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gaming news BBB&B@CA Translation - Bingo’s Back, Bigger and Better at Casino Arizona!

Cutting the ribbon to open the new bingo hall is Martin Harvier – Vice President of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Salt River Gaming Enterprises Chairwoman Crystal Banvelos Bingo players are enjoying a new 26,000 squarefoot bingo hall at Casino Arizona. The brand new spectacular facility opened on November 8th with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community tribal officials and other dignitaries marked the completion of another phase of the property’s renovation project. Following the ceremony the bingo hall doors opened to players eager to play their favorite game and cash in on a month-long promotion. During

this Grand Opening Promotion, players will be automatically entered into $1,000 daily drawings! Thirty days of giveaways will end on December 8th when one lucky player will win a new Ford Focus. Eric Ramsey is the manager of this state of the art facility and was brought in because he is an expert on the fun game. Eric has spent his entire career in casino bingo, and says that bingo is back by popular demand because guests have requested its return.

with the highest being $18. There is a full service kitchen, so you can eat and drink while you play in a cafe atmosphere. The new 1,000-seat bingo hall is open daily featuring giant screen televisions, food and drink specials along with a glass enclosed 300 seat non-smoking room with separate ventilation. The new bingo hall also has multi-purpose rooms that are available for public or private events. There are 11 bingo sessions every week – 7 nights a week from 6:30 to 10pm, plus matinee games Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 to 3:30pm. And get set for even more fun ahead with “L8 Nite Bingo” Friday and Saturday nights, from midnight - 2am, that includes a live Deejay with music, a light show, dancing and lots of surprises! Casino Arizona is located at the 101 & McKellips in Scottsdale. For more information, call the Bingo hall at 480-850-7777.

Eric promises a lot of innovative fun and excitement including a new game called “Gem Hunt” a kind of para-mutual game with 5 progressive jackpot levels – and is played simultaneously with bingo. The new state of the art facility is totally digital with a touch-less caller system and video walls - but traditional paper games are also available. This new bingo hall features games as low as $3

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Vol. 20 No. 11 • November 2012

Contents

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

Contributing Photography Tim Barrett Kevin Cumming Melody Hudson Eliot Jacobson David Ramsey Shanna Wolfe

Special Thanks goes out to the entire marketing department at Gila River Casinos and everyone at MPG Marketing for their help on this November issue of Arizona Player

Contributing Writers Tim Barrett Linda Boyd Kevin Cummings Cindy Esquer Mackenzie Griffin Melody Hudson TJ Jorgensen Brian Mulligan David Ramsey Shanna Wolfe

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.

Gaming News Casino Arizona Brings Back Bingo in a Big Way

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Boyd’s Eye View Linda Boyd “Thanksgiving Options”

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Cover Story “Gila River Casinos – Super 77 Poker Jackpot”

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Gaming News ASU Student Wins Big at WSOP & Mazatzal Millionaire

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Casino Entertainment Casino Shows to See from Around the State

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Card Room Action State-wide Table Game Information

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Reel Reviews Kevin Cummings “New Slots Showcased at 2012 G2E”

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Blackjack Corner TJ Jorgensen “Tournament Bet Examined”

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Lottery News

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Winners Stories, Pull Tabs Help charities

Gaming News Casino del Sol Hosts Spirit Summit in Tucson

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Contest Page

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Win a Casino Getaway to the White Mountains

Horsin' Around Brian Mulligan “Looking Ahead & Behind”

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Raving Flash Report Eliot Jacobson “Casinos Obsession with Card Counting” 25 David at the Snack Bar David Ramsey “Movies and DVD Reviews”

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Jokes of the Month

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Astrology, Bingo and Casino Directories

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A BOYD’S EYE VIEW OF VIDEO POKER

House-Hosted Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.” Johnny Carson f you remember Reservations: If you’re considering this option past since most people have email and the few Johnny Carson, then make sure you call all nearby casinos and ask that don’t can be called. If your group consists of you can hear him about their Thanksgiving dining options. I know people in their twenties or thirties they’ll probably by saying the quoted words of several casinos that are already advertising all be up for it. Linda Boyd in his unmistakable scrumptious feasts at a reasonable price. If you Make sure you take the time to give a synopsis Midwestern voice. I loved his dry sense of humor have a large group of people attending you will of the games available for out-of-towners so they and one-of-a-kind delivery of the unexpected want to let the casino know ahead of time so they can decide if and what they want to play after and sometimes caustic truth that many are only are ready for your group. One really nice thing dinner. If you or others like video poker then you thinking. But what can this possibly have to do about Thanksgiving buffets at casinos is that they should copy some pay schedules and game names with casinos or video poker? tend to outdo themselves with choices of food, to send to others. Those from other states will If the stress of hosting a large group of guests even more so than other commercial restaurants. probably be impressed with Arizona casinos. is getting to you, how about making reservations Options: In addition to making dinner arrangeFinal Thoughts: I realize that Thanksgiving at for dinner at your favorite local casino? Not only ments you will also want to know if entertainment the local den of iniquity isn’t for the “Puritans” will you be leaving clean-up duty to others (music is available to the non-gamblers in the group. in the family or for groups that include children to my ears), but you’ll also have several entertain- Sometimes a night club, a movie theater or some (although if only a few kids are involved their parment options afterward. If you decide to give it other activity venue is available after dinner. You ents can take them home after dinner), but many a whirl this year make sure you plan ahead. Here can always go back to the host family’s house gatherings are all adults. Keep in mind that if, like are some suggestions. after dinner for coffee and cocktails. It’s certainly Johnny Carson, “once a year is way too often” to Plan Ahead: If you have a mixture of family a lot less stressful than having one person be see some of your relatives then going to the local members that are like oil and water then this may responsible for the lion’s share of the cooking and casino may have the grumpier ones remove thembe just the ticket for your group. This is especially cleanup. selves from your guest list. In reality, that might true if all are over 21 years old (no children) and Possible Discounts/Comps: For those who are not be such a bad idea! some don’t get along with each other. You will frequent players at their local casino there may be Linda Boyd ,a long-time table game player before turning to video poker, also writes for “Southern need to make some phone calls in advance and a discount rate available for your entire gathering. Gaming” and “Midwest Gaming and Travel” her communicate all information to family members. It never hurts to ask. If it’s just the two of you and book, “The Video Poker Edge”, includes free removIf you’re the “lucky one” year-after-year selected you’re a regular then there’s a good chance your able pay schedules and strategy cards for the most popular games. Her story is in the 2012 Edition of to host the dinner it might even encourage some dinner will be comped. “American Casino Guide” (ACG) and her You Tube other family member to step up to the plate in the Notify Guests: One of the most important video, is also with ACG. The 2010 Second Edition of her book is available in both paperback and kindle. future. What if it’s just the two of you? More reason things you must do is let all guests know well in Also at amazon.com, bookstores or Square One than ever to get out of the house and avoid a moun- advance so that those objecting can make other Publishers www.squareonepublishers.com Toll free: 877-900-BOOK tain of pots and pans to clean up after the feast. arrangements. This doesn’t take as long as in the

