, let me just tell you what happened to me a few months ago. I was staying at a casino for a few days and really enjoyed my stay. So much so, in fact, that I decided I’d share my positive thoughts with management by asking for a comment card, filling it out and turning it in. Great idea right? Hmm...not so much because I learned a really valuable lesson that day. Patrons really do have a unique perspective when they visit an establishment. Their experience has to be captured by that business in any way possible so that management can get an instant measure of what is good, bad, and average. I asked the front desk clerk for a comment card, specifically mentioning I’d like to give several positive comments about my experience. To my dismay I was told that I could easily do that on their website. Furthermore, if they had my e-mail address on file then an electronic comment card would be arriving in my inbox shortly after my checkout. However, physical comment cards were not available (I was not invited to speak with someone higher up). I’m sure you know by now that I have yet to visit the website and I never got that electronic survey (although the casino resort does have my e-mail). Oops! I guess they don’t know what went well and I’ll have to carve out some time to actually go to their website and complain about their lack of comment cards and how that prevents customer communication! Most of the casinos in Arizona have comment cards and based on our discussions with management they are read. During your next casino visit, demand to fill out a physical comment card. If they don’t have them, tell the casino they need them! $

Do YOU have something to rant about? Write me at: sami@azgamingguide.com

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Apache Gold Casino Resort 5 miles East of Globe on Highway 70 1-800-272-2438 or apachegoldcasinoresort.com 634 Class III Slots, 1,000 Seat Bingo Hall, 6 Blackjack Tables BlueWater Resort & Casino 11300 Resort Drive, Parker 1-888-243-3360 or bluewaterfun.com 493 Class III Slots, 350 Seat Bingo Hall, 6 Poker Tables, 7 Blackjack Tables Bucky's Casino Highway 69 and Heather Heights, Prescott 1-800-756-8744 or buckyscasino.com 307 Class III Slots, 10Poker & 7Blackjack Tables Casino Arizona 524 N. 92nd St, Scottsdale 1-480-850-7777 or casinoaz.com 900+ Class III Slots, Live Keno, 48 Table Games Casino del Sol 5655 W. Valencia Rd, Tucson 1-855-765-7829 or casinodelsol.com 962 Class III Slots, 694 Seat Bingo Hall, 17 Poker Tables, 18 Blackjack Tables Casino of the Sun 7406 S. Camino de Oeste, Tucson 1-855-765-7829 or casinodelsol.com 371 Class III Slots, 24 Class II Slots Cliff Castle Casino & Hotel 555 Middle Verde Rd, Camp Verde 1-800-381-7568 or cliffcastlecasinohotel.com 656 Class III Slots, 10 Poker & 8 Blackjack Tables Cocopah Resort Casino 15318 S. Avenue B, Somerton 1-800-237-5687 or cocopahresort.com 506 Class III Slots, 350 Seat Bingo Hall, 8 Blackjack Tables Desert Diamond Casino I —Tucson 7350 S. Nogales Highway, Tucson 1-520-294-7777 or desertdiamondcasino.com 1,089 Class III Slots, Live Keno, 270 Seat Bingo Hall, 17 Poker Tables, 19 Blackjack Tables Desert Diamond Casino II —Sahuarita 1100 W. Pima Mine Rd, Sahuarita 1-866-332-9467 or desertdiamondcasino.com 789 Class III Slots, 2 Poker & 8 Blackjack Tables Desert Diamond Casino—Why Highway 86, Why 1-866-332-9467 or desertdiamondcasino.com 76 Class III Slots Fort McDowell Casino Beeline Highway 87 and Fort McDowell Rd

1-800-843-3678 or fortmcdowellcasino.com 843 Class III Slots, 37 Class II Slots, Keno, 1,700 Seat Bingo Hall, 17 Poker & 11 Blackjack Tables Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino 15406 N. Maricopa Road, Maricopa 1-800-427-7247 or harrahsakchin.com 1,089 Class III Slots, Keno, 250 Seat Bingo Hall, 6 Poker Tables, 19 Blackjack & Table Games Hon-Dah Casino, Resort & Conference Center 777 Highway 260, Pinetop 1-800-929-8744 or hon-dah.com 802 Class III Slots, 3 Poker & 4 Blackjack Tables Lone Butte Casino 1077 S Kyrene Rd, Chandler 1-800-946-4452 or wingilariver.com 850 Class III Slots, 1,500 Seat Bingo Hall, 6 Poker & 16 Blackjack Tables Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Highway 87, Payson 1-800-777-7529 or 777play.com 413 Class III Slots, 6 Class II Slots, Keno, 280 Seat Bingo Hall, 4 Poker & 4 Blackjack Tables Paradise Casino 450 Quechan Drive, Yuma 1-888-777-4946 or paradise-casino.com 470 Class III Slots, 300 Seat Bingo Hall Quechan Casino 525 Algodones Road, Winterhaven, CA 1-877-783-2426 or playqcr.com 1,000+ Class III Slots featuring a High Limit Slot Room, 10 Poker Tables, 15 Table Games Spirit Mountain Casino 8555 Highway 95, Mohave Valley 1-928-346-2000 with 247 Class III Slots Talking Stick Resort 9700 E. Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale 1-480-850-7777 or talkingstickresort.com 700+ Class III Slots, Live Keno, 55 Poker Tables, 50 Table Games Vee Quiva Casino 6443 N. Komatke Lane, Laveen 1-800-946-4452 or wingilariver.com 846 Class III Slots, 500 Seat Bingo Hall & Tables Wild Horse Pass Casino 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler 1-800-946-4452 or wingilariver.com 990 Class III Slots, 23Poker&37Blackjack Tables Yavapai Casino 1500 E. Highway 69, Prescott 1-800-756-8744 or buckyscasino.com 236 Class III Slots Source: Arizona Department of Gaming—Current Tribal Gaming Status as of 2/01/2011 & available casino info by press time.

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Slot Math 101 Solutions #1 1/100 + 1/100 = 2/100 = 1/50 = 0.02 or about once every fifty spins. #2 1/100 + 1/80 = 4/400 = 5/400 = 9/400 = 0.0225 or about once every forty-four spins. (Common Denominators & Inverses!)

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