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Vol. 20 No. 10 • October 2012

R e e sort Destinat l b a d r o f f A r ion You Cover Story on page 8

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Contributing Writers Jennifer Adler Mackenzie Griffin Brian Mulligan Tim Barrett Tina Lynn Holt Gary Murrey Linda Boyd Melody Hudson David Ramsey Kevin Cummings TJ Jorgensen Shanna Wolfe Cindy Esquer Contributing Photography Tim Barrett Cheryl Ann Quigley Kevin Cumming Santa Anita Racetrack Melody Hudson David Ramsey Shane Kay Shanna Wolfe

Special Thanks goes out to Gary Murrey, Shane Kay and everyone at Apache Gold Casino Resort for all your extra help on this October issue. The Arizona Player is published the first weekend of each month. All claims or guarantees are the sole responsibility of the advertiser. All comments and views of contributing writers are their own and do not reflect official policy of the Arizona Player which assumes no liability for any advertisement not supplied camera ready by the advertiser. Reproduction or use in whole or in part without written consent from the publisher and Copyright owners is prohibited.

Vol. 20 No. 10 • October 2012

Contents

Reel Reviews Kevin Cummings “A Classic Favorite”

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Cover Story “Apache Gold Casino Resort – Destination for Fun”

8

Gaming News Mazatzal Casino Coffee Korner & Monday Night Fun at Casino AZ

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Entertainment Casino Entertainment Around The State

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Boyd’s Eye View Linda Boyd “Believe It or Not”

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Card Room Action State-wide Table Game Information

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Blackjack Corner TJ Jorgensen “Blackjack Weaknesses”

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Horsin' Around Brian Mulligan “Back to the Breeders’ Cup Future”

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

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Lottery News and Draws

24

Lottery Adds a NEW Game

Jokes of the Month

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Contest Page

28

Win a Casino Getaway and Monthly Prizes

Astrology, Bingo and Casino Directories

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REEL REVIEWS by Kevin Cummings

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cover story

R e e s l o b r a t d D r o e f s f tination A r u o Y

The Apache Gold Casino Resort is a fabulous full service resort located about 60 miles east of Apache Junction that offers a great getaway opportunity for those tired of the daily rush of city life. This energetic casino has 650 of the most popular slot machines including Wizard of Oz, Ghost Busters and the very popular Lil Red. Just added to the floor is Big Buck Hunter where players can actually shoot at the prize elk for big prizes and the first in Arizona, Paradise Fishing where players can reel in the big catch by using the joy stick attached to the slot machine. Apache Gold has spent a ton of time and money this year making the gaming floor as fun and exciting as any of the major metropolitan casinos and they are dedicated to having all of the best games for their CASINO guests and have concentrated on the request of their players to include more penny machines. With that in mind Apache Gold Casino easily has more 1 cent machines now per capita than any casino in the metropolitan area.

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Promotions are a big part of the fun when you come to Apache Gold with promotions every day offering free play, discounted and free food, special prizes and hot seat drawings. The newest promotion is a FREE slot tournament every Tuesday with prizes to the top 9 players. The Pavilion arena which is also located adjacent to the Apache Gold Casino Resort is a fully equipped indoor rodeo pavilion that can seat over 2000 people. And when converted to a concert set-up it can seat nearly 6000. The next major concert event is coming up November 10th featuring country star Tracy Lawrence. Tickets are on sale now at the casino gift shop starting at just $20. Should food be your game of choice - head for the RESORT Wickiup Buffet and “Catch” the Friday night seafood buffet for only $17.99 with a terrific selection of all the best seafood items you could imagine – and if you think that’s a great deal - Don’t miss “Taco Tuesday” fill up on lunch or dinner for under $10! It’s the best deal in town. continued on page 26


gaming news Mazatrzal Corners Coffee Crowd By Tim Barrett Mazatzal’s Coffee Korner is now open and proudly serving Peet’s Coffee and Tea just inside the south entrance of Mazatzal Hotel and Casino in Payson. Assorted tasty pastries are also featured at Coffee Korner, baked fresh daily by the in-house bakery staff. The open and inviting café has comfortable chairs and tables in a relaxed setting, featuring two big screen monitors with the latest news and sports entertainment as well as the convenience of WI-FI high speed connectivity to keep guests up to date on their lap tops or smart phones. “I actually have been a coffee buff for quite some time,” said Joss Smith, Mazatzal’s Coffee Korner Barista Supervisor. Smith gave a quick history of Peet’s Coffee and Tea while this reporter sat with several new customers. “I know a lot about coffee, probably too much!” quipped Smith. Smith has been a barista for 12 years, and along with the rest of the staff, trained closely and extensively with the Peet’s representatives. The menu features brewed coffees, espresso beverages, teas and cocoas as well as iced classics,

MONDAY NIGHTS JUST GOT BETTER blended beverages and the ever popular smoothies, made to order. “It’s almost a tie,” replied Smith when asked about the most popular item on the menu. The front runners include, the brewed coffee of the day, which could be any one of a number of special blends including Major Dickason’s, Costa Rica, Sumatra, Gaia, an organic blend and Café Domingo a medium roast coffee. The blended beverage Caramel Frio and with Chai Tea are also in the running for the most popular items. Since it opened to the public on August 23rd - one thing is for certain, at Mazatzal’s Coffee Korner, every cup’s a winner!

Fans looking to kick their Monday night football viewing plans up a few notches are heading to Casino Arizona for Monday Night Showroom Football. Casino Arizona and The Fan1060 sports radio have teamed up again to give fans the ultimate game day experience, which includes unbeatable food and drink specials and prize giveaways. Live sports commentary and endless opportunities to win cash and official game day attire begins at kick off. Monday night viewing parties began Sept. 24 in Casino Arizona’s newly remodeled Showroom and will continue until December 17. Recent renovations solidify the Showroom as one of Arizona’s best sports-viewing venues, and offers plush seating for more than 300 people and giant high-definition, flat- screen televisions with full surround sound to make fans feel like part of the team. Doors open 30 minutes prior to kick off. Admission is free and there’s even complimentary valet service. Casino Arizona is located at the loop 101 and McKellips Road. Must be 21 years or older. Call (480) 850-7777 for more information.

