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Vol. 21 No. 4 • April 2013
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Vol. 21 No. 4 • April 2013
Gaming News Wild Horse Pass 777 Jackpot
Casino Entertainment Casino Entertainment
Cover Story “Bucky’s PBR Rodeo”
Gaming News Job Fair #2 at Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino
Boyd’s Eye View Linda Boyd “Circular Firing Squad”
Reel Reviews Kevin Cummings “The Mummy”
Card Room Action State-wide Table Game Information
Lottery News “3rd Times a Charm” & “Player Sold on the Lottery”
Gaming News “Intelligent Technologies New Games Coming Soon"
Blackjack Corner TJ Jorgensen “Ace – 5 Count”
Horsin' Around Brian Mulligan “Derby Picture Coming into Focus”
Baseball Odds “Odds for Your Team to Win the World Series”
David at the Snack Bar David Ramsey Movie Review & Best Baseball Movies 27 Jokes Page New Funny Stories to Lighten Your Day
Contest Page Winner of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Getaway Announced Astrology, Bingo Games and Casino Directory
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gaming news 167,000 Poker Jackpot hit at Wild Horse Pass! “Bad beat” triggers Super 77 progressive payout
A winning a hand of 4 of a kind in Texas Hold ‘em is a pretty sure bet to take down the pot - However, as Craig Emerson discovered, losingwith that hand can be much more rewarding in the over-all scheme of things. The Valley resident took home the largest share of a $167,000 jackpot when his unlikely loss triggered the Super 77 linked progressive jackpot at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino on that very special Saturday March 23rdthat he will long remember. The Super 77 Jackpot is triggered when a hand of four-of-a-kind featuring sevens or better is beaten by another player at the table with an even better hand! It’s called a “bad beat” because of the incredibly low probability of losing the hand with such unbelievable great cards. But that losing hand turned into the best situation Craig could have ever hoped for. The Super 77 linked progressive jackpot which connects VeeQuiva Casino and Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino was at $167,000 when Craig’s four-of-a-kind Kings was beaten by William Larusso’s4 of a kind Aces and the amazing jackpot was split between the seven players at the table. Craig’s losing Kings brought him the largest part of the bad beat jackpot – his share was a whopping $83, 500. William’s share was $ 41,750. The balance of this amazing jackpot totaled $41,750 and was shared equally by the remaining 5 players at the table that included; Rickey, Leo, Daryl, Jorge and Bul. For more information about poker tournaments or live games available, call 1-800-WIN-GILA and ask for either poker room or go
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entertainment Apache Gold Casino Resort
5 miles East of Globe on Hwy 70 1-800-272-2438 Convention Center: May 4 – A.B. Quintanilla III presents Kumbia Kings Cabaret Lounge: Free live entertainment on weekends Arizona’s top bands;
BlueWater Resort and Casino
11300 Resort Dr., Parker 1-888-243-3360 Outdoor Amphitheater: Call for updated summer schedule Showroom: May 18 – Remembering Jenni Revera featuring Tania Soto Aug 2 – Gabriel Iglesias Dig Lounge: DJ, Karaoke or live bands
101 at McKellips, Scottsdale 480-850-7734
Casino Del Sol
5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson 520-838-6506 AVA Amphitheater: Apr 9 – P.H.O.E.N.I.X Apr 17 – Travis Tritt Apr 19 - Rodriguez Apr 25 – International Mariachi Festival Apr 28 – Larry the Cable Guy May 22 – 22nd Annual Noche de las Estrellas May 17 – IL DIVO May 19 – Tony Bennett May 23 – L.L. Cool J May 25 - BREW HA HA – Brew Tasting Experience May 26 – Cheech & Chong May 30 – Juanes (World’s biggest Spanish language Larry music artist) June 7 – Alice Cooper & the Marilyn Manson (Master of Cable Madness Tour) June 26 – Big Time Rush & Guy Victoria Justice (Summer Break Tour w/ special guest Olivia Somerlyn July 11 – The Go-Go’s and the B 52’s Paradiso Bar: Free weekend entertainment and Tribute bands on Thursdays PY Steakhouse: Every Wednesday – Angle Pereza
Cocopah Casino Showroom: Apr 26 & 27 – “Fan Halen” Van Halen Tribute May 2 & 3 – Latin Comedy featuring the Three Amigos May 4 – “Cinco de Mayo” Celebration with Mariachi Noevo Sonido May 10 & 11 – “Motley Crue’D” Tribute to Motley Crue May 24 & 25 – “L.A. Vation” U2 Tribute May 31 & June 1 – “The Rising” Bruce Springsteen Tribute Bingo Hall – Friday & Saturday at Midnight, L-8 Night Bingo! Including light show, music, dancing and fun!
