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

Contributing Photography Kevin Cummings Melody Hudson David Ramsey Shanna Wolfe

Special Thanks to Melody Hudson, Justin Sullivan and the entire marketing department and management at Gila River Casinos for the incredible efforts putting this July issue of Arizona Player together!

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

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

Vol. 21 No. 7 • July 2013

Gaming News 9th Annual AZ State Poker Championship

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Cover Story “Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino Grand Opening”

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Boyd’s Eye View of Video Poker Linda Boyd “Playing the Odds”

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Reel Reviews Kevin Cummings “Monster Jackpots”

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Card Room Action Table Game Information Around the State

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Blackjack Corner TJ Jorgensen “Betting Systems”

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Entertainment Casino Entertainment State-wide

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Gaming News Talking Stick Resort Wins Award of Excellence

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Arizona Lottery News More Big Winners Around the State

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

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Contest Page “Win an Apache Gold Casino Getaway”

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Jokes Page New Jokes to Lighten Your Day

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Travel “Wisconsin – Cool Place to Visit in the Summer”

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Astrology, Bingo Games and Casino Directory

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gaming news The Annual Arizona State \Poker Championship is back! Do you love to win big money? Well one lucky poker player could walk away with over $200,000 this year at the 9th Annual Arizona State Poker Championships. This tournament is making its exciting return to The ARENA Poker Room at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale August 9-13, and will once again pit players of all skill levels against each other for a share of the projected $1 million prize pool. “Each year our number of entries, audience turnout and prize pool grow because we strive to make the event a fun experience for both competitors and spectators,” said Kent Odekirk, director of poker at Talking Stick Resort. “The atmosphere is great. Supporters cheer on their favorite players, and while the stakes are high and everyone’s trying to win, they’re still looking to have a good time.” This year marks the fourth time in the No Limit Texas Hold-Em Championship’s nine-year history that the prize pool is expected to hit $1 million, which ensures the TOP 100 PLAYERS walk away with no less than $2,250! If the minimum, 1,000 entries, is met, the first place winner will take home a grand total of $208,300, a championship bracelet and trophy. Second and third place winners will take home $127,500 and $85,000 respectively, as well as trophies to commemorate their win.

Mind blowing finish in the 2012 tournament!

Last year’s Championship welcomed a record-breaking 1,233 players. The large number of entries raised the prize pool well above the estimated $1 million to a total of $1,233,000, which, in turn, increased the first place winnings to a total of $233,696 that went to an excited “BG” Gant II from Casa Grande. “BG” came back from being down about $30,000,000 in tournament chips to just a shade over $1,000,000 – when only two players were left standing. WHAT A FINISH! It was like watching a milehorse race, with the top three horses dominating all the way – only to have a long shot (“BG”) who trailed the entire field of ten the last two hours, come from dead last at the top of the stretch (the last hour) to win the tournament! Two ways to enter this tournament Sign-ups for the Arizona State Poker Championship began June 1. To

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enter, players can pay a $1,000 buy-in with an additional $80 entry fee. The buy-in provides each player with $15,000 worth of chips. An optional $30 Staff Appreciation add-on will give players an extra $10,000 in tournament chips. Players also can “win a seat” into this prestigious tournament by participating in The ARENA Poker Room’s satellite tournaments going on daily until Sunday, August 11 at 6am. Don’t miss the “Warm-Up” Tournaments There is even more excitement during the week before the Main Event. On Monday August 5 thru Thursday August 8, The Arena Poker Room is holding “Warm-Up Events” at 11:15am each morning. These NLHE tournaments vary in buy-in amounts – Aug 5th $120 buy-in, Aug 6th the buy-in is $225 Aug 7th is a $330 buy-in and there is a $550 buy-in on Aug 8th – Prize pools vary, call for details. Over the course of the Championship, a designated number of participants will play on days 1, 2 and 3. Players eliminated on the first day will be allowed to reenter on day 2 or 3 for the full buy-in amount of $1,080. Players eliminated on the second day will be allowed to re-enter on day 3 with a $1,080 buy-in.Those days of play will determine the semi-finalists, who will move on to compete on Day 4 – Monday, August 12th until just ten players remain. The exciting finals occur on Day 5 of this event on Tuesday, August 13th where the “Final Table of 10” will battle it out until a 2013 champion is crowned. For more information on the Arizona State Poker Championship and other tournaments, visit the ARENA Poker Room, go to their website at www. TalkingStickResort.com or call (480) 850-7734. Talking Stick Resort (TSR) is an AAA Four Diamond Rated Resort and a central landmark within the emerging Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destination (TSCED). Located in Scottsdale, just east of the Loop 101 on Indian Bend Road, TSR is locally owned and caringly operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The property offers culturally rich experiences and luxury accommodations throughout its 496 deluxe rooms, 240,000 sq. ft. casino, 11 restaurants and lounges, world-class spa, 650 seat showroom, 25,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom, thriving cultural center and more than 100,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space.


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All-New VeeQuiva Hotel & Casino is now OPEN! This was followed by week-long festivities highlighting the perfect blend of exciting action, thrilling promotions, worldclass entertainment and photo opportunities with glamorous showgirls.

Let the excitement begin! VeeQuiva Hotel & Casino opened its doors to the public on Tuesday, July 2nd. Located at the heart of the West Valley, the much anticipated casino offers both local and visiting guests an extraordinary all inclusive entertainment experience. The grand opening celebration began with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the main entrance of the West Valley’s premier entertainment destination.

