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Contributing Photography Kevin Cummings Melody Hudson Matt Probst David Ramsey Melissa Rowberry Satara Williams Shanna Wolfe

Special Thanks to: The marketing and management staff at Gila River Gaming Enterprises and everyone at MPG Marketing for their efforts on this June issue of Arizona Player

Contributing Writers Linda Boyd Rachel Brockway Kevin Cummings Cindy Esquer Melody Hudson TJ Jorgensen Matt Probst David Ramsey Melissa Rowberry Satara Williams 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.

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Vol. 22 No. 6 • June 2014

Gaming News “Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino Earns AAA Four Star Award”

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Blackjack Corner TJ Jorgensen “F.A.T. Tournament at Vee Quiva”

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Cover Story Lone Butte Casino” Great American Harley Giveaway”

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REEL REVIEWS Kevin Cummings “Beir Haus” from WMS

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Gaming News “Talking Stick Resort Welcomes DR. John & Art Garfunkel”

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Card Room Action Table Game Action Around the State

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Boyd’s Eye View of Video Poker Linda Boyd “Superstition”

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Arizona Lottery News “All or Nothing” & Looking for a Millionaire

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Arizona Lottery News “More Big Lottery winners”

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Travel “Willcox/Apple Annie’s Orchard”

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Contest Page “Win Getaways to Harrah’s Ak Chin Resort”

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Entertainment Casino Entertainment State-wide

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David at the Snack Bar David Ramsey "Movie & DVD Reviews"

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Jokes of the Month New Jokes to Lighten Your Day

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Astrology, Bingo Games and Casino Directory

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gaming news VeeQuiva Hotel & Casino earns AAA Four Diamond Award!

The month of May brought exciting news to VeeQuiva Hotel & Casino, as they were awarded the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Award. By meeting strict criteria measuring all aspects of service and amenities, VeeQuiva Hotel & Casino has proven to be among the top hotel properties in Arizona and has earned the award in its first year of operation.  “We are honored to be awarded this prestigious designation,” said General Manager, Jeff Martin. “The team here at VeeQuiva Hotel & Casino has diligently worked hard since our opening to provide the best guest experience in the valley with the highest quality amenities. This recognition shows that tremendous effort has not gone unnoticed.”

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The AAA Diamond Rating process is North America’s premier hotel rating program.  The program provides one of the industry’s most reliable ratings to guide lodging decisions for vacationers and business travelers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. This is measured by the degree of hospitality, service, amenities and attention to detail a property offers its guests. The system provides hotel guests with a quick and dependable rating on service levels at thousands of hotel properties both locally and internationally. “AAA developed the Diamond rating system more than 75 years ago as a travel resource. It is one of the only rating systems that include on-site evaluations by anonymous inspectors,” said Linda Gorman, Communications and Public Affairs Director for AAA Arizona. “Earning a Five or Four Diamond Award is one of the highest accolades in the travel industry.” In fact, out of over 29,000 approved AAA properties worldwide, only 5.3% are awarded the four diamond designation. VeeQuiva Hotel & Casino is one of three casinos owned and operated by the Gila River Indian Community. Opened in July of 2013, the property includes over 950 slot machines, 36 table games, 90 wellappointed hotel rooms, over 6,000 square feet of conference space, the VeeQuiva Event Center and 6 dining options headlined by Arizona’s only Ditka’s restaurant.


TJ’s Blackjack corner

by TJ Jorgensen

F.A.T. Friday Blackjack Tournament

hile looking at Gila River Casinos website WinGilaRiver.com - I discovered that VeeQuiva Hotel & Casino is now having a Friday afternoon Blackjack Tournament as well as a “Last Saturday of the Month” Blackjack Tournament. And since I hadn’t been to the new property since the Grand Opening, I thought this would be a good time to check it out and play their tournament. The Tournament starts at 2pm every Friday, and costs $30 to enter – For an extra $5 you can buy an additional $1000 in chips. This Tournament is limited to 72 players, and each player starts with $5000 in play chips. The bets must be made in multiples of $50 with $100 being the minimum bet and $5,000 being the max. In the qualifying round the participants play 15 hands of blackjack and at the end of 15 hands the player with the most chips at each table advances to the next round. There is a chip count after hand eleven. I arrived about an hour early and checked out the casino. It’s very well done, and very spacious. I decided to play some blackjack while I

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waited for the tournament to start. I had a nice run of cards and ended up making enough to pay for my entry fee, gas, and a nice chunk to put in my pocket. The tournament began right on time and after round one, I was the player with the most chips after 15 hands, and advanced to the finals. In the finals each player again starts with $5,000 in tournament chips. In this round after 21 hands the player with the most chips will be crowned the champion, but the Casino also pays 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place money. Going into the last hand at the final table there were just three players remaining, myself and two others. I had a run of bad cards when I was trying to make catch up bets and found myself in 3rd position with a chip total of $7,200. The leader had $12,100 and 2nd position $11,300. My outlook wasn’t totally hopeless. If I could double my chip total on the last hand, I would have a chance to win. Fortunately, I did get to bet last on the final hand which is a slight advantage. On the last hand the chip leader made a $200 bet, then 2nd

position made a $1300 bet. I knew now that I would have a chance if I could get all my chips in play - the problem was that the max bet was $5,000. To solve this dilemma, I bet half my chips or $3,600 with the intention of doubling down or splitting whatever cards I received. I was dealt an Ace, and a 4, the dealer showed a five. I doubled down and caught a six for a perfect 21 which gave me $14,400 in total chips and 1stplace in the tournament. In all it was a profitable day and a lot of fun. I intend on being a regular at their Friday Tournaments. I hope some of you will come out and play too.

T.J. Jorgensen has been a professional Blackjack player for over 20 years. He is well known for his live tournament play and has competed against, and beaten, some of the top tournament players in the world. He also has won the prestigious World Series of Blackjack. His book, “Beating the Casino at Their Own Game,” is available by e-mail…… tj21pro@gmail.com


Cover story

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The name itself is pure Americana: Harley-Davidson. Its profile is distinct. Its sound is unmistakable. It is a true icon seen every day on highways coast to coast, with riders cruising along seemingly without a care in the world. Now, this classic American machine is coming to the desert in a big way – the Great American Harley Giveaway at Lone Butte Casino, May 26 through July 4. Two grand prize winners will ride off with new Harleys on July 4 at 8PM one person will win a 2013 CVO™ Road King® and at 8:30PM one person will win a 2014 CVO™ Softail® Deluxe. “Everyone knows Harley-Davidson,” said Carolyn Thompson, General Manager of Lone Butte Casino. “It is one of the most recognizable brands in the country, if not the world. We think the promotion is a great way to gear up for an exciting summer. Plus, we get to have the bikes on display which is fun not only for our guests, but for all of us here at Lone Butte Casino.” In addition to the motorcycles, players can win up to $1,000 in gaming chips on Sunday, June 8 and 22, as well as on Friday, July 4 prior to the grand prize drawings. On each of those days, there will be hourly drawings from 2PM to 7PM at the Big City Sports Lounge inside Lone Butte Casino. The promotion is open to all Gila River Casinos Players Club Members, and guests can receive one free entry at Lone Butte Casino. Additional entries can be earned daily at the Lone Butte Casino blackjack tables. Blackjack players get one entry for every buy-in of $200 or more, as well as for every suited natural blackjack, and for every hand with 6-7-8 or 7-7-7. Players at $25 minimum tables earn 3-times entries. “We’ve focused this promotion on our table games players,” Thompson said. “It’s something we’ve done before and our guests really respond. In general, more promotions tend to be offered for the slot guests in gaming, that’s where you earn your entries. But at Gila River Casinos, we like to highlight our table games action, which is what we have done in the Big City Sports Lounge.” Big City has everything you want in a sports bar – great food, sports memorabilia, big screen TVs—with a unique twist: 12 live table games as well as an array of video poker games. The Big City Sports Lounge is just one of the hot attractions at Lone Butte Casino. There are nearly 800 slots, a 750-seat bingo hall, and over 20 table games. With its Players Club connected to both Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino and Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Big City is able to offer linked progressive games such as the largest Pai Gow Progressive in Arizona, with payouts that can grow to $500,000 and more. 8 ARIZONA PLAYER June 2014