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15318 South Avenue B Somerton, AZ (Yuma area) 1-800-237-5687 Fri & Sat nights – Live bands
Cliff Castle Casino
I-17 at exit 289 in Camp Verde 1-800-381-SLOT Stargazer Pavilion: Apr 27 – An Evening with WAR, Malo and Tierra Dragonfly Lounge: Live bands on weekends (no cover)
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 updated schedule
Fort McDowell Casino
N of Shea off Hwy 87, Fountain Hills 1-800-THE-FORT Lucky 7 Saloon: Free entertainment on Fri & Sat w/ Kenny G project, Shining Star, Furious George or Raun Alosi & the Knockouts Radisson Ballroom; Bingo Hall: Saturday Apr 20 – Late Night Lunar Bingo w/ music, games & giveaways For updates – go to fortmcdowellcasino.com
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort and Casino
15406 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa 480-802-5000 Oasis Lounge: Free weekend entertainment featuring Arizona’s most popular bands Apr 12 – Marty Ramirez Apr 13 – Ricky Nelson Remembered – Tribute featuring the Nelson twins Gunner and Matthew Apr 19 & 20 – Checker’d Past Apr 24 – The Belmonts Apr 26 – Doug Stone Apr 27 – Desert Dixie May 4 – Tito Puente Jr May 27 – Chubby Checker (5pm) May 29 – The Dixie Cups Harrah’s Outdoor Amphitheatre: For updates, go to harrahsakchin.com
Hon-Dah Resort and Casino
Highways 260 and 73, Pinetop 1-800-WAY-UP-HIGH Conference Center: Apr 12 – Marmalade Skies (Beatles Tribute) Timbers Lounge: Free entertainment, Tues-Sat, Live bands; Apr 9-13 – Roxy Gunn Project Apr 16-20 – Doo-Wah Riders Apr 23-27 – Vinyl Tattoo Apr 3-May 4 – Bario latino Monday is Comedy Night
Lone Butte Casino
202 loop at the Kyrene exit – Chandler, 1-800-WIN-GILA Cascades Lounge: Bands entertain 4-7pm (early*) and 9:30pm – 1:30am (late night**) Apr 10 – Spotlight* & Desert Dixie** Apr 11 – The Heat* & Str8Up**
Apr 12 – Chuck E Baby* & Az Tex Band** Apr 13 – Andrea and Los Guys, Apr 13 – Az Tex Band, Apr 15 – Marty and the Party*, Apr16 – Thaddeus Rose*, Apr 17 – Silhouette* & Western Fusion**, Apr 18 – Kenny’s project* & JJ’s Band**, Apr 19 – Marty and the Party*, & Az Tex Band**, Apr 20 – Rhythm Edition**, Apr 21 – Az Tex Band*, Apr 22 – Marty and the Party*, Apr 23 – Thaddeus Rose*, Apr 24 – Spotlight* & Marble Heart**, Apr 25 – The Heat* & Str8Up**, Apr 26 – Marty and the Party* & Az Tex Band**, Apr 27 – M.A.G. 7**, Apr 28 – Az Tex Band* (in the courtyard), Apr 29 – Marty and the Party*, Apr 30 – Thaddeus Rose* 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
1/2-mile S. of Payson on Hwy 87 1-800-777-PLAY www.777play.com
Apr 20 – “ABBA Fab” ABBA Tribute
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 new spring & summer schedule
Talking Stick Resort
Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road - Scottsdale 480-850-7777 Talking Stick Showroom: Apr 27 – Stephen Lynch: Lion Tour Apr 30 – “ELVIS LIVES” The Ultimate Elvis Tribute May 9, 10 & 11 – Thunder From Down Under (Male Revue) May 17 – Robert Cray May 31 – Scott Weiland June 7 – The Alan Parsons Project In the Grand Ballroom:
I-10 at Wild Horse Pass exit - Chandler 1-800-WIN-GILA Ovations LIVE! Showroom: Apr 12 – Merle Haggard Apr 13 - Sinbad Apr 19 – WFF Event MMA style fights Apr 20 – Latino Fashion Live May 3 – Little Joe y La Familia May 10 – kakaloka Comedy Tour
Huey Lewis and the News
Mazatzal Hotel & Casino
450 Quechan Drive, Yuma 1-888-777- 4946 Sharky’s Bar: Live bands on weekends
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
Apr 20 – Dwight Yoakam Apr 26 – Foreigner May 3 – Gabriel Eglesias May 25 – King of the Cage World Championships June 7 – Alan Parsons Live Project June 21 – Boz Scaggs June 22 – Cyndi Luaper Aug 1 – Gipsy Kings Coffee Garden: Dueling Pianos at 8pm, Thurs- Sat Degree 270 Lounge: (14th Floor) Thurs, Fri & Sat – Live bands & Deejays Orange Sky Restaurant & Lounge (15th Floor) Michael Grimm, Sun & Mon nights (thru Apr 8)
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
May 18 – Huey Lewis and the News May 24 – Paquita la Del Barrio May 25 – Celtic Woman “Believe” May 31 – Cheap Trick Jun 8 – Jewel Jun 15 – Morris Day & the Time w/ The Dazz Band Jun 29 – Sylvia Browne Jul 28 – Sara Evans AIRIA – Nightlife Unplugged, live entertainment – Fri & Sat (4pm-2am) Apr 12 – Ashley Red Band, Apr 13 – DJ Mika (Las Vegas’ Sexiest DJ) Apr 19 – Shining Star Apr 20 – DJ Albert Apr 26 – STATIC Apr 27 – DJ Astonish Encore Lounge: Mid-day entertainment every Monday 11am-3pm along with late night entertainment featuring top bands like; JJs Band, Eagleheart, Michael and Manuel, Powerdrive, Robert Street Band, Priminition, Smoke Stack Lightning,The Hamptons, Str8up Band, Route 66, Jadi Norris, The Walkens and Honest Soulz
1505 East Hwy 69 - Prescott 1-800-756-8744 Yavapai Cantina; Karaoke with Cruisin’ Susan on Fridays and live bands Saturdays Apr 13 – Broken Arrow Apr 20 – Southern Flight Apr 27 – Mudd Groove Karaoke with Cruisin’ Susan on Fridays
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The Bulls Are Back In Prescott Valley Bucky’s Casino Mile High PBR Touring Pro Division is back again at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. The Professional Bull Riders are bucking into town on Saturday, May 4, for a day filled with rank bulls, high scores and big wrecks. The Mutton Bustin’ starts at 7pm followed by the professional bull riders at 7:30pm. Mini Bull Riding will take place during the main event intermission. For those sticking around afterwards, Vince Koehl “N” Gritty Rhythm will take the stage with dancing on the arena floor and a mechanical bull competition.The Bucky’s Casino Mile High PBR event showcases some of the most promising rising stars of the PBR, riding alongside fan favorites and veterans, as all the competitors face off against the most famous bucking stock in the industry. 8 ARIZONA PLAYER April 2013