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entertainment Apache Gold Casino Resort

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

Apache Gold Pavilion:

October 20 – Blue Moon Swamp (John Fogerty / CCR Tribute) Nov 10 – Tracy Lawrence with special guest – The Tommy Ash band Cabaret Lounge: Free weekend entertainment; Oct 12 & 13 – Radio 80’s, Oct 19 & 20 – Blackhorse, Oct 26 & 27 – All Access

BlueWater Resort and Casino

11300 Resort Dr., Parker 1-888-243-3360 Outdoor Amphitheater: Nov 10 – Latin Legends of Hip-Hop Dec 8 – George Lopez Showroom: Oct 27 – CAGE RAGE 3 (Cage fights) Dig Lounge: DJ, Karaoke or live bands Oct 27 – Halloween Dance & Costume Contest

Casino Arizona

101 at McKellips, Scottsdale 480-850-7734 Showroom: Oct 26 & 27 – NO DUH (Tribute to No Doubt) Arizona’s top bands on other weekend nights The Arizona Room - under renovation, entertainment returns soon

Casino Del Sol

5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson 520-838-6506 Event Center: Dec 7 – Don Rickles AVA Amphitheater: Oct 18 – John Fogerty Nov 16 – Counting Crows Dec 1 – Tucson Tumal & Heritage Festival Dec 9 – ZZ Top Paradiso Bar: Free weekend entertainment featuring; Boomer, Funky Bonz, Decembers Children, Los Musicales, Pozer, Sol Down, Jadi Norris, Rainy Daze and Tribute

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bands on Thursdays including; Oct 11 – Floydshow (Pink Floyd tribute) & Oct 25 – Alice in Cooperland (Alice Cooper tribute)

Cliff Castle Casino

I-17 at exit 289 in Camp Verde 1-800-381-SLOT Dragonfly Lounge: Free entertainment on weekends: Stargazer Pavilion: Call for updated schedule

Desert Diamond Casino Hotel

7350 South Nogales Hwy, Tucson 1-866-DDC-WINS Monsoon Night Club: Live bands or DJ, Thurs-Sun, featuring top country bands during “Thursday Thunder” October 18 – Steve Azar

Desert Diamond Casino I -19 1100 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita 1-866-DDC-WINS Diamond Center: Nov 2 & 3 – Twist & Shout (The definitive Beatles Experience)

Fort McDowell Casino

N of Shea off Hwy 87, Fountain Hills 1-800-THE-FORT Lucky 7 Saloon: Free live entertainment on weekends with The Kenny G Project, Furious George & Shining Star Birthday Bash, Oct 27 – The Whip-Its and Oct 28 – New Sensation Bingo Hall: Oct 20 – Late Night Lunar Bingo w/ music, games & giveaways For updates - fortmcdowellcasino.com

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort and Casino

15406 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa 480-802-5000 Oasis Lounge: Free weekend entertainment featuring Arizona’s top bands Harrah’s Outdoor Amphitheatre: Oct 27 – KNIX Country-fest featuring Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin, Gloriana & Kristen Kelly For updates, go to harrahsakchin.com

Hon-Dah Resort and Casino

Highways 260 and 73, Pinetop 1-800-WAY-UP-HIGH Conference Center: Oct 27 – Halloween Dance w/ Astro Creep 2000 (Rob Zombie Tribute) and Breakdown (Tom Petty Tribute) Nov 13 – Little River Band Timbers Lounge: Free entertainment, Monday - Comedy, Tues-Sat, bands; Blue Tattoo – Oct 9-13, Doo-Wah Riders – Oct 16-20

Lone Butte Casino

202 loop at the Kyrene exit – Chandler, 1-800-WIN-GILA Cascades Lounge: “Happy Hour” & Late Night Entertainment featuring bands; Otis & the Beat, Marty & the Party, Swingtips, Silhouette, Powerdrive, Andrea & Los Guys, Western Fusion Unplugged, Michael & Manuel, Kenny’s Project & Shining Star Verona Chophouse: Saturday: Talia 5-9pm Sunday: Jazz Brunch Buffet Bingo Hall: 11pm Fri & Sat - B.A.D BINGO w/ DJ “Rockin’ Rob” music, light show, bingo & giveaways

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

1/2-mile S. of Payson on Hwy 87 1-800-777-PLAY www.777play.com Call for updated entertainment schedule

Paradise Casino

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

Quechan Casino Resort

525 Algodones Rd, Winterhaven CA (5 mi West of Yuma) 1-877-783-2426 Sidewinders bar: Free weekend entertainment Pipa Event Center: Call for update

Talking Stick Resort

Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road Scottsdale 480-850-7777 Talking Stick Showroom: Oct 17 – Leon Russell Oct 19 – Don Felder (of the Eagles) Oct 26 – Cowboy Mouth Nov 3 – Jackie Evancho Nov 10 – Elayne Boosler Nov 13 – Asia Nov 17 – Blue October In the Grand Ballroom: Nov 18 - Styx Coffee Garden: Dueling Pianos at 8pm, Thurs - Sat Degree 270 Lounge: live entertainment nightly with a spectacular view of the city.