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The excitement continues beyond the casino floor. Live entertainment is always on tap at Cascades Lounge, and the Verona Chophouse serves up mouthwatering satisfaction every Tuesday through Sunday. Lone Butte Casino is a 24/7 getaway that attracts players from across the Southwest, especially during the Great American Harley Giveaway. The two grand prize motorcycles are part of Harley-Davidson’s CVO—Custom Vehicle Operations—family. These bikes are limited-edition, customized versions of mass-produced models. The customization comes in the form of larger engines, intricate paint designs, and/ or special accessories not available on mainstream models. Harley-Davidson describes the 2013 CVO™ Road King® as the perfect Motorcycle to, “cruise with class and tour in comfort—brash boom bagger style, sound and plenty of premiums give this light tourer some heavy street swagger.” The 2014 CVO™ Softail® Deluxe “combines big features with an easy riding attitude. The low seat and dropped down center of gravity make handling a breeze,” Harley states on its website. “And the detachable windshield and saddlebags come off quick when you feel like stripping down.” “This is going to be a spectacular Fourth of July,” Thompson said. “Not just for the winners, but for everyone on hand. We’ve never had a giveaway quite like this, and of course, we invite our friends at Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino and Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino to get in on the fun.” Because the Players Club is linked among the three Gila River Casinos, players who visit Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino and Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino are also eligible to win. Guests can take their card to Lone Butte Casino any day during the promotion to get their free entry, and play blackjack to earn even more. “That’s the great thing about the Players Club,” Thompson said. “All three of the casinos have their own unique vibe, their own exciting promotions, and their own entertainment. The portability of the Players Club card makes it easier to get the most from each casino.” “Getting the most from Lone Butte Casino on the Fourth of July means getting a chance to ride off on an All-American Classic - Harley’s have their own alluring charm. “Come on by, take a look at the bikes,” Thompson said. “Once you do, you’ll want to pick up that free entry!” The Great American Harley Giveaway runs May 26-July 4 at Lone Butte Casino, with drawings on June 8, June 22, and July 4. Lone Butte Casino is located at 1077 S Kyrene Rd. in Chandler, AZ.


gaming news TALKING STICK WELCOMES DR. JOHN

ART GARFUNKEL TO PERFORM IN SCOTTSDALE

Talking Stick Resort is proud to welcome singer-songwriter Dr. John to the Showroom on August 8th - The Big Easy native will deliver a bluesinfused rock show as he performs fan favorites like “Down in New Orleans,” “Right Place, Wrong Time” and “Hollywood Be Thy Name.” Born Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., Dr. John created his hoodoo persona while attending Jesuit High School in New Orleans. Relocating to Los Angeles in 1963, the musician quickly gained recognition for his extravagant stage shows featuring dramatic costumes, elaborate lighting and voodoo rituals. With a career spanning over 40 years, Dr. John has reached tremendous heights, receiving six Grammy Awards, an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Tulane University and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Tickets for Dr. John are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit the Talking Stick Resort Box Office, call (480) 850-7734, or visit www.Ticketmaster.com For more information, call (480) 850-7777 or visit www.talkingstickresort.com/dr-john.aspx Must be 21 or older to attend.

Talking Stick Resort is thrilled to welcome legendary singer Art Garfunkel to the Showroom stage on Thursday July 3. A founding member of the iconic duo Simon & Garfunkel, the Grammy-award winner will take audiences on a riveting musical journey as he performs memorable hits like “Bridge Over Trouble Water,” “Homeward Bound”, “I love you, and that’s all I know” and “The Sounds of Silence.” In 1957, Garfunkel joined singer-songwriter Paul Simon and together created music history. The duo instantly catapulted to fame, producing several radio staples such as “Mrs. Robinson,” “A Hazy Shade of Winter” and “Cecilia.” This iconic duo would eventually go their separate ways with Garfunkel releasing his debut solo album, “Angel Clare,” in 1973. Art would go on to showcase his talents as a jack-ofall-trades with careers in poetry, education and acting in numerous films such as Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge, Longshot and The Rebound. Fans can sing-along to the musician’s classic hits when he performs live in Scottsdale! Tickets forArt Garfunkel are on sale now. Stop by the Talking Stick Resort Box Office, call (480) 850-7734, or visit www.Ticketmaster.com For more information go to www.talkingstickresort.com/art-garfunkel.aspx Must be 21 or older to attend

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CARD ROOM ACTION

Apache Gold Casino 800-272-2438

Globe, AZ Dealing blackjack, and poker daily at 3pm

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

Scottsdale, AZ 10th Annual AZ State Poker Championship August 15-19, $1,000,000 prize pool! $1,100 buy-in or “Win a Seat” in Satellites Sunday Super Satellites - June 15, July 6, July 13 & Aug 10 “Win a Seat” into AZ State Poker Championship- $110 buy-in w/$30 s/c Thursday, Aug 14 at 11:15 - Last Chance Super Satellite into AZ State Poker Championship - $110 buy-in w $30 s/c Daily thru August 14th - “Win a Seat” Single Table Shoot-outs ANYTIME 10 players sign up 24/7! Mon thru Fri, 11:15 am – NLHE $70 buy-in w/$10 s/c Mondays at 7:15 Bounty $200 Buy-in & $35 s/c - $100 bounties Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7:15pm - NLHE, $ 115 buy-in w/ $15 s/c Thursdays at 7:15pm – “Survivor” NLHE $200 buy in Sat, June 14, July 12, Aug 9, Sept 20, Oct 11, Nov 8 & Dec 13 at 11:15 am – “Super Bounty” NLHE - $200 BI, $25 s/c - $100 Bounties Sat, June 21, July 19, Aug 23 & Oct 18 at 11:15 am – Turbo Bounty NLHE - $200 BI w/ $25 s/c - $100 Bounties Sat, June 28 &July 26 at 11:15 am – Last Saturday NLHE – $125 BI w/ $25 s/c Sat, July 5, Aug 2, Sept 6, Oct 4, Nov 1 & Dec6 at 11:15am – “Big Stack” NLHE – $300 BI w/$30 s/c (opt $15 dealer Add-0n) Sun, June 22 & July 20 at 11:15 am Ladies No-Limit Hold-Em Tournaments $60 BI & 15 s/c Sun, June 29 & July 27 at 11:15 am Jack & Jill No-Limit Hold Em Tournaments $100 BI & 15 s/c NEW! $100,000 Bad Beat Jackpot – Qualify w/4 jacks or better beaten – see poker room for details High Hand Promotion (Mon - Fri, 2am-10am) $100 winner every ½ hour! Weekdays, 2am-10am “Aces Cracked” Win $ 100 rack Daily Surprise $100 Splash Pots – Various hours, see poker room for times Food Specials; $3 breakfast! (2 am – Noon) also $12 Prime Rib dinner Mondays & $15 Steak & Lobster dinner Thursdays (5-11pm) Also dealing blackjack 24/7

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Bluewater Resort & Casino 888-243-3360

Parker, AZ Poker Room opens at 2pm, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun and 4pm on Tues & Thurs Tues, 7pm, NLHE “Bounty” Tournament $35 buy-in ($5 bounties) Thurs, 7pm, NLHE - $40 buy-in, w/one $20 re-buy Wed, 2pm – 8pm “High Hand of the Day” pays $50 at 8 pm also any straight flush pays $50 Fri – 4 of a kind pays $50 & Any Full House pays $15 Sat, 5pm – NLHE Tournament Sun – Spreading 2-8 Omaha Daily-“Aces Cracked” pays $40 and Royal Flush pays $200 Also dealing blackjack daily at 9am

