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Card Room Action Arizona Lottery News Casino Entertainment Boyd’s Eye View of Video Poker Blackjack Corner – When to Walk Mazatzal Player Hits for $1 Million

Vol. 20 No. 02 • February 2012


PO Box 33393 • Phoenix Arizona 85067 • 602-373-8728 •

Contributing Photography Contributing Writers Kevin Cummings Linda Boyd Melody Hudson Beverly Crawford Production Assistants David Ramsey Kevin Cummings Charlie Scheeler Shanna Wolfe Cindy Esquer John Olson Tina Lynn Holt Melody Hudson Graphic Design TJ Jorgensen CommuniGraphics Shauna Koja David Ramsey Omar Zamora Editor Phil Scudella

Special Thanks to the marketing staff at the Arizona Lottery and everyone at E.B. Lane Advertising. The Arizona Player is published the first weekend of each month. All claims or guarantees are the sole responsibility of the advertiser. All comments and views of contributing writers are their own and do not reflect official policy of the Arizona Player which assumes no liability for any advertisement not supplied camera ready by the advertiser. Reproduction or use in whole or in part without written consent from the publisher and Copyright owners is prohibited.

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Vol. 20 No. 02 • February 2012



Cover Story “Arizona Lottery’s New $2 Powerball”


Gaming News Mazatzal Casino and Cliff Castle Casino Jackpot Winners


Boyd’s Eye View Linda Boyd “Average Daily Theo”


Blackjack Corner TJ Jorgensen “When to Walk”


Card Room Action Table Game Information Around The State


Lottery News


Winner Stories

Gaming News BlueWater Fishing Tournament & Lone Butte Jackpot Winner


Lottery News


Arizona Lottery Reports Record Breaking Sales at Mid-Year

Reel Reviews Kevin Cummings “Black Widow"


Bingo Directory


David at the Snack Rar David Ramsey “Movies and DVD Reviews”


Contest Page Winners announced for “I Like You” Contest


Astrology, Jokes of the Month, & Casino Directory


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Apache Gold Casino Resort

5 miles East of Globe on Hwy 70 1-800-272-2438 In the Pavilion: Call for updated schedule Cabaret Lounge: free weekend entertainment

Dwight Yoakam

Paradiso Bar: Free live weekend entertainment: Feb 10 – Rhythm Edition, Feb 11 – XS Band, Feb 16 – The Who Tribute Band, Feb 17 – La Gran Ciudad, Feb 18 – Kool Groove, Feb 23 – The Stinson Brotherz (Brooks & Dunn Tribute) Feb 24 – Relente, Feb 25 – Angle Norteno, Bingo Hall: Cosmic Bingo Saturday nights featuring music, light show, wacky games and giveaways

Cliff Castle Casino

I-17 at exit 289 in Camp Verde 1-800-381-SLOT Dragonfly Lounge: Free weekend entertainment Feb 10 – Faded Jeans Feb 14 – Sammy Davis Feb 16 – left of Centre Feb 23 – Comic Larry Omaha & the Roger Wathogoma Band Feb 24 & 25 - The Roger Wathogoma Band

Desert Diamond Casino Hotel

BlueWater Resort and Casino

11300 Resort Dr., Parker 1-888-243-3360 BlueWater Showroom: Feb 25 - Dwight Yoakam Mar 23 – Comic Brad Williams w/ Adam Ray and Sarah Tiana Dig Lounge: Free live bands, Deejay or Karaoke nightly

Casino Arizona

101 at McKellips, Scottsdale 480-850-7734 In the Showroom: Feb 16 & 17, Fairchild Feb 23-25, Divas of Comedy The Arizona Room Piano Lounge and Pima Lounge: Free entertainment nightly with bands like Chuck Peterson, pair-a-Dice, Harry Mathews, Paul Wells, Twilite, Stan Skyes and C.C. Jones

Casino Del Sol

5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson 520-838-6506 AVA Amphitheater: May 12, Comic Gabriel Iglesias In the Event Center: Feb 18 – Tejano Valentine’s Dance, featuring 5 bands Feb 19 – Comic Brad Garrett

Gabriel Iglesias

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7350 South Nogales Hwy, Tucson 1-866-DDC-WINS Monsoon Night Club: Live bands or deejay Thurs-Sun

Desert Diamond Casino I -19

1100 W. Pima Mine Rd., Sahuarita 520294-7777 or1-866-DDC-WINS Diamond Center: Feb 25, Clay Walker Mar 1, Foreigner Mar 6, Willie Nelson & Family Mar 11, George Thorogood & the Destroyers

Fort McDowell Casino

N of Shea off Hwy 87, Fountain Hills 1-800-THE-FORT In the Radisson Hotel Concert Hall: Feb 11 – The All American Male Revue Outdoors: Feb 18 – The MEGA Yard Sale - 7am-3pm Feb 24 – Slow Jams with Keith Sweat w/ Force Mo’s & Surface Lucky 7 Saloon: Free live entertainment Fri – Sun featuring: Feb 10-12, Kenny G project Feb 17-18, Furious George Feb 19, Cowboy Floyd Feb 24-26, Kenny G project In the Bingo Hall: Saturday Feb 18 Lunar Bingo – Music, dancing, crazy games and giveaways For updates – go to fortmcdowellcasino. com

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort and Casino 15406 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa 480-802-5000 Oasis Lounge: Free Entertainment on weekends Feb 10 & 11 - Solace Feb 14 – The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley Feb 17 & 18 – Marty Ramirez Feb 24 – Cold Shott Bingo Hall: Friday Feb 17, mar at 11pm – Party Bingo, deejay music, bingo, food and drink specials and fun giveaways For updated schedule, go to