Vee Quiva Casino

The West Valley Casino 51st Ave, 4 miles S. of Baseline – Laveen 1-800-WIN-GILA Bingo Hall: Every Saturday at 11pm – BINGO ECLIPSE – Bingo, DJ music, light show & giveaways

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

I-10 at Wild Horse Pass exit Chandler 1-800-WIN-GILA Ovations LIVE! Showroom: Oct 12 – Latin Legends of Comedy Oct 13 – Alfie Bow Oct 19 – Jeff Garlin Oct 26 – Temptations Oct 27 – Jerry Lee Lewis Nov 9 – Jim Brickman Nov 17 – Riders in the Sky (Grammy Award Winners) Encore Lounge: Late Night Entertainment featuring top Arizona bands like; Smooth Groove, Str8up, JJs Band, Eagleheart, Michael and Manuel, Powerdrive, Jadi Norris, Hamptons, Tyrone D & the Ledge, Route 66, Robert Street Band, Chuck E Baby and Priminition


A BOYD’S EYE VIEW OF VIDEO POKER

Believe It Or Not

very so often a new stream of rumors circulate among video poker players. Some are true by while others are out in Linda Boyd left field. It’s important to know whether or not to believe these stories because it will impact both how you play as well as whether or not you want to place a bet. So here is some of the most recent scuttlebutt along with whether it’s true or not. House Control: Frequently players say the casino fixes the video poker machines so that they play less during busy times or to pay for a new casino. This accusation is false and if you believe it you are in effect accusing the house of cheating. Why would you even want to gamble at a place you think is dishonest? The casino can and does downgrade machines from time-to-time and that does increase the house odds. Be aware that this is done by changing the pay schedule so the return for a given hand, say a full-house, pays less than before. An example is if the casino changes a 9/6 Jacks or Better (9/6 JOB) to an 8/5JOB game. The full house will return 8 for each coin bet on a full house and 5 for each coin bet on a flush instead of 9 for the full house and 6 for the flush. This change, known as a downgrade, will cost you approximately 2.2% in theoretical return (ER). The bottom line is that the casino could not control the virtual cards dealt or drawn even if they wanted to, but they have no need to do so.

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If they want to increase the houses hold they can do so legally by downgrading the pay schedule. It’s your job as a smart player to notice when this occurs by checking out the pay table before you deposit money into a device. Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs): Word is out that VLTs in some states do not have random number generators and, therefore, skill is not a factor. Definitely believe this, because it is true. Recently I was interviewed by New York Times reporter Eric Newcomer regarding the “randomness” of New York’s video poker devices. Unfortunately for those playing in New York, their video poker machines are VLTs and do not have a random number generator (RNG). So you are no better off than if you chose to play a slot machine instead of a video poker device in NY. To further complicate matters some jurisdictions have VLTs that are required to have RNGs while others don’t. That means that players have to be diligent to determine whether they are playing a video poker machine with a RNG like those required in both Arizona and Nevada or a slot machine in disguise. I have a large section in my book, “The Video Poker Edge”, explaining other ways to tell the difference. I will emphasize that Arizona Players are in luck because VLTs are illegal in Arizona and the pay schedule along with your skills are the sole determiners of your VP theoretical return. Promos Rigged: If you’re a frequent player in a local casino you may have noticed the same people win a disproportionate amount of the time. So does this mean the promotional drawings are somehow

rigged? Don’t believe it since it’s not true. You are probably correct about multiple winners and the fact that it’s not solely related to a lucky charm. That’s because nowadays contest entries are usually in the form of virtual tickets and the number of chances you have is based solely on your coin-in or total amount of money you played. For example, a casino may give you one ticket for every $10 wagered in any house game. This system is fair since the people who have the best promo equity are also the ones who spend the most. You can be a cleaver video poker player and increase the number of entries you have by choosing a less-volatile rather than a more volatile game. For example, if you choose Jacks or Better (JOB) over Double Double Bonus (DDB) you’ll increase the odds of playing longer on the same amount of bankroll. This means you’ll run more money through the devices and therefore increase your number of contest entries for a drawing. Final Thoughts: The rules and games are everchanging so you’ll want to take the time to investigate the latest chatter among video poker players. Sometimes preposterous-sounding statements are actually true, like the VLTs masquerading as “regular” video poker devices in New York. Still, it’s best to investigate before passing the information on to others. 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 current editions of “American Casino Guide” (ACG) and her You Tube videos, also with ACG. The 2010 Second Edition of her book is available in both paperback and kindle. Available Toll Free 1- 877-900-BOOK at bookstores, amazon.com or www.squareonepublishers.com


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Dealing blackjack, daily at 3pm

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

Mon - Fri, 11:15 am - NLHE, $50 buy-in w/ $10 sc Tues & Wed, 7:15pm - NLHE, $115 buy-in w/ $15 s/c Sat, Oct 27, Nov 24 & Dec 29 at 11:15 am – Last Saturday NLHE – $125 Buy in w/ $25 sc Sat, Oct 6, Nov 3 & Dec 1 at 11:15 am – BIG Stack NLHE – $200 Buy in w/ $25 sc Sat, Oct 13, Nov 10 & Dec 8 at 11:15 am - Super Bounty BIG Stack NLHE - $200 Buy in w $25 sc - $100 Bounties Sat, Oct 20 at 11:15 am – Super Turbo / Super Bounty / Super BIG Stack NLHE - $200 Buy in w $25 sc - $100 Bounties Sun, Oct 14 & Dec 9 at 11:15 am – Ladies NLHE - $$60 Buy-in w/ $15 s/c Sun, Oct 28 & Nov 25 at 11:15 am – Jack & Jill NLHE Tournament Sun & Mon Dec 2-3 at 11:15 am – Annual Jack & Jill NLHE Championship Tournament Get a Royal Flush, Spin the wheel – win up to $500 Daily, 2am-10am “Aces Cracked” Win $100 rack Jack it up! Tues & Wed - $20,000 added to Hold Em Progressive Bad Beat Jackpot - $5,000 added to Omaha / Stud Also dealing blackjack 24/7

BlueWater Resort & Casino 1-888-243-3360

Poker Room opens at 4pm on Tues & Thurs - 6pm Wed, Fri & Sat Tues at 7pm, NLHE “Bounty” Tournament - $35 buy-in w/ one $20 re-buy ($5 bounties) Thurs at 7pm, NLHE - $30 buy-in, w/ 2 re-buys at $20 Wednesdays – Quads or Straight Flush pays $50 – also “High Hand of the Day” pays $50 at 10pm