Bucky’s Casino 928-771-6779

Prescott, AZ Sundays at Noon (Thru Aug 31) – NLHE “Bounty” Tournament - $80 buy-in ($20 Bounties) Mon-Sat at 6pm - NLHE $40 entry w/$10 add-on, (top 3-5 cash) & top 5 earn points toward the Player of Month award (3 places $300, $200 and $100) Mon – Fri, 10am & 2pm - NLHE Shootouts $20 entry w/$5 dealer Add-on Open Face Chinese Poker – 2, 3 or max 4 players to a table – you’re dealt 13 cards – exciting fun game! Progressive “Aces Cracked” Fri & Sat 11am11pm – increases by $50 each hour till hit “Random Rewards” Various times and days - see poker room for pay-outs Dealing blackjack 24/7 – Now playing; 3 Card Poker, “Texas Shoot Out” and High Card Flush w/ bonus jackpot

Casino Arizona 480-850-7777

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

Casino Del Sol 520-838-6565

Tucson, AZ It’s here! $25,000 FREE ROLL – July 22-26 (Qualify May 13 – July 21 with 60 hours of live play) see poker room for details Mon-Fri, 10 am - $800 Guaranteed NLHE, $ 15 buy-in/opt $5 chip up and opt $15 add-on

Sun & Wed, 7pm - $800 Guaranteed NLHE, $15 buy-in/Opt $15 add-on Thurs, 7pm - $5,000 deep stack NLHE, $100 buy-in no re-buys Sun 11am & Tues at 7pm - $1,500 Guaranteed NLHE, $45 buy-in – no re-buys Sat, 9am – Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, $15 buy-in, $5 re-buys + $5 add-on Mon 7pm & Sat noon – $1,000 NLHE - $35 buy-in – no re-buys with opt $5 add-on Pro Basketball Pools on Sat & Sun Progressive high hands 24/7 – win up to $500 – see poker room for details

Cliff Castle Casino Hotel 928-567-7952

Camp Verde, AZ Mon-Fri, 10am - NLHE Shoot-out, $30 buy-in, w/ no re-buys Wed, 7pm – NLHE Tournament $60 buy-in, no re-buys (Early bird chips available) Wed, 8pm – Mid “$100 Splash pots every hour Fri, 7pm - NLHE Shoot-outs, $ 150 added per table of 10 - $25 buy-in – re-buys thru first level Sat, Noon – $500 added – NLHE $105 buy-in (Bonus chips for early live play) All Week – Royal Flush pays $100 “Aces Cracked” Sun – Fri, first 4 per day wins a $100 rack Also dealing blackjack 24/7

Cocopah Casino 800-237-5687 Somerton, AZ Dealing blackjack daily at 10am

Desert Diamond Casino Hotel 520-342-1810

Tucson, AZ Mon & Thurs at 9:30 am, plus Tues & Wed at 7pm $500 added NLHE – $35 buy-in no re-buys (max 40 – 50 players) Daily – Any Royal Flush $200 Hold Em and $100 Omaha, Straight Flush $100 Hold –Em $50 Omaha Special Poker Room menu at ½ off standard prices Dealing blackjack 24/7 with new progressive side bet and 3 card poker side bet

Desert Diamond I-19 Casino 1-866-332-9467 Sahuarita, AZ Dealing blackjack 24/7

Fort McDowell Casino 480-789-4284

Fountain Hills, AZ Mon-Fri at Noon NLHE - $30 buy-in - $20 add-on - No-rebuys

Sat at 7pm & Sun at Noon - NLHE Deep Stack tournament - $50 buy-in w/ opt $30 add-on Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sun at 7pm & Sat at Noon & 4pm - NLHE - $5 buy-in Mon & Fri, 7pm, NLHE - $60 buy-in w/one $10 dealer add-on for additional $5,000 in chips Sun, June 29 at 10am - Ladies NLHE Poker Tournament – $60 buy-in w/ $10 dealer Appreciation for extra 5,000 in chips “Aces Cracked” 24/7 win $100, $300 “Aces cracked” 7:30 – 9:30 am & 3:30pm – 5:30pm $300 “Easy way Jackpot” Aces full of tens beaten by Quads or better wins Jackpot! “High Hand Spin” – with 4 of a kind or better win up to $1,198 - see poker room for details. Dealing blackjack 24/7

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino 480-802-5138

Maricopa, AZ Mon at 7:30pm – NLHE/Omaha HI - $15 buy-in – Unlimited $10 re-buys thru 1st break & 1 $10 add-on at the break Tues at 7:30pm, Omaha H/L, $15 buy-in, $10 re-buys + $10 add-on Wed at 7:30pm – NLHE Eliminator, $35 buyin/ no re-buys – At each break the smallest chip stack is eliminated Thurs, 7:30pm – NLHE, $10 Buy-in plus three $10 re-buys & two $10 add-ons Fri, 7:30pm – NLHE, $30 buy-in w/ one $20 re-buy Sat, 12:30pm – Deep Stack Bounty NLHE - $45 buy-in, includes bounty chip - $10 dealer add-on Sun at noon – Margarita Sunday NLHE - $15 buy-in w/ two $10 add-ons at the break Sun at 5:30pm – No-Limit Crazy Pineapple, $25 buy-in w/ unlimited $10 re-buys thru first break (appx 45 min) Aces Cracked - Black aces $100, Red Aces $50 & Mixed $25 (Bonus 9-10am & 2am-3am =3X payout, 10am-noon, mid2am+double) MLB & NBA Playoff “Splash pots” Selected games – see poker room for schedule Daily splash pots (various amounts) at top and bottom of the hour 24/7! Bad Beat jackpots are various amounts based on game limits (3/6,4/8 & 5/10) pays $1,500 to $3,500) JUST ADDED – Progressive High Hand (9am-11am) Aces full of 2’s or better qualifies, beat that 3rd time wins $200 Also dealing blackjack 24/7 – including “Push the bet”


Hon-Dah Casino 928-369-7555

Pinetop, AZ Mon, 6pm - NLHE Double Stack, $25 buy-in w/ $25 re-buy Tues, 6pm - NLHE “Speed Shoot-Out” $15 buy-in (no re-buys) Wed, 6pm - NLHE, $40 buy-in (no re-buys) “early bird” chips available every day & double on Tuesday Thurs, 6pm - No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, $40 buy-in (no re-buys) “early bird” chips available Fri, 6pm – NLHE “$25 Bounty” Tournament, $45 buy-in (no re-buys) 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 Sun - Thurs – Aces & Faces Cracked & Splash pots win up to $400 daily – see poker room for details

Lone Butte Casino 800-946-4452

Chandler, AZ Dealing blackjack 24/7 – Now playing “Push your Bet” JUST ADDED; Linked Progressive Jackpots for “Crazy 4 Poker” & ULTIMATE Texas Hold EM starts at $10,000 and keeps growing at all 3 Gila River Casinos! PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot was over $540,000 at press time!

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino 800-777-7529 Payson, AZ Live Poker Wed –Sun at 10am, High Hands, win up to $250 Wed & Sun at 6pm NLHE Tournament, $50 buy-in no-re buys Sat at 3pm, NLHE Tournament, $25 buy-in – no re-buys

Aces cracked “wins a rack” various times daily – Max 3 per day (see poker room for details) Dealing blackjack 10am to 1am, with $3 games daily till 3pm Mon - 6pm, Blackjack Tournament $40 buy-in w/two $25 re-buys Bonus Blackjack get a 6, 7 or 8 card “21” win up to $200

Quechan Casino Resort 1-877-783-2426

Winterhaven, CA Open Wed-Sun at 10am, and Mon, Tues at 3pm - spreading 4/8 Hold Em with a kill, 4/8 Omaha hi-low split with a kill also 3-6 & 4-8 limit Texas Hold-Em, plus 1-3 & 2-5 No Limit Texas Hold Em Sat, 1pm $ 2,500 Guaranteed NLHE Tournaments $60 buy-in Sun, 1pm NLHE Tournament $40 buy-in Sunday Splash Pots during selected MLB games Thurs, 7pm NLHE Deep Stack - $80 buy-in “Beat the Boss” Tournament every Wed – see poker room for details Dealing blackjack 24/7 - Special room rates for poker players

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort 928-856-7244

Flagstaff, AZ Live Poker Mon-Fri at noon, Sat & Sun at 10am NLHE Tournaments at 7pm, Tues ($55) & Thurs ($35) Sat at noon ($15) & Sun at noon ($35) Fri at 7pm, Omaha hi/lo ($35) - Please note for ALL tournaments a $5 dealer add-on gets you an extra $1,000 in chips Sat at 5pm NLHE single table “Shootouts” $20 buy-in (Please note for ALL tournaments a $5 dealer add-on gets $1,000 in chips)

CARD ROOM ACTION

“Aces & Faces Cracked” – wins up to $50 – see poker room for details $25 Morning and Evening “Splash Pots” daily at Noon,12:30, 1,1:30 ,2,7, 8, 9,10, 11pm and Mid. Progressive “High Hand” & Bad Beat Jackpots – see poker room for payouts – also dealing blackjack 24/7

Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino 800-946-4452 – Ext 1507

Laveen, AZ Wed, 7:30pm, **NLHE “Freeze Out”$40 buy-in w/ Opt $10 Staff fee at the break for added chips Sat, 11:15 am, **NLHE “Freeze Out”$40 buy-in w/ Opt $10 Staff fee (before play) & $20 add-on at the break Sun 11:15 am, **NLHE “Freeze Out”$30 buy-in w/ Opt $10 Staff fee (before play) & $20 add-on at the break **These 3 tournaments allow “Early Bird Chips” for live play before the tournament (see poker room for details) PLUS 1st and 2nd place at these tournaments qualify for the “Tournament of Champions” each quarter. Big Money Royals, Any Royal Flush wins $ 200 – Plus “Bonus Royals” Mon-Thurs “Super 77” Progressive Bad-Beat Jackpot – (Quad 7’s or better beaten) Jackpot was over $130,000 at press time “ACES CRACKED” spins the wheel - win up $300 MLB & NBA “Splash Pots” Select TV Games – See poker room for payouts Dealing blackjack 24/7 – with $5 games NEW! F.A.T - Friday Afternoon Blackjack Tournament at 2pm - $30 buy-in Linked Progressive Jackpots for “Crazy 4 Poker” & ULTIMATE Texas Hold EM starts at $10,000 and grows at all 3 Casinos! PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot was over $540,000 at press time!

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

Chandler,AZ Mon & Thurs Noon - NLHE, $30 buy-in, no re-buys - $150 added per table Tues & Wed, 7:30pm - NLHE Freeze Out - $50 entry fee w/ $10 optional add-on $1,000 added to prize pool Sun, 3:30pm, NLHE - $30 buy- in, $5 dealer add-on, $20 add-at the break & bonus chips for play before tournament “Super 77” Progressive Bad-Beat Jackpot – (Quad 7’s or better beaten) was over $130,000 at press time MLB & NBA “Splash Pots” Select TV Games – See poker room for payouts “Aces Cracked” Win a Rack - Sun 11pm until Fri at 6pm “Rolling Cash Fever” Drawing every other hour 24/7, $100 min, increases by $100 if not hit Big Money Royals - Any Royal Flush wins $ 200 & a spin - Any straight flush gets to spin the wheel – win up to $1,000 Food specials: ½ price poker room menu Also dealing blackjack 24/7 - including “Push your bet” Linked Progressive Jackpots for “Crazy 4 Poker” & ULTIMATE Texas Hold EM starts at $10,000 and keeps growing at all 3 Gila River Casinos! PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot was over $540,000 at press time!

CARD ROOM MANAGERS Please send updates to azplayer@cox.net

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A BOYD’S EYE VIEW OF VIDEO POKER

Superstition

always hold a single “six” on 9/6 JOB (9/6Jacks or Better) because a lot of them come up on a certain machine. Another time a player always held a “Very superstitious, writings on the wall, very superstitious, ladders bout’ to fall, solitary “eight” her lucky number on the same Thirteen month old baby broke the lookin’ glass, seven years of bad luck, the good game. You should always play according to the things in your past. When you believe in things that you don’t understand, then tutorial software (my favorite is WinPoker by Dean you suffer, Superstition ain’t the way.” Zamzow) and never base holds on either superstiby Lyrics from “Superstition” By Stevie Wonder tions or hunches. Linda Boyd “Lucky” Playing Times: Time and again you don’t understand, then you suffer, superstitevie Wonder really had it right even seemingly savvy players will tell me when the royal tion ain’t the way.” though athletes and gamblers alike are will hit based on their superstitions or belief that Choosing A Machine: If two VP devices have notorious for wearing a certain hat or a casino controls when they pop up. There is no the same ER (expected return) by all means go moth-eaten underwear so they’re walking around rational basis for these statements and the house with your “lucky machine” if it makes you feel lucky. has no input in when any hand will be the result In fact irrational beliefs by players can at times better. However, always check the pay schedule of your play. Even if a bank of machines has hit be costly to casino owners. For example, when the in advance to make sure you’re not playing a several royals in a short time it has nothing to do downgraded version of the game. Just because two MGM was re-built in December of 1993 the main with future events on your machine or the bank machines are side-by-side it doesn’t mean they entrance was through the mouth of the iconic you’re playing. have the same payouts for the same hands. Once Leo the Lion. Chinese gamblers considered that a Final Thoughts: By all means wear your lucky double whammy since some believe a front entry is I was in the Golden Nugget in Laughlin, Nevada garments and bring along the horseshoe when you when a woman waited for an 8/5JOB device even unlucky and the feng shui superstition that entergo through the casino’s side door. However, once though a 9/6JOB was open. I asked and was told ing through the lion’s mouth brings bad luck. At you find a seat at a VP device make sure you’re great expense to MGM the entry was changed and that she never won on the machine she wanted playing statistically accurate and move away from now Leo, in his gigantic bronze glory, resides above and thought it was “due”. When I explained the difmachines with faulty buttons. The house already ference she said “a mechanic told me” they were the entry. has an edge most of the time since they’re deterall set to pay out the same thing. Wrong, of course, As far as video poker play goes, most superstimining the pay tables on the floor of their casino. and not exactly a superstition but close enough. tions are harmless so it’s okay to keep sitting on Why would anybody want to increase the house Faulty Buttons: After checking the pay tables the horseshoe. There are, however, a few mumbo advantage by holding their “lucky solo 8” in any to make sure two games have the same ER I jumbo actions that you should lose because they game of JOB? recommend that you always avoid the device with are harmful to your wallet. Linda Boyd – long-time table game player before turnfaulty buttons, even if it’s your “lucky” machine. VP Superstitions: I’ll never forget the howling ing to video poker, also writes for “Southern Gaming Sometimes a casino will pay you when a stuck event following the first-ever royal flush of a lady and “Midwest Gaming and Travel” her book, “The in Boomtown Casino (now Silverton) in Las Vegas. button causes you to lose a big jackpot, but they Video Poker Edge”, includes free removable pay schedules and strategy cards for the most popular games. She announced that she played the same machine don’t have to. How about a smaller win, like a full Look for her story in current editions of “American house? Not likely. for over a year every time she came to the casino. Casino Guide” (ACG) and her YouTube videos, also Card Holds: I’m surprised that so many Was this good? Only if the pay schedule is the best with ACG. The Second Edition of her book is available in both paperback and kindle. Available toll free at people will make incorrect card holds based on one available for the game selected - As Stevie 1-877-900-book - amazon.com bookstores or Square One superstitions. For example, a guy once told me to Wonder put it “When you believe in things that Publishers. www.squareonepublishers.com

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lottery news Look for this ticket – You could be a Millionaire!

