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Cover Story “Discover the Q” – Quechan Casino Resort

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Card Room Action

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Boyd’s Eye View of Video Poker Linda Boyd

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TJ’s Blackjack Corner T.J. Jorgensen

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A Woman’s Point of View Marianne Minneci

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Lottery News and Latest Draws

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Gaming News “Lucky Break” at Lone Butte & Cliff Castle is #1

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Horsin’ Around Brian Mulligan

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Travel The Far East….Valley

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David at the Snack Rar David Ramsey

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Bingo Directory

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Astrology & Joke Page & Casino Directory

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GAMING NEWS A ROMANTIC EVENING IN CAMP VERDE The Gathering Restaurant & Bar at Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde will be hosting the soothing, classical sounds of acoustic guitarist Paul Wilcox on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy FREE live music with your Valentine’s Day dinner from 5:30 - 9pm. Paul Wilcox grew up in the Verde Valley and began playing guitar at the age of ten. After years of playing electric guitar, he pursued classical studies at Northern Arizona University. His refined style is an eclectic blend of jazz, classical, pop, and original music. His mellow tones are sure to enhance the ambiance of an evening. He will also be appearing on Monday Feb 15, and again March 12 and 26. The Gathering, the restaurant/lounge at Cliff Castle Casino, is well known for its high desert cuisine, with an upscale menu featuring Native American and Southwestern influences and a compre-

hensive wine selection. Travis Demmick, Chef de Cuisine at The Gathering, and a Scottsdale Culinary Arts graduate, has made numerous television appearances. The Gathering Valentine’s Day menu will include sautéed Lobster in Lemon Oil, Seafood Risotto Cake, Grilled Asparagus with Hollandaise, a Wild Green Salad with Jalapeno Bacon Vinaigrette, with Mango Panna Cotta for dessert. Dinner will be available from 4pm-9pm, with regular menu items also available. Reservations are recommended. For more information please call the Castle Club at 928-567-7999 or visit www.cliffcastlecasino.net. Cliff Castle Casino, proudly owned and operated by the Yavapai-Apache Nation is located just east of I-17 at exit 289 in Camp Verde. For Hotel accommodations at the Lodge at Cliff Castle, call (928) 5676611, or (800) 524-6343.

WHEEL OF FORTUNE HIT AT HON-DAH Kimberly Kelley won $130,753 when she hit a Wheel of Fortune quarters MegaJackpot at the Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Conference Center on Tuesday, January 19. The winner is from Chandler, Arizona, and was visiting the casino with a friend. Kelley reported having had a good experience with “Wheel of Fortune” games in the past. “I always play “Wheel of Fortune”, I won $1,000 a few years ago” she said. The MegaJackpot winner went on to say she was very excited to find she had won the top progressive prize. “I yelled really loud and everyone heard me! I was in shock and cried and was thankful!” Kelley said when she told her children her news. “The kids said, ‘no way!’” she commented. Kelley’s Mega win could not have come at a better time. “I need a home, I’m living with my parents” she reported. This MegaJackpot prize is the first to be paid at the casino this year. In 2009, Hon-Dah Casino awarded three MegaJackpot prizes totaling an impressive $382,797. All three were paid on the “Wheel of Fortune” quarters progressive systems. Hon-Dah Resort-Casino has now paid six MegaJackpots totaling over $1.15 million in prize money since 2001. “Wheel of Fortune” quarters progressive is one of the most popular systems in Native America, and features an continued on page 27

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Q UECHAN CASINO R ESORT The Southwest’s Sizzling Hot Spot For Gaming!