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cover story

Sweet Bad Beats and New Mobile Technology at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Vee Quiva Casino

The Poker Rooms at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Vee Quiva Casino are raising the stakes with brand new promotions and the latest in mobile technology. The Super “77” Bad Beat Jackpot and the Bravo Poker Live mobile app crank up the excitement and allow guests to stay updated with the latest promotional information at two of the hottest Poker Rooms in the state. The Super “77” Bad Beat Jackpot is a linked progressive jackpot between Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Vee Quiva Casino that takes the sting out of the bad beat in “Texas Hold’em” with a minimum $25,000 jackpot. Every day, the jackpot goes unclaimed the pot continues to grow. At $2,000 every day for the first thirty days and an additional $1,000 each day after the first thirty days this is going to be huge. The minimum qualifying hands for the Super “77” Bad Beat Jackpot is a four of a kind beaten that consists of four sevens or better with both qualifying hands containing a pocket pair. If a straight flush is involved both players hole cards must play. Talk about a sweet bad beat, the Super “77” Bad Beat Jackpot may make a few Arizona poker players the luckiest losers ever. All active players at the jackpot table who have been dealt a hand within 10 minutes of the beginning of the jackpot hand are eligible to receive a portion of the jackpot. The jackpot total will be updated daily on the website so be sure to check out WinGilaRiver.com for the latest information on this incredible bad beat jackpot. Smart phone users may also check the updated jackpot amount with the new Bravo Poker Live mobile app. The Poker Rooms at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Vee Quiva Casino have recently linked up with the popular poker information application and players can now access the latest information from both casinos. Bravo Poker Live is available in the iTunes app store and Android users can find it in the Google Play store. Players can check table availability, find

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information on tournaments and get the latest news on all that is happening inside the Poker Rooms at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Vee Quiva Casino. With twenty-five tables at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and another fourteen tables at Vee Quiva Casino, Gila River Casinos provides the ultimate poker experience from the East Valley to the West Valley. Large flat screen televisions at each location offer the perfect opportunity to view the latest sports while enjoying the rich atmosphere and unbeatable poker action. Half price poker menus offer a great selection of food and drink including half price selections from Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar & Grill at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. The Poker Rooms at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Vee Quiva Casino offer ways to win beyond your wildest dreams. With millions of dollars in promotional awards and a variety of games to fit every budget and skill level - there is something for everyone at these two payout paradises. For more information call 1-800-WIN-GILA or go to wingilariver.com


gaming news ASU Student wins $3.8M at WSOP Jake Balsiger, a senior at Arizona State University, finished third in the 2012 World Series of Poker and took home $3,799,073. Jake was the last amateur left when he faced off against two professional poker players at the final table. The political science major has said he will go back to school and graduate. The final three played for over eleven hours when Jake played his last chips with a Queen-10 and was dominated by the eventual tournament winner, Greg Merson. The professional from Maryland had a K-Q and it held thru the five community cards. He would go on to eliminate local favorite Jesse Sylvia when he went all-in with King high. Merson claimed the top prize of 8,527,982 while Sylvia pocketed just over $5,295,000. The marathon final table lasted 12 hours. Before Jake was eliminated the players set a record by playing over 354 hands at the final table. He lost on hand #382, while Merson won it all on hand #399. The final trio started play after outlasting six others at a final table that began the day before. All three refused to give in with roughly $4.8 million, the difference between first and third place on the line. In tournament poker each player at the final table has to lose all their chips to be eliminated and win every chip in play to win the tournament. The chips themselves have no real value - at one time Merson had more than 100 million in chips. Greg also has the distinction of being the first WSOP Champion since 2001 to have already won a WSOP bracelet (he won a tournament just before the Main Event began in July) And as a result

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of winning this prestigious tournament, he was named the WSOP Player of the Year, narrowly beating out the legendary Phil Hellmuth. The World Series of Poker tournament began in July with 6,508 players who played down to nine through seven sessions in eleven days. The final table took place October 29th and 30th in the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas - A Caesars Entertainment property. The payouts for the final “October 9” are as follows; 1st Greg Merson $8,531,853 Jesse Silva $5,295,149 2nd 3rd Jake Balsiger $3,799,073 4th Russell Thomas $2,851,537 5th Jeremy Ausmus $2,155,313 Andras Koroknai $1,640,902 6th 7th Michael Esposito $1,258,040 8th Robert Salaburu $971,360 Steve Gee $754,798 9th