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gaming news 2ndJob Fair for new Casino Hotel opening soon VeeQuiva Hotel & Casino set to open in July is continuing to fill several jobs to staff new restaurant offerings including; Ditka’s, Los Reyes de la Torta, Panda Express, Fat Burger and more. VeeQuiva Hotel & Casino is accepting applications for these positions at its second job fair for the new project on Saturday, May 4th at the Komatke branch of the East Valley Boys and Girls Club, 5047 West Pecos Road in Laveen.. The job fair is accepting applications and conducting on-site interviews from 10am to 4pm. Several jobs will be offered at the event, applicants are encouraged to bring their resume and a valid form of identification. VeeQuiva Hotel & Casino has created hundreds of jobs for the West Valley during nearly one year of construction. At the project’s peak, 600 construction workers will have been involved in the development making it the second largest active construction site in Arizona. Workers have been racing to complete the project in time for a July opening and will take delivery of the site’s first slot machines in April. Over 1,000 people will be employed by the new hotel & casino upon its completion. The project will replace the existing VeeQuiva Casino and add a host of new amenities and entertainment options.The new development will host a 70,000 square foot gaming floor with slots, Blackjack, Pai-Gow,
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Poker, Bingo and a Premium Player’s Club Lounge.This new facility will feature a 90-room boutique hotel, 6,000 square foot event center, six restaurants, four bars, a swimming pool and a 1,000 space covered parking garage. The new VeeQuiva Hotel & Casino under construction is located adjacent to the existing VeeQuiva Casino, just off 51st Avenue at Komatke Road, 4 miles south of Baseline Road.in laveen
A BOYD’S EYE VIEW OF VIDEO POKER
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ave you ever walked into a casino with visions of 9/6 Jacks or Better (9/6 JOB, ER 99.5439%) dancing in your head, only to find they’re MIA? This sort of disappointment by Linda Boyd has become commonplace of late. Instead of dropping a verbal landmine on the nearest uniformed employee, it’s best to take a deep breath and avoid the potential for a circular firing squad. Here are some considerations. We’ve moved: The first thing to do is ask an informed staff member if your favorite machines have been moved to another location. Make sure you have the correct name and machine description. For example, a local casino had a bank of 8/5JOB Progressives in single-line quarters. If you described them that way, however, you would be viewed as a Martian. Instead, ask if they still have the quarter “Digging for Diamonds” and then indicate where they were located. Calm discourse: If they’re truly gone, then keep an eye on their successors to determine if they’re getting any play. If not, ask management if there’s any chance of bringing them back for an encore. Sometimes you’ll be told that they were just worn out and had to be replaced due to lack of parts and so on. Politely let them know the current devices can have any pay schedule management wants. You can then write the pay schedule down accurately and check back. Even if they slow down the progressive meter on 8/5JOB, sort of a compromise with the casino, it’s better than any non-progressive 8/5JOB. If you’re not sure of the exact numbers, then you can copy the pay schedule for 8/5JOB from my book, “The Video Poker Edge”. Possible alternatives: Sometimes you get the “no can do” response. If that happens, then check the casino’s inventory for the next best device. Again, you may have to write down the exact pay table found on the device and use either the tables in my book or WinPoker software to determine the game’s expected return. (This is called the ER and is a percentage figure, assuming computerperfect play. 100% is even money, above 100% the player has an edge, under the house does. If the ER is close to 100% and your play is close to perfect, then you
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can factor in cash back for points, promo equity and other perks.) Russian roulette: Plopping down at any video poker device and thinking they’re all pretty much the same, essentially based entirely on luck, is a huge mistake. Here’s why. If you select a 6/5JOB, that’s what replaced the “Digging for Diamonds” in my example, then your ER is 94.9961% with computerperfect play instead of 97.2984% at reset for 8/5JOB. Beyond that, when the progressive royal gets to $2,000 (that’s 8,000 coins and a frequent occurrence on the bank in question) the ER is 99.5917%. You must keep in mind that the higher the ER the longer you’ll play on a given bankroll over time. That translates to more shots at infrequent hands like four-of-a-kind (occurs once every 423 hands in 8/5JOB) or a royal flush (occurs once every 40,170 hands in 8/5JOB). If you toss money into any device on the casino floor it’s just like playing Russian roulette with your gambling bankroll. Final Thoughts: Imagine what’s going to happen when you’re part of a circular firing squad; really, it’s worse than Russian roulette. That’s what will figuratively occur if you let your emotions get the best of you and make a grandstand announcement that you will never darken the doorway of your local casino because they had the temerity to remove your video poker game. It’s true that many VP players stick to one-and-only-one game. If you’d prefer a casino over a movie then you’re going to need a realistic approach to the activity. Take a careful look at the options in your favorite casino, check out the competition and then decide on the best option. Arizona players are going to have to be more flexible in the future, just like those in other jurisdictions. The good news is that with the growing number of casinos we have many alternatives as well as a big tax advantage in that you can fade your loses against winnings on state tax returns. In other words, being a member of a circular firing squad is not only highly overrated, but truly unnecessary! Linda Boyd - 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 strategy cards for the most popular games. Look for her story in the 2012 Edition of “American Casino Guide” (ACG) and her You Tube video, also with ACG. The 2010 Second Edition of her book is available in both paperback and kindle. Available at bookstores, amazon.com Square One Publishers www.squareonepublishers.com or call 1-877-900-BOOK