The Arizona Lottery announced on May 29th that a winning ticket for the $1.4 million The Pick jackpot was sold in Phoenix for the Wednesday, May 28 drawing. The winning ticket was sold at the QuikTrip located at 9120 W. Indian School Road in Phoenix. The winning numbers were 07 – 12 – 24 – 28 – 37 40. The jackpot had been growing since April 30. “We look forward to meeting the winner and presenting them with a check,” said Karen Bach, director of budget, products and communications for the Arizona Lottery. “We are always thrilled when there is a top prize winning ticket sold for Arizona’s own jackpot game.” So, start looking everywhere if you play The Pick

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regularly – Check your wallet or purse, the glove compartment, junk drawer, on top of your dresser or on your desk in the pile of things you need to sort through – It may be very beneficial! The next drawing for The Pick was Saturday, May 31, for an estimated $1 million jackpot. Tickets can be purchased at any Arizona Lottery retailer. Players can check their tickets by visiting ArizonaLottery.com. Players must be 21 years or older to purchase or redeem tickets. Winners have 180 days from the drawing date to claim their prize at an Arizona Lottery office or by mail. Overall odds vary by game. All sales are final. In accordance with the ADA, these materials may be made available in an alternative format. Gambling Problem? Call 1.800.NEXT STEP (1-800-639-8783)  Please Play Responsibly. The Arizona Lottery operates entirely from the revenue it generates through the sale of its products; it receives no General Fund dollars from the State. Proceeds from sales of Lottery tickets – more than $3.4 million per week - fund a variety of state programs. Since July 1981, the Arizona Lottery has paid out more than $5.4 billion in prizes to players, more than $3 billion in net profit to the state and more than $638 million in commissions to retailers. Learn more at ArizonaLottery.com.

First All or Nothing Winner! The Arizona Lottery announced on May 21st that the first $25,000 top prize winning ticket for the All or Nothing morning draw on Tuesday, May 20, has been claimed. Kim Hodge of Casa Grande came forward as the first top prize winner of the new All or Nothing draw game. Hodge purchased four Quick Pick lines for the May 20 drawing and had one line that didn’t match any of the drawn numbers - earning her the top prize of $25,000. Hodge is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys spending time with her family and caring for her three dogs. She plans to use the winnings to pay off some bills and says she will continue to play All or Nothing because it offers a number of chances to win.   The winning ticket was sold at the Safeway located at 1637 N. Trekell Road in Casa Grande. “It was exciting to meet the winner and present the first All or Nothingtop prize check during the game’s first week,” said Karen Bach, director of budget, products and communications for the continued on page 20


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Arizona Lottery. “The new game is already proving to be popular with players, especially because of its unique ways to win.” All or Nothing is the first Arizona Lottery game offering players the chance to win twice daily, Monday through Saturday, with drawings at approximately 10:30 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. Players have the option of  manually picking ten numbers between 1 and 20 or choosing a computer-generated Quick Pick®. Players who match all or none of the selected numbers win the top prize of $25,000. There are eight ways to win, with other prizes ranging from $2 to $250. Tickets cost $2 each. For more information about the new All or Nothing draw game, please visit ArizonaLottery.com. Players must be 21 years or older to purchase or redeem tickets. Winners have 180 days from the drawing date to claim their prize at an Arizona Lottery office or by mail. Overall odds vary by game. All sales are final. In accordance with the ADA, these materials may be made available in an alternative format. Gambling Problem? Call 1.800.NEXT STEP - Please Play Responsibly. Quick Pickis a registered service mark of the California Lottery.

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Payson Woman matches nothing and WINS! The Arizona Lottery on May 28th announced that the third $25,000 top prize winning ticket for the All or Nothing morning draw on May 21 has been claimed. Nancy Gills of Payson came forward as the third top prize winner of the new All or Nothing draw game. Gills purchased a Quick Pick ticket which had no matching numbers, earning her the $25,000 prize. Nancy had a terrific reason for playing the new All or Nothing on-line game because (and this makes perfect sense) she never seems to match any numbers when playing Powerball or Mega Millions. So, she decided to give it a try, and guess what? You’re right – she matched not even one number to take home the Grand Prize! Gills and her husband love living in Payson where they spend their extra time shopping at garage sales and selling their crops of grapes to a local health food store. They plan to put their winnings into a retirement account. The winning ticket was sold at a retailer located at 1009 S. Beeline Highway in Payson. “It is exciting that there have already been three top prize winning tickets for All or Nothing during the game’s first week,” said Karen Bach, director of budget, products and communications for the Arizona Lottery. “We look forward to presenting more top prize checks to winners of this popular game.” All or Nothing is the first Arizona Lottery game offering players the chance to win twice daily, Monday through Saturday, with drawings at approximately 10:30 a.m. and 6:59 p.m. Players have the option of  manually picking ten numbers between 1 and 20 or choosing a computer-generated Quick Pick. Players who match all or none of the selected numbers win the top prize of $25,000. There are eight ways to win, with other prizes ranging from $2 to $250. Tickets cost $2 each. For more information about the new All or Nothing draw game, please visit ArizonaLottery.com.


travel Willcox & Apple Annie’s Orchard by Phil Scudella

I grew up in the Midwest, and summer's end was a time to enjoy delicious apples, pears, plums, peaches, cherries and more, ripe and ready for picking from the abundant fruit trees in our neighborhood. What has this to do with Wilcox, Arizona –and Apple Annie’s Orchard? Well, my first job in Arizona was in Willcox, and that 4th of July weekend decades ago was the perfect time to arrive since many experiences in those first few months had a familiarity with my younger days and assured me that I was in the right place. I remember those impressions every July, so from time to time we head back and spend the day at Apple Annie’s Orchard and treat ourselves to some great apples, peaches and pears right off the trees, fresh squeezed apple juice, and bring home home a fresh apple pie or two. It’s quite an experience – You’ll love it…So bring the family. Here are just some of the summer and fall events coming up. Sweet Corn Extravaganza July 12-13 & 19-20 8am-5pm Sweet corn picked at the peak of the season! Many other vegetables will be available for you to pick. Enjoy hot roasted sweet corn and a great day of family fun on the farm! Peach Mania: July 19-20, 26-27, August 2-3, 9-10, & 16-17 – open at 7:30am A celebration of Willcox tree-ripened peaches! The 15th annual Peach Mania starts every Saturday with a delicious “All You Can Eat” Peaches & Pancakes breakfast served from 7:30 - 10:30am. Then enjoy free wagon rides to pick your own peaches, homemade peach pie & peach ice cream. Applesmoked burgers are served daily from 11am-3pm and enjoy hot roasted sweet corn too! Apple Harvest Celebration: Aug 30-Sept 1 (Labor Day weekend) also Sept 6-7 & 13-14 (7:30am-5pm) Celebrate the peak of the apple season with tree-ripened Red, Golden Delicious and Rome Beauty apples. Pickyour own apples or Asian pears if you like. Come early for the“All You Can Eat” pancake breakfast (7:30-11:30am) served with hot apple topping or cider syrup. Apple-smoked burger lunches too from 11am-3pm. Apple pies are baked fresh daily, plus scrumptious homemade apple crumb pie ice cream. Special Events: My-Oh-My Apple Pie Weekend & Country Craft Fair – Sept 20 & 21; Fall Pumpkin Celebration every weekend from Sept 27 thru Oct 26. Dont Miss Places & Events: “Rex Allen Days” in Willcox (early October): Chiricahua National Monument, Tombstone, AZ – “The town too tough to die” Benson, where you can explore the famous Kartchner Caverns. And that’s just the start of so much to see in the Old Wild West of Southern Arizona. Apple Annies Orchard is at 2081 W. Hardy in Willcox (it’s a small town – you’ll find it)Open at 8am – July thru October - Their phone # is (520) 384-2084. Apple Annie’s also has new second location –Apple Annie’s Country Store just off of I-10 exit 340 where Stout’s Cider Mill used to be. The new store is open year-round offering their famous pies, apple bread, fudge, jarred good, gifts and other Apple Annie’s goodies! 520-766-2084 22 ARIZONA PLAYER June 2014