Mazatzal Player Wins a Million! Rocket Gaming Systems is thrilled to announce that on October 19th Darrin Keith of Payson was one very lucky individual, since he was awarded the top progressive prize of $1,047,347 while playing Rocket’s Imperial Gold game at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson. This is the second Gold Series winner of over $1,000,000 at Mazatzal Hotel & Casino this year! This marks the 20th Gold Series Progressive Prize since the game was introduced in 2009 and has awarded almost one billion dollars in prizes. The Gold Series currently consists of nine video 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 an early innovator of class II gaming technology and remains an industry leader today. Mazatzal Hotel and Casino is located on Highway 87 (the Beeline Highway) as you enter Payson – a short one hour scenic drive north of Fountain Hills or Mesa.


entertainment Apache Gold Casino Resort 5 miles East of Globe on Hwy 70 1-800-272-2438

Apache Gold Pavilion:

Call for updated schedule Cabaret Lounge: Free weekend entertainment

BlueWater Resort and Casino

11300 Resort Dr., Parker 1-888-243-3360 Outdoor Amphitheater: Dec 8 – George Lopez Showroom: Dig Lounge: DJ, Karaoke or live bands

Casino Arizona

101 at McKellips, Scottsdale 480-850-7734 Showroom: December 6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21 & 22 (ThurSat) Showstoppers LIVE Holiday Show Plus top Arizona bands on other weekend nights The Arizona Room - under reno-vation, entertainment returns soon

Casino Del Sol

5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson 520-838-6506 AVA Amphitheater: Nov 16 – Counting Crows Dec 1 – Tamal Festival Dec 5 – Tiesto College Invasion Tour Dec 7 – Don Rickles Dec 9 – ZZ Top Ballrooms: November 16, 17 & 18 – The Inaugural Tony Abou-Ganim Spirits Summit Paradiso Bar: Free weekend entertainment featuring; Boomer, Vibe Band, Jadi Norris, Rainy Daze and Tribute bands on Thursdays; 11/15 – Five Way Street (Crosby, Stills & Nash Tribute) PY Steakhouse: Every Wednesday – Angle Pereza

Cliff Castle Casino

I-17 @ exit 289 in Camp Verde 1-800-381-SLOT Dragonfly Lounge: Free entertainment: Nov 15, 16 & 17 – Roger Wathogoma Nov 22, 23 & 24 – Sneezy Boyz “FOOTBALL MADNESS” Every Sun & Mon thru Feb 3, 2013 – FREE T-Shirt with $10 cover – WIN Castle Cash and prizes. Stargazer Pavilion: Call for updated schedule

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Desert Diamond Casino Hotel

7350 South Nogales Hwy, Tucson 1-866-DDC-WINS Monsoon Night Club: Live bands or DJ, Thurs – Sat, “Thursday Thunder” (country) Groovin’ Fridays (Old School) Noches Caliente - Tex Mex & Tejano on Saturdays

Desert Diamond Casino I -19

1100 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita 1-866-DDC-WINS Diamond Center: Call for winter concert schedule

Fort McDowell Casino

N of Shea off Hwy 87, Fountain Hills 1-800-THE-FORT Lucky 7 Saloon: Free live entertainment on weekends; Nov 15 & 18 – Chaka and Friends, Nov 16 & 17 – Apache Spirit, Nov 17 & 18 – Grey Wolf, Nov 23 – Furious George, Nov 24 – The Kenny G Project, Nov 30 - Shining Star Bingo Hall: Nov 17 – Late Night Lunar Bingo w/ music, games & giveaways Radisson Ballroom: Nov 30 - Bad Boy Fights Championships Updates – fortmcdowellcasino.com Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort & Casino 15406 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa 480-802-5000 Oasis Lounge: Free weekend entertainment feat-uring Arizona’s most popular bands Harrah’s Outdoor Amphitheatre: Updates, harrahsakchin.com

Hon-Dah Resort and Casino

Highways 260 and 73, Pinetop 1-800-WAY-UP-HIGH Conference Center: New Year’s Eve – Desert Outlaws Timbers Lounge: Free entertainment, Monday - Comedy, Tues-Sat, Top AZ Bands; Nov 13-17 – Tony Marques, Nov 20-24 – Groove City, Nov 27-Dec1 – Richie Scholl, Dec 4-8 – Creagles, Dec 11-15 – Apache Spirit, Dec 18-22 – Midnight Riders, Dec 25-29 – Latin Vida, NEW YEAR’S EVE – Ronnie & the Classics, Jan 1-5 – Clark County Band, Jan 8-12 – Vinyl Tattoo, Jan 15-19 – Smokehouse, Jan 22-26 – Amendment

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

Dec 31 – “Oh What A Night” (Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Tribute) New Year’s Eve Dinner & Show

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: Nov 16 – The Spinners Dec 7 – Last Comic Standing w/ John Heffron, John Reep and Iliza Shlesinger Jan 17, 18 &19 – EP EXPO, Tribute weekend to the King (Elvis) Feb 15 – The Temptations Mar 1 – Vicky Lawrence & Maama (a two woman show!)

Talking Stick Resort

Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road Scottsdale 480-850-7777 Talking Stick Showroom: FOOTBALL FRENZY - Every Sunday at 9am – Watch all the Sunday Games and WIN Cash & Prizes (No Cover) Nov 17 – Blue October Dec 1 – Joe Piscopo Dec 7 – Garland Jeffreys Dec 18 – The Musical Box performs “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”

Dec 28 & 29 – Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers In the Grand Ballroom: Nov 18 – Styx New Year’s Eve – Boogie Nights w/Evelyn “Champagne” King Dec 30 – Chaka Kahn

Vee Quiva Casino

The West Valley Casino 51st Ave, 4 miles S. of Baseline – Laveen1800-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: Nov 17 – Riders in the Sky (Grammy Award Winners) Nov 23 – Belladonna (Stevie Nicks / Fleetwood Mac Tribute) Nov 24 – Alejandra Guzman Dec 8 – ZZ Top Dec 9 thru Mar 10 (Sundays) Legends of Country Music (Tribute to over 20 country superstars) Dec 14 – Mariachi Sol de Mexico w/ Jose Hernandez & Vikki Carr Dec 15 – Randy Travis Dec 28 – WAR Dec 29 & 30 – “Piano Man” (Terry Davies Elton John Tribute) Dec 31 – New Year’s Eve w/ Powerdrive AIRIA - Nightlife Unplugged, live entertainment Featuring: 11/14 - Brian Chartrand (6-9pm) 11/15 - Young Country (6-9pm) 11/16 - Brian Chartrand (6-8pm) B Platinum (9:30pm-1:30am) 11/17 Brian Chartrand (6-9pm) Lea Cappeli (9:30pm-1:30am) 11/18 - Desert Dixie (6-9pm) 11/21 - Brian Chartrand (6-9pm) 11/22 - Scott McKenna (6-8pm) 11/23 Brian Chartrand (6-8pm) Elvis Before Noon (9:30pm-1:30am) 11/24 - Scott McKenna (6-8pm) Elvis Before Noon (9:30pm-1:30am) 11/25 - Desert Dixie (6-9pm) 11/28 & 29 - Young Country (6-9pm) Encore Lounge: Mid-day entertainment every Monday 11am-3pm along with late night entertainment featuring top bands like; JJs Band, Michael and Manuel, Powerdrive, The Hamptons, Tyrone D & the Ledge, Route 66 and the Western Fusion Band


CARD ROOM ACTION Apache Gold Casino 800-272-2438 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, Nov 24 & Dec 29 at 11:15 am – Last Saturday NLHE – $125 Buy in w/ $25 sc Sat, Dec 1 at 11:15 am – BIG Stack NLHE – $200 Buy in w/ $25 sc Sat, Nov 10 & Dec 8 at 11:15 am - Super Bounty BIG Stack NLHE - $200 Buy in w $25 sc - $100 Bounties Sat, Nov 17, 10am – $12,500 Guaranteed Thanksgiving Charity NLHE Tournament – $ 50 buy in includes $25 charity donation Sun, Dec 9 at 11:15 am – Ladies NLHE - $$60 Buy-in w/ $15 s/c Sun, 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, Mon-Sat (Texas Hold Em) & Sun at 2pm (Omaha & Texas Hold em) 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 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 w/one $10 re-buy, top 5 players cash & 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, Dec 5 at 7pm - $2,000 added Tournament, $100 buy-in

Casino Del Sol 520-838-6565

$15,000 Holiday Free Roll – Dec 11-15 (limited to first 180 players to qualify w/ 30 hours of live play Nov 4-Dec 10) 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 14 ARIZONA PLAYER November 2012

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, Tues, Wed & Fri at 10am - NLHE Shoot-outs, $25 buy-in – no re-buys 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, Nov 18 at 10am - Ladies NLHE Poker Tournament – $60 buy-in w/ $5 add-on “Aces Cracked” wins $100 “Easy way Jackpot” Aces full of tens beaten by Quads or better wins Jackpot $50 Football Splash Pots during selected TV games Dealing blackjack 24/7

Lone Butte Casino 800-946-4452

Dealing blackjack 24/7 – with $5 games PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot

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” Sunday morning & Sun & Mon nights $25, $50 or $100 on every table for a score “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 928-369-7555

Mon – 5:30pm, “Football Splash Pots” after every score! Plus 10pm cash drawings & Free Pizza Tues - 4pm, “Aces Cracked” Spin the wheel for cash & prizes Wed - 6pm, NLHE, $40 buy-in, no re-buys Thurs - 6pm, No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, $40 buy-in, no rebuys Fri - 6pm, Double Stack NLHE - 25 buy-in w/one $25 re-buy 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 - 6pm & Sat - 3pm, NLHE Bounty Tournament, $ 50 buy-in w/one $25 re-buy Dealing blackjack 10am to 1am Mon - 6pm, Blackjack Tournament $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 Special room rates for poker players Dealing blackjack 24/7

Vee Quiva Casino 800-946-4452 – Ext 1042

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TJ’s Blackjack corner

A Tournament Bet Examined

n the first Wednesday of each month Casino Arizona at by TJ Jorgensen McKellips holds their $100 buy in blackjack Tournament. Additionally the Casino adds $2000 to the prize pool making it a positive expectation event. The total prize money is usually around $8000 depending on participation. There are three qualifying rounds, 4 Tables of six players make up a qualifying round. Each player starts with $5000 in chips and at the end of twenty-one hands the one player with the most chips advances to the semi-final. Even if you don’t win your table you still have a chance to make the semi-final because there are usually a few wildcards drawn to balance out the field I decided to play the November 7th tournament. I paid my entry fee and was seated with five other players. Sometimes you will win a round by losing the least amount of chips, and that was the case at my table. I was the only player with any chips left at hand 18 which gave me the win and advanced me to the semi-final. In the semi-final six players are again seated at three tables and all players start with $5000 in play chips. However in this round they take the top two players with the most chips after twenty-one hands and advance them to the final. At my table going into hand twenty one there were only four players left, myself included. Player 3 received six blackjacks and won all but two hands

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up to this point and had such a big lead none of us could catch him. That meant that there would be three of us playing for the final spot advancing to the money round. Player 1 had $7925,I was in seat 2 and only $4000 left due to the fact that I had tried to make a go ahead bet at hand 20 and lost. Player 4 had $8225 Final hand strategy is crucial to your success in tournaments. A misplayed hand here can cost you the win and that is the subject of this month’s column. On hand #21, I had the least amount of chips with $4000 and to make matters worse I had to bet 1st. Here’s how we stacked up; Player 4 - $8225, Player #3 - $18,000, Me - $4, 000 and Player #1 – $7,825 I have always been one to give my opponents opportunities to make mistakes, and this hand was no exception. I needed three things to happen in order for me to advance. (1) I had to have player 4 make a bet bigger than $225 or I would be locked out. (2) I had to get all my chips in play so I bet 1/2 my chips or $2000 knowing that I would double or split any hand that I got. (3) I would have to win my bet while players 1 and 4 lost. My chances of advancing if player 4 made a bet larger than $225 were 25%, and they were 0 if player 4 bet less than $225. If player 4 bet $200 or less he makes it a two person game between player 1 and him and locks me out of any chance to advance. Player 4 left the door open for me by

betting $2500. What player 4 should have done was made a bet of $200 or less making it a two person game and locking me out. On any given hand of blackjack there is only a 44% chance that the player will win the hand and a 48% chance that the player will lose the hand. In other words if you have only one opponent you are better off trying to win the table by the other player losing than by you winning your own bet. If player 4 bets small his chance of advancing is 56% because player 2 only has a 44% chance of winning his bet. By betting big player 4 only had a 52% chance of advancing because he had a 48% chance of losing. In a two person game the percentage play for player 4 was to bet small, lock me out and make player 1 have to win his hand to beat him. If player 4 would have been betting after player 2 the percentage play would have been to match player 2’s bet because 31% of the time both players will lose their bet, 30% of the time both players will win their bet. I hope this will help you to understand last hand strategy a little better. Until next month I hope you play winning Blackjack. T.J. Jorgensen has been a professional blackjack player for over twenty years. He is well known for his live tournament play and has competed against and beaten some of the top 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


lottery news The Lottery helps Charitable Organizations Non-Profits earn over $1,000,000 with Lottery Pull-Tab Games A little known Arizona Lottery game gives The non-profits earn 20 percent commission on players the chance to instantly win up to $250 all the tickets they sell. The organizations buy the while benefiting non-profit organizations. They pull-tab game and are responsible for its adminare called pull-tab games and can be played at istration including paying the winners. To qualify 74 organizations throughout the state including, to sell the pull-tab games the non-profit, among Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, other thing, has to have been in their current Elks Lodges, Moose Lodges and Fraternal Order location for at least two years and must be tax of Eagles, among others. exempt at that location. "The Arizona Lottery was honored to step “We are thrilled with our decision to sell forward in developing these entertaining lottery Arizona Lottery pull-tabs in our Lodge,” said a products, which help charitable organizations spokesperson for the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3744. “Within a year, we have raised more than earn money for their many worthwhile projects," $50,000 in new revenue from the sale of pull-tabs. said Jeff Hatch-Miller, executive director of the This new revenue source has allowed us to supArizona Lottery. The games offered are priced at 25 cents, 50 port various charitable initiatives throughout the State. cents and $1 with instant prizes as high as $250.

“Without the sale of Arizona Lottery pull-tabs, we would not be able to help the Children at Mooseheart, the seniors at Moosehaven or the local charities that we support,” said a spokesperson for East Mesa Moose Lodge #2082. The legislature authorized the lottery to offer pull-tab games to non-profits organizations in 2010 and the first six games when on sale in January 2011. The lottery had to first develop the operational rules, the licensing qualifications, arrange the printing and distribution of the games. If your organization is interested in becoming a pull-tab retailer call Barbara Anderson, products manager of the Arizona Lottery, at 480-921-4470

Lottery group wins $1.7 Million Jackpot!

A group of nine lucky co-workers and friends, was, “Yeah, right!” Hackett said they then quietly who work in the financial industry in Chandler, called the seven other players over to their office claimed the $1.7 million The Pick jackpot from the area and told them the news. There were big grins, drawing on Nov 3. The winning Quick Pick ticket excitement, looks of disbelief, and even a few was purchased at a Circle K on Arizona Ave. in happy tears according to Hackett. Chandler. “It was exciting to have a big group of winners The group has been playing The Pick for over at the Arizona Lottery Phoenix office,” said Karen a year and selected the game since its Arizona’s Bach, director of budget, products & communicaown jackpot game. The group plays the Wednesday tions for the Arizona Lottery. “It’s always fun to and Saturday draws each week, and everyone award a prize to an office pool, and it’s a bonus in the pool contributes $8 every other week to when the prize is shared among a good group of participate. friends.” Barry Hackett, the pool representative, checked The group selected the cash option and each the tickets on the Arizona Lottery website and member received a check for $125,925.92 before immediately checked them again three more times taxes. Most of the office pool members plan to pay oPoker_1/3page_vp ad.qxp 10/12/09 12:31 PM Page 1 before asking one of his co-workers to come check off bills and pay off or pay down mortgages with the numbers with him. Her immediate reaction their winnings. When asked if they were going

to celebrate, Hackett said, “There’s probably a happy hour in our future for celebration.” Winning numbers for The Pick are broadcast Wednesdays and Saturdays during the 10pm news on Channel 13 (CBS) in Tucson and posted on www.ABC15.com in Phoenix. Players can also check their numbers by logging onto www. ArizonaLottery.com or by calling the winning numbers hotline at 480-829-PICK in Phoenix and 1-800-499-3798 in all other Arizona areas. 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. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800NEXT STEP. Please Play Responsibly

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gaming news Renowned Mixologist hosts Spirit Summit in Tucson Tucson’s Casino Del Sol Resort will become the heart of the spirits industry the weekend of November 16 - 18 as mixology genius, Tony AbouGanim brings one of the nation’s newest cocktail events to the premier destination in the Southwest A pioneer among bar professionals, and a modern celebrity after two Iron Chef America wins, Abou-Ganim is excited for the opportunity to bring the best industry professionals to Casino Del Sol Resort and introduce their work to connoisseurs and weekend warriors from around the nation. The highlights of the event are a BBQ Bash sponsored by Jim Beam on Friday night, a fivecourse cocktail dinner hosted by Abou-Ganim at PY Steakhouse on Saturday night, and Speed Rack: the Southwestern leg of the national women’s bartender competition that benefits breast cancer research, held on Sunday afternoon. “I’m thrilled to be hosting the Southwest Spirit Summit in conjunction with so many leaders in the cocktail industry,” said Abou-Ganim. “Casino Del Sol Resort provides us with a beautiful backdrop, and the event has something for those who are fans of the cocktail culture.”

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Tucson’s cocktail culture is as vibrant as any in the Southwest. This can be attributed to Casino Del Sol Resort’s resident mixologist, Aaron DeFeo, who has worked tirelessly to bring Tucson to the forefront of the industry by spearheading at the resort what is now a nationally-recognized cocktail program, and also through his work as the President of the Tucson Chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild. DeFeo is looking forward to having a host of industry professionals over to his place for a drink. “Hosting this event in Tucson, and specifically at Casino Del Sol Resort, shows the world that we have a sophisticated, fun, diverse food and beverage scene,” DeFeo said. While the event will introduce hundreds of people from all over the country to the finest drinks, mixologists and distillers in the Southwest, the summit will be giving back as much as attendees are putting down. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Helen David Relief Fund (HDRF), which honors the memory of Abou-Ganim’s late cousin, Helen David. David, a Michigan bar owner and community leader, beat breast cancer twice during her lifetime and is the inspiration behind every

one of Abou-Ganim’s fabled recipes. The HDRF now assists women in the industry are currently fighting the disease. A full event schedule and tickets are available at www.casinodelsol.com and tagsummit.eventbrite.com Located just west of I-19 on Valencia Road in Tucson is where you will find Southern Arizona’s newest AAA Four Diamond-rated destination, Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center – A 215-room, 161,000-square-foot resort that features more than 65,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and convention space; Hiapsi, a full-service spa, several restaurants and lounges including PY Steakhouse, Prema Lounge and Starbucks. For more information call 1-855-SOL-STAY (7657829) or visit www.CasinoDelSolResort.com.


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L ook ing A he a d A nd B ehind

he Breeders’ Cup is in the books and it was two great days of action, so let’s look what is on the horizon at Betfair at Hollywood Park this fall and also take a look at what we can expect next year when the Cup returns to Santa Anita. Four Grade 1 races will be cared for the Autumn Turf Festival at Hollypark and the racing will be brilliant. The Matriarch and the Hollywood Derby, both $250,000 events, will be carded on Sunday November 25. Juveniles will be spotlighted in the $500,000 Starlet and the $750,000 Cash Call Futurity. Look for Europeans to be prominent in the grass race and for the stars of tomorrow to emerge in the Juvenile events. I’ve never been a big fan of having the Breeders’ Cup at the same venue consecutively or way too often – and what would have happened had this year’s Cup been at Belmont with the wrath of Hurricane Sandy in its wake? Disaster, Devastation and Defeat are three Ds that come to mind. The spirit of the founders of the Breeders Cup was to take this great sport to the great emporiums throughout the country and they have coast to coast to Kentucky and even Texas but weather is a concern. With the 2013 Cup again at Santa Anita, let’s examine where the winners came from and what we might expect a year from now and hopefully get some clues toward the future. First, the Euro influence has to be addressed. Of the 8 races where a Euro participated in the 2-day event, they won 2

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races. Not bad, not great. The longest shot on the board took the Juvenile Sprint from about a length and a half off the pace after cutting back from a synthetic route at Keeneland - Hightail paid 32.80. The Marathon went to an Argentinean invader that had not raced since June but had shipped to California in September. Calidoscopia was 2nd to last early and paid $36.40. The Euros got on the board in the Juvenile Fillies Turf when Flotilla came from 10th to pay $24.80. She was one for 4 going in, was coming off a 4th in a Group 1 at Longchamp and had no local works. Beholder took them wire-to-wire in the Juveniles Fillies after winning a N1X with a 108 Beyer. She had blown out 3 furlongs slowly for Richard Mandella 4 days before her big success. Zagora was coming off a 2nd in the Flower Bowl but she sat about 2 and a half off the pace and paid $20.40 after the mile and a quarter of the Filly and Mare Turf. A champion was crowned in the Ladies Classic when Royal Delta went to the front and never looked back as the chalk. She was coming off a winning 106 Beyer in the Grade 1 Beldame. The Euros got their only success of the day in the first BC race on Saturday when George Vancouver came from 4 off the pace in the Juvenile Turf to pay $20.60. He was third beaten 3 and a half in a Group 1 in his prior effort. Another champ was celebrated in the F and M Sprint when Groupie Doll came from 1 and a half off in the 7- furlong race to pay $3.40. She made it 5 Graded wins in a row. Corey Nakatani gave Tapizar a great ride in the Dirt Mile, sitting a half off the pace early to

pay $32 and change. The runner was crushed in a troubled Grade 2 prior. The stronger sex, the ladies, beat the boys in the Turf Sprint at about 6 and a half down the hill when Jim Rome’s Mizdirection came from 10th to win after running 2nd in a $75,000 stakes in May. She paid nearly $16. Shanghai Bobby made it 5 for 5 and stamped himself as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby after winning the Juvenile as chalk. He got an ideal 2-hole trip. Little Mike won the Turf to pay $36.60. He hated the yielding course in his previous race but sat third and held off all comers. Only one Euro was in the superfecta. Again tactical speed was king as Trinniberg was 2nd a half off the lead in the Sprint before paying nearly $30. He was coming off a second beaten a half in a $300,000 Philly stakes but had two fast local drills under his belt. The Horse of the Year may have been decided in the Mile when Wise Dan led early and never looked back. He was coming off a winning 105 Beyer. Game on Dude didn’t fire in the Classic and Fort Larned made him pay when he also went all the way on the front end to pay $20.80. He was coming off a third in a Grade 1 at Belmont. History can repeat itself - so remember what happened here when next year rolls around. Tactical speed was big, the Euros were no cinch and prices where there to be had by all. 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


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The Casino’s obsession with card counters By Guest Contributor Eliot Jacobson, Ph.D., Jacobson Gaming, LLC and Raving Partner, Table Games Operations and Casino Math Analysis

This obsession to protect against Blackjack card counters costs far more than card counters will ever win. The methods casinos use to protect against blackjack card counters are among the most costly managerial decisions many casinos make. Contrary to popular belief, there is not an army of card counters waiting to pounce at the first opportunity. In this day of multiple table game options and hundreds of casinos, the few skilled advantage players (APs) who do target blackjack are highly unlikely to harm a specific casino’s bottom line. The poorly understood policies put in place cost far more than the casino stands to lose to the few counters who do stop by. One of the most wasteful procedures is the placement of the cut card in shoe games. There are several variables that go in to determining the cost associated with the cut card. Among these are shuffle time, game pace, number of players and house edge. The deeper the cut card is placed towards the end of the shoe, the more rounds will be dealt per shoe. The effect of this will be to reduce the number of time-consuming shuffles. Even if a batch shuffler is used, there can be significant time savings. For example, consider a shuffle time of 180 seconds (three minutes), an average of $50 wagered per round, an effective house edge of 1.50%, with three players at the table. Assume the game is moving at a pace of 90 rounds per hour (a typical pace for three players). Then the yearly cost of cutting off two decks instead of 1/2 deck is $78,321 per table. What are the chances that card counters are going to beat that table out of that amount? If the casino has an average of six tables open, the cost is over $450,000 per year. In the highly unlikely event that card counters beat

the casino for $50,000, the casino is still ahead by over $400,000. The obsession with protecting blackjack against card counters costs far more than card counters will ever win. Casinos should use a fraction of the profit they will gain by placing the cut card between one half (1/2) and one (1) deck and invest in education for their staff. Bring in an expert to train staff on card counting. Along the way, staff can be educated on a host of far more costly forms of advantage play. The light of game protection is focused on card counters, while the real action is taking place at the dimly lit table one over. For more information; Contact Amy Hergenrother at amy@ravingconsulting.com The Raving Flash! Report is compiled weekly by Christine Faria, Raving’s VP of Operations & Communications, and is designed to be a “quick read” covering everything from interesting casino promotions to gaming news - Contact Chris at 775-329-7864.

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DAVID AT THE SNACK BAR Skyfall -

Bond is back and this time he has to protect his boss, M. James has to find out who stole a hard drive with a list of British deep cover agents before he releases their names and locations. It turns out that the villain, Silva, is from M's past and he wants her dead. Meanwhile, M is by being blamed for the loss of the disk and may David Ramsey be forced to retire. Bond goes after Silva and just when he thinks he has him, he doesn't. It is too long with more plot holes than usual, too many action movie cliches and an ending that just doesn't work. "Skyfall" is a throwback to the old Bond, which is too bad because I much prefer the new Bond of "Casino Royale"

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Peter Parker investigates his parents death and is bitten by a genetically altered spider and suddenly he has spider-like powers. When his uncle is murdered he uses his powers to track down the killer leading to a confrontation with the police. The police captain who is in charge of finding him is the father of the girl he has a crush on making dinner at her house problematic. An old colleague of this father's takes an experiment to far and begins to terrorize the city. Spider-Man comes to the rescue. The effects are amazing. This reboot of the comic book series is better than any previous adaptations, largely due to the chemistry between the actors and the more serious screenplay. "The Amazing Spider-Man" is the perfect mix of a good teen romance and a good super-hero action flick. It captures the essence of the comic book perfectly.

Arthur Christmas Silver Linings Playbook Pat gets out of a state institution where he has been for the past 8 months because of a plea bargain. He is living with his parents because he lost everything - his house, his job and his wife. His father is a superstitious Eagles fan who thinks watching the games with Pat will help them win. Pat is determined to rebuild his life and win his wife back, in fact it has become a bit of an obsession. His family and friends are worried about him. Then he meets Tiffany, a quirky young woman who needs a dance partner for a big contest. He agrees to be her partner if she will help him get his wife back. "Silver Linings Playbook" is a wonderful touching story with a nice touch of humor and a great cast.

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It's Christmas Eve and the hi-tech sleigh is ready to deliver two billion presents on Santa's last mission before he retires and turns over the reins to his oldest son. Santa's youngest son, Arthur, is considered a screw-up and is assigned to read the letters to Santa. When Santa returns an elf discovers that a child did not gets her present. Arthur takes it upon himself to use his grandfather's old fashioned sleigh to deliver that present. This is a delightful film for all ages. It is magical and funny. "Arthur Christmas" is an instant classic that you will add to your holiday movie rotation.

Men in Black 3

Agents J and K are after an escaped prisoner when he suddenly disappears. The next day K is gone with everyone saying he was killed in 1969. Agent J travels back in time to the day before K is killed to save him and, at the same time, the Earth from an alien invasion. Once there he meets the younger Agent K, who agrees to work with him to put the timeline right. The cast is terrific and while there is not as much humor there is more action. "Men in Black 3" is a worthy sequel to the original and much better than MIB2.


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Jokes of the Month

As we continue to celebrate our 20th Anniversary year - Here are some classic jokes from past issues. More of our reader’s favorites to make you smile or better yet, bust out in laughter!Remember, laughing daily is beneficial to your health! Phil Scudella – Publisher Rodney was sitting quietly reading his paper when his wife walked up behind him and whacked him on the head with a rolled-up magazine. “What the hell was that for?” he asked. “That was for the piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name Mary Lou written on it,” she replied. “Wait” he pleaded. “Yesterday, when I went to the track, Mary Lou was the name of a horse a friend told to bet on.” “Oh, honey…. I’m sorry,” she said. “I should have known there was a good explanation.” That weekend, Rodney was watching his favorite football team on TV when she walked up and hit him in the back of his head again, this time with a skillet that knocked him out. When he came to, he asked, “What was that for?” he pleaded. “Oh…Your horse just called!” At the end of a job interview, the HR manager asks the young engineer fresh out of MIT, “What starting salary were you looking for?” The engineer shoots for the moon. “I’m thinking in the range of $125,000 a year or so, depending on the benefits package.” “Hmm,” says the interviewer. “Well, what would you say to five weeks’ vacation, 8 paid holidays, full medical and dental, a retirement fund with company matching 50 percent of salary, and a company car leased every two

years - say, a Porsche?” The young engineer gapes and says, “Wow! Are you kidding?” “Yeah,” the interviewer laughed, “but you started it!” Bob and his wife Cathy are in the shower together when the doorbell rings. Cathy puts on a robe and goes down to answer the door. In walks her husband’s friend Ben. She tells him Bob’s in the shower and for him to come back later. Instead, Ben who has always lusted after Cathy quietly whispers, “I have $400 in my pocket - I’ll give it to you’ll just open the top of your robe.” Cathy is offended, but really needs the money, and opens the top of her robe, and lets him have a quick peek. Ben gives her the $400, as she opens the door for him to leave, but he says, “Look, I have another $400 in my other pocket. I’ll give it to you if you open your robe totally and let me gaze at your beautiful body.” Now Cathy is really mortified, but again, needs the money, so she opens her robe and gives him get a quick look, takes the $400 lets him out and heads back upstairs. She gets back in the shower with her husband, feeling a bit guilty. “Who was that?” Bob asks. “Oh, that was just Ben,” she answers. “Ben?” her husband replies in disgust, “That jerk promised to stop by last week to drop off the $800 he owes me!”

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Nov 7–14 Nov 15–22 Nov 23–30 Dec 1–6 Nov 7–14 Nov 15–22 Nov 23–30 Dec 1–6 Nov 7–14 Nov 15–22 Nov 23–30 Dec 1–6

Surprise, even to you Cards flop favorably A week to remember Unexpected experience Good times ahead Kick back a little Goal is reachable Hard work pays off

Stick to your guns Ship is coming in! Fun family trip You needed this week

Statewide Bingo Games

Apache Gold Casino • Globe 5mi E of Globe on Hwy 70 Wed, Thu, & Sun: Noon; Fri & Sat: 7pm Bingo Blowout! 1st Mon: 7pm BlueWater Casino • Parker 11300 Resort Dr Sun 1:30pm, Mon-Thu 6:30pm Special Sessions: Sun Nov 11 (Veterans Day), Thu Nov 22 (Thanksgiving Day) & Nov 29 Birthday Bingo Call for Details Casino Del Sol• Tucson 5655 W. Valencia Mini Sessions: 11:30am & 1:30pm Matinee: 2:15pm Eves: 7:15pm

5. Casino Arizona @ 101 & McKellips • (Scottsdale) Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community–slots blackjack Keno & Entertainment (480) 850-7777 6. Casino Del Sol • (Tucson) Pascua Yaqui Tribe–slots poker blackjack & Entertainment (800) 344-9435 7. Casino of the Sun • (Tucson) Pascua Yaqui Tribe–slots (520) 883-1700 8. Cliff Castle Casino Hotel • (Camp Verde) Yavapai-Apache Nation–slots blackjack poker & Entertainment (800) 381-7568 9. Cocopah Casino • (Yuma) Cocopah Tribe–slots bingo blackjack & Entertainment (800) 237-5687 10. Desert Diamond Casino Hotel• (Tucson) Tohono O’Odham Nation–Old Nogales Hwy slots keno bingo poker & Entertainment (520) 294-7777 10a. Desert Diamond - I-19 • (south of Tucson) slots blackjack & Entertainment (520) 294-7777 11. Fort McDowell Casino • (Fountain Hills) Fort McDowell-Yavapai Nation–slots keno bingo poker blackjack & Entertainment (480) 837-1424 12. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino • (Chandler) Gila River Indian Community–slots keno blackjack poker & Entertainment (800) 946-4452

Leo July 23 to Aug 23

Nov 7–14 Nov 15–22 Nov 23–30 Dec 1–6 Nov 7–14 Nov 15–22 Nov 23–30 Dec 1–6

Look back & smile Plan that big trip Fun time this week Good advice – take it

Change of fortune A needed trip is near Nice call from the past Crazy thing called luck

Libra Sept 24 to Oct 23

Nov 7–14 Nov 15–22 Nov 23–30 Dec 1–6

Go with your gut What a run of luck! Take the plunge Tide is changing

Cocopah Casino•Yuma 15136 South Ave B Somerton Daily: 1 & 6pm Desert Diamond • Tucson 7350 S Nogales Hwy Daily: 1:30 & 7:15pm Mazatzal Casino• Payson Hwy 87 at mile post 251 Mon-Thu: Noon Tue & Thu: 6:30pm 1st Thu & 3rd Tue: 6:30pm Double Payouts all night! Paradise Casino • Yuma 450 Quechan Dr. Daily: 1:30 & 6pm

13. Gila River Vee Quiva Casino • (Laveen) Gila River Indian Community–slots bingo blackjack poker & Entertainment (800) 946-4452 14. Gila River Lone Butte Casino • (Chandler) Gila River Indian Community–slots bingo blackjack & Entertainment (800) 946-4452 15. Golden Ha’ San Casino • (Why) Tohono O’Odham Nation–Slots 16. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino (Maricopa) Ak-Chin Indian Community–slots keno poker bingo blackjack & Entertainment (480) 802-5000 17. Hon-Dah Resort-Casino • (Pinetop) White Mountain Apache Tribe–slots blackjack poker & Entertainment (800) 929-8744 18. Mazatzal Hotel Casino • (Payson) Tonto Apache Tribe–slots poker blackjack & Entertainment (800) 777-7529 19. Paradise Casino • (Yuma) Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe–slots bingo.& Live Entertainment (888) 777-4946 19a Quechan Casino Resort • (Winterhaven, CA) Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe–slots table games poker & Entertainment 20. Spirit Mountain Casino • (Bullhead City) Fort Mohave Indian Tribe–slots (888) 837-4030 21. Yavapai Casino & Gaming Center • (Prescott) Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe–slots & Entertainment (800) 756-8744


november 2012  

arizona's gaming and entertainment guide