reel reviews by kevin cummings
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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 s/c Tues & Wed, 7:15pm - NLHE, $115 buy-in w/ $15 s/c Sat, Apr 27 at 11:15 am - Last Saturday NLHE - $125 Buy in w/ $25 s/c Sat, May 4 at 11:15 am - BIG Stack NLHE - $300 Buy in w/ $30 s/c Sat, Apr 13 & May 11at 11:15 am - Super Bounty Super BIG Stack NLHE - $200 Buy in w $25 s/c - $100 Bounties Sun, Apr 14 at 11:15 am - Ladies NLHE - $60 Buy-in w/ $15 s/c Sat May 18 at 11:15 am - Omaha Hi-Only - “pot limit”$ 230 buy-in Sun, Apr 28 at 11:15am - Jack & Jill NLHE - $65 buy-in Sat July 20 at 11:15 am - Omaha Hi-low - $150 buy-in 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 Food Specials; $3 breakfast special 2 am - Noon, also $12 Prime Rib dinner every Monday 5pm-11pm Also dealing blackjack 24/7
BlueWater Resort & Casino 1-888-243-3360
Poker Room opens at 4pm, except Sun, Mon & Wed at 2pm Mon - $50 buy-in for $40 Tues, 7pm, NLHE “Bounty” Tournament - $35 buy-in w/one $20 re-buy ($5 bounties) Wed - Quads or Straight Flush pays $50 - also “High Hand of the Day” pays $50 at 8 pm Thurs, 7pm, NLHE - $30 buy-in, w/ 2 re-buys at $20 w/ Opt $5 high hand Fri - Any Full House pays $15 Sat - Double player points all day Sun - Spreading 2-8 Omaha Daily- Any Royal Flush pays $200 also “Aces Cracked” pays $40 Dealing blackjack daily at 9am
Bucky’s Casino 928-771-6779
Mon - Thurs at 6pm - NLHE $40 entry w/one $10 re-buy, top 5 players cash & earn points toward $250 Player of the Month award May 12, 2pm - Omaha Hi-Low Tournament, $80 buy-in “Splash Pot Sundays” 11am-11pm - 1 table splashed every ½ hour between $10 to $150 Progressive “Aces Cracked” Sat 11am-11pm - increases by $50 each hour till hit Fridays - all day “Aces Cracked - wins a Rack” “Random Rewards” Various times and days, 6 card flushes, splash pots and “Aces Cracked” see poker room for pay-outs Dealing blackjack 24/7 - Now playing “Texas Shoot Out” w/ Bonus jackpot and 3 Card Poker
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
Casino Del Sol 520-838-6565
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, 7pm 2,000 NLHE - $55 buy-in Thurs, 7pm - $5,000 deep stack 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, $ 150 ADDED per table of 10 - $25 buy-in - no re-buys Wed, 7pm - $500 Added NLHE $40 buy-in, 1 $5 re-buy Sat, Noon - 1,000 added - NLHE $80 buy-in, w/ 3 optional add-ons, but no re-buys All Week - Royal Flush pays $100 Sun, Mon, Wed &Fri “Aces Cracked” wins pot match - up to $100 (Max payout $400/day) Also dealing blackjack 24/7
Cocopah Casino 800-237-5687 Dealing blackjack daily at 10am
Desert Diamond Nogales Hwy 520-342-1810
Mon & Thurs at 9:30 am & Mon & Wed at 7pm $500 added NLHE - $35 buy-in (max 40 players) 24/7 - any Royal Flush $200 Hold Em and $100 Omaha, Straight Flush $100 Hold -Em $50 Omaha & random Splash Pots daily Also dealing blackjack 24/7 with new progressive side bet and 3 card poker side bet
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 & 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 16 ARIZONA PLAYER April 2013
Sunday, at 10am - Ladies NLHE Poker Tournament - $60 buy-in w/ $5 add-on “Aces Cracked” wins a rack “Easy way Jackpot” Aces full of tens beaten by Quads or better wins Jackpot Play More, Cash More - Play live for 4 hours in a day get $40 - Play 7 hours receive $100 Dealing blackjack 24/7
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino 480-802-5138
World Series of Poker events Mon, 7:30pm - WSOP Qualifying Sit & Go Satellites, $40 buy-in (min 10 players) Wed, 7:30 pm - WSOP $1,500 Qualifying Event, $65 buy-in (min 25 players) Sat, 12:30pm - WSOP Rotating tournaments - call for schedule Sun, 12:30pm - WSOP $1,000 Qualifying event, $50 buy-in (min 25 players) 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 High Hand promotion 9am-1pm & 9pm - 1am Hold-Em and Omaha or mixed game see poker room for details Aces Cracked (pot match up to $100) 24/7 Max payout $300 per session Faces Cracked (1pm-5pm & mid - 6am) pot match up to $50 - Max payout $300 per time frame Start-up special - first 6 players each day, $20 back after 2 hours of play Progressive High Hand from 1pm - 9pm Weekdays (Quads or better) Also dealing blackjack 24/7
Hon-Dah Casino 928-369-7555
Mon, 6pm - NLHE “$25 Bounty” Tournament, $45 buy-in (no re-buys) Tues, 6pm - NLHE “Speed Shoot-Out” $15 buy-in (no re-buys) Wed, 6pm - NLHE, $40 buy-in (no re-buys) Thurs, 6pm - No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, $40 buy-in (no re-buys) Fri, 6pn, - NLHE, Double Stack $25 buy-in w/ one $25 re-buy Sat, 4pm - NLHE, $30 buy-in, $10 re-buys + $10 add-on Sun - 4pm, Crazy Pineapple $30 buy-in, $10 re-buys + $10 add-on Early bird chips available for all tournaments Tuesdays, all day - Aces Cracked wins $25 - $100 cash or various other prizes
Lone Butte Casino 800-946-4452
Dealing blackjack 24/7 - with $5 games PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot (was over $138,00 as of April 10)
Mazatzal Hotel & Casino 800-777-7529
Live Poker Wed -Sun starting at 10am, High Hands, win up to $250 Wed & Sun - 6pm & Sat 3pm, NLHE Tournament, $50 buy-in w/one $25 re-buy 1st Thursday of the month at 6pm, “Ladies Only” NLHE tournament - $25 buy-in Dealing blackjack 10am to 1am, with $3 games daily till 3pm Mon - 6pm, Blackjack Tournament $40 buy-in
Quechan Casino & Resort 1-877-783-2426