Located right on the borders of Arizona, California and Mexico, Quechan Casino Resort is the Southwest’s newest and most exciting place to play and take a luxurious, well-deserved break from the stress of everyday life. Best of all is that all the fun and indulgence comes at an amazingly affordable price that has gamers and vacationers returning again and again. Quechan Casino Resort is truly a unique place to experience. It’s easy to see why. Voted “Yuma’s Best Casino” and “Yuma’s Best Hotel,” the Q (as it’s lovingly nicknamed) is unlike any other place in the region. Its Mediterranean-inspired design is accented with Quechan tribal influences; it’s a dynamic-yetrelaxing environment ideal for anyone who wants to get away from it all…or, get in to the excitement of a world-class gaming environment. The Q’s game rooms never cease to amaze first-timers. The casino’s star attraction is its expansive, 2,205-square-foot live poker room. By far the largest of its type in the area, players can try their hand at ten tables devoted to Texas Hold ‘Em, Hi-Lo, Omaha and Seven-Card Stud. The Q’s 29,210-square-foot main casino floor is home to 24 card game tables, featuring blackjack, mini-baccarat, Pai Gow (double-hand poker) and three-card poker. If slots are more your style, the Q has 1,000 of the latest and greatest slot machines found anywhere. It’s a rush slot enthusiasts continue to rave about! Offering a great gaming experience isn’t simply about offering great games. It’s also about exceptional promotions and exclusive opportunities. That’s why Quechan Casino Resort introduced its Q Club right from the very beginning. There are three levels of membership in the Q Club, each offering tiered benefits to players. All Q Club members enjoy exclusive offers on slot play, tickets to concerts and live entertainment, dining specials and complimentary stays at the Q’s luxurious hotel and resort. All new Q Club members even receive $10 in free play. continued on page 27

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Quechan Casino Resort Where Winning is Everything! QUECHAN NATION CELEBRATES THE Q’S FIRST ANNIVERSARY! To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Quechan Casino Resort, the Quechan Indian Nation is hosting several events on Saturday, February 13th, that highlight a legacy of traditions and culture. The Quechan Indian Tribe encourages the public to come and enjoy the ceremonies and festivities! Players Club Booth 5 PM The first 500 members to stop by the Players Club booth will receive a free gift! Tribal Entertainment at the Casino Main Entrance 5-9 PM Live music and traditional contests from the Quechan Tribal Special Events Committee. Tribal Vendors, Casino East Side –Valet Parking Lot 5-9:45 PM - Members of the Quechan tribe will be selling food, jewelry and other goods and there will be inflatable jumpers available for children. Horses & Hybrids Promotion (Inside the Casino) 6-9 PM Hourly drawings will be held at 6, 7, 8 and 9pm. Winners get a chance to enter the Q Cash Machine for one minute to try to grab up to $10,000 cash! Hourly winners also earn entries into the grand prize drawing on March 1. The grand prize is the winner’s choice of a 2010 Ford Mustang or a 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid, a $200 gas card, $200 free play and one minute in the Q Cash Machine! Sidewinders Bar & Grill – The Gregg Peterson Band 9 PM - 2 AM- Straight out of Las Vegas, the four-piece Gregg Peterson Band will rock Sidewinders Bar & Grill with classics from the 70s, 80s, 90s and even current Top 40 hits! Valet Parking Lot, A Spectacular Fireworks Display 9:30 PM - The celebration is capped off with a spectacular and unique display of fireworks orchestrated by Fireworks America especially for the Quechan Indian Nation!


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or those who have spent a lot of time in casinos, you probably think you’ve heard it all. I’m talking about the grapevine rumors and speculations, like them tightening machines to pay for the new carpet. by Every now and then, however, an odd-sounding Linda Boyd situation turns out to be true. And so it is with casino staff having the ability to change either the pay table or the game on a video poker device with just the flick of a switch. For years I’ve heard players say “they’re in the backroom right now tightening the machines”. I hear either that or a similar version of the same sinister theme. So can they change the game or the pay schedule of a video poker or slot machine without ever touching the device? The answer is - They will be able to with the new server-based technology coming to casinos. In fact, the games in the much ballyhooed City Center in Las Vegas are already wired to include this latest gaming innovation. Server-Based Machines: This new term in the gambler’s lexicon will soon become commonplace to players. It refers to machines that are connected to a central computer system allowing casino staff to change games, denominations and pay schedules with just the flip of a switch from a remote area off the gaming floor. I expect the changeover to be slow with early data indicating most are going to start with just 25% of their inventory and see how it goes. Video Poker: The good news for video poker is, unlike slots, you can determine the expected return (ER) by looking at the payouts on the pay schedules. I have the ER for almost all games you’ll find on the casino floor in the appendix of my book, “The Video Poker Edge”. You will have to take a few minutes to examine the pay schedule instead of assuming the game is the same as it was on your last visit. Games: Make sure you check both the name of that game as well as the denomination before you begin to play. In fact, management can change from video poker to slots or vice versa. (This is a good thing for casinos that went from a mixture of video poker and slots to just slots. Casinos found that business is better when they offer both, but lease agreements or the expense