Hon-Dah Resort and Casino

entertainment Toni Braxton

Highways 260 and 73, Pinetop 1-800-WAY-UP-HIGH Free live entertainment In the Timbers Lounge: Monday - Comedy Night, TuesdaySaturday – Live Bands Feb 7-11 - Doo-Wah Riders, Feb 14-18 - Groove City, Feb 21-25 - Creagles, Feb 28 – Mar 3 - Skid Rodeo, Mar 6-10 Midnight Riders, Mar 13-17 – Buck Ford band, Mar 20-24 – James Douglas Show, Mar 27-31 – Tony Marques, Apr 3-7 – Clue & The Honkeytones

Lone Butte Casino

202 loop at the Kyrene exit – Chandler, 1-800-WIN-GILA Cascades Lounge: Feb 21 – Fat Tuesday Celebration w/ Dixieland Band and “Mardi Gras” Beads! Free entertainment Mon-Sat, 4pm-1am w/ bands like: Michael & Manuel, Otis & The Beat, Spotlight, Thaddeus Rose, Silhouette, Jadi Norris, Chuck E baby, Greywolf, New Frequency, Western Fusion, Powerdrive and Marty & the Party Verona Chophouse: Talia (Fri & Sat), Bridget & the Aug (Sun) Bingo Hall: 11:30pm Saturdays - B.A.D BINGO (Bingo after Dark) DJ “Rockin’ Rob” music, light show, bingo & giveaways

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

1/2-mile S. of Payson on Hwy 87 1-800-777-PLAY Feb 11, The Highwaymen (Tribute to Johnny Cash, Waylon & Willie) Mar 30, Comic Bobby Collins

Paradise Casino

450 Quechan Drive, Yuma 1-888-777-4946 Sharky’s Bar: Free entertainment, Karaoke on Wed, DJs on Thurs, live bands on weekends

Air Supply

Quechan Casino Resort

525 Algodones Rd, Winterhaven CA (5 mi West of Yuma) 1-877-783-2426 In the PIPA Event Center: Feb 10, Keith Sweat Feb 24, Air Supply Sidewinders bar: Free live entertainment: Feb 10 & 11 – Mirage, Feb 17 & 18 – Bourbon Street, Feb 24 & 25 – Checker’d Past, Mar 2 & 3 – Frogman Down

Talking Stick Resort

Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road Scottsdale 480-850-7777 Talking Stick Showroom: Feb 9-11, Abbacadabra

Feb 17, Toni Braxton Feb 18, Frankie Valli May 27, Smokey Robinson Degree 270 Lounge: live entertainment, dancing nightly with a spectacular view of the city.

Vee Quiva Casino

The West Valley’s only Casino 51st Ave, 4 miles S. of Baseline – Laveen 1-800-WIN-GILA Bingo Hall: Fridays at 11pm – Deejay music, light show & dancing Bingo Hall: 11:30pm, every other Saturday – BINGO ECLIPSE – Bingo, Deejay music, light show & giveaways

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

I-10 at Wild Horse Pass exit - Chandler 1-800-WIN-GILA In the Ovations LIVE! Showroom: Feb 11& 12 - Neil Sedaka Feb 17 - Boyz II Men Feb 24 – Legends of Country Music Feb 25 - Comic Rob Schneider Feb 26 - Roger Hodgson (lead singer Supertramp) Mar 7, Boz Scaggs Mar 10 - Jose Carreras Mar 16 - Rodney Carrington Mar 23 - Sinbad Mar 30 – Legends of Country Music Apr 14 - Kansas Apr 22 – Engelbert Humperdinck Encore Lounge: Free entertainment (Thurs-Mon) with: Route 66, Hamptons, Eagleheart, Powerdrive, Vinny DiJohn, Greywolf, Str8up band, Walkens, Pima Express, Rhythm Edition, Throne D & The Ledge, Powerdrive and JJs Band

Rodney Carrington

cover story

This is an exciting time for the Arizona Lottery and Arizona Lottery players alike because $2 Powerball launched in January with jackpots that grow bigger, faster. The new $2 Powerball offers many additional appealing features to players. The starting jackpot doubled from $20 million to $40 million and, if there’s no winner on a draw, the jackpot for the following draw increases by a minimum of $10 million. In response to lottery players’ requests for more winners and larger prizes, the enriched $2 Powerball game includes better overall odds and bigger prize amounts. The odds of winning any Powerball prize have improved from 1 in 35 to 1 in 31.8 and the odds of winning the jackpot have also changed in favor of the players. The lowest prize for matching just the red Powerball number increased from $3 to $4. The second prize for matching all five numbers, without the Powerball, increased from $200,000 to $1 million. This increased second prize will undoubtedly result in more millionaires. In fact, a Tucson resident claimed Arizona’s first $1 million second prize from the January 21 draw, which was only the second $2 Powerball draw since the game launched on January 15. Beyond bigger jackpots and better overall odds for players, the new $2 Powerball will also be valuable to the causes that benefit most from Arizona Lottery dol8 ARIZONA PLAYER February 2012

lars. The Arizona Lottery supports programs that aim to improve the quality of life for Arizona residents. Every week, the Arizona Lottery generates nearly $3 million to fund a wide variety of public projects and programs across the state in the areas of health and public welfare, economic and business development, environmental issues and education. The new $2 Powerball will also generate more commissions for Arizona Lottery retailers. Retailers throughout the state rely on Arizona Lottery ticket commissions to support their businesses and benefit the communities they serve. In fact, the Arizona Lottery has already paid out more than $19 million in commissions to retailer’s year-to-date. The $2 multi-state Powerball ticket will further differentiate it from the multi-state Mega Millions game and Arizona’s own jackpot game, The Pick, which will remain at the $1 price point. While Powerball has been improved, it’s still the same great game players have enjoyed for 20 years. This is the first Powerball price increase since the game began. Powerball draws will continue to be on Wednesdays and Saturdays with ticket sales ending at 7:59 p.m. Please visit www.ArizonaLottery. com for more information.

gaming news Hotel Guest Wins Huge Jackpot

Mazatzal Player Wins a Million!