Open daily at 10am, spreading 3/6 Texas Hold Em, 4/8 Texas Hold Em with a kill, 4/8 Omaha hi-low split with a kill (Tues & Fri) also 1-3 No Limit Texas Hold Em Sat & Sun at 1pm NLHE $40 buy-in & Thurs at 7pm - “Deep Stack” NLHE - $75 buy-in, $10 re-buys (extra chips for “live” play before tournaments) Special room rates for poker players Dealing blackjack 24/7
Vee Quiva Casino 800-946-4452 - Ext 1042
“Super 77” Progressive Bad-Beat Jackpot - Quad 7’s or better beaten wins at least $25,000 $5,000 FREE ROLL Tournament on May 4th at 1pm - Qualify at the top 100 players with over 40 hours of play 3/24 - 4/28/13 Wed, 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 Sun 11am, NLHE, $30 buy in, & $20 add-on - opt $10 staff appreacition fee for add’l chips Sun & Tues at 1am “Red Eye Big Stack” Hold Em Tournaments - $40 buy in and players are eligible for the bad beat jackpot! “ACES CRACKED” wins a rack - daily starting at noon - max 10 per day, win $50 - $200 Baseball “Slugfest” $50 splash pots for every score, also “Wet & Wild” $50 splash pots, 2-7am Pro & NCAA Basketball “Slam Dunk Splash pots” Win $50 in chips on every table see poker room for details Big Money Royals, Any Royal Flush wins $200 - Plus “Bonus Royals” Mon-Thurs Also dealing blackjack 24/7 - with $5 games
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino 800-946-4452 ext 7375
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Craig Krause, who shares his time between Colorado and Arizona, doesn’t usually purchase Lottery tickets. However, on Friday, March 21, he was in his local store and purchased five Powerball tickets for Saturday’s drawing. Early Monday morning, Craig checked his ticket and was excited that on the top line he had three numbers. He knew that there had been one $1,000,000 Powerball winner in Arizona for March 22, and that it wasn’t him. Then he continued checking and, to his amazement, discovered two additional matching numbers. At that point, he yelled to his friend in the next room to come look at his ticket, because he had five matching
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Third time a charm! numbers. His friend didn’t really believe him, but came into the room to look. When he also saw five matching numbers, they decided they’d better go to the store and see what the ticket was worth. They did not take the ticket into the store, but instead got a brochure from the counter and found out that five matching numbers were worth $1,000,000. At that point, they were so excited that they barely made it out of the store and into the truck. Craig never did check the other four lines on the ticket. They were going to go right down to the Lottery, but Craig wanted to go back to his house to get their other friend so both of them would be with him when he received his check. Craig, who works in the construction field, has been coming out to Arizona for the last three years. In his spare time, he rides his bicycle, swims, and is learning to golf. While in Arizona, he also enjoys attending baseball spring training. He really hasn’t had time to make any plans for his $1,000,000, but he said, “I’ll probably pay off some bills and share with my family. He also plans to play the Lottery more often now.
Renee Garcia of Mesa stopped to get gas for her car. While she was at the station, she redeemed a Scratchers ticket for $10 and decided to get some more tickets. She wanted two $5 crosswords, but the store was out of them, so she asked for the $3 crossword, but they had just sold out of that one, too. Instead, she purchased one $10 Ultimate Crossword and ended up winning $100,000 on her third choice! After realizing that she might have a winning ticket, Renee took it to her local store to have it scanned. Although the clerk gave her the claim form, she and her husband were still afraid to believe it was real. Renee only plays the crossword Scratchers “They take longer to play” she said “Also, I can play it for a while, put it down and go back to it.” She and her husband plan to buy a new car with the winnings and talk to a financial advisor about investing the rest. The winning ticket was purchased at the Shell Station at Power & Guadalupe in Mesa.
gaming news Exciting news for Arizona Players! By Kevin Cummings Arizona casinos will now be able to place games from a new and upcoming slot manufacturer, Incredible Technologies. While IT may be new to the casino gaming industry, I would be willing to bet that you have seen some of their other games before. If you have ever been to an arcade or sports bar, youâ€™ve probably seen a very popular game called Golden Tee Golf, where players use a track ball to hook, slice, and putt their way to the green. Golden Tee Golf has the distinction of being the most successful coinoperated video game in history. Incredible Technologies also uses this proven track-ball method of gaming with their other hit arcade game Silver Strike Bowling. While you wonâ€™t see a trackball on one of their slot machines yet, Incredible Technologies has taken their 28 years of experience in the amusement industry to produce amazing player-focused slot machine games. Many of their games feature unique math models which provide exciting big wins and great game play. Some of my favorite titles include: The Herd, which offers the opportunity of big full-screen wins. Ultra Mega, a classic 8-bit arcade style game which has huge multipliers on both base and free game wins. Chocolate Indulgence, a simply sweet game with stacked symbols and yummy cordial cherries. Their fresh approach to casino gaming and their arcade know-how has made their slot machines popular in over 13 states - with Arizona becoming number 14. Players will soon be able to play the exciting titles which will make their Arizona debut at the opening of the new Twin Arrows Casino just east of Flagstaff, Arizona. Their titles will be available in more Arizona locations shortly after. Please stay tuned for more on Incredible Technologies, as I plan to do a full two-page spread that will really highlight their very sought-after Arizona debut.