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of the slot device often prevented them from switching back to a choice. Rest assured that in Arizona all machines are required to have a RNG (random number generator) so the pay table alone determines the theoretical odds on video poker machines. Pay Schedules: Even if it’s the same game, you still need to check the pay schedule carefully because they may pay less for a given hand during peak times. For example, instead of returning 45 for a full house the game can return just 40 or less. However, this information will definitely be on the machine and you can access it by simply pushing the “see pays” button. Transition: Just like any other innovation many players look at innovations with a strong dose of skepticism. The word is that the transition process will be slow, approximately 25% of the machines to start with, to make sure customers accept it. The change will require a major expense by the casino for floor wiring unless it’s pre-wired at the time of construction. In today’s economy, I expect management to proceed with caution. Fairness: Many just laughed at the myths about how somebody in the back room pushed a switch changing the games on the floor. Now it’s a reality. However, in April of 2007 the Nevada Gaming Regulators approved the IGT system and both WMS and Bally will have to go through the same process before they ever hit your local casino. There is no way these devices will be gaffed or rigged in any way, but the public’s perception is important as to whether an innovation is successful. Final Thoughts: Years ago people were sure that gamblers wouldn’t accept the new “Ticket-in-Ticket-out” devices. Many did in fact remain devoted to the old coin-droppers. However, the overwhelming majority of players can’t even imagine a return to the days of carrying cups of coins and walking around with dirty hands. I think the same is true of server-based games; it’s definitely the wave of the future and it will be here to stay. Linda Boyd - a long-time table game player before turning to video poker, also writes for “Southern Gaming” and “Midwest Gaming and Travel”. Her book, “The Video Poker Edge”, includes free removable pay schedules and her free strategy cards for the most popular games. The Second Edition is now available. Look for it in bookstores, amazon.com or Square One Publishers. www. squareonepublishers.com Toll Free: 877-900-BOOK


TJ’S BLACKJACK CORNER ON LINE f you are new to playing blackjack tournaments in the local casinos you will find by TJ that it takes a while to get Jorgensen some experience under your belt. One way to gain a lot of experience in a short time is to play on line Blackjack tournaments. Several sites will let you play for fun or real money. Normally it would take a month to play 8 live tournaments, but you can play about 15 per day on line and gain some valuable experience. The on line site that I play at is Ultimatebet.com which offers both Blackjack and Poker tournaments. Poker Star Phil Hellmuth is their spokesperson, and you will often see Scotty Nygen, Annie Duke and others on the Blackjack side. You can play for fun or real money and I have actually played Phil in several Blackjack tournaments (and beat him!). If you decide to check it out, I play under the name BJ Jedi. The Blackjack tournaments offered are single or multiple round “sit and go’s” made up of 7 players per table and are scheduled for 30 hands, but seldom go that

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long. This format eliminates the player with the least amount of chips on hands 8, 16, 25 and 30. Only the top two players left get paid. The tournaments also give the player one secret bet to use which is a way to hide the amount of your bet in any given hand. They also offer a surrender option, if you get a bad hand, you can give away 1/2 the bet instead of losing it all. These tools are valuable weapons when used properly and make these tournaments fun and exciting. Multiple two round tournaments seat 14 players at two tables. In the first round you have to finish in the top three at your table to advance to the finals, and only the top three players get paid. There are $1 to $20, games that start when 14 players sign up. There is no one way to win blackjack tournaments. Sometimes crazy big betters get lucky and build such a big lead - no one can catch them. Other times you can win a tournament by losing the least. Although almost all tournaments randomly assign seats, calculating where you will bet on the final hand is also an important factor. What’s the best way to play a tournament? The most consistent way to get in the money is to start

with small bets for the first 4 hands, and then evaluate where you are in terms of the chip lead. This approach will not work all of the time but this method of play is the percentage and smart play here is why - If a player bets $500, and you bet $50 and both lose the hand, (which is the most likely outcome) you will have gained a $450 lead over that player by only risking $50. Of course you could both win the hand and you would be behind that player by $450, which brings me to my next piece of advice. Don’t bet big unless you have to. Unless I am making a catch up bet or trying to margin my opponents to maintain my lead you will always see me betting at or close to the minimum. Finally in tournament play, choose your battles wisely. If you need to make a big bet, time it so you will get maximum value. The best time is when the betting button has just passed you. That way the other players won’t be able to match or margin your bet, thereby getting the maximum value for your bet. While you will get in the money by luck alone on average 2 out of every 7 sit and go tournaments, with the correct tournament strategy, and an understanding of the best way to play a tournacontinued on page 27