The final weekend of January 2012 will be one weekend that Catherine Platt of Peoria, Arizona will long remember. After spending an enjoyable night at the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, she decided to head up to the casino for a little fun on the slots and picked one of the world’s most popular slot machines – Wheel of Fortune. What a great choice! And as they often say “Right Place – Right Time” Catherine pulled the handle and won the progressive Jackpot of $102,939.69 on the Wheel of Fortune 25-cent slot machine. Platt was both shocked and excited about her winnings and plans to pay off her car and other bills and take a vacation! Centrally located in Camp Verde, Cliff Castle Casino Hotel is proudly owned and operated by the Yavapai-Apache Nation and offers live-action poker, blackjack and more than 660 gaming devices. Guests can enjoy fine dining at Storytellers Steakhouse and family dining at The Gallery, The Gathering Restaurant & Bar, and Johnny Rockets. For hotel reservations call (928) 567-6611, or (800) 524-6343.

Rocket Gaming Systems is pleased to announce that its popular Gold Series line of Class II games has awarded its first million dollar prize of 2012. On January 27th, a lucky player at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino in Payson was awarded a Gold Series top progressive prize of $1,033,554 while playing Rocket’s Kingdom Cash video game. This is the 15th Gold Series top progressive prize since 2009. The Gold Series line has awarded more $800 million in prizes. The Gold Series currently consists of nine video titles and eight stepper titles, with new games being released frequently. Rocket Gaming Systems is a federally recognized trademark of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Business Development Authority, an economic business enterprise of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. Rocket has been providing linked interactive electronic gaming systems and player stations for more than 15 years and was among the first, and remains a leading, Class II manufacturer with the technology to offer wide area progressive prizes and is considered to operate the most technologically advanced Class II system in the market. Mazatzal Hotel and Casino is located just 1 hour north of Fountain Hills on Highway 87 as you enter Payson.

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A BOYD’S EYE VIEW OF VIDEO POKER Average Daily ome math concepts are just too much information unless you’re a very serious player. There are by recreational gamblers Linda Boyd who may not need the money but find it a challenge to squeeze every last penny out of a good play. They’ll spend hours practicing on WinPoker software if they play video poker (VP) and make sure they know both quirky hand plays as well as every penalty card situation in order to gain a one cent per hour theoretical advantage. I’m a technical player because it’s my job to write VP strategy cards and analyze the data; however it’s not practical for everybody. Most just want to use a good basic strategy for their game of choice. So now I have to wrestle with deciding what people will want to know and what is “too much” information. In the past my writing about gambling in Nevada and Midwest casinos had a lot of information about “Theo” (casino’s theoretical edge) and ADT (average daily Theo) but most Arizona casinos weren’t using this data. Times have changed. Now, even if you’re not into the math behind the games, you need to understand how ADT works in order to play smart and get the best mailers and discretionary comps available. Theo: Theo is just short for “theoretical” and refers to what the statistics indicate you will lose in the casino on each visit. Of course you can be ahead or behind the bell shaped curve in the short run but over time your results will move

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towards the statistical expectations. Statistics are a proven and exact science as can be verified by any casino in the country. So the casino doesn’t care whether you win or lose in a session, they know if you’re a frequent player, especially if your game is slots, they will make a profit as indicated on the gaming device you’ve chosen to play. For example, if you play “Mr. Woo” and there’s a 90% ER (expected return) chip in the machine - that’s the Theo they use for your session. But, what if you move around to a variety of games or slots? Then they must make an estimate based on each session. Casino “Day”: Casinos are getting more accurate at predicting their edge over each player (assuming they use a slot card, something I recommend) as advances are made with casino technology. However, you have some wiggle room within the system by knowing the “day” used by casinos you visit. Some will run from 6AM to 6PM or from 12 Noon to Midnight or anything they choose. You should ask at the slot club to be sure since you will want to have the highest Theo possible given your level of play. Make sure you don’t play a few minutes into the next day or you’ll cut your Theo in half. Also, you may want to play longer sessions fewer days a week or play longer sessions only on days with multiple points or some other player incentive. Average Daily Theo (ADT): This is the allimportant figure for mailers, discretionary comps and offers for show tickets or other comps. This figure represents the amount of money you run through casino devices times the theoretical house

advantage. Each casino will offer a max percentage of this amount for discretionary restaurant comps. (Some casinos won’t have discretionary comps so you’ll have to ask a casino host.) Here’s an example: On average you play for four hours on each visit and run $800 per hour through machines with a 90% Theo. So the casino expects to make $320 off each of your visits. (They have a 10% advantage on $800 in total hourly wagers for $80 per hour times 4 hours= $320). Let’s say the casino’s internal comp figure is 20%. That means you’d be offered up to $64 in discretionary food comps. Keep in mind that some casinos offer a higher or lower percentage, but if you ask a host they will probably tell you their figure. Remember most people don’t know about discretionary comps (given by a casino host and do not come off your comp balance; some casinos don’t even offer comps on slot cards). Summary: In order to get the best mail offers and maximize discretionary comps you will want to have the highest ADT possible. The best way to do that is to play your normal amount of time but make sure it’s within the confines of the “day” as defined by the casino. Also, you’ll want to know how much to ask for when requesting restaurant comps so you’re not denied the comp (not a big deal if you are but some people get embarrassed) but you aren’t shy about requesting a fair amount. Linda Boyd ,a long-time table game player before turning to video poker, also writes for “Southern Gaming” and “Midwest Gaming and Travel” her book, “The Video Poker Edge”, includes free removable pay schedules and free strategy cards for the most popular games. Look for her story in the 2011and 2012 Editions of “American Casino Guide”. The 2010 Second Edition of her book is available in both paperback and kindle. Available at, bookstores or Square One Publishes. or 877-900-BOOK

TJ’s Blackjack corner

“When” To Walk Away

recently sat down to play some blackjack at one of our local casinos last week. At the by TJ Jorgensen table I selected the dealer had just finished shuffling, which is very important to me since I need to see every card from the beginning of the shoe. The first hand was dealt and I received an eleven vs the dealer up card of a 6, so I doubled down and caught a 2. The dealer then proceeded to make twenty one. My next hand was 12 against the dealers 10 – I hit and caught a ten busting. My third hand was a 10 vs a dealer 6, I doubled and caught a three, the dealer then made another 21 - The chance of a player losing three hands in a row is only 14%, so this is never a good start. My fourth hand was an 18, beaten by a dealer 20. At this point I left the table for several reasons. First of all, my running count was now negative seven, and with one deck dealt in a six deck game it gave me a true count of over negative one. You will cut your losses in half by not playing in a negative count of -1 or greater. Second, if you lose four hands in a row you will save yourself a lot of money in the long run by switching tables. When the cards are running like this it is best to leave the situation and find a better one. The other three players at my table continued playing and were digging in their pockets for more money as I excused myself. I watched for a while as these players lost at least $100 each. You can be the very best player in the world and lose in situations like this, so being able to recognize the appropriate time to

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walk away can save you hundreds of dollars. I wandered around the casino and found another table with just one player. This time on my very first hand I caught blackjack. My second hand I had 16 vs the dealers up card 10, I hit and caught a 5 for a perfect twenty one. My third hand was a pair of aces which I split and caught a 10 on each. I won the first twelve hands in a row, making back what I lost at the other table and another $150 on top of that. My point is - that by leaving a losing situation I found a table that had a completely opposite flow of cards. I played for about an hour and left over $600 ahead. As I was leaving the casino I walked by my original table and the same three players were still digging in their pockets, who knows how much they were down at this point. It really amazes me how players will go down with a sinking ship, throwing more money at the money they have already lost. Maybe it’s ego that makes a player continue to play at a table where they are getting destroyed. A key to playing winning blackjack is to keep your emotions out of the game. You must be able to look at a situation objectively and make the appropriate decision. If it’s the first table you played at, walk away - It’s that simple. If things are going south, more than likely they will continue in that direction. One thing I have learned in all my years of playing is - blackjack is a very streaky game. I have seen both extremes, I have seen players lose twenty hands in a row and keep playing thinking that things would change....they didn’t. I have also played when the dealer could not

make a hand. In one such session – the four players at my table emptied the entire dealer chip tray of all of the reds, greens, and blacks chips in two hours – with only purples remaining. So it can go both ways. Hunches, and gut feelings have no place in the game of blackjack. Prayer does not work either You must rely on skill. Being able to recognize a losing situation quickly, will save you a lot of money in the long run, just use my four hand rule. Anytime you lose four hands in a row - switch tables. After all it’s easier to end up with a winning session if you only have to make up a small amount of money. If you started your day with a loss, don’t get caught up in the moment, and in the heat of battle lose all your money. Save your bankroll walk away and look for a better situation. Here is another tip: before you sit down to play, walk around – check out the action - Look for a table where the players appear to have a larger than normal stack of chips in front of them. If they do, chances are it’s a winning table and is worth a try. Avoid the tables where players only have one or two chips in front of them. Losing sessions are part of the game, but if you keep them to a minimum, you will have a lot more winnings at the end of the day T.J. Jorgensen has been a professional blackjack player for over twenty years. He is well known for his live tournament play. He has competed against and beaten some of the top tournament players in the world, and has won the prestigious “World Series of Blackjack” – His book “Beating the casino at their own game” is available at: or by e-mail

CARD ROOM ACTION Apache Gold Casino 800-272-2438

Dealing blackjack, daily at 3pm

BlueWater Casino 1-888-243-3360

Poker Room opens at 4pm except Sun, Mon & Wed at 2pm Mon & Wed, 6pm-10pm – High Hand per night pays $50 at 10pm Tues, 7pm, NLHE “Bounty” Tournament - $35 buy-in w/one $20 re-buy Thurs, 7pm, NLHE - $60 buy-in, no re-buys – optional $5 High Hand Mon & Wed (first 3 each night) – Quads pay $75, Straight Flush pays $50 Daily, Aces Cracked wins $75, Royal Flush pays $400 – (Max 3 per day) Dealing blackjack daily at 9am

Bucky’s Casino 928-771-6779

Sat 10am, Bounty No-Limit Hold Em Tournament $80 buy w/ $10 Bounties Mon 10am, plus Mon, Wed & Thurs at 6pm - NLHE $40 entry fee w/ optional $10 re-buy, top 5 in the money and earn points toward $250 Player of the Month award Tues, 6pm, Ladies Only Texas Hold Em Shootouts - $15 buy-in “Aces Cracked” ($50) and “Kings Conquered” ($25) Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm & Fri 10am-4pm Progressive “Aces Cracked” Sat 11am-11pm - Starts at $50, increases till hit FREE Sunday buffet for seated poker players

Dealing blackjack 24/7 - Now playing 3 card poker & Triple Attack Blackjack

Casino Arizona 101 & McKellips 480-850-7777

Wed, 7pm – NLHE $80 buy-in – no re-rebuys Sat, Noon, $2,000 added – NLHE $100 buy-in, no rebuys Aces Cracked wins a $100 rack – Sun-Fri - See poker Room for details Also dealing blackjack 24/7

Dealing blackjack 24/7 Tues at noon $1,000 added “Break at Noon” Tournament, $ 50 buy-in Fri at 3am, The “Great Late” Tournament, $25 buy-in

Cocopah Casino 800-237-5687

Casino Del Sol 520-838-6565

Desert Diamond Nogales Hwy 520-342-1810

March 13-17, $25,000 Guaranteed NLHE Tournament – Qualify with 50 hours of live play between 1/1/2012 – 3/10/2102 (Linited to the first 180 players to qualify) Mon-Fri, 10 am - $800 guaranteed NLHE, $15 buy-in w/ optional $15 add-on Mon 7pm & Sat noon – $1,200 Guaranteed, NLHE - $35 buy-in Sun & Tues, 7pm - $1,000 guaranteed NLHE, $15 buy-in – Opt $15 add-on Wed, 7pm, Limit Omaha, $1,500 Prize Pool, $45 buy-in w/ $10 add-on Thurs, 7pm - $3,000 Guaranteed NLHE, $85 buy-in Sat, 9am - $200 added Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, $15 buyin, $5 re-buys + $5 add-on Sun, 11 am - $1,500 NLHE, $20 buy-in, $5 re-buys

Cliff Castle Casino Hotel 928-567-7952

Mon, Wed & Fri at 10am, NLHE Shoot-outs, $25 buy-in – Winner take all Tues & Thurs, 10am, Limit Hold Em Shoot-outs, $25 buy-in

Dealing blackjack daily starting at 10am

Mon & Thurs at 9:30 am “Cup of Coffee” NLHE $35 buy-in, Max 40 players Tues, 7pm, $100 added per table NLHE, $75 buy-in, with one $60 re-buy Also dealing blackjack 24/7 Desert Diamond I-19 Casino 1-866-332-9467 Dealing blackjack 24/7

Fort McDowell Casino 480-789-4284

Mon-Fri at Noon & Wed at 7pm – NLHE - $30 buyin Mon 7pm, and Sun at Noon - NLHE Deep Stack tournament - $50 buy-in Tues & Thurs at 7pm & Sat at Noon - $1,000 guaranteed NLHE - $5 buy-in Fri at 7pm, Mega-Stack $50 Bounty NLHE - $120 buy-in Sat at 4pm & Sun at 7pm $1,000 Guaranteed NLHE - $10 buy-in Sat 9pm, $3,000 Guaranteed NLHE tournament $20 buy-in “Aces Cracked” win a rack – 24/7 Win up to $300 See poker room for details “Easy way Jackpot” Aces full of anything beaten by Quads or better wins Jackpot “Play More – Cash More” in 4/8 Omaha win up to $100 per day – see poker room for details Also dealing blackjack 24/7

Lone Butte Casino 800-946-4452

Dealing blackjack 24/7 – with $5 games

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino 480-802-5138

WSOP Satellites are back! Wed at 7:30pm – Win a $1,500 WSOP seat & $500 cash - $65 buy-in with two $25 re-buys Sun at 5:30pm - Win a $1,000 WSOP seat & $250 cash - $50 buy-in with two $20 re-buys Tues, 7:30pm, Limit Omaha H/L, $25 buy-in, $10 rebuys + $10 add-on Thurs, 7:30pm – NLHE, $10 Buy-in plus two $10 rebuys & $10 add-on Fri, 7:30pm, Sat, 12:30 & 5:30pm - NLHE, $40 buyin, no re-buys Sat, 12:30 & 5:30pm – NLHE, $40 buy-in, no re-buys Sun, 12:30pm – NLHE, $25 buy-in, one $10 re-buy $25 Daily Splash pots on ALL tables every ½ hour, 9am-10pm $25 Sat & Sun Splash pots on ALL tables every ½ hour, 6am-8:30am Also dealing blackjack 24/7

Hon-Dah Casino 1-800-929-8744

Mon, 6pm, New Tournament – call for details Tues, 4pm – Mid, “Aces ($50) & Faces ($25) Cracked” (first 10 total) Wed, 6pm, No-limit Hold Em, $40 buy-in, no re-buys 16 ARIZONA PLAYER February 2012

Thurs, 6pm, Omaha Hi-Lo, $40 buy-in, no re-buys Sat, 4pm, No-limit Hold Em, $30 buy-in, $10 re-buys + $10 add-on Sun, 4pm, Crazy Pineapple $30 buy-in, $10 re-buys + $10 add-on Super Bowl Sunday – Special event, Call for details!

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino 800-777-7529

Live Poker Wed-Sun - High Hands, win up to $500 Sun, 1pm - NLHE Tournament, $25 buy-in no rebuys Wed & Sun, 6pm, NLHE Bounty Tournament, $50 buy-in Dealing blackjack 10am-1am - Blackjack tournament, Mon at 6pm, $40 buy-in

Paradise Casino 888-777-4946

Dealing Blackjack 5pm-1am

Quechan Casino & Resort 1-877-783-2426

Wed, 10am - close “Aces Cracked” wins $50 Thurs, 10am – Mid, Splash Pots Tues & Thurs at 7 pm, also Sat & Sun at 1pm NLHE - $35 buy-in Sat, Feb 11 & 25 at 1pm, $5,000 Guaranteed NLHE, $75 buy-in Special $59 room rates for poker players Poker Room Hours: Wed – Sun open at 10am, Mon & Tues at 3pm Current Bad beat jackpot as of Feb 9th was $66,644 Dealing blackjack 24/7

Talking Stick Resort 480-850-7777

Saturday at 11:15am - BIG Stack NLHE Tournament - Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5, Jun 2, Jul 7, Aug 4, Sept 1, Oct 6, Nov 3 & Dec 1 - $300 Buy in w $30 sc Saturday at 11:15 am - SUPER BOUNTY BIG Stack NLHE – Feb 11, Mar 10, Apr 14, May 12, Jun 9, Jul 14, Sept 15, Oct 13, Nov 10 & Dec 8 - $200 Buy in w $25 sc - $100 Bounty for each player you knock out Saturday at 11:15 am - SUPER Turbo, Super BOUNTY BIG Stack NLHE - Mar 24, Apr 21, Jun 16, Jul 21 & Oct 13 - $200 Buy in w $25 sc - $100 Bounty for each player you knock out Last Saturday of the Month NLHE at 11:15am – Feb25, Mar 31, Apr 28, May 26, Jun 30, Jul 28, Aug 25, Sept 29, Oct 27, Nov 24 & Dec 29 - $125 Buy in w $25 sc Ladies NLHE – Sunday at 11:15am - Mar 11, May 20, July 15, Oct 14 & Dec 9 - $60 Buy-in w/ $15 sc Mon - Fri, 11:15 am - NLHE, $50 buy-in w/ $10 sc Tues & Wed, 7:15pm - NLHE, $115 buy-in w/ $15 s/c Daily, 2am-10am “Aces Cracked” Win $100 rack Get a Royal Flush, Spin the wheel – win $50 to $500 – see poker room for details Jack it Up! Tuesdays & Wednesdays - $20,000 added to Hold Em Progressive Bad Beat Jackpot - $5,000 to Omaha / Stud Also dealing blackjack 24/7

Vee Quiva Casino 800-946-4452 – Ext 1042

Sun - Thurs, 11am, No-Limit Hold Em, $1,000 Guaranteed - $30 buy-in w/ 1 $20 re-buy Wed at 7:30pm, & Sat at 11am, NLHE, $20 buy-in, $10 re-buys & $20 add-on


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lottery news Another Arizona Lottery Millionaire!

Willis and Christine Boyd (left and center) celebrate with Arizona Lottery Executive Director Jeff Hatch-Miller

The winners of the $1 million Powerball 2nd prize in Arizona redeemed their ticket from the Jan 28 draw in Phoenix on Feb 7. Willis and Christine Boyd drove to Phoenix from Fort Mohave bringing in their winning ticket they had purchased from the Smith’s Food & Drug,

located at 4747 HWY 95, in Fort Mohave, Arizona. Since the launch of the new $2 Powerball on January 15, only two other states besides Arizona have had two second prize winners – the first Arizona winner was a Tucson resident. Willis, a retired Colorado State Trooper who is still in disbelief about his win, plans to purchase a new car with his wife, share some with their son and invest the rest of the winnings. The Smith’s Food & Drug store in Fort Mohave is directly across the street from the Safeway that sold the winning $95.3 million Powerball ticket in 2010. Fort Mohave is adjacent to Bullhead City, Arizona and across the river from Laughlin, NV. The jackpot for the new $2 Powerball has climbed to $250 million for the draw on Wednesday, Feb. 8. This is the highest Powerball jackpot since June 2010 and since $2 Powerball launched last month.

Tucson Resident - First $2 Powerball Millionaire

On January 27, a Tucson resident who wishes to remain anonymous came forward to claim the $1 million second prize Jackpot from the new $2 Powerball. The $1 million winning $2 Powerball ticket was drawn on Saturday, Jan 21, and was sold at a Fry’s Food Store in Tucson on East Grant Rd. The winning numbers are 12 - 24 - 43 - 44 – 45, with the PB 7. The winner was thrilled to learn that he was Arizona’s first million-dollar, second prize winner with the new $2 Powerball. Even though he was excited with the news, the winner said “health is more important than money.” “It was great to learn that someone stepped forward to claim the second prize $2 Powerball jackpot and become Arizona’s newest millionaire,” said Karen Bach, assistant director of budget, products and communications for the Arizona Lottery. “This big win will dramatically impact the player’s life, and 10/12/09 I can’t think a better for Poker_1/3page_vp ad.qxp 12:31ofPM Page way 1 him to start 2012.”

The new $2 Powerball game offers many appealing features to players, including better overall odds and jackpots that grow bigger, faster. The starting jackpot doubled from $20 million to $40 million and the second prize for matching all five numbers, without the Powerball, increased from $200,000 to $1 million. Arizona Lottery players must be 21 years or older to purchase or redeem tickets. Overall odds vary by game. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, these materials may be made available in an alternate format. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-NEXT STEP. Please Play Responsibly. The Arizona Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products; it receives no General Fund dollars from the State. Proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets nearly $3 million per week - fund a variety of state programs.

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14-18-19-33-40-43 19-22-29-32-33-38 10-14-16-17-19-33 07-12-13-17-18-41 11-13-17-25-35-40 06-16-30-35-37-43 28-32-33-37-38-39 21-24-34-39-40-44

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01 02 03 04 05 07 08 09 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 18 19 21 22 23 24 25 26 28 29


21-35-46-47-50 03-21-24-38-39 05-19-29-45-47 10-30-36-38-41 06-29-34-44-50 12-24-43-44-45 04-19-28-29-47 05-33-41-54-59

PICK 3 CASH 4 3-8-1 8-1-3 8-1-0 8-9-0 5-8-2 8-4-4 3-3-0 2-9-6 9-7-8 5-2-2 0-0-7 1-4-0 6-7-9 8-3-2 3-8-7 2-1-7 1-3-2 1-3-3 9-9-8 2-7-1 5-4-3 7-8-5 7-3-5 4-8-7 1-0-3

07-12-18-22 05-06-12-18 04-05-12-13 11-19-23-24 03-06-14-26 04-10-20-25 06-09-20-24 01-09-14-26 02-04-19-22 02-03-12-21 05-13-15-23 05-11-13-17 03-05-23-26 06-09-12-17 01-05-09-24 11-23-24-26 04-10-20-26 02-10-21-26 05-12-18-23 11-12-15-20 01-18-20-23 01-05-13-14 04-11-21-25 02-08-16-18 03-07-13-17


2 24 25 1 28 7 5 13

4 5 2 5

PICK 5 04-09-13-26-34 03-09-19-25-33 13-16-19-28-36 07-10-20-28-29 09-13-24-36-37 14-15-29-30-31 04-05-12-23-28 04-11-17-24-37 13-17-20-34-36 05-07-19-32-39 04-19-27-36-37 06-07-17-20-24 06-15-19-35-39 05-07-17-19-39 05-10-12-13-41 01-10-13-20-31 13-16-18-35-40 05-08-15-36-37 04-07-21-33-39 05-06-07-34-37 03-06-10-22-29 19-27-32-34-36 03-11-31-32-33 05-06-14-29-34 02-04-11-28-29





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gaming news Dam to Dam Big Bass Classic is back Anglers compete for $3,000 first prize Tall tales will abound as the Colorado River becomes the place to be for BlueWater Resort & Casino’s Dam to Dam Big Bass Classic Saturday, February 18 in Parker Arizona. Up to thirty-five teams can enter into this fishing event. And entries from past years have seen anglers from Arizona, California and Nevada compete. Teams will move up and down the River from the Head-gate Dam to Parker Dam in search of the biggest large-mouth and small-mouth bass in the Colorado River. Pick up applications at BlueWater Resort & Casino located at 11300 Resort Drive, in Parker, or call 888.243.3360. Event registration takes place in the BlueWater Resort & Casino Conference Center Friday February 17 at 5:30pm. Teams will launch from the BlueWater Marina, the fishing boats are released at 10 second intervals from the buoy line just north of BlueWater’s Beach starting early Saturday morning. Then, come watch the Dam to Dam Big Bass Classic weigh-in at 3pm at the BlueWater Amphitheatre. The tournament had been held every February and November – But In 2011 BlueWater decided to have one tournament in February and increase

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Eh…This was a Beauty!

the first place prize money to $3,000! Remember, anglers have to use different fishing techniques in the spring versus the fall, because what the bass are hitting on, can be very different - depending on the time of the year That’s the challenge of BlueWater’s Dam to Dam Big Bass Classic. For more details on this or future events at BlueWater Resort & Casino, contact the Events & Entertainment department at 928-669-7036 or visit the website at BlueWater Resort & Casino, along the shores of the Colorado River in Parker, Arizona, is fast becoming the entertainment capital of western Arizona. An enterprise of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, BlueWater features 200 river and mountain View rooms and suites, slot machines, table games, bingo and a poker room. Nationally renowned celebrities appear regularly at the BlueWater including Dwight Yoakam Feb 25. The BlueWater Show Room features Comedian Brad Williams on Mar 23, and the MMA Event - Cage Rage on the River is Mar31. Coming on May 5, it’s A.B. Quintanilla III and the Kumbia Kings All Starz. The resort has a 164-slip marina, and several restaurants including River Willow, the most outstanding steakhouse in the area.

Jeffrey K., a visitor from Canada, came to town to enjoy the warm winter weather in the valley and now he is enjoying a nice warm seat in the winner’s circle at Lone Butte Casino. The Canadian snowbird won $110,349 at Lone Butte Casino on January 15. The lucky winner hit the progressive jackpot on a Triple Diamond slot machine to net the big prize. “Getting out of the winter weather back home and coming to Phoenix was already a nice treat,” said Jeffrey. “The jackpot is just the icing on the cake.” Lone Butte Casino offers over 800 slot machines including hot titles like Ghostbusters and coming soon is a slot machine themed after the movie classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The east valley hot spot offers a wide variety of gaming entertainment and includes the newly opened Big City Sports Lounge where valley gamers can watch their favorite game while they play their favorite game. Lone Butte Casino is located just off the 202 loop at the Kyrene exit in Chandler.

lottery news Arizona Lottery Reports Record-Breaking Mid-Year Results The Arizona Lottery recently announced its mid-year results with sales currently pacing a record-breaking 8.8% percent over fiscal year 2011. As a result of the record year-to-date Lottery sales, the State of Arizona has received almost $65 million in net proceeds. This continues the lottery’s long history of success. Over the past three years sales are up 20% and over the last ten years sales are up over 114%. “We could not be more proud in being able to report these strong sales figures, especially during our 30th anniversary year,” said Jeff Hatch-Miller, executive director of the Arizona Lottery. The Lottery dollars were allocated to fund a wide variety of public projects and programs throughout Arizona that fall under four important pillars: education, health & public welfare, economic & business development and the environment. In addition to the Arizona Lottery’s sizable contribution to the State this year, more than $183 million has been paid out to players in the form of prizes. Lottery retailers large and small throughout the state also have benefitted from the record Lottery sales, earning more than $19 million in commissions year-to-date, which many of them rely upon to support their businesses.

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Karen K. Bach, Assistant Director of Budget, Products & Communications, told us scratchers are the most popular game generating 64.1% of sales with Powerball a distant second with 16.1%. In its short time Mega Millions has surpassed The Pick, 6.5% to 5.6%. The Lottery monitors its customer and has determined 60% of the state’s adult population have played at least one lottery game in the past year. Ms. Bach also told us they listen and respond to their players. The recent changes to the Powerball are in direct response to the player’s desire for larger jackpots and more winners. The new Powerball starting jackpot has doubled to $40 million while Mega Millions starts at $12 million and The Pick starts at $1 million. Second place prizes in the Powerball have increased to $1 million. Last year there were 13 second place winners in Arizona. “We are confident that our strong sales trend will continue through the end of the year as we work aggressively toward meeting 2012 goals,” said Hatch-Miller. “Our focus is on introducing new, innovative products, building partnerships and using technology that attracts players and delivers sound results for Arizona Lottery beneficiaries

throughout the state. We have built a strategic foundation through research and best practices to exceed industry standards and expect to report record-breaking end-of-year results as well.”

A Change of Pace Charles Mathis of Phoenix purchases Scratchers about once a week and decided it was time to try a different Scratchers ticket. He purchased one of the Cool 5’s and hit the top prize of $50,000. Since he’d scratched the ticket while he was at his favorite store, he had the clerk scan it. Mathis then took the paperwork home to complete. The ticket was purchased from the Circle K located at 1250 N. Arizona Blvd., Coolidge. Charles went home and told his wife the good news. Of course, like most wives whose husbands tell them, “I just won $50,000” she didn’t believe him. Once she checked the ticket and saw that it was real, she was just as excited as he was. Charles, who still works in the construction field, has no plans to retire at this point. However, he does plan to get some chrome wheels for his truck – something he’s wanted for a long time. He plans to share the rest of his winnings with his family.

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DAVID AT THE SNACK BAR Safe House – Matt is a frustrated CIA agent babysitting an empty safe house in Cape Town when the most wanted man on four continents is brought in by a team for questioning. Tobin Frost is a former top agent who went rogue ten years ago and has by become legendary since then. The house is breach David Ramsey by heavily armed gunmen and Matt ends up running with Frost. As the agent in charge of the house Matt is responsible for Frost’s safety and getting him back into custody. The bad guys are always one step ahead of them as they crisscross South Africa in series of chases and shoot-outs. “Safe House” is fast moving with lots of action and great cast.

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Driver (Ryan Gosling) is a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, by day he does stunt driving for the movies but at night he is an amazing getaway driver with his own set of rules. Things go bad when he tries to help a woman and he has to make it right. The direction is mesmerizing with a slow thoughtful mood punctuated by shocking graphic violence that perfectly reflects Driver’s personality. The cast is outstanding and while not for everyone “Driver” is a heck of a film.

Take Shelter

This Means War – CIA agents Foster and Tuck’s are close friends as close as brothers. Their latest mission is to bring in two brothers but it ends with one brother dead and the other escaping while vowing vengeance. Back home in L. A. they both talk about a woman they met. When they realize they are both talking about the same Lauren they agree to compete without letting her know. Meanwhile, the escaped brother is on his way to L. A. to kill them. Using the mission as an excuse they both use agency resources to spy on and sabotage each other’s dates with Lauren. Just when things get serious it gets really serious. “This Means War” is a rare combination of action film and romantic comedy that works.

Curtis has a good life with a wife, a child and a good job but lately he has been having nightmares about a huge storm approaching. The dreams get increasing worse and he gets more and more disturbed by them. He doesn’t know if they are prophetic dreams or he is becoming a paranoid schizophrenic like his mother. Eventually his obsession takes over his life. “Take Shelter” is a study of mental illness or is it? The acting is great.

Tower Heist

After a Wall Street investment guru steals the lifesavings of his employees Josh teams with some of them, a former tenant and a petty crook to steal it back. Now all they have to do is get past the best security in the city, find and break into a hidden safe and get away with the money. “Tower Heist” is a surprisingly good caper flick with just enough comedy. “Tower Heist” never goes over the top instead it keeps the action lively with genuinely funny moments. 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 him on the CBS 5 Morning News every Friday around 6:20am and on ABC-15’s “Sonoran Living Live” every other Friday at 11am. Read his DVD reviews at Contact him at

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Lucille Peterson of Lake Havasu City, AZ is our first Grand Prize Winner and will be awarded a 3 day-2 nights Getaway to the spectacular White Mountains at the Hon-Dah Casino Resort and Conference Center in the Lakeside-Pinetop area. Your stay will include Dinner and breakfast for two, along with some other very nice surprises! So, if you didn’t win, and you like to win prizes, like special event, concert or sports tickets plus “Stay & Play” Packages at fabulous casinos around the state – then just “Like” Arizona Player on Facebook and you could win some of these great prizes or even the Grand Prize Package - a weekend getaway to an another Arizona Casino! Remember we will give away 3 more of these Grand Prize packages during this very special 20th Anniversary year. We will announce more lucky winners in the March issue of Arizona Player and tell you more about the next Grand Prize Package.

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The next Grand Prize winner will be announced in the May 2012 issue. Now…Those of you, who are not Facebook friendly or don’t use a computer – Worry not – you can still win. Just send a 3 x 5 card with your name, address and Phone number to: Arizona Player “I Like You” Contest PO Box 33393 Phoenix, AZ 85067 (Limit of 1 entry per person per month – 2 entries per address)

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Sixth grade science teacher, Mrs. Parks, asked her class, “Which human body part increases to 10 times its size when stimulated?” There was total silence – then Francis stood up and said, “You should not be asking sixth-graders a question like that. “I’m going to tell my parents, and they will go and tell the principal, who will then fire you!” Mrs. Parks ignored her and asked

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the question again, “Class, Which body part increases to 10 times its size when stimulated?” The 6th graders mouth fell open as she muttered to those sitting around her, “Boy, is she going to get in big trouble!” Mrs. Parks continued to ignore her, and addressed the class, “Anybody?” Finally, Lewis stood up, looked around nervously, and said, “The body part that increases 10 times its size when stimulated is the pupil of the eye.” “Very good, Lewis” Mrs. Parks replied Then she turned to Francis and continued, “As for you, young lady, I have three things to say: One,


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Jacob, a teenage Amish boy and his father were in a mall for the very first time and were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that moved apart and then slide back together again. The boy asked, “What is this Father?” The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, “Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I have no idea.” 

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While the boy and his father were watching with amazement, a seriously overweight woman with a cane moved up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened, the woman hobbled into the small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched the small numbers above the walls light up sequentially. They continued to watch until the numbers began to light in the reverse order. Finally the walls opened up again and a gorgeous young blond stepped out. The father, not taking his eyes off the young woman leaned over and whispered to his son.... “Jacob, Go get your Mother”

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