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The ACE 5 COUNT
ost gamblers at the end of a yearsworth of playing would be happy if by TJ they just broke even. Jorgensen Along the way they would have established enough points for some free comps, and had some low cost entertainment. While this may not sound possible, here’s how to make it happen. If a Blackjack player knows “Basic Strategy” and employs it flawlessly the Casino has about a .52% long term advantage, depending on the rules and number of decks used. This means on average for every $100 wagered you would expect to lose 52 cents in the long run. By learning and utilizing a very simple card counting system you can reduce the house edge even further down to about .08. “The Ace-Five Count” is very easy to master and play. This system recognizes and keeps track of the two most important cards in the deck. For the player the most valuable card is the Ace. Besides being the essential element for a Blackjack, it also enables the player to make hands because its value can be one or eleven. The most important card for the Dealer is the five, because when hitting hands of 12-16, it will give them 17-21. How this system works. As the cards are dealt from a new shoe you assign a value of -1 (minus one) to all Aces, and a value of +1 (plus one) to all 5s. By doing this you will know if there is an imbalance of 5s vs Aces on the up-coming hand. You will increase your bet when you are more likely to get an Ace, and bet the minimum when there is a surplus of 5s. For example if the cards are dealt for the first hand, and there are three 5s dealt and one Ace, your count would be +2 (plus two) for the up-coming hand. (Three 5s at a value of +1 (plus one) each or +3, and one Ace with a value of -1 (minus one). 3 - 1 = +2). With this information you now know that for the next hand you are more likely to get an Ace as opposed to a 5. Betting for a six deck game you will bet the minimum when your count is at +2 (plus two) or lower. If you get a count of +3 or +4 for the up-coming hand, bet twice your minimum bet. oPoker_1/3page_vp ad.qxp 12:31 PM Page 1 bet four When your count is at +510/12/09 or higher for the up-coming hand,
times your minimum bet Here is a betting chart for a $5 dollar six deck table Count. Bet 2 or lower $5 +3 $10 +4 $10 +5 or higher $20. Betting according to your count will reduce the Casino’s edge from .52 down to .08, because you are increasing your wagers when the composition of the cards for the upcoming hand favor the player, and playing the minimum when the dealer has the advantage
Playing the Hands You must know and play basic strategy perfectly to maximize the reduction of the Casino’s edge. There is no room for hunches or gut feelings. How much of a reduction depends on the house rules, number of decks, how well you play basic strategy, and how accurately you keep track of the Aces and 5s. While you will not have a mathematical advantage over the casino using the Ace-five count, you will be able to reduce the house edge a little bit more than if you were just using basic strategy. In fact after 25,000 hands you will have a 25% chance of being ahead. If you decide that card counting is for you and would like to take your game to the next level, I cover card counting in my book. My system keeps track of all the cards as they are dealt, and has a betting and playing strategy according to the count. By playing this way you have a mathematical advantage over the Casino. Then it will be you, not the house, who has the advantage when you sit down to play. If you would like a copy of my book or have any questions or comments my E mail is; TJ4justice1@msn.com T.J. Jorgensen has been a professional Blackjack player for over 20 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 through his web site www.freewebs.com/tjsblackjackcorner or by e-mail TJ4justice1@msn.com
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by Brian Mulligan
Derby Picture Coming Into Focus
ith the Santa Anita Derby and the Wood Memorial in the books, the Kentucky Derby picture is much less fuzzy and online sports betting site players can bank on the winners of those races being factors at Churchill. Last year was resurgence for the Santa Anita Derby so don’t discount this prep. Stars like Affirmed, Majestic Prince, Winning Colors, Silver Charm and Sunday Silence came out of the SA Derby to win the Kentucky Derby. In 2012, I’ll Have Another prepped in California and his only poor race ever came at Saratoga on a sloppy surface. He parlayed a win in the Santa Anita Derby to a 15-1 victory in the Kentucky Derby but that was an unusual parlay of late. On a day when part owner of Goldencents Rick Pitino coached his Louisville basketball team to the Final Four, his runner was on the motor from the sound of the bell and came away late to win the Santa Anita Derby. Ironically, the Louisville players had honored the injured player Kevin Ware by wearing his Number 5 in the warm-ups last weekend and Goldencents carried that same number to victory as he broke from post 5. Favored Flashback had every chance to win but he just could not out game Goldencents, who is trained by Doug O’Neill, the winning trainer of last year’s Kentucky Derby winner. Tracking splits of :46 2/5 and 1:10 2/5, Goldencents got the 9 furlongs of the SA Derby in 1:48 3/5 when recording a 105 Beyer. Last year, I’ll Have Another went in 1:47 4/5 and earned a 95 Beyer. Goldencents has been a true bargain. He cost $62,000, now has earned over $1.2 million, and his tactical speed will be big at Churchill. Next stop Kentucky The Wood Memorial was a great race to watch last Saturday, as Todd Pletcher’s trainee Verrazano remained unbeaten. The sophomore has now made no mistakes in 4 starts and he really dug in during the drive in the Wood showing some serious grit to hold off a closing Normandy Invasion and spoil Vyjack’s unbeaten record as that runner settled for third. The son of More Than Ready sat off moderate splits of :49 3/5 and 1:13 3/5 before finishing up in 1:50 1/5 for the 9 furlongs earning a 95 Beyer. One of the important things he did was he proved he could stand up to a challenge once hooked. Last year Gemologist won the Wood in 1:50 4/5 earning a 98 Beyer but was only a brief factor in the Kentucky Derby. The Wood has been an important Derby prep for decades. In 1973, Secretariat was third in the Wood before going on to win the Triple Crown. From 1975 to 1977 every winner of the Wood cashed the first Saturday in May at Churchill. Foolish Pleasure started the streak, Bold Forbes continued it, and Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew completed the 70s Show. In 1980 the filly Genuine Risk followed in the footsteps of Secretariat running third in the Wood but winning the Kentucky Derby. 24 ARIZONA PLAYER April 2013
The next year, the long-fused Pleasant Colony parlayed the Wood to success in the Derby. Go for Gin, Funny Cide and Monarchos were 2nd in the Wood before winning in Kentucky and the last Wood winner to cash in the Run for the Roses was Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000. Verrazano’s rider, Johnny Velazquez, has a decision to make, as he is also the regular rider for Florida Derby winner Orb. Pletcher saw the Wood as an educational tool, Pletcher: “I think he’s still learning, he’s had a tendency to kind of idle a little bit and wait on company down the lane, I thought he did that a little bit. It’s the first time he really had horses real close to him at the finish of a race. Hopefully, every step we make is a learning experience for him and he learns to polish these races off a little better.” With just weeks remaining to the Kentucky Derby, Verrazano and Goldencents have proven to be true contenders, but there are a number of great story lines waiting all of us in the days to come. The Arkansas Derby and the Blue Grass will help to put things in focus next, but players should pay attention to other horses in the Run for the Roses too. Those not mentioned in this article include Revolutionary, Uncaptured, War Academy, Lines of Battle and Will Take Charge. Good luck the first Saturday in May.
Brian Mulligan was the main West Coast line-maker 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. Editor’s note; Speaking of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs, The most familiar name in horse racing has added to its gaming portfolio recently by purchasing Maine’s Oxford Casino for $160 million. The acquisition is part of a strategy by Churchill Downs to transition from a pure racing entity into a regional gaming operator. This marks the fourth casino Churchill Downs has bought.
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ENTER TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZE! Bucky’s and Yavapai Casinos is giving away a Bull Bash Party for the PBR event as part of their April promotion, “Hot Seats, Cold Cash & Bull Bash.” The promotion is a Hot Seat Drawing/Money Machine promotion held at both casinos between 10am-10pm daily. The grand prize drawing will be held on April 30 at 6:30pm. The Bull Bash Grand Prize includes a Corporate Suite for 12 at the Bucky’s Mile High PBR event on May 4 - complete with food and beverages! Add to this, transportation to and from the Prescott Resort, along with six complimentary rooms plus breakfast for the entire group at Bucky’s Café. Each of the winner’s guests will also receive; PBR hats, t-shirts and $100 in Free Play! In addition, the Grand Prize Winner will receive $2,000 in Free Play, a Mile High PBR Jacket and Mile High PBR belt buckle. For complete details of the “Hot Seats, Cold Cash & Bull Bash” April promotion, please see the Gold Rush Club for details and check out their ad on buckyscasino.com
Bucky’s & Yavapai Casinos also have a second bonus for all PBR attendees: Bring in your PBR ticket after the event to either casino and receive $20 in Free Play when you join the Gold Rush Club. If you are already a member, just bring in your ticket and they will add $10 in Free Play to your account. See the Gold Rush Club for full details.
cover story The fun continues at Bucky’s poker room when the PBR riders play in the Friday May 3rd Bounty Tournament starting at 7pm. Meet the riders and try to knock them out of play to receive the SuperBounty. Come in early to secure your seat at the table. Bucky’s and Yavapai Casinos are both located across from each other on Highway 69 in Prescott and offer a full range of games, from live table games at Bucky’s to hundreds of the latest slots at both casinos. They feature a non-smoking Poker Room at Bucky’s and the largest, totally smoke-free gaming room in Arizona with more than 80 slots at Yavapai Casino. Great food and drink is always available at both Bucky’s Café and Yavapai Cantina. Planning on spending the whole weekend in the Prescott area? Call 1-800967-4637 (1-800-46PINES) to book a gaming getaway at the Prescott Resort. You can also book on line at www.prescottresort.com or check out attractions and upcoming events in the Prescott area. Tickets for the 2013 Bucky’s Casino Mile High PBR on Saturday evening, May 4th, start at just $10 and are available at the Tim’s Toyota Center Box Office in Prescott Valley, Mon.-Fri., 10AM-5PM or on Gettix.net available through the Tim’s website, www.timstoyotacenter.com or (866) 443-8849. Prices will be $5 higher at the Center Box Office on the day of the event.
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gaming news ODDS ARE: BASEBALL IS BACK! The “Boys of Summer” (at least most of them) are back and being the gambler that you are – You may wonder “Just what are the chances my team winning the NL or AL pennant and even go on to win the World Series?” Well, let’s take a look, just like other off-seasons, there were free agent signings, trades, spring training injuries, players that retired and former big stars who have opted to play in Japan or signed minor league contracts hoping to make it back to the show. Now, here’s pre-season look at the odds – called the “Baseball Futures” for the 2013 season - according to Vegas odds-makers. Remember these odds change daily based on trades, injuries to key players and the way a team is currently playing.
ODDS TO WIN THE 2013 WORLD SERIES: Washington Nationals Toronto Blue Jays Detroit Tigers Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Angels Cincinnati Reds San Francisco Giants Texas Rangers Atlanta Braves Philadelphia Phillies Tampa Bay Rays St. Louis Cardinals New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox
7-1 8-1 8-1 9-1 9-1 12-1 12-1 16-1 16-1 16-1 16-1 18-1 20-1 30-1 30-1
Oakland Athletics Chicago White Sox Milwaukee Brewers Kansas City Royals Arizona Diamondbacks Pittsburgh Pirates Cleveland Indians San Diego Padres Chicago Cubs Seattle Mariners Minnesota Twins New York Mets Colorado Rockies Miami Marlins Houston Astros
30-1 40-1 50-1 50-1 60-1 65-1 65-1 75-1 75-1 100-1 100-1 100-1 150-1 200-1 250-1
According to the odds makers in Vegas, here are the teams that improved the most from last season’s odds: 1-Baltimore Orioles, 2-Toronto Blue Jays, 3-Los Angeles Dodgers 4-Washington Nationals Now, before you get too depressed (if your team’s odds are near the bottom) keep this in mind - in recent history, some long shots went on to win not only the NL or AL Pennant, but also the World Series - So get out there and cheer your team on! Finally, again this year – Still no line available on whether Pete Rose will be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
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DAVID AT THE SNACK BAR 42 Jackie Robinson was recruited out of the Negro Leagues by Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers and would go on to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Ricky considered many players but chose Robinson because, while he may not have been the best player, he had the right temperament by David Ramsey to handle the pressure. Harrison Ford is terrific as Rickey - playing him with humor and gravitas. There are a couple times when Brian Helgeland, the writer/director, gets a little schmaltzy but the rest of the film is so good they can be overlooked. “42” is about what Jackie Robinson had to go through and it’s about Branch Rickey taking a stand but at its core it is about a love of baseball.
The ten best baseball movies in alphabetical order, all available on DVD First Base: The Bad News Bears 1976
Center Field: Field of Dreams 1989
102 Minutes, Paramount, Rated PG
107 Minutes, Universal, Rated PG
An alcoholic former minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an very competitive California little league. Walter Matthau is outstanding as the coach who’s waiting for his next beer, but Tatum O’Neil as the fireball throwing ace almost steals the show. This film has been the basis for every film about misfit kids and sports.
If they build it they will come, if they film it they will watch. Ray Kinsella builds a baseball diamond on his farm and legendary players come out of the corn field to play. This is a magical film that truly brings the joy of baseball to film. Right Field: The Natural 1984
Second Base: Bang the Drum Slowly 1973
134 Minutes, Sony, Rated PG
96 Minutes, Paramount, Rated PG
This story of the friendship between a star pitcher and a marginal half-wit catcher will touch your heart. Robert De Niro gives a power performance as the catcher who just wants to play. This may be baseball’s “Brian’s Song”.
Roy Hobbs is shot on this way to the majors and almost dies. Years later he gets his shot and makes the most of it. While predictable and syrupy it is still wonderful to watch Roy light up the stadium with a home run. Robert Redford is perfect and the rest of the cast is just as good.
Third Base: Bull Durham 1988
Pitcher: The Rookie 2002
Crash Davis is minor league star catcher brought in to help develop a potentially great pitcher who needs a little seasoning before heading to the majors. This is a much a love story as it is a baseball film. Crash and his pitcher both fall for the same woman – a groupie who picks one promising player a year to have an affair with. This film set the standard for sports comedy and has some of the best lines ever.
High school baseball coach Jimmy Morris gave up on his dream of playing in the majors years ago. When he tells his team if they win district he will try out for a major league team his entire life changes. He blows everyone away with this fastball and ends up making his major league debut at an age when most players are retiring. This is based on the true story of Jimmy Morris and Dennis Quaid does a great job of playing him.
Short Stop: Damn Yankees 1958
Catcher: Talent of the Game 1991
Whatever Lola wants Lola gets. A fan makes a deal with the devil to become a star player and help his favorite team beat those ‘damn Yankees’. Everything about his film is entertaining particularly Gwen Verdon as the devil’s minion – Lola. This is one of the best film adaptation of a Broadway musical.
A scout for the California Angels is on the verge of losing his job when he finds a country boy with no pro experience but great arm. Soon he is forced to make a decision between what the owners want and what is best for the player. This little known film is highlighted by a great performance by Edward James Olmos as the scout.
Left Field: Fear Strikes Out 1957
Designated Hitter: It Happens Every Spring 1949
108 Minutes, MGM, Rated R
111 Minutes, Warner, Not Rated
100 Minutes, Paramount, Not Rated
127 Minutes, Buena Vista, Rated G
91 Minutes, Paramount, Rated PG
87 Minutes, Fox, Not Rated
A chemistry professor develops a formula that caused objects to resist This dark tale is based on the life of major leaguer Jimmy Piersall who battled mental illness to become a star on the diamond. This is the only heavy wood. Needing money to marry the Dean’s daughter he becomes a pitcher for the Cardinals. He has to keep it secret and that creates some funny situadrama on the list and is perfect contrast to the lighter fare. tions. This delightfully whimsical tale is a lot of fun. ARIZONA PLAYER April 2013 27
Jokes of the Month A REASON TO SPEED
A traveling salesman who spends way too many days on the road was driving along a long stretch of highway near the California border and seeing that there was very little traffic, put the “pedal to the metal” and sped up to get to his next appointment.
The lawyer replies, “Your blood matches the DNA found at the murder scene.” “Dammit!” cries the client. “What’s the good news?” “Well,” the lawyer says, “Your cholesterol level is pretty low at 120.”
Within a few minutes he noticed flashing red and blue lights in his rearview mirror. He knew he was caught and slowly pulled over.
The officer walked up, and asked “I hope you have a good reason why you were driving so damn fast”
Earl was walking down the street when he came across a dead body at the about a half block from the street corner, he used his cell phone and called 911.
The salesman thought for a moment and replied “Well, my wife left me last week and just left a note on the bedroom door that she was running off with a highway patrolman - I thought you were that guy and you were bringing her back!”
The 911 operator told Earl that she would send someone out right away. “Where are you located?” she asked.
The officer laughed and gave him a warning.
The 911 operator asked, “Can you spell that for me?
GOOD NEWS – BAD NEWS “I have good news and bad news,” the defense lawyer says to his client.” The client asks “What’s the bad news?”
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Earl replied, “Near the corner of 1st street and Eucalyptus Drive.”
There was a long pause and finally Earl said “look, I’ll drag the body back to 1st and Oak and you can pick him up there.”
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Congratulations also to our 3 runner-up winners, Bill Reno of Scottsdale, Kathy McClendon from Phoenix and Jane Berntson of Tucson, They each receive a choice of tickets to concerts, sporting events or other places of entertainment – They can also choose a $25 gift card to popular restaurants. We’ll have another Grand prize Package to give away starting next month, that we will announce in that May issue – so get busy entering. There are 2 ways to enter: Go to FACEBOOK and “like” Arizona Player – or mail a post card or 3 x 5 card in an envelope – include your name, address and Phone number and send to: Arizona Player “Coming of Age” Sweepstakes - PO Box 33393 - Phoenix, AZ 85067 (Limit 1 entry per month) Friend us, and we will reward you for doing just that, with an inside track to lots of great special deals and prizes! 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 the Southwest. Phil Scudella Publisher
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