National headliners in comedy and music will appear during the grand opening month to help introduce one-of-a-kind dining options, an expanded gaming floor and a brand new luxury boutique hotel. The popular American rock band Jefferson Starship opens the all-new 6,000 square foot VeeQuiva Hotel & Casino Event Center for the first musical performance with shows on Friday and Saturday July 12 & 13. Next up, Comedian Carlos Mencia performs July 19 & 20 followed by heavy metal icon Vince Neil who takes the stage on July 26 & 27. continued on page 20

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A BOYD’S EYE VIEW OF VIDEO POKER

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by Linda Boyd ouble Double Bonus Poker (DDB) is one of the most popular video poker games to ever hit any casino floor. In fact it is such a huge money-maker for casinos that not only will you find it on almost every multi-game device but the recent downgrading of pay schedules has had virtually no impact on the number of players waiting for a machine. Nowadays you’re lucky to find a 9/6 version like the ones referenced in Tables 1.1 and 1.2. Mostly you’ll stumble upon 8/5DDB and if that’s your choice you can usually find a progressive version. Be aware that 8/5 DDB at re-set has an expected return of 96.7861% (assuming computer-perfect play) and a variance of 41.99487. In simple terms, it means you will get a relatively low return on your investment over time (although it’s much better than keno or slots) and there’s more than double the risk of losing your bankroll than games that return double your wager on two pair. Still, people love this game and they will probably want to know their likelihood of achieving winning hands. So here’s the low-down on the odds in specific terms.

Table 1.1 Double-Double Bonus (DDB) Hand/ 5-Coin Bet Royal Flush Straight Flush 4 Aces with 2, 3 or 4 Four 2’s, 3’s or 4’s with A-4 4 Aces Four 2’s, 3’s, or 4’s 4 Fives-Kings Full House Flush Straight 3 of a Kind 2 Pair Jacks or Better Expected Return Variance

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9/6 DDB 4000 250 2000 800 800 400 250 45 30 20 15 5 5 98.9808% 41.98498

Table 1.2: 9/6DDB Hand Frequency Hand: 9/6DDB Royal Straight Flush 4 Aces with 2, 3 or 4 Four 2’s, 3’s or 4’s with A-4 4 Aces Four 2’s, 3’s, or 4’s 4 Fives-Kings Full House Flush Straight 3 of a Kind 2 Pair Jacks or Better

Occurs Once In: 40,799 9,123 16,236 6,983 5,761 2,601 613 92 88 78 13 8 5

Please note that I rounded occurrences to the nearest whole number. Understanding the Data: If you’ve spent any time in a casino, especially playing video poker, you’ve been regaled with plenty of tales involving anomalies. For example, you may sit down and right away you’re told someone got 4 Aces with the kicker in DDB two or three times. Let’s take a look at Table 1.2 and check out the odds of Aces with a kicker (a kicker is a 2, 3 or 4 for Aces) as a final hand. It’s once in every 16,236 hands assuming correct strategy. (Part of the correct strategy for this game is that you hold just the pair of Aces dealt 2 pair with one a pair of Aces; many hold both pair instead and that decreases their odds of getting 4 Aces with a kicker.) So, does that mean the person with the long-shot story is lying? Not at all; in fact I’ve seen people get multiple royal flushes on the same machine in a short time span. However, you may be on the wrong side of the bell-shaped curve and go through several royal cycles or Aces with the kicker cycles and come up empty-handed. That’s why it’s such a high risk game. Also, remember that even though two pair only occurs once every 8 hands, on average, every

time you get it you receive just 5-coins back or even money instead of a 10 coin return for the same hand with any version of Jacks or Better (JOB). Let’s say you are able to play 800 hands per hour. It means statistically you will have 100 hands of two pair and playing DDB instead of JOB will cost you 500 coins per hour. Ouch! You may get some further surprises by studying Table 1.2. For example, the frequency of the Full House and Flush hands are close even though the Flush pays considerably less than the Full House.

Final Thoughts: If nothing else, by examining this real data for DDB you’ll be able to put infrequent hands into better perspective when none come your way. Also, keep in mind that statistical probability is never based on past hands. In other words, whether you just got a flush on a previous hand or haven’t gotten a flush in 100 hands, the odds prior to the deal are still the same--that’s one in 88. NEXT MONTH: The Risk Factor - Part 2

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. Her story is in the 2013 Edition of “American Casino Guide” (ACG) and her YouTube videos, also with ACG. The 2010 2nd Edition of her book is available in both paperback and kindle. Toll Free: 877-900-BOOKAvailable at amazon.com, bookstores or Square One Publishers www.squareonepublishers.com


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Apache Gold Casino 800-272-2438

BlueWater Resort & Casino 1-888-243-3360

Casino Del Sol 520-838-6565

Dealing blackjack, daily at 3pm Arena Poker Room at Talking Stick Resort 480-850-7777 AUGUST 9th thru 13th the 9th Annual $1,000,000* Arizona State Poker Championship “Win a Seat” to the most prestigious poker tournament in AZ - Just win a single table shoot-out, any time 10 people sign up! Aug 5 - 8 at 11:15am “Warm up Events” NLHE, Mon $120 buy-in, Tues $225 buy-in, Wed $330 buy-in Thurs $550 buy-in 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, July 13, & Aug 24 at 11:15 am - “Super Bounty Super BIG Stack” NLHE - $200 Buy in w $25 s/c - $100 Bounties Sun, July 14 & Aug 18 at 11:15 am - Ladies NLHE - $60 Buy-in w/$15 s/c Sat, July 27 & Aug 31 at 11:15 am - Last Saturday NLHE $125 Buy in w/$25 s/c Sun, July 28 & Aug 25 at 11:15am - Jack & Jill NLHE - $65 buy-in Sat, July 6 & Aug 3 at 11:15 am - “BIG Stack” NLHE - $300 Buy in w/ $30 s/c Sat July 20 at 11:15 am - Omaha Hi-low - $150 buy-in Sat, Oct 19 at 11:15am - Super Bounty Big Stack Turbo NLHE - $225 buy-in Get a Royal Flush, Spin the wheel - win up to $500 Daily, 2am-10am “Aces Cracked” Win $100 rack Jack it up! Sun, Tues & Thurs at 2am - $10,000 is added to Hold Em Progressive Bad Beat Jackpot & $2,000 added to Omaha / Stud Food Specials; $3 breakfast! (2 am - Noon) also $12 Prime Rib dinner Mondays 5pm-11pm *Based on 975 entries Also dealing blackjack 24/7