June contest Harrah’s Ak-Chin Getaway Sweepstakes

Arizona Player Magazine and Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort have partnered to bring our readers not one but two terrific Grand Prize Packages! Plus 7 lucky runner-up prize winners! Here’s what you will win - A Grand prize Package that includes; an overnight stay in a luxurious room on July 19th at Harrah’s Ak Chin Casino Resort, plus Dinner for 2 at the fabulous Range Steakhouse, along with 2 reserved seats to see the band Color Me Badd, then add to this, 2 “Meet and Greet” Back Stage Passes to chat with the band Color Me Badd that night! Be sure to bring a camera to take pictures, so you can post them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media to do a little bragging to all your friends about this special night! Now….If you don’t win one of the Grand Prize Packages, you could still win one of 7 lucky runner-up prizes- Dinner for two vouchersgood anytime this year at one of the

truly great buffets in the state – The Harrah’s Ak Chin Harvest Buffet! Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort is more than just a hotel with premium rooms and a casino with all the newest slots, live poker, blackjack, bingo, keno, terrific restaurants and a new lounge featuring some of the top acts in the entertainment business – you’ll also find on the property, a luxury theatre with all the latest movie releases, plus a bowling center and much more! It is a true resort destination where you will enjoy a memorable evening or an entire weekend! Here’s how to enter; Go to the Arizona Player websitearizonaplayer.com and click on the Contest banner - Just fill out the entry form completely and you’re entered!For an extra entry, go to the Arizona Player/Facebook page and “like” Arizona Player Magazine and you double you chances to win! What a concept! Good Luck and thanks for being our friends and supporting Arizona’s most respected, most read and most distributed gaming publication in the state – Arizona Player.


entertainment Apache Gold Casino Resort

(5 miles East of Globe on Hwy 70) 1-800-272-2438 Cabaret Lounge: Free live entertainment on weekends Apache Stronghold Golf Course (on the Green)

June 21 - Apache Reggae Jam w/Fortunate Youth, Through the Roots & Hirie Convention Center: July 26 - Nightrain (Guns & Roses Tribute)

BlueWater Resort and Casino

11300 Resort Dr., Parker 1-888-243-3360 Showroom: June 14 - Another Night of Comedy w/Jeff Garcia, Edwin San Juan, Kenny Thomas and Jack Assadourian June 21 - Cage Rage on the River 7 (MMA at its best) July 5 - Divas of MAD TV (Comedy of Jill Michele Milean, Mo Collins & Debra Wilson) Aug 30 - A Night of Magic with Aaron Radatz River’s Edge Cantina: Sundays Noon to 6pm - Live Reggae music Dig Lounge: FREE Classic Movies on Mon mornings w/ free popcorn, live bands featuring Classic 50s & 60s music - 2pm Mon & Thurs also 3pm Tues & Wed, Deejay 8pm-2am Thurs thru Sun and Karaoke Mondays

Sundays - Marley Taylor Band (Classic Rock & Top 40) Mon - “Pure Country Night” featuring Jordan Benson w/ Heartlyn Rae Tuesdays– “Latin Fire Dance Night” w/ free lessons w/ AZTEX Band Wed & Thurs - Country music (Tommy Ash Band) and dance instruction w/Laina Lee Bingo Hall: Fri & Sat at Midnight, L-8 Night Bingo! light show, music, dancing and fun!

Casino Del Sol

5655 W. Valencia Rd. Tucson 520-838-6506 Paradiso Bar: Free entertainment weekends & Tribute Bands every Thursday June 13 - Brandon Wild, June 14 - Latin Soul, June 19 - Journey Revisited (Journey Tribute) June 20 - Arrival, June 21 - Kenny G’s Project, AVA Amphitheater: June 12 - Iron Maidens (Iron Maiden Tribute June 13 - Gavin DeGraw & Matt Nathanson w/guest Christian Burghardt June 17 - Lady Antebellum June 20 - Los Tucanes de Tijuana

Cliff Castle Casino Hotel

I-17 at exit 289 in Camp Verde 1-800-381-SLOT Dragonfly Lounge; live music on weekends June 13 & 14 - Priminition, June 20 & 21 Daisy Train, June 27 & 28 - Sneezy Boyz

Desert Diamond Casino Hotel

7350 South Nogales Hwy, Tucson 1-866-332-9467 Monsoon Night Club: Live bands or DJ on weekends “Dance Fusion” Dance music of all kinds every Friday “Noches Caliente Saturdays” Hottest Tex Mex & Tejano music; June 14 - Angel Norteno, June 21 - La Gran Cuidad, June 28 - Los Gallegos

Desert Diamond Casino I -19

1100 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita 1-866-332-9467 Diamond Center: June 21 - Carnival of Wonders (Greatest Magic Show on Earth)

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N of Shea off Hwy 87, Fountain Hills 1-800-THE-FORT Lucky 7 Saloon: Free entertainment on Fri & Sat - featuring; Kenny G Band, Chaka N Friends, Basketball Jones, Furious George, Apache Spirit, Rhythm Edition & Kalliope Dance Party (July 3 & 4) Bingo Hall: Saturday, June 21 - Late Night Lunar Bingo w/music, games & giveaways Outdoors: July 19 at 8pm - Mega Yard Sale Radisson Ballroom: Call for updated schedule For updates - go to fortmcdowellcasino.com

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort &Casino

15406 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa 480-802-5000 THE LOUNGE: Wed, Noon - 4pm; Swing Tips, Yesterday Once More, Bandstand Shows, J White, XO featuring Julissa Ruth Fri & Sat nights; June 13 & 14 - Travis LeDoyt (Elvis Tribute) June 20 - The Walkens, June 21 - Reflections of Michael (Michael Jackson Tribute) June 27 - JJ’s and June 28 - Checkr’d Past Aug 1 - Jason Michael Carroll For updates, go to harrahsakchin.com

Hon-Dah Resort and Casino

Casino Arizona

101 at McKellips, Scottsdale 480-850-7734 Showroom: June 20 & 21 - Double Vision Foreigner tribute) June 27 & 28 - The Rising (Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band) July 4 & 5 - Police Experience (Police tribute band) July 18 & 19 - Crimes of Passion (Pat Benatar tribute) Aug 1 & 2 - RIO (Tribute to Duran Duran) Aug 15 & 16 - House of Floyd (Music of Pink Floyd) Aug 22 & 23 - Doobies Inc. - Tribute to Doobie Brothers Aug 29 & 30 - Wanted (Tribute to Bon Jovi Arizona Room Patio Grill: June 14 - UFC 174 Live viewing (Party Johnson vs Bagautinov) July 11 - Sapphire Sky

Fort McDowell Casino

Smokey Robinson June 28 - Smokey Robinson June 29 - Gran Festival De Folklore Mexico Y Mariachi featuring Mariachi Vargas July 3 - Kid Rock July 5 - Jeff Dunham July 12 - Espinoza Paz July 23 - BOSTON Aug 2 - Los Tigres Del Norte Aug 6 - Counting Crows Aug 9 - Prince Royce Aug 31 - Frampton’s Guitar Circus featuring; Peter Frampton, BB King, Buddy Guy and Robert Randolph Sept 13 - Marco Antonio Solis Conference Center July 5 - Jay Perez & Los Super Reyes

July 3 - Kenny Rogers July 18 - Chris Isaak Aug 9 - Pink Floyd laser Spectacular (in 3D) Aug 30 - Super Diamond (Neil Diamond Tribute) Sports Bar: Sports on big screens along with Karaoke on Wednesdays, Swingin’ Tuesdays and Golden Oldies every Thursday, plus music w/ Fiesta and Desert DJs on Fri & Sat nights