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LAS VEGAS IS NOT FOR CHILDREN

hen you think of a playground for adults, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? For me, it’s Las Vegas. It came to my attention in a recent visit to Sin City that our adult playground is slowly being taken over by children. I found myself tripping over strollers on my way to the poker room, dodging toddlers in the aisles and was almost knocked down by a young boy running with a corn dog in each hand at the Rio Buffet. Later, while playing a video slot machine at the Monte Carlo I turned to find I had an audience consisting of a mom, dad and their four little ones. The kids found it fascinating to watch what happened when I hit the bonus round. At the Rio, if you didn’t know, their cocktail waitresses are scantily clad with cute little lacy numbers that barely cover anything. And about every 30 minutes, loud music begins and the waitresses jump up on platforms and gyrate to the music. At one point there were two young boys looking up at one of these sexy cocktail servers and their eyes were as big as silver dollars.Their parents were standing there like this was an everyday occurrence. What’s wrong with this picture? Las Vegas’ slogan “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas” brings thoughts of “adults” partaking in clandestine activities. Not the case nowadays, perhaps they should modify the phase from the Jamaican tourist bureau to “Las Vegas is for Children”. Now, I have nothing against kids, but there are some places they shouldn’t be and for me, Vegas is one of these places. Las Vegas was built for adults and should stay that way. Bugsy Segal would turn over in his grave if he could see this place now. Since corporate America took over Las Vegas, they have turned it into a circus. Take for instance the latest brain child of the Mirage Corporation,

“City Center”. It looks like the Land of Oz has come to Vegas. These huge structures of glass and metal tower above the strip like a giant behemoth. I found the casino, Aria to be very dark, cold and the people working there “robotic”. We went to the Mandarin tower to check out the upscale shops, Tiffany, Gucci, Fendi and others I couldn’t pronounce. Do they have a clue that money is tight? Who’s shopping in these stores? Most were empty. Even the high-rollers are playing it cautious. Additionally, who do they expect to buy the condos starting at about a cool million? It wouldn’t surprise me to see this place in foreclosure within a year. It will just become another monument to affluence on the Vegas strip. My first visit to Vegas was in 1974 and I’ve had a love affair with the city ever since. Starting with the surge of excitement I felt on that trip when I dropped my first quarter in a slot machine to the butterflies in my stomach now, when I sit down at a poker table at the Bellagio. It has always been a special place where I could go to let loose and forget about my job, bills and any other problems. This is slowly being taken away from me. The mob may have had the run of Las Vegas back in the day, but there was a touch of class to it. All you heard was the clicking of chips, the buzz of slot machines and adults laughing and having fun. Their concentration wasn’t burst by a child just twenty feet away screaming…. “MOMMY…MOMMY….I HAVE TO POTTY!” Parents if you insist on dragging the little ones with you – Here’s an idea - There is a great place you all may enjoy, it’s called “DISNEYLAND”……. Please….go there! Until next time, “Have a Lucky Month”. Write me at azpokerlady@cox.net

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A WINNING PAIR For the past eight years, Harold Koenes and Helen Shanks have shared their Lottery winnings no matter which game they played. When they buy Scratchers, it’s usually the $10 tickets because of the bigger payouts. They usually select their own tickets and if hit some winner, they always share with each other. Harold redeemed Helen’s winning “Crossword” Scratchers ticket and bought “Vegas VIP”. Since Helen was out when he got home, he went ahead and scratched the ticket. At first he thought he’d won $100, but then he saw the comma and a lot of zeroes. He kept staring at the ticket in disbelief and was anxious for Helen to come home. By the time she arrived home, he was a nervous wreck. They examined the ticket, read the game instructions, and realized they had won $100,000. They did not bother to take the ticket back to the store to be scanned, instead, they decided to go directly to the Lottery office. Harold plans to share some of his winnings with his children. He and Helen will use some for an cruise and save the rest. The win is also going to provide fun for Helen as she is in competition with a friend on how much they each win. It appears that with this win, Helen is going to leave her friend in the backstretch.