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 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

Mon-Fri, 10am - NLHE, $15 buy-in w/ optional $15 add-on Mon 7pm & Sat noon - $1,200 NLHE - $35 buy-in Sun & Wed, 7pm - $1,000 Guaranteed 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 no re-buys 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

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Bucky’s Casino 928-771-6779 Mon-Thurs, 6pm - NLHE $40 entry w/$10 re-buy, (top 3-5 cash) & top 5 earn points toward the $250 Player of Month award Aug 18, 2pm - Omaha Hi-Low Tournament, $80 buy-in “Splash Pot Sundays” 1 table is splashed $10 to $150 every ½ hour from 11am-11pm 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 Tournaments: Tues at noon $1,000 added “Break at Noon” $ 50 buy-in & Fri at 3 am - The “Great Late” Tournament, $25 buy-in

Cliff Castle Casino Hotel 928-567-7952 Mon-Fri, 10am - NLHE Shoot-out, $30 buy-in, w/ no re-buys Wed, 7pm - $500 Added NLHE Tournament $40 buy-in, $5 re-buy Fri, 7pm - NLHE Shoot-outs, $ 150 added per table of 10 $ 25 buy-in - no re-buys Sat, Noon - 1,000 added - NLHE $105 buy-in, w/ dealer bonus add-on All Week - Royal Flush pays $100 “Progressive Aces Cracked” win $50 - $200 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 w/new progressive side bet and 3 card poker side bet


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Desert Diamond I-19 Casino 1-866-332-9467

Hon-Dah Casino 928-369-7555

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort 928-856-7244

Dealing blackjack 24/7

Mon, 6pm - NLHE “$25 Bounty” Tournament, $45 buy-in (no re-buys) Tues, 6pm - NLHE “Speed Shoot-Out” $15 buy-in (no re-buys) Tues, all day - Aces Cracked wins $25 - $100 cash or various other prizes Wed, 6pm - NLHE, $40 buy-in (no re-buys) “early bird” chips available Thurs, 6pm - No Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, $40 buy-in (no rebuys) “early bird” chips available 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

Live Poker Mon-Fri at 10am, Sat & Sun at 8am Tournaments: Mon - Thurs at 1pm, Tues & Thurs at 7pm and Sat & Sun at Noon (call for details) Poker room will spread any game, if there is interest Dealing blackjack 24/7

Fort McDowell Casino 480-789-4284 Mon-Fri at Noon & Sun at 7pm - NLHE - $30 buy-in Mon & Sat at 7pm & Sun at Noon - NLHE Deep Stack tournament - $50 buy-in w/ $20 add-on at the break Tues, Wed & Thurs at 7pm & Sat at Noon & 4pm - NLHE - $5 buy-in Fri, 7pm, NLHE - $60 buy-in w/$5 add on Sun, July 21, 10am - Ladies NLHE Poker Tournament $60 buy-in w/ $5 add-on “Aces Cracked” wins $200 total (loser wins $100 Winner wins pot + $50 and next had is splashed $50) “Easy way Jackpot” Aces full of tens beaten by Quads or better wins Jackpot! Dealing blackjack 24/7

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino 480-802-5138 JUST ADDED! Sizzling Summer NLHE Tournaments; Monday and Wednesday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 12:30pm $50 buy-in Earn entries and points to qualify for the $10,000 FREE ROLL Tournament on Oct 5th & 6th Tues, 7:30pm, Omaha H/L, $15 buy-in, $10 re-buys + $10 add-on Thurs, 7:30pm - NLHE, $10 Buy-in plus three $10 re-buys & two $10 add-ons Fri, 7:30pm - NLHE, $40 buy-in, no re-buys Sat, 12:30pm - NLHE “Deep Stack”$65 Buy-in w/one $25 re-buy Sun, 3pm - NLHE “Freeze out” $50 buy-in “Night Owl” High Hand promotion 10pm - mid, plus mid 2am & 2am-4am (3 sessions) see poker room for details Aces Cracked ($25 to the player & a $25 splash pot on next hand) Faces Cracked ($50) Open - 5pm & 5pm - close $300 max per session Start-up special - first 6 players each day, $20 back after 2 hours of play Summer Splash Pots - $50 any inning the D-Backs score & $100 for televised D-Backs win! Jackpot Madness - Win up to $500 Sunday night at 8:30pm - just earn tickets all week for hours played Also dealing blackjack 24/7

Lone Butte Casino 800-946-4452 Dealing blackjack 24/7 - w/$5 games PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot was over $98,000 on July 2nd

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino 800-777-7529 Live Poker Wed –Sun starting at 10am, High Hands, win up to $250 Wed & Sun at 6pm & Sat at 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, w/$3 games daily till 3pm Mon - 6pm, Blackjack Tournament $40 buy-in

Quechan Casino & Resort 1-877-783-2426 Open Wed-Sun at 10am, and Mon & Tues at 5pm - spreading 4/8 Hold Em w/a kill, 4/8 Omaha hi-low split w/a kill (Tues & Fri) also 1-3 No Limit Texas Hold Em Sat & Sun, 1pm NLHE Tournaments $40 buy-in Thurs, 7pm NLHE Deep Stack - $75 buy-in (extra chips for “live” play before tournaments) Beat the Boss $1,000 FREE ROLL Tournament - thru July 26 (Qualify Sun - Fri, tournament on Wednesdays) Special room rates for poker players Dealing blackjack 24/7

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Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino 800-946-4452 - Ext 1507 Wed, 7:30pm, NLHE, $15 buy-in w/ $10 re-buys & $20 add-on Sat, 11am, NLHE, $20 buy-in w/ $10 re-buys & $20 add-on Sun 11am, NLHE, $30 buy in$20 add-on “ACES CRACKED” wins a rack - Mid - Noon unlimited winners, also starting at noon Baseball “Slugfest” Daily D-Backs games, or Sat Game of the week & All-Star game - $50 splash pots for every score Big Money Royals, Any Royal Flush wins $200 - Plus “Bonus Royals” Mon-Thurs “Super 77” Progressive Bad-Beat Jackpot (at 57,000 on July 10) Quad 7’s or better beaten wins Also dealing blackjack 24/7 - w/$5 games PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot was over $108,000 on July 9

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino 800-946-4452 ext 7375 Mon & Thurs Noon, NLHE, $30 buy-in, no re-buys - $150 added per table Tues & Wed, 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 appreciation, $20 add-at the break & bonus chips for play before tournament “Super 77” Progressive Bad-Beat Jackpot - Quad 7’s or better beaten wins at least $25,000 (at 57,000 on July 10) “Aces Cracked” Win a Rack - Sun 11pm until Fri at 6pm Baseball “Slugfest” $50 splash pots for every score selected TV Games “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 Food specials; ½ price poker room menu all day Also dealing blackjack 24/7 - w/$5 games PAI GOW Progressive Jackpot was over $108,000 on July 9

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TJ’s Blackjack corner

Betting Systems by TJ Jorgensen receive a lot of e mail about “Betting Systems” - Plain and simple, there has never been a betting system devised that can mathematically overcome the house advantage on a casino game, in fact they can’t even make a dent in it. The bottom line is that dice and roulette wheels have no memory. Each toss of the dice and every spin of the wheel is independent of all past events. Just because you see black come up on the roulette wheel six times in a row does not make red any more likely to come up on the next spin, the odds are always the same. The longer you play, the closer you will get to the expected outcome for that particular game, a loss. The biggest gambling myth is that an event that has not occurred recently is overdue and thus is more likely to come up. This is the basis for most of the betting and playing systems that you see in magazines and on the internet making wild claims. For example; one roulette system says that if you see red come up three times in a row - you should load up on black for the upcoming spin. The problem is that the previous three spins have nothing to do with the upcoming spin, it is completely independent and the probability of red or black remains the same.

Martindale

The system that I get asked about the most is the “Martindale System” This is a system where the player doubles their bet after losing. For example if you bet $1 and lose, your next bet is $2, if you lose that your next bet is $4, if you lose that $8, if you lose that bet $16, and so on. The idea behind this system is that by doubling your bet after a loss you would win enough to cover all past losses plus a unit. The problem with this system is that it is easier than you think to lose a lot of bets in a row and quickly run out of betting money, or reach the table max bet. Gambling magazines and the internet are full of people selling betting

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systems with the promise of huge wins over the casino at games of chance. These offers are the modern day equivalent of the old wonder tonic pitchmen out of the old west. Never spend one penny on a gambling system. Everytime one has been put to the test in a computer simulation it has failed and failed miserably. They always show the same ratio of losses to money as flat betting. Gambling systems have been around as long as gambling and not one has ever been proven to work. You can gain an edge over the casino by learning to count cards in the game of blackjack. It takes a lot of work to master this, but it is mathematically proven to overcome the casino edge. By assigning a plus value to smaller cards and a minus value to the tens and aces it gives you the composition of the remaining cards to be played, you know if there is a surplus of tens or a surplus of small cards yet to be dealt. With this information you know if you or the house has the advantage on the upcoming hand and you then select your bet size accordingly. Additionally there are 43 changes in playing strategy over basic strategy. This gives you a more accurate way to play the hands. By playing this way instead of the casino having a .57 advantage over the basic strategy player, you have a long term advantage of about 1 1/2%. You have to play perfectly in order to have this long term advantage and it takes practice but in the long run it is worth it. You can learn to count cards in my book, available on my website www.freewebs.com/tjsblackjackcorner 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


entertainment Apache Gold Casino Resort 5 miles East of Globe on Hwy 70 1-800-272-2438 Cabaret Lounge: Free live entertainment every weekend

BlueWater Resort and Casino

11300 Resort Dr., Parker 1-888-243-3360 Outdoor Amphitheater: Showroom: Aug 2 – Gabriel Iglesias Dig Lounge: DJ, Karaoke or live bands

July 26 – Sammy Hagar July 27 – Matchbox Twenty July 28 – Florida Georgia Line (hottest new country act) Aug 4 – Los Lonely Boys w/ Los Lobos & Alejandro Acevedo Aug 6 – Whitesnake & Night Ranger

Casino Arizona

101 at McKellips, Scottsdale 480-850-7734 Showroom: July 14 – Steve Bayner (Master Hypnotist) July 26 & 27 – Pettybreakers (Tom Petty Tribute Band) Aug 2 & 3 -Aeromyth (Tribute to Aerosmith) Aug 23 & 24 – One More From The Road (Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute) Aug 30 & 31 – RIO (Tribute to Duran Duran) Sept 13 & 14 – Police Experience (Police Tribute) Sept 27 & 28 – Bostyx (Boston & Styx Tribute band) Oct 4 & 5 – Heartbreak City (Cars Tribute) Arizona Room: Mon & Tues – “Latin Fire” w/ Dance Lessons from 6-8pm “Throwback Thursdays” DJ music from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s Bingo Hall: Friday & Saturday at Midnight, L-8 Night Bingo! Including light show, music, dancing and fun!

Casino Del Sol

5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson 520-838-6506 AVA Amphitheater: July 10 – Comic Jim Gaffigan July 11 – Go-Go’s and the B 52’s July 12 – West Coast Fest w/Bone ThugsN-Harmony, DJ Quik, Mack 10, Dogg Pound, E-40, Warren G & Baby Bash July 13 – Kenny Wizz (World’s best Michael Jackson impersonator) July 14 – Under the Sun Tour w/ Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon & Fastball

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Desert Diamond Casino Hotel

7350 South Nogales Hwy, Tucson 1-866-DDC-WINS Monsoon Night Club: Live bands or DJ, Thurs – Sat “Thursday Rocks” Concert series July 25 – Blaze of Glory (the premier Bon Jovi Tribute band) “Groovin’ Fridays” (Old School) “Noches Caliente Saturdays” featuring Tex Mex & Tejano bands; La Gran Ciudad, Angel Norteno, Los Gallegos and Los Centenarios

Desert Diamond Casino I -19

Willie Nelson Aug 14 – Willie Nelson Sept 14 – Marc Anthony Sept 19 – Luis Miguel Paradiso Bar: Free weekend entertainment & Tribute bands on Thursdays Oasis Pool Bar: Saturdays - Soak Pool Party featuring “Old school by the Pool” 1-6pm

Cocopah Casino

15318 South Avenue B Somerton, AZ (Yuma area) 1-800-237-5687 Fri & Sat nights – Live bands in the lounge

Cliff Castle Casino

I-17 at exit 289 in Camp Verde 1-800-381-SLOT Stargazer Pavilion: Sept 1 – Reggie Festival w/ Steel Pulse, The Wailers & Tribal Seeds October 5 - Foreigner Dragonfly Lounge: July 25 – The Pettybreakers (Tom Petty Tribute Band) Aug 22 – “One more from the road” (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute)

1100 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita 1-866-DDC-WINS Sports Bar: Every Wednesday night – Karaoke w/Fiesta DJ’Diamond Center: Aug 3 – KC & The Sunshine Band Aug 10 - Charlie Daniels Band Aug 30 – Sept 2 – Laboe Day Weekend FREE Classic Entertainment; Aug 30 – Bella Donna (Tribute to Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac) Aug 31 – Desperado (Premier Eagles Tribute) Sept 1 Fan Halen (Van Halen Tribute Sept 2 – Strange Days (Doors Tribute) Sept 13 – Comic Terry Fator Sept 20 – REO Speedwagon

Fort McDowell Casino

N of Shea off Hwy 87, Fountain Hills 1-800-THE-FORT Lucky 7 Saloon: Free entertainment on Fri day & Saturday nights; Furious George – July 12, 19, 20, & 27, Aug 2, 16, 24 & 31, Sept 7 & 28 Kenny G Project – July 13 & 20, Aug 3,9,17, & 23, Sept 14 & 20 Solid Gold – July 26, Aug 10 & 30 and Sept 27 Basketball Jones – Sept 6 Radisson Ballroom; Aug 9 – BAD BOY Fight Night Aug 10 – Extreme Midget Wrestling Bingo Hall: Saturdays, July 20, Aug 17 & Sept 21 – Late Night Lunar Bingo w/music, games & giveaways For updates – fortmcdowellcasino.com

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort and Casino

15406 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa 480-802-5000 Oasis Lounge: Free weekend entertainment with top local bands and nationally known performers Sept 2 – Diamond Rio For updates, go to harrahsakchin.com

Hon-Dah Resort and Casino

Highways 260 and 73, Pinetop 1-800-WAY-UP-HIGH Conference Center: Aug 9 - “Come to Hawaii” with incredible singing, dancing and acrobatic group “HOT LAVA” Festival Grounds: Aug 17 & 18 - Annual Bluegrass Festival, featuring The Wildwood Valley Boys, The Special Consensus, The Bost Family, Cross String, The Sonoran Dogs and Desert Heart Timbers Lounge: Free entertainment, Monday is Comedy Night, Tues-Sat, Live bands; July 9 thru 13 – Ronnie & the Classics,

Ronnie & the Classics July 16 thru 20 – Mischief, July 23 thru 27 – Latin Vida, July 30 thru Aug 3 – The Core (country)

Lone Butte Casino

202 loop at the Kyrene exit – Chandler, 1-800-WIN-GILA Cascades Lounge: Live Bands 4-7pm & 9-1am Wednesdays; (Country Night) July 10 – Marble Heart, July 17 – Western Fusion, July 24 – Dixie Highway, July 31 – Desert Dixie Thursdays; (Industry Night) July 11 & 25 – Str8up Band, July 18 – JJ’s Band Fridays; (latin Night) July 12, 19 & 26 – Aztex Band Saturdays (Top 40) July 13 – The Walkens, July 20 – Shining Star,


July 27 – Rhythm Edition Sunday thru Friday (4-7pm) featuring bands; Spotlight, The Heat, Marty and the Party, Chuck E Baby, Thaddeus Rose, Silhouette and Honest Soultz Verona Chophouse: Saturday: Talia 5-9pm Sunday: Jazz brunch Buffet Bingo Hall: 11pm Fri & Sat - B.A.D BINGO w/ DJ “Rockin’ Rob” music, light show, bingo & giveaways

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

1/2-mile S. of Payson on Hwy 87 1-800-777-PLAY www.777play.com Aug 10 – The Highwaymen

Carlos Mencia

Paradise Casino

450 Quechan Drive, Yuma 1-888-777- 4946 Sharky’s Bar: Live bands on weekends

July 19 & 20 – Comedian Carlos Mencia, July 26 & 27 – Vince Neil Bingo Park: Every Saturday at 11pm – BINGO ECLIPSE – Bingo, DJ music, light show & giveaways

Quechan Casino Resort

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

Talking Stick Resort

Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road Scottsdale 480-850-7777 Talking Stick Showroom: July 26 – BoDeans Aug 7 – Whitesnake (SOLD OUT) Aug 9 – Charlie Daniels Band

Charlie Daniels Band

entertainment

Sept 1 - Joe Satriani w/Steve Morse Band In the Grand Ballroom: July 11 – Jim Gaffigan July 12 – The B-52s & The Go Go’s July 13 - Happy Together Tour w/The Turtles (Flo & Eddie) Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Gary Lewis & the Playboys and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders July 20 – King of the Cage Aug 1 – Gipsy Kings

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino Gipsy Kings Aug 3 – Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Alejandro Escovedo Sept 7 – Kathleen Madigan Sept 19 – Thunder From Down Under (Male Revue) Oct 11 – Blue October OUTDOORS: Sat & Sun, 11am – 6pm, RELEASE POOL PARTY; DJ’s from Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco and LA spin your favorites, plus drink specials, giveaways and cabana rentals - You must be 21 or older to attend. 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)

Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino

(Opens July 2nd) The All-New West Valley Casino 51st Ave, 4 miles S. of Baseline – Laveen 1-800-WIN-GILA Event Center: July 12 & 13 –Jefferson Starship,

I-10 at Wild Horse Pass exit - Chandler 1-800-WIN-GILA Ovations LIVE! Showroom: Jul 12 – Michael Finney’s Dry Heat Comedy All-Star Review Jul 27 – Clandestine & Friends Jul 28 – Sara Evans Aug 3 – Ho’ Okena (Sounds of the Islands)

Los Tigres Del Norte

Sept 7 – Los Enanitos Verdes Sept 13 – Melissa Etheridge Sept 14 - Toto Sept 20 – Comic Rob Schneider Sept 21 – REO Speedwagon Sept 27 – Latin Legends Live w/ Malo, Tierra & thee Midnighters Sept 28 – Bret Michaels AIRIA – Nightlife Unplugged, live entertainment – Fri & Sat featuring bands on Fridays; Chris Parker Project, Shining Star, Platinum Hi-Fi, JJ’s Band and Static and Deejays on Saturdays: DJ BKNY, DJ Vinyl Dave, DJ Flair, DJ Astonish, & DJ Raya, Encore Lounge: Mid-day entertainment every Monday 11am-3pm, plus late night entertainment featuring top bands like; Powerdrive, The Hamptons, Michael & Mianuel, Chuck E Baby, JJ’s Band, Str8up, Route 66, Swingtips, Dyverse, Priminition and Smoke Stack Lighting

Yavapai Casino

1505 East Hwy 69 - Prescott 1-800-756-8744 Yavapai Cantina; Karaoke with Cruisin’ Susan on Fridays and live bands Saturdays July 13 – Electric Mud July 20 – Lonesome Valley

Melissa Etheridge

Aug 9 – Los Tigres Del Norte Aug 10 – Rage in the Cage (MMA fights) Aug 22 – Barenaked Ladies Aug 23 – Warrant & Skid Row Aug 24 – 49 Laughts Comedy Tour Aug 30 – Lost 80’s Aug 31 – Evening of Vietnamese Comedy and music featuring Thu Phoung

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Guests visiting the new facility will revel at its unprecedented combination of stunning Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture, that includes the gaming area that has stunning ceiling panels that can be changed often to give the casino a whole new look! You will also be impressed with the high-end service and spectacular amenities. The spacious 70,000 square foot gaming floor is stocked with 950 hot slot machines, a 16 table poker room, 36 oversized table games and an eye-opening 550 seat Bingo Park. The property’s restaurants include; the Valley’s only Ditka’s (founded by legendary NFL head coach Mike Ditka), Fatburger, Dunkin’ Donuts, Panda Express, Los Reyes de la Torta and more.

“From the time the Gila River Indian Community and Gila River Casinos embarked on this $135 million visionary project, we knew we would offer guests an unparalleled experience, creating memories of a lifetime.” said John J. James, CEO for Gila River Casinos. James continues to add “The powerful impact we have made to energize the local economy has created over 300 new and permanent part-time jobs and over 600 construction jobs to erect the world-class facility. We are confident that this one of a kind destination will be one of Arizona’s hot spots to see and be seen”. VeeQuiva Hotel & Casinois located just off 51st Avenue, 4 miles south of Baseline Rd in Laveen. Gila River Gaming Enterprises, Inc. operates three Arizona casinos owned by the Gila River Indian Community including Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Lone Butte Casino, and the all-new VeeQuiva Hotel & Casino. For more information call 1-800-946-4452, or go to their website at www.wingilariver.com.

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gaming news Resort Wins “Certificate of Excellence” Talking Stick Resort, an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, announced that it is a recipient of the TripAdvisorCertificate of Excellence, an award given to businesses that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. This marks the second time in two years Talking Stick Resort has been given this prestigious accolade. “Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Talking Stick Resort because it takes the hard work of everyone here to achieve it,” said Steve Gerken, senior director of hospitality of Talking Stick Resort. “It is thanks to the tremendous effort by our employees that our guests have a memorable visit. Our staff is the most important component to this property’s excellence.”

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In order to qualify for a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, an organization must have been listed on the popular travel website for at least 12 months. In that time, they need to maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five in reviews from travelers. An additional criterion for the award is the volume of reviews made about the property. The 15-story Talking Stick Resort is the Southwest’s leading resort destination. The property is home to 496 deluxe rooms including 15 luxury suites. For amenities, no other hotel compares, thanks to its oversized 240,000 sq. ft. gaming floor, 650-seat showroom for live entertainment and the luxurious 14th floor spa with relaxing Native American inspired treatments. The food and drink options are unbeatable too with six lounges and five restaurants including its signature Orange Sky restaurant with breathtaking 360-degree views of the Valley. “Further, to get an award based on the feedback of our guest’s is a great honor. It indicates that we are hitting the right cord with them,” elaborated Gerken. “All that we do is for their comfort and enjoyment, so it’s nice to know we are getting it right.”

Talking Stick Resort (TSR) is a “AAA Four Diamond Rated Resort” and a central landmark within the emerging Talking Stick Cultural and Entertainment Destinationlocated in Scottsdale, just east of the Loop 101 on Indian Bend Road, TSR is independently owned and operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisorbranded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors, and over 100 million reviews and opinions.


lottery news Retired General has a million ways to celebrate

Patience Pays Off

General Marsh spends his winters in Arizona and sometimes stays even longer. Since he plays Powerballon a regular basis, he’s sure to purchase his tickets when he’s here. As is his usual practice, early Saturday morning, he goes to the store to buy his tickets. He never has a set amount that he spends; it just depends on his mood. On March 16, he only wanted two tickets for that night’s drawing, so he grabbed a selection slip and randomly chose six numbers for each of the tickets he intended to buy. He then put the tickets away and didn’t check them until Sunday when he had time to read the paper. His wife was sitting near him, and when he told her that he’d won $1,000,000, she said, “I don’t believe it.” He countered with “Believe it.” This went on for a while until it finally registered that he wasn’t kidding. That evening, they went to a small dinner party, and while there, he told several of his good friends. They believed him when he told them, but wanted him to be sure he’d read the numbers correctly. They didn’t want him to be disappointed. As a matter of fact, two of his long-time friends accompanied him to the Lottery when he redeemed his ticket. He promised to take them out to lunch. While living in Phoenix, General, who is retired, spends a lot of his time on the golf course. Even if he’s not golfing, he enjoys the weather and the respite from the snow. With regard to his winnings, he intends to pay off all his bills and invest the rest - The winning ticket was purchased at Circle K, 1605 E. Bell Road in Phoenix

Robert McDonald of Golden Valley had the golden touch when he purchased his $500,000 winning Arizona Black ExclusiveScratchers ticket. He’d won $500 on a differentScratchers, but the store couldn’t cash it. He then went to another store to see if they could cash it, but the customer service counter wasn’t open, so he decided to wait. To keep himself occupied while he waited, he purchased one Arizona Black Exclusive from the Lottery vending machine. Robert scratched the ticket while he was in the store, and as soon as the customer service counter opened and the people waiting in line had left, he quietly took the ticket over to the clerk to be validated. Somehow, he managed to drive home, although he was in a mild state of shock. Once he got home, he called his son to tell him the news. His family was thrilled for him and drove him to the Lottery office to redeem the ticket. Robert, who is retired from the construction field, loves playing Scratchers because it’s a form of relaxation. He has no particular favorite, just buys whatever appeals to him at the time. He frequents stores in Kingman as well as Golden Valley. Robert is considering purchasing a new home with some of his winnings and investing the rest. The winning ticket was purchased at Smith’s Food and Drug, 3490 N. Stockton Hill Road in Kingman, AZ.

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DAVID AT THE SNACK BAR The Lone Ranger Butch Cavendish escapes custody, just before his hanging and a group of Texas Rangers head out after him and his gang. They are ambushed and left for dead. Tonto, a Native American warrior, finds them and realizing that one is still alive and he nurses him back by David Ramsey to health. He tells the surviving Ranger to wear a mask while he seeks revenge on Cavendish. It turns out that Tonto is after him as well. It follows the original Long Ranger story with only a few changes but does add humor to the action. Johnny Depp continues his string of quirky characters as “Tonto” and does a very good job. The Long Ranger could have been trimmed by thirty minutes but it does deliver the action you expect.

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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 to handle the pressure. Harrison Ford is terrific as Rickey - playing him with humor and gravitas. “42” is about what Jackie Robinson had to go through and about Branch Rickey taking a stand but at its core it is about a love of baseball.

Dead Man Down

Despicable Me 2 Gru is back and is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to stop a powerful new super criminal. At first he resists helping the good guys but he realizes since he adopted his three girls he has stopped being evil. The girls think Gru needs a girlfriend and the AVL agent, Lucy, seems like a good match. Gru’s minions start disappearing and that maybe connected to the new super villain. The AVL has narrowed down the suspects so Gru and Lucy go undercover at the mall to find him. The minions are the best and the funniest part of the film, just as they were in the first one. The best animated film of the year, so far, “Despicable Me 2” is funny animated action for all ages - and the 3D is amazing.

Victor has quickly risen in the ranks of Alphonse’s ruthless criminal empire but he has a ulterior motives. One night his neighbor, Beatrice, films him killing someone and disposing of the body. Meanwhile, Victor saves Alphonse during a shootout further cementing his status. Beatrice blackmails Victor into helping her get revenge on the man who disfigured her in a car wreck. When they realize they share similar goals they begin to help each other. It gets intense and a little complicated when Alphonse lays a trap for whomever is after him. “Dead Man Down” is an edge of your seat thriller with intense action.

Trance

When an art auction is interrupted by a group of armed men the auctioneer attempts to get the multi-million dollar painting to safety but gets knocked out in the process. When he wakes up he doesn’t remember what happened. He soon finds out that he was working with the robbers and now they want to know what he did with the painting. He doesn’t remember so they hire a hypnotherapist to delve into his mind and find the painting. It gets very complicated when the therapist realizes what is going on and wants a cut. The film goes between current events and those in the past and hypnotic suggestions. It almost works but it is so convoluted that it just doesn’t make sense or keep you engaged. David Ramsey is the President and co-founder of the Phoenix Film Critics Society and a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (The Critics Choice Awards). Watch him on the CBS 5 Morning News every Friday around 6:20am and on ABC-15’s “Sonoran Living Live” every other Friday at 11am. Read his DVD reviews at WildAboutMovies.com. Contact him at David@TheSnackBar.net. ARIZONA PLAYER July 2013 26


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CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHERS

Golf is a Strenuous Game

America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real, but the moon landing was faked. ~ David Letterman

Bob and his buddies have been a regular 4 some on the links every Sunday for many years, rain or shine.

Hollywood must be the only place on earth where you can be fired by a man wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a baseball cap. ~ Steve Martin Men are like linoleum floors. Lay ‹em right and you can walk all over them for thirty years. ~ Betsy Salkind You know you›re a redneck if your home has wheels and your car doesn't. ~ Jeff Foxworthy When a man opens a car door for his wife, it›s either a new car or a new wife. ~ Prince Philip

So when he returned late on that day and flopped on the couch – his wife Becky was concerned because he looked exhausted. "Bob, are you OK? she asked. “Not really” he replied. “We were playing in a best ball four-some, no cart tournament – and we were leading thru 14 holes when disaster struck – Jim had a heart attack and died” “WHAT!” said Becky “That must have been incredibly stressful, So what did you do?”

“What we had to do honey…hit our shots…then drag Jim - hit our next shots and drag Jim again - Wow, I thought we would never get to the 18th hole – but we know Jim would have been proud of us because we finished The only reason they say ‹Women and children first› is to test the strength third! of the lifeboats. ~ Jean Kerr Home cookin’….Where many a man thinks his wife is. ~ Jimmy Durante

I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it. ~ Robert Benchley

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travel Wisconsin – A cool way to vacation When the temperatures hit triple digits for months on end in the Southwest - it’s time to get away to a cooler spot in the country and you can’t go wrong for friendliness of the locals in beautiful Wisconsin.

And there is so much to do; Visit extraordinary natural wonders such as Cave of the Mounds or the Apostle Islands. See the landscape in a whole new way with a thrilling zip line adventure. If you’re all about the great outdoors, Wisconsin is a paradise for hunters, fishermen, and campers. Foodies, wine, and beer lovers will delight in discovering Wisconsin’s artisan cheese makers, wineries, and breweries; as well as farmers markets and award-winning restaurants. Great places like Wisconsin Dells, Door County, and Lake Geneva offer tons of options for family fun as well as resorts for romantic getaways.

Golfing, boating, skiing, shopping, and sightseeing are just some of the activities you’ll find during a trip to Wisconsin. Whatever it is you like to do; Travel Wisconsin has something special in store for you Summer fun is everywhere, bike and motorcycle trails radiate to outlying areas. Apple orchards line the roads, and weekend festivals celebrate everything from modern farming to covered bridges. There are lazy rivers to splash in, and varied accommodations, with lots of Bed & Breakfast offerings, campgrounds with unique sites, and cabin rentals, all the way up to luxurious hotels and inns. If you’re near Milwaukee, don’t miss a chance to visit Miller Park and take in a Brewers game. Now That’s summer fun.

Now, If it’s gaming that you seek, in Wisconsin there are many choices including several Ho Chunk Gaming facilities including one at the Wisconsin Dells. or travel to nearby Illinois where you’re an easy driving distance of some of the best gaming choices in the Midwest including the Chicago-area casinos - Whether you win or lose, you’ll love the good olde fashioned summertime fun in Wisconsin For more information Just contact the travelWisconsin.com or call 1-800-432-8747.

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ASTROLOGY, Bingo & Casino directory Cancer June 22 to July 22

Leo July 23 to Aug 23

Virgo Aug 24 to Sept 23

Jul 7–14 Jul 15–22 Jul 23–31 Aug 1–7 Jul 7–14 Jul 15–22 Jul 23–31 Aug 1–7 Jul 7–14 Jul 15–22 Jul 23–31 Aug 1–7

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Phoenix Metro Bingo Games

Casino Arizona 101 & McKellips Daily: 7pm (early birds: 6:30pm) Sat & Sun Matinee: 1pm (early birds: 6:30pm) 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"

Capricorn Dec 22 to Jan 20

Aries Mar 21 to April 20

Scorpio Oct24 to Nov 22

Aquarius Jan 21 to Feb 19

Taurus April 21 to May 21

Sagittarius Nov 23 to Dec 21

Pisces Feb 20 to Mar 20

Gemini May 22 to June 21

Libra Sept 24 to Oct 23

Jul 7–14 Jul 15–22 Jul 23–31 Aug 1–7 Jul 7–14 Jul 15–22 Jul 23–31 Aug 1–7 Jul 7–14 Jul 15–22 Jul 23–31 Aug 1–7

Strange idea works Learn from past mistakes Old pal returns Back to basics Time to make a choice Things are looking up Great chance to win big Play game your way

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 Casino 51st Ave. 10mi. S of I-10 Daily: 12:30 & 6:30pm "Bingo Eclipse"

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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 July 2013

Happy days ahead Romance returns Adventure coming Expect only good things

Jul 7–14 Jul 15–22 Jul 23–31 Aug 1–7 Jul 7–14 Jul 15–22 Jul 23–31 Aug 1–7 Jul 7–14 Jul 15–22 Jul 23–31 Aug 1–7

Forget the past Strange weekend Rare opportunity – take it Good things will happen Things are looking up New friend turns romantic Time to make the move Great choice for big win lucky is your new name Amazing week Crazy weekend coming Old pal has great plan

Statewide Bingo Games

2nd & 4th Sat 11pm 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

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

Jul 7–14 Jul 15–22 Jul 23–31 Aug 1–7 Jul 7–14 Jul 15–22 Jul 23–31 Aug 1–7 Jul 7–14 Jul 15–22 Jul 23–31 Aug 1–7

You guessed correctly Playing hard pays off Favorite spot this week Plan that big trip now

Best is yet to come Believe – it will happen Play your numbers Play hard and win Do not give up Romance ahead Big surprise coming Old friend returns

Matinee: 2:15pm Eves: 7:15pm Cocopah Casino•Yuma 15136 South Ave B Somerton Daily: 1 & 6pm Desert Diamond • Tucson 7350 S Nogales Hwy Daily: 1:30 & 7:15pm Mazatzal Casino• Payson Hwy 87 at mile post 251 Mon-Thu: Noon Tue & Thu: 6:30pm 1st Thu & 3rd Tue: 6:30pm Double Payouts all night! Paradise Casino • Yuma 450 Quechan Dr. Daily: 1:30 & 6pm

13. Gila River Vee Quiva Casino • (Laveen) Gila River Indian Community–slots bingo blackjack poker & Entertainment (800) 946-4452 14. Gila River Lone Butte Casino • (Chandler) Gila River Indian Community–slots bingo blackjack & Entertainment (800) 946-4452 15. Golden Ha’ San Casino • (Why) Tohono O’Odham Nation–Slots 16. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino (Maricopa) Ak-Chin Indian Community - slots keno poker bingo blackjack & Entertainment (480) 802-5000 17. Hon-Dah Resort-Casino • (Pinetop) White Mountain Apache Tribe - slots blackjack poker & Entertainment (800) 929-8744 18. Mazatzal Hotel Casino • (Payson) Tonto Apache Tribe - slots 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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