Highways 260 and 73, Pinetop 1-800-WAY-UP-HIGH June 27 & 28 - 5th Annual White Mountain Bike Rally w/Poker Run, Beer Garden and FREE Mogollon Concert Timbers Lounge: Free entertainment, Monday is Comedy Night, Tues-Sat, Live bands June 10 thru 14 - Kid & Nic June 17 thru 21 - Justin Wright & High Octane Country Festival Grounds: July 5 AMERICA


Lone Butte Casino

202 loop at the Kyrene exit - Chandler, 1-800-WIN-GILA Cascades Lounge: June Entertainment (4pm-7pm) Mondays & Fridays - Marty & the Party, Tuesdays - Thaddeus Rose, Wednesdays - Spotlight or Silhouette, Thursdays (noon-3pm) The Swingtips, (4-7pm) Latino Rebel Band, Otis & the Beat, The Walkens or The Heat Wednesdays (8pm-Mid) JJ’s band on 6/11 & 6/18, 7/2, 7/10, 7/16, 7/23 and Shining Star 6/25 Thursdays (8pm-Mid) JJ’s Band (6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/9 and Str8up 7/3 Fridays (9pm-1am) AZ Tex Band Saturdays (9pm-1am) Rhythm Edition (6/14) Smooth Groove (6/21) Soul Persuasion (6/28 & 7/12) Smooth Groove (7/5) New Frequency Band Sundays (3-7pm) Real Tones Band or Route 66 Verona Chophouse: Saturday: Talia 5-9pm & Sunday: (10am-3pm) live 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 Event Center: June 14 - “All My Rowdy Friends” Hank Williams Jr. Tribute Aug 8 - “One More from the Road” Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Apache Spirits Lounge: call for entertainment updates

Paradise Casino

450 Quechan Drive, Yuma 1-888-777- 4946 Bingo/Concert Hall: Aug 16 - Zapp Band w/ Special Guest Candyman Sharky’s Bar: Live bands or DJ’s on weekends

Quechan Casino Resort

525 Algodones Rd, Winterhaven CA (5 mi West of Yuma) 1-877-783-2426 PIPA Event Center: Call for schedule Sidewinders bar: Free weekend entertainment featuring DJ’s or bands; Los Kodigoz, Mirage, Tropic II or Checker’d Past

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Talking Stick Resort

Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road Scottsdale 480-850-7734 Talking Stick Showroom: June 14 - UFC 174 Viewing Party Johnson vs Bagautinov June 20 - Gregg Allman

TSR Lounge: DJ Juma, DJ Theresa and others - Weekends Palo Verde Lounge: featuring Gustavo Angeles (Mon-Thurs) Paul Wells (Fri & Sat) and DJ Juma after 11pm on Sat Shadows Lounge: classic sounds of Frank Sinatra and others Degree 270 Lounge: Fri & Sat, Top local DJ’s and from the West Coast Orange Sky Restaurant & Lounge: Live jazz

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort 22181 Resort Blvd (I-40 @ exit 219) Flagstaff (928) 856-7200 Arrows Lounge: live music on weekends 6/13 & 6/14 - Kung Fu Grip, 6/20 & 6/21 - Voo Doo Rhythm Band, 6/27 & 6/28 Chad Freeman & Redline

Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino

Art Garfunkel July 3 - Art Garfunkel July 24 - Kenny Wayne Shepard Band July 25 - Tracy Morgan Aug 8 - Dr. John Aug 22 - The Australian Bee Gees Aug 23 - Queensryche (Farewell tour w/ Geoff Tate) Aug 29 - Asleep at the Wheel Sept 13 - The TUBES Sept 19 - Kathleen Madigan Sept 25 thru 27 - Thunder From Down Under (Male Revue) Grand Ballroom: June 15 - Creedence Clearwater Revisited June 21 - Dennis Miller July 10 - Boz Skaggs July 18 - Russell Peters July 23 - Replay America w/ The Go Go’s $ The Motels Aug 1 - Slash w/ Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators Aug 2 - COMIC Lisa Lampanelli Aug 4 - Deep Purple Aug 10 - Tedeschi Trucks band The Pool at Talking Stick: June 27 - Collective Soul June 29 - 311

The West Valley Casino 51st Ave, 4 miles S. of Baseline - Laveen 1-800-WIN-GILA Event Center: June 13 - All My Rowdy Friends (Hank Williams Jr Tribute) June 21 - Casper & the Mighty 602 Band June 27 - Tony! Tony! Tone’! June 28 - AJ Castillo July 4 - Rusty Evans and the Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash Tributr) July 18 - Banda Machos Sept 6 - ABBAFab (ABBA Tribute) Sept 12 - Los Lobos Outdoor Patio: (Mon - Sat, 4pm-7pm) Featuring these bands; Powerdrive, New Frequency Band, Marty & the Party, The Walkens, Chuck E Baby, Eagleheart, Michael and Manuel, Latino Rebel Band, Arroz Con Mango band, Shining Star, Reality Band, Priminition, Rhythym Edition & Chaka & friends Bingo Park: 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: June 13 - Bobby Vinton Jun 14 - Sinbad June 18 - Cultura Profetica June 20 - Air Supply

June 21 - Los Tucanes de Tijuana June 22 - Scotty McCreery June 27 - AJ Castillo June 28 - WWF / MMA fights July 4 - Kenny G July 5 - The Fabulous Thunderbirds July 6 - Paperback Writer (Beatles Tribute) July 19 - Chris Isaak July 20 - “One Gunn, One Love (Bob Marley Tribute) July 26 - Paquita La Del Barrio Aug 1 - Los Tigres del Norte Aug 15 - Peter Frampton Aug 16 - December ’63 (Frankie Valli Tribute) Aug 17 - Justin Shandor (World’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute) Aug 24 - Lila Downs Aug 29 - Great White & Slaughter Aug 30 - Lost 80’s Live w/ Flock of Seagulls, Men without Hats, Naked Eyes, Animotion, Dramarama and the Flirts Sept 7 - Piano Man (Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John OUTDOORS at Festival Park: call for updated schedule AIRIA - “Nightlife Unplugged” live entertainment - Fridays featuring JJ’s Band, Static, Smooth Groove and Shining Star, plus deejays on Saturdays: DJ BKNY, DJ Identaty, DJ Raya, DJ Nerd, & DJ Raia, Encore Lounge: Mid-day entertainment Monday’s 11am-3pm & late night entertainment w/ bands; Powerdrive, Hamptons, Andrea & Los Guys, Str8up, Michael & Manuel, JJ’s Band, The Walkens, DyVerse, Chaka and Friends, New Frequency, Smooth Groove, Eagleheart, Rhythm Edition, Pima Express & Route 66

Yavapai Casino

1505 East Hwy 69 - Prescott 1-800-756-8744 Yavapai Cantina; Fri - Karaoke w/Cruisin’ Susan, Saturdays - Live Bands

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DAVID AT THE SNACK BAR Edge of Tomorrow Aliens called “Mimics” have invaded Europe and appear to be unstoppable. Major William Cage, a public relations officer with the U. S. Army who has had no combat training, suddenly finds himself in a unit about to hit the beach in an all out assault on the alien invaders. He by David Ramsey is killed in the first few minutes but wakes up with a jolt the previous day unable to stop events from repeating themselves. After a few times of this happening he lives long enough to see a war hero, Sgt Rita Vrataski, die in an explosion.The next time he saves her and she tells him to find her when he wakes up again. He does and learns that she had the same experience he is having and offers to train him so he will survive. As he repeats more days he survives longer and eventually he and Rita determine they might be able to win the war by working together. The effects are very good and not over done. “Edge of Tomorrow” is the best action film of the year, so far, with a great cast and a well written story.

Maleficent Maleficent was a happy fairy guardian of the Moors who fell in love with a human. When the human betrayed her in a horrible way she became dark and vengeful. The man who betrayed her becomes King and when his daughter is born Maleficent crashes the christening to bestow her gift on the child or rather her curse. She watches as Aurora grows but and becomes attached to the child. She regrets the curse and tries to revoke it but cannot. The King grows more wretched and sends his armies to capture or kill Maleficent. Meanwhile, Aurora grows up and finds the faithful spilling wheel. This re-telling of Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” from Maleficent’s perspective is well done with great visuals.

David’s Video Details The Lego Movie

There is something wrong in Lego Town. Everyone seems too happy and the evil Lord Business has a plan to end the Lego world as we know it. Emmet, a completely ordinary Lego mini-figure, is mistaken for a master builder and recruited to join the underground movement to overthrow Lord Business. All the Lego characters are here including Batman, Superman, Iron Man and many of the older characters like Shaq. There are a lot of laughs with many quick one-liners and the animation is spectacular. I loved “The Lego Movie” until the live action ending.

Lone Survivor

A four man team of Navy SEALs goes into the hills of Afghanistan to capture or kill a notorious Taliban leader only to end up trapped by a larger-thanexpected enemy force and fighting for their lives while waiting for rescue. As they struggle to survive against overwhelming odds they must depend on each other and faith in their brothers at arms. Amazing action/ war sequences with real emotion. “Lone Survivor”, based on the true story of SEAL Team 10, it is one of the most realistic and devastating war movies of all time.

Non-Stop

Liam Neeson is back in his annual action flick. This time he is Bill Marks, a troubled air marshal, who gets a bizarre text messages on his secure phone while on a transatlantic flight. Soon, whoever is sending them is promising to kill someone on the plane every 20 minutes unless $150 million dollars is wired to an off-shore account. It gets really interesting when the first person dies and the account turns out to be in Marks’ name. He’s being set up, but why and how. Tense with good action “Non-Stop” will have your heart racing. David Ramsey is the President and co-founder of the Phoenix Film Critics Society and a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (The Critics Choice Awards). Watch his reviews on the CBS 5 Morning News every Friday between 5:30 and 6:30am and on ABC-15’s “Sonoran Living Live” every other Friday. Read more of his DVD reviews at WildAboutMovies. com. Contact him at David@TheSnackBar.net.

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Some Quick Short Jokes To Use On Your Friends I was having dinner at an Italian restaurant with Boris, who is a serious I went to an Army Surplus store yesterday to buy some camouflage pants, chess player. Unfortunately the table was covered with a red and white I had to give up and go home since neither I or the clerk could find them anywhere in the store!   checkered tablecloth - It took Boris over 10 minutes to pass me the salt. ‘’My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We’ll see about A priest, a rabbi and a minister walk into a local Irish pub. The bartender walks over and says, ‹›Is this some kind of joke?›› that!’’ I went to a doctor and confessed “I can’t stop singing the Green Green Love to laugh? We do too! Send us your favorite joke, If we use it, You score a $25 gift card and a special limited edition gift. Grass of Home.” “Sounds like The Tom Jones syndrome.” Said Dr. Phil… ..“Is it common?” I asked…..Dr. Phil raised his arms and sang out “It’s Email azplayer@cox.net or go to the Arizona Player Facebook page and not unusual”       leave it there – GOOD LUCK (we’re not joking) Just recently when the circus was in town a little person who was a fortune teller was arrested and taken to jail. He escaped and the headline in the newspaper the next morning read SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE

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ASTROLOGY, Bingo & Casino directory Gemini May 22 to June 21

Virgo Aug 24 to Sept 23

Sagittarius Nov 23 to Dec 21

Pisces Feb 20 to Mar 20

Cancer June 22 to July 22

Libra Sept 24 to Oct 23

Capricorn Dec 22 to Jan 20

Scorpio Oct 24 to Nov 22

Aquarius Jan 21 to Feb 19

Taurus April 21 to May 21

Jun 7–14 Jun 15–22 Jun 23–30 Jul 1–7 Jun 7–14 Jun 15–22 Jun 23–30 Jul 1–7

Plan for good changes Out of town fun Unexpected advice Never expected this Choice is simple Dream weekend Keep believing New digs coming

Leo July 23 to Aug 23

Jun 7–14 Jun 15–22 Jun 23–30 Jul 1–7

Plan deserved trip Interesting invitation Week of surprises Great deal coming

Phoenix Metro Bingo Games

Casino Arizona 101 & McKellips Daily: 7pm (early birds: 6:30pm) Daily Matinees: 1pm (early birds: 12:30pm) Fri & Sat: Midnight - L8 Nite Games! Bingo, Music, Lights, Dancing & FUN Fort McDowell Casino Fountain Hills Area Mon,Wed,Thu,Fri: 9am,12:30pm, 6:30pm Tue: 12:30pm, 6:30pm Sat. Sun: 6:45& 9am,12:30 & 6:30pm, Fri & Sat: Midnight 3rd Sat of each month at Midnight "Lunar Bingo"

Jun 7–14 Jun 15–22 Jun 23–30 Jul 1–7 Jun 7–14 Jun 15–22 Jun 23–30 Jul 1–7 Jun 7–14 Jun 15–22 Jun 23–30 Jul 1–7

Cards look good A friend will help Take charge now! Good decision

Luck will triumph Believe it will happen Unexpected adventure Winning streak ahead

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino 15406 Maricopa Rd Wed-Sun: 11:30am, 2:30, 3:30 & 6:30pm Lone Butte Casino SanTan Loop202 & Kyrene Daily: Noon & 6:30pm "B.A.D. Bingo" (Bingo After Dark) Fri & Sat: 11:30pm Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino 51st Ave. 10mi. S of I-10 Daily: 12:30 & 6:30pm "Bingo Eclipse" 2nd & 4th Sat 11pm

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1. Apache Gold Hotel Resort Casino • (Globe) San Carlos Apache Tribe-slots bingo & blackjack & Entertainment (800) 272-2438 2. BlueWater Resort Casino • (Parker) Colorado River Indian Tribe-slots bingo blackjack poker & Entertainment (888) 243-3360 3. Bucky’s Casino • (Prescott) Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe-slots, poker & blackjack (800) 756-8744 3a. Yavapai Casino & Gaming Center • (Prescott) Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe-slots & Entertainment (800) 756-8744 30 ARIZONA PLAYER June 2014

Think, then act Terrific fun trip Thank the stars Travel brings nice win

Jun 7–14 Jun 15–22 Jun 23–30 Jul 1–7 Jun 7–14 Jun 15–22 Jun 23–30 Jul 1–7 Jun 7–14 Jun 15–22 Jun 23–30 Jul 1–7

Pleasant times ahead Take a chance Get set – Big event Never underestimate luck Do not say never! Nice win ahead Serious advice needed Late night excitement Wow- what a night Pleasure is all yours Try – it will work Wild ride coming

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:Birthday Bingo Call for Details Casino Del Sol • Tucson 5655 W. Valencia Mini Sessions: 11:30am & 1:30pm Matinee: 2:15pm Eves: 7:15pm

4. Casino Arizona Talking Stick Resort • (Scottsdale) Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community-slots poker blackjack Keno & Entertainment (480) 850-7777 5. Casino Arizona @ 101 & McKellips • (Scottsdale) Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community-slots bingo blackjack Keno & Entertainment (480) 850-7777 6. Casino Del Sol Resort • (Tucson) Pascua Yaqui Tribe-slots bingo 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

Jun 7–14 Jun 15–22 Jun 23–30 Jul 1–7

Deal yourself in Nice turn of events At last, a new pal You have a great idea

Aries March 21 to Apr 20

Jun 7–14 Jun 15–22 Jun 23–30 Jul 1–7 Jun 7–14 Jun 15–22 Jun 23–30 Jul 1–7

Cards flop in your favor Necessary change NOW – Just do it! Take action soon

You made it BIG! Lucky streak continues Good news & family fun Explosive fun & excitement

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 Hotel & 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 poker & Entertainment (800) 929-8744 18. Mazatzal Hotel Casino • (Payson) Tonto Apache Tribe - slots bingo 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. Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort • (Flagstaff) Navajo Nation - Slots, Table Games, Poker, Keno & Entertainment



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