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Daily- Any Royal Flush pays $200 also “Aces Cracked” pays $40 Dealing blackjack daily at 9am

Bucky’s Casino 928-771-6779

Mon 10am + Mon, Wed & Thurs at 6pm - NLHE $40 entry fee w/ optional $10 re-buy, top 5 players cash and also earn points toward $250 Player of the Month award Tues, 6pm, “Ladies Only” Texas Hold Em Shootouts - $20 buy-in Progressive “High Hand” Mon – Fri (See poker room for details) Progressive “Aces Cracked” Sat 11am-11pm – increases by $50 each hour till hit “Random Rewards” Mon-Thurs (see poker room for details) Splash Pot Sundays during 3 selected NFL games – EVERY TABLE splashed on any score! See poker room for details Dealing blackjack 24/7 - Now playing Texas Shoot Out & Triple Attack Blackjack – Play “Road to Riches” Scratcher cards on blackjack tables, Sun – Thurs, 8-10am, 4-6pm and 10pm-mid – for every suited blackjack you’ll get a scratcher card – Win up to 10 times your bet!

Casino Arizona 101 & McKellips 480-850-7777

Dealing blackjack 24/7 Blackjack Tournaments: Tues at noon $1,000 added “Break at Noon” Tournament $ 50 buy-in Fri at 3 am, The “Great Late” Tournament, $25 buy-in Wed, Nov 7 and Dec 5 at 7pm - $2,000 added Tournament, $100 buy-in

Casino Del Sol 520-838-6565

$25,000 FREE ROLL – Nov 13-17 (log 50 hours of live play between Sept 4 – Nov 4 to qualify) Limited to first 180 players Mon-Fri, 10 am - $800 NLHE, $15 buy-in w/ optional $15 add-on Mon 7pm & Sat noon – $1,200 NLHE - $35 buy-in Sun & Wed, 7pm - $1,000 NLHE, $15 buy-in – Opt $15 add-on Tues & Thurs, 7pm - $5,000 NLHE, $100 buy-in Sat, 9am - Omaha Hi-Lo, $15 buy-in, $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 – no re-buys Tues & Thurs, 10am, “Limit” Hold Em Shoot-outs, $25 buy-in – no re-buys Fri at 7pm - NLHE Shoot-outs, $ 200 ADDED per table of 10 - $25 buy-in – no re-buys Tues & Thurs, 5pm-Mid – “Red Chip” Promotion, win a red chip with each pot won – most chips per hour wins $50 in chips Wed, 7pm – $1,000 ADDED NLHE $90 buy-in, no re-buys Thurs, 6pm – Ladies NLHE Tournament Sat, Noon, $1,500 added – NLHE $100 buy-in, no re-buys All Week – Royal Flush pays $100 Sun-Fri “Aces Cracked” wins a $50 rack Also dealing blackjack 24/7

Cocopah Casino 800-237-5687

Dealing blackjack daily starting at 10am


Desert Diamond Nogales Hwy 520-342-1810

Tues at 7pm, $4,000 Guaranteed NLHE - $130 buy-in Mon & Thurs at 9:30 am – also Mon & Wed at 7pm $500 added NLHE – $35 buy-in (limit of 40 players) 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 – NLHE - $30 buy-in Sun at Noon & Mon 7pm - NLHE Deep Stack tournament - $50 buy-in Tues, Wed & Thurs at 7pm & Sat at Noon & at 4pm $1,000 guaranteed NLHE - $5 buy-in Fri, 7pm, Mega-Stack $50 Bounty NLHE - $120 buy-in Sun at 7pm $1,000 Guaranteed NLHE - $10 buy-in Sat, 9pm, $2,000 Guaranteed NLHE tournament - $20 buy-in Sunday, Oct 21 at 10am - Ladies NLHE Poker Tournament – $60 buy-in w/ $5 add-on “Aces Guaranteed” If your ACES are cracked you win $50 – If they hold, you still win $25 “Easy way Jackpot” Aces full of tens beaten by Quads or better wins Jackpot Just ADDED – High Hand Splash Pots 24/7 - Qualify with quads to a Royal Flush- see poker room for details Dealing blackjack 24/7

Lone Butte Casino 800-946-4452

Dealing blackjack 24/7 – with $5 games PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot over $198,000 as of October 10th

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino 480-802-5138

Tues, 7:30pm, Limit Omaha H/L, $25 buy-in, $10 re-buys + $10 add-on Thurs, 7:30pm – NLHE, $10 Buy-in plus two $10 re-buys & $10 add-on Fri, 7:30pm - NLHE, $40 buy-in, no re-buys Sat, 8am - Noon – Random “Hot Seat” drawings – Win $50 (if no-one is in that seat - $25 is splashed on that table) Sat, 3:30pm – Deep Stack NLHE, $60 buy-in w/ one $20 re-buy & $20 Add-on at break Sun, 12:30pm – NLHE, $25 buy-in, one $10 re-buy

Wed, 7:30pm – $20 Bounty Tournament, $60 buy-in w/ $20 add-on at break $ 25 Splash pots on ALL tables every ½ hour, OPEN till 10PM “Aces Cracked” Open - 11am, Sun-Fri & High Hand promotion (Quads or better) 24/7 spin the cash wheel to win$25 - $200 Also “Deuces Cracked” 10pm – 3 am (Pot Match) “Football Splash Pots” Sun & Mon nights $25, $50 or $100 on every table for a score (see poker room for details) “Jackpot Madness” win drawing tickets for a full house or better or Aces Cracked – Progressive cash drawings every Wed 11am – 7pm and Sat 6pm - mid Also dealing blackjack 24/7

Hon-Dah Casino 1-800-929-8744

Mon, 6pm, No Limit Hold Em “Double Stack” - $25 buyin, $25 re-buy Tues, 6pm, Speed Shoot-Out – $8 buy-in – no re-buys Wed, 6pm, NLHE, $40 buy-in, no re-buys 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

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino 800-777-7529

Live Poker Wed-Sun - High Hands, win up to $250 Wed & Sun at 6pm, NLHE Bounty Tournament, $50 buy-in Dealing blackjack 10am-1am - Blackjack tournament, Mon at 6pm, $40 buy-in

Quechan Casino & Resort 1-877-783-2426

Sat 1pm, Tues & Thurs at 7pm – “Deep Stack” NLHE - $75 buy-in, $10 re-buys (extra chips for “live” play before tournament) Sun, Mon & Thurs – “Let’s Play Ball” $15 - $75 splashpots during NFL TV game As of Oct 10th – Bad Beat Jackpot was over $73,500! Special room rates for poker players Dealing blackjack 24/7

Vee Quiva Casino 800-946-4452 – Ext 1042

Mon – Thurs NLHE Tournaments - $30 buy-in w/ $20 add-on

Wed at 7:30pm, NLHE - $15 buy-in w/ $10 re-buys till the break Sat, 11am, NLHE, $20 buy-in, $10 re-buys & $20 add-on NEW! “Super 77” Progressive Bad-Beat Jackpot – Quad 7’s or better beaten wins at least $25,000 (see poker room for details) “ACES CRACKED” wins a rack – daily starting at 6am max 10 per day Big Money Royals, Any Royal Flush wins $500 – Plus “Bonus Royals” Mon-Thurs Progressive Rolling Cash Fever drawings during live play every other hour - 24/7 Mon- Fri, 2am-6am -“High Hand” Promotion, Top 3 hands win $100, $75 & $50 Baseball “Splash Pots” during World Series Games Pro Football “Splash Pots”! Every Sun, Mon & Thurs – with four $100 splash pots per game on every live table College Football “Splash Pots” – see poker room for details Also dealing blackjack 24/7 – with $5 games PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot over $198,000 as of October 10th

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino 800-946-4452 ext 7375

Mon & Thurs Noon, NLHE, $30 buy-in, no re-buys - $150 added per table Tues & Wed at 7:30pm, NLHE Freeze Out - $50 entry fee w/ $10 optional add-on, with $1,000 added to prize pool NEW! “Super 77” Progressive Bad-Beat Jackpot – Quad 7’s or better beaten wins at least $25,000 (see poker room for details) “Aces Cracked” Win a Rack - Sun 11pm until Fri at 6pm Baseball Playoff and World Series Splash Pots (see poker room for details) Pro Football $100 “Splash Pots” on 3 tables during selected games – also “SUPER Splash Pots” on 5 tables during selected games College Football $50 Splash Pots on selected games “Rolling Cash Fever” Drawing every other hour on the odd hours 24/7 - $100 minimum and increases by $100 if not hit Big Money Royals - Any Royal Flush wins $200 Also dealing blackjack 24/7 – with $5 games PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot over $198,000 as of October 10th

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TJ’s Blackjack corner

Blackjack Weaknesses f you can eliminate the weakness in by TJ Jorgensen your Blackjack game it stands to reason that your game will be that much stronger. Knowing the weakest part of your game and taking steps to improve it is just as important as learning basic strategy. However most people have a tough time analyzing themselves and would rather avoid the real truth. A lot of players mistake their imagination for reality when it comes to gambling. The first step is to find out how good your game really is. You can go to a website www.blackjackinfo.com and play their blackjack strategy trainer for free. It allows you to pick the set of rules that you want to play, number of decks, then it will tell you if you are making the correct play and if not what the correct play is. Play 100 hands and see how many mistakes that you make. When you can play without any errors, you will be one step closer to a winning game. The second step is to keep a log of when you play and your wins and losses. This will tell you exactly where you are profit/loss wise, not where you think you are. I personally keep a log of when I played, where I played, how long I played and how much I won or lost. I do this because I know what my long term expected outcome should be. If I am not getting the results I expect, then I look at my game and see if there is anything that I am failing to do.

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Card Counting

Psychological Factors

Card counting is the way pro blackjack players gain an advantage over the casino to make money over the long run. The advantage over the casino is very small for card counters, around 1.5% so there is no room for mistakes. You must play perfectly in order to win in the long run. Each mistake costs you money and can be the difference between winning and losing. If you are trying to master card counting, you need to be able to keep track of the cards perfectly. Any mistakes here can have you betting more money when you shouldn’t, and playing the hands incorrectly. There are so many distractions in a casino environment that most people quickly lose track of the true count. Mastering card counting can be done but it will not happen overnight. Don’t even try it at the casino until you have mastered it completely.

You can have total knowledge and command of your blackjack skills, but if you don’t make the correct play at the right time they really don’t do you any good. Players that I have trained that are excellent in the classroom fail to play correctly in the casino. This usually happens after losing two large bets in a row they fail to make the proper bet size. You have to always make the right play to have a long term advantage and there is no margin for error. Additionally if you like to drink when you play you are destined to fail. You have to ask yourself if you are serious about winning or not.

Money management

This is a part of blackjack where most players fail. You need to set win loss limits before you ever set foot in the casino. Stick to them even if you go on tilt. If you set a loss limit of $100, when you reach that point simply walk away. The same goes if you reach your win goal, don’t fall into the gamblers belief that you are on a hot streak and lose everything that you just won. Discipline yourself to follow through with set limits. When you can do this your game will become that much stronger.

Blackjack Stamina

You can only play at a peak level in blackjack for so long before you start to make mistakes. Know how long you can play and then discipline yourself to take a break. It doesn’t mean you have to quit for the day but before you resume play make sure you are mentally ready. By assessing your play and being honest with yourself it will make your game that much stronger. Hopefully this will get you on track to playing a winning game of blackjack. 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: www.freewebs.com/tjsblackjackcorner or by e-mail tj4justice1@msn.com


HORSIN’ AROUND

B ack To The B r eeders ’ C up F utur e

n this great sport of horse racing, some times astute players have to look back to history to get a clue on the future so let’s revisit the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita in 2009 and try to project the winners of the 2-day event weeks ahead of the action. Nobody said it was an easy game! Racing’s great extravaganza will be held in Arcadia this year on Friday & Saturday, November 2 and 3. What started out in 1984 as 7 great showcased races in the Breeders’ Cup has now more than doubled with 15 events this year but since the last time the Cup was at Santa Anita they had a synthetic surface, fans may be able to learn something about what happened that year in the grass events. In 2009, there were 14 races on the BC card and 6 were run on the grass. In the BC Mile in 2011 Goldikova was attempting to win this fixture for the fourth year in a row but she relinquished the lead that she had at the top of the lane to be beaten a length when third to Court Vision, who under the cagey teaching of Dale Romans, came flying from 2nd to last to win at 64-1. In Goldikova’s 2009 Mile score the superstar sat 10th early, was still fifth with a furlong to go but quickened rapidly to post a 109 winning Beyer. In the Turf Sprint California Flag waved goodbye to his rival going wire-to-wire on the tricky about 6 and a half-furlong hillside course to cash by nearly 2 lengths with a 105 Beyer. He was coming into the

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event off a win in the Grade 3 Morvich on the same course which is a clue for all online sports players to grasp, success over this course sprinting can be tantamount no matter what the current form suggests. To take things to the other end of the spectrum, check out the winner of the 2009 Turf, at a mile and a half. The hero, Conduit, made it two in a row in the Turf as he was coming off a defeat at 14-1 in the Arc at Longchamp but rallied from dead last and 16 back to win by a half length with a 106 Beyer. The point here is that all of the foreigners must be given the double take in all of the grass events. Midday was trained by the great Henry Cecil and she was fresh from a third in a Group 1 in France but dazzled the Arcadia crowd by sitting mid-pack early, closing steadily, then pulled away late to win the mile and a quarter fray by a length with a 102 Beyer. In was a homecoming of sorts for the 2009 winner of the Juvenile Turf as Pounced saved the day for John Gosden, who for years plied his trade quite successfully at Santa Anita before going back to England. Pounced was troubled in her debut, graduated at 7 furlongs on turf, was a solid second in her prior race before heading to America where she sat a close fifth early under Frankie Dettori, who unleashed the miss in time to win by three quarters of a length with a 85 Beyer. Again, the foreign influence is there for all to see. Tapitsfly got one for the Americans in the Juvenile Fillies Turf when she was coming off

a second in a three-horse field in a $114,000 Belmont stakes but got an ideal 2-hole trip to prevail by a half length with a 84 Beyer. What online sports enthusiasts can take from these results is that there are more ways than one to skin a cat but coming to the race right and finding racing luck, is usually the difference before victory and the agony of defeat. The early Cup predictions follow so keep them in mind with the big day is at hand. Here are Friday’s prognostications; Juvenile Fillies – Executivepriviledge Juvenile Sprint – Handsome Jack Marathon – Eldaafer Filly And Mare Turf – The Fugue Juvenile Fillies Turf – Spring Venture Ladies Classic – My Miss Aurelia Saturday Bc Turf Sprint – California Flag Bc Filly And Mare Sprint – Winding Way Bc Dirt Mile – Shackleford Turf – Point Of Entry Sprint – Amazombie Mile – Moonlight Cloud Juvenile Turf – Balance The Books Juvenile – Know More Classic - Game On Dude Brian Mulligan was the main West Coast linemaker for 17 years for the Daily Racing Form writing under the non de plume of “SWEEP.” He continues to contribute to the Daily Racing Form writing “A Closer Look” analysis daily


DAVID AT THE SNACK BAR Argo -

As the American Embassy in Tehran was being overrun six Americans managed to get out through a back door and find refuge at the home of the Canadian Ambassador. While the world watched the hostage crisis in by the embassy play out those six hid in David Ramsey fear. After a few months the United States government decides they have to get them out because the revolutionaries will soon be onto them. They turn to a CIA extraction expert who comes up with a bizarre plot to get them out. Based on a true story taken from declassified documents “Argo” is a tense hold your breath thriller that not only “could” happen - it did. The cast is brilliant, the script is crisp and the direction is masterful. “Argo” is a must see. Look for this film during awards season.

Here Comes the Boom When the music program at his school is threatened Scott Voss vows to save it but he only has until the end of the school year to come up with the money. He stumbles upon mixed martial arts fighting and learns that he can make money even if he loses. He goes into training with the help of the music teacher and the school nurse, who he has a crush on. As he gets better he picks up professional help in the form of trainers. He is reenergized as a teacher and it makes a difference

throughout the school. I went in expecting another stupid unfunny Happy Madison non-comedy but I was very pleasantly surprised. “Here Comes the Boom” is laugh out loud funny and it’s heartwarming, as well. When you leave a theatre happy you saw the film - it was worth the price of admission and that’s what happens here. 22 ARIZONA PLAYER October 2012


Seven Psychopaths Larry is a screenwriter who is having a hard time with his latest screenplay. He has a great title, “Seven Psychopaths”, but that it is all he has. He is stuck because he doesn’t want to write a violent story that would go with the title. In the meantime, a serial killer called the “Jack of Diamonds” is making headlines killing members of the local mob. Billy - an actor who is Larry’s best friend, works with a partner Hans, making money by kidnapping dogs and returning them for the reward. When they take the Shih-Tzu that belongs to a crazy mob leader, who will do anything to get it back, things get really crazy. While it is a bloody violent film it is also laugh-out-loud funny. The cast is perfect in this unique comedy crime caper, as is the writing and direction.

David’s Video Details Moonrise Kingdom

In the 1960’s on an island off the coast New England a young boy runs away from scout camp and at the same time young girl runs away from her home. The scout leader rallies the rest of the scouts to find him while the girl’s parents and the local police start their own search. Neither group as any idea the two are linked or even know each other. The boy and girl have fallen in love and arranged to meet and run away together unbeknownst to anyone else. The town and the entire island is turned upside down in this quirky film. The cast is terrific but it’s the writing and direction that make it a film to remember. “Moonrise Kingdom” is different and that’s what makes it very good.

Rock of Ages

In 1987 a girl from a small town arrives in Los Angeles to pursue her dream of making it in the music business. She meets boy on the Sunset Strip with the same dream and they both end up working in the hottest Rock ‘n’ Roll club in the country, The Bourbon. The Bourbon itself is in a precarious financial situation and its owners are counting on the upcoming final concert of the superstar rock band Arsenal with Stacee Jaxx to get them financially healthy. There are only two problems Jaxx is notoriously unreliable and the new mayor’s wife is leading a campaign to clean up the strip starting with the Bourbon. Based on the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” is a standard story with a few twists but it is the performances that make it a fun and worthwhile.

Prometheus

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 for him on the CBS 5 Morning News every Friday between 5:45 & 6am and on ABC-15’s “Sonoran Living Live” every other Friday. Read more of his DVD reviews at WildAboutMovies.com. Contact him at David@TheSnackBar.net.

A couple of explorers believe they found a clue to the origins of Earth in ancient cave art. It leads them to the moon of a planet across the universe. After their ship, Prometheus, lands on the moon they discover what appears to be a man-made structure and start exploring it. Will they find the origins or the end of the Earth? Director Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in “Alien” and while this is not a prequel it does have some of the elements along with the feel and tension of the original. While it leaves a lot of questions unanswered “Prometheus” is an edge-of-yourseat sci-fi ride delivered by a master of the genre. ARIZONA PLAYER October 2012 23


lottery news

THE PICK

$1,000,000 is Perfect Timing It took a while for Matthew Housman to get his check on August 7, 2012, but get it he did. The $50 Million Money Mania Scratchers was accidently torn in half by the clerk. Since there happened to be two Lottery representatives in the store at the time, they assured him that the ticket would be validated; it would just take a little longer. Matthew originally started to play the $50 Million Money Mania because the different colors of the ticket caught his eye. He’s been playing them since they came out, and this time he bought two from the Lottery Express machine. He scratched them in his car in the parking lot, and the first words out of his mouth were, “Thank you, God!” Then, after the ticket was taped back together, he went to tell his wife. Her first words were, “Are you serious?” The $50 Million Money Mania Scratchers gives the $1,000,000 winner the choice of either an annuity or a lump sum. Since Matthew chose the lump sum, his win was $625,000 before taxes. The timing of this win is perfect. First, he and his wife plan to make a tithe to their church. Then they’re going to pay off all of their bills, buy a house without a mortgage, and save the rest. The winning ticket was purchased from Fry’s Marketplace on Stapley Drive in Mesa.

LOTTERY ADDS GREAT NEW GAME Weekly Winnings Offers Top Prize of $1,000 /Week

The Arizona Lottery has introduced an exciting new draw game called Weekly Winnings. This new game that launched on September 23rd offers a top prize of $1,000 per week for an entire year, taxes paid! Weekly Winnings has a prize structure unlike any other draw game currently being offered. With each ticket, players will have the chance to win up to six times. A top prize winner can select a payout of $1,000 per week for a year or a lump sum payment of $52,000, taxes paid. “The addition of Weekly Winnings to our selection of Arizona Lottery products is a direct response to our players’ requests for new games and more ways to win,” said Karen Bach, director of budget, products and communications for the Arizona Lottery. “We are thrilled to launch Weekly Winnings and oker_1/3page_vp ad.qxp 10/12/09 12:31 PM Page 1 expect it to be extremely popular with our players.” Weekly Winnings game play consists of self-

selecting the first set of four numbers or choosing a computer-generated Quick Pick for the top prize of $1,000 per week for one year. The computer then selects the additional five sets of numbers for the second and third prize categories. Prizes for a winning ticket are awarded when a player matches each number within one of the sets of numbers. Only the highest prize within each set of numbers will be paid. Prizes, not including the top prize, range from $2 to $10,000. Tickets for Weekly Winnings will cost $2 each with drawings every Tuesday and Friday, at approximately 9:40 p.m. MST. Weekly Winnings replaces the Arizona Lottery draw game, CA$H4. For more information about this new game, visit arizonalottery.com Players must be 21 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.

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Date

Numbers

September

03-08-19-25-33-42 06-16-31-33-41-44 02-07-21-27-38-41 05-09-17-25-29-36 12-19-25-29-36-42 02-12-13-18-29-37 02-14-16-17-24-43 16-26-27-33-36-43 05-15-24-28-35-36

01 05 08 12 15 19 22 26 29

September

01 03 04 05 06 07 08 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 21 22 24 25 26 27 28 29

POWERBALL Numbers

PB

08-11-21-44-49 04-19-26-42-51 06-20-34-44-48 24-33-36-48-56 03-20-26-43-48 01-05-8-39-50 02-16-18-40-42 13-26-39-41-42 14-18-28-29-57

22 29 29 6 1 23 33 10 8

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

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

PICK 5 05-09-31-37-40 07-08-23-28-41 06-24-26-29-37 04-06-13-30-34 05-15-25-26-31 02-06-11-30-32 05-08-11-23-31 13-20-36-37-41 03-14-19-36-41 02-06-29-33-34 02-07-13-28-33 03-14-29-36-38 04-10-24-31-36 01-09-16-23-27 04-05-08-14-30 14-21-23-32-40 03-04-18-34-41 07-13-19-24-30 04-22-23-24-25 05-08-19-25-26 16-25-29-32-39 10-18-25-30-41 03-08-13-16-40 02-31-33-34-41 13-17-27-34-39

September

MEGA MILLIONS

MB

04 07 11 14 18 21 25 28

16-32-39-41-53 15-32-38-42-46 05-11-20-33-36 16-17-21-40-51 05-09-22-36-49 03-13-14-46-55 07-08-23-50-51 06-08-14-43-56

16 31 11 20 36 34 26 28

For winning numbers and updates visit ArizonaLottery.com or visit a participating Lottery retailer. You can also call the Lottery Hotline at (480) 829-PICK in Phoenix or (520) 325-9141 in Tucson. For outlying areas in Arizona, please call 1-800-499-3798


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Next to the Buffet that runs seven days a week is the Apache Grill featuring made to order breakfast entrees to start the day along with traditional dishes and local favorites for lunch and dinner that are sure to please anyone. If you like sports – You’ll love this, Apache Gold is also home to professional football and with the NFL package - they have every professional football game on game day or night on one of the flat screen TV’s around the casino or even the Big Screen TV located in the Cabaret Lounge. They also feature college games on Saturdays – and during these games on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, there are FREE drawings – see the Players Club for details! The Apache Gold Casino Resort is also home to the Best Western Hotel which is the nicest hotel in the area and is offering room rates as low as $39 a night!

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To round off a full weekend of fun why not “tee it up” on the Apache Stronghold Golf Course? This beautiful championship course is nestled in the hills behind the casino and is offering daily rates as low as $25. If you are into RV-ing, then you are also in luck at the Apache Gold Resort. With 60 full hook-up sites and plenty of open space the Resort offers the rush of the casino with the serenity of the mountain vistas and peaceful nights. The Resort offers a full convention center with a variety of meeting spaces for any and all events. A complete on site catering menu is available for your group whether it’s a private family function or an important business retreat the Apache Gold can deliver a memorable event. For room, and golf reservations or further information on any of the Resort offerings call 1-800-APACHE8. Apache Gold Casino Resort is located just 5 miles east of Globe, Arizona where the air is cool and clean!


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Jokes of the Month

As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary year at Arizona Player – Here are more classic jokes from past issues. More of our reader’s favorites – I hope these make you smile, chuckle or better yet, bust out in laughter! Remember, doctors say laughing daily is beneficial to your health! “I Love to Laugh” – A therapeutic song by Julie Andrews from the classic movie Mary Poppins and my philosophy on life Phil Scudella - Publisher

THE PROBLEM SOLVER After being married for nearly 40 years, Jerry took a careful look at his wife, while sipping on his morning coffee and said: “Honey…I was just thinking, 40 years ago, we were living in a cheap apartment, drove a junk car, we slept on a second hand sofa bed and watched a crummy 19-inch black-and-white TV….but every night I got to sleep with a hot 20 year-old girl.” Jerry paused and then continued: “Now -- I have a $500,000 home, a $40,000 car, a king-size bed and a large-screen TV in the bedroom, but…now, I’m sleeping with a wrinkled 60-year-old woman - It

seems to me - you’re not holding up your side of this.” Jerry’s wife -- a very reasonable woman -- put down her coffee cup, smiled and replied, “Sweetie, why don’t you go out…find that hot 20-year-old girl to sleep with… and I’ll help make that dream of yours come true, because you will be living…once again in a cheap apartment, driving a junk car, sleeping on a sofa and watching a crummy black-and-white TV.” Jerry took another sip of coffee, nodded his head and thought; aren’t older women great? They really know how to solve an old man’s problems.

THE BIG SURPRISE Bernie turned 80, so his friends and family threw him a party he would never forget. They rented a banquet hall at one of the most expensive casinos in Las Vegas, with food drinks and entertainment. What a party it was! His friends also booked Bernie a luxury suite for him to relax in after the party. At about 9pm, Bernie thanked everyone, but said he was tired and was heading to his room to retire. Little did he know of the big surprise his friends had arranged for him.

They had hired a beautiful “Lady of the Evening” to make his 80th birthday complete. An hour later Bernie was reading a book in bed when there was a knock on the door. He tossed on a robe, put on his glasses and opened the door to find a sexy young blond dressed as a French Maid. Bernie stared at the gorgeous woman and then asked…“Can I help you?” The blond smiled and said “I’ve been sent here to offer you some SUPER-SEX!” Bernie thought for a moment and replied…”I’LL TAKE THE SOUP”

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Arizona Player’s 20 Anniversary I “Like To Win” Sweepstakes th

Congratulations to our two October winners: John Bautch of Tempe and Joan Beclker of Tucson. These winners will have a choice of events to attend like concerts, sporting events, admission to great places of entertainment or a $50 gift card to a favorite store or restaurant! Even though they have won a prize, they’re still eligible to win the Grand Prize Package as is every person who has entered since January – Your entries are still eligible to win monthly prizes, in addition to the Grand Prize! Even though they have won a prize, they’re still eligible to win the Grand Prize Package. To everyone who has entered since January – Your entries are still eligible to win the monthly prizes, in addition to the Final Grand Prize! This Year’s 3rd Quarter Grand Prize winner was Virginia Seiler from Tucson. Her fabulous prize was a $500 gift certificate to The Talking Stick Resort, a luxurious Four-Diamond Scottsdale Resort, where fun is limited only by your imagination.

We still have one more Grand Prize to give away during our special 20th Anniversary year! This final Grand Prize package is a 3 day 2 night stay in the spectacular White Mountains at the Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Conference Center in Pinetop where you can enjoy four seasons of fun! The lucky winner will receive a package that includes breakfast and dinner for 2, both days along with some special surprises! More details when we announce the winner in the December 2012 issue!

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Arizona Player - or if you are not Facebook friendly or don’t use a computer – Use the United States Postal Service (They could use the work) Just send a postcard or 3 x 5 card in an envelope 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) Thanks for reading and telling your friends about Arizona Player Gaming and Entertainment Guide. Your comments and suggestions have made Arizona Player the most popular and most respected gaming publication of any kind in Southwest. Phil Scudella Publisher

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Libra Sept 24 to Oct 23

Capricorn Dec 22 to Jan 20

Scorpio Oct 24 to Nov 22

Aquarius Jan 21 to Feb 19

Taurus April 21 to May 21

Sagittarius Nov 23 to Dec 21

Pisces Feb 20 to Mar 20

Gemini May 22 to June 21

Virgo Aug 24 to Sept 23

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