RICHES IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Liliana Gonzalez does not purchase Scratchers tickets on a regular basis, but when she has some extra money, she’ll splurge. Recently she had some extra cash in her wallet and, although she usually doesn’t buy $10 tickets, she decided to buy two. Since it was the holiday season, Liliana bought two “Holiday Riches”. She took the tickets home to scratch and was watching TV when she realized that although the first ticket was not a winner the second one looked like it was. She stared at for a while, and then, being a sporadic player, she asked her mother to check it for her. Her mother also thought it looked like a winner. With both of them still feeling unsure, Liliana took the ticket to the store to be scanned and was greatly relieved when the terminal printed out a claim form. She feels the timing of this win couldn’t be better as she will now be able to help out her family as well as pay off bills. Liliana works as a teacher’s aide and loves working with children who have special needs. When she does have spare time, she spends it with her family.

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2 BY2 TIMES TWO Antoine Moore moved to Phoenix from Indiana about five months ago and usually played Pick 3 and CA$H4, since these were similar to the games he played in Indiana. He began playing 2by2 about twice a week. A few nights before the 2by2 drawing, he had a dream about his brother, whose birth year is 1981, so he bought three tickets and reversed the 81 to 18 since there are only 26 numbers to choose from in 2by2. When he told his mother about the dream, she told him to go out and buy some more tickets. He bought one more. The day after the drawing, Antoine went to a QuikTrip to grab something for lunch and used the self scanner, which

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showed he had a winner. Not daring to hope, he had the clerk scan the ticket and the terminal printed out a claim form. He immediately decided to go the Lottery office to redeem it and called his mother on the way. At the time he redeemed his ticket, he hadn’t yet had a chance to call his brother and tell him the news. His total win before taxes was $80,200. Antoine really feels lucky because his company transferred him to Arizona. He plans to pay some bills and invest the rest. “You don’t get chances like this very often, and I’m going to take advantage of it.” He also may make a little more time for golf.


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I had the pleasure of watching Affirmed’s quest in person at Santa Anita in 1978. He opened up the year taking an allowance by 5. He repeated in the San Felipe, under Wonderkid Stevie Cauthen, who was replaced in the saddle by Laffit Pincay Jr. for the Santa Anita Derby, in which he won by 8 lengths under wraps. Affirmed’s Kentucky Derby win was a thing of beauty, and he held off Alydar in the next 2 legs like a warrior who just refused to lose. Smarty Jones was from the “wrong side of the tracks,” being a Pennslyvania-bred out of a dam who was sired by a sprinter. But he outran his pedigree by winning his first 8 races. He took the Count Fleet on the inner strip at the Big A, wintered in Hot Springs, Ark., and turned the hat trick there taking the Southwest, Rebel and Arkansas Derby. He then handled the slop in Louisville the first Saturday in May, posted his highest career Beyer figure of 118, taking the Preakness, but ran out of octane in the test of champions, getting nailed late by Birdstone in the Belmont. The Cinderella story of Afleet Alex started modestly at 3, also at Oaklawn, as he overcame trouble to win a minor stakes. He folded up like a cheap suit in the Rebel, but freaked by 8 in the Arkansas Derby. Arguably best in Louisville, Alex then posted one of the most amazing athletic feats ever witnessed in the Preakness, before ending his career taking the Belmont by 7 widening lengths. When handicapping this year’s Derby, focus on the proper conditioning and spacing of the races coming to the pinnacle test. Alex had the 3 preps, all at longer distances, before the Derby. Smarty Jones’ connections probably were still just dreaming about the pie in the sky to begin his sophomore year, and he really had no breaks in his training. He took his 2 November

starts at 2, rested about 5 weeks before his next win, got a little breather at Oaklawn, and was still a relatively fresh horse when the wars began. In the most recent times, Barbaro parlayed a Florida Derby win to a 111-winning Beyer figure at Churchill. Street Sense was the only Eclipsewinning juvenile to take the Derby, while Big Brown proved an exception, winning the Derby off just three career starts. Last year proved while they still run races, as Mine That Bird won for fun at a fat 50-1. Coming to the Derby, a horse can not miss an oat. His coat can’t be off, he can’t have a sniffle, he can’t take a bad step. It has to go just about perfectly for a win to materialize. When listening to trainers speak as the Road to the Derby continues, try to read in-between the lines. Some say trainers only lie when their mouths are moving, so put a grain of salt next to every time you hear the words, “We would not trade places with anybody.” There is a reason there has not been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. It is a monumental feat for trainer and horse to be under the scrutiny and spotlight for 5 straight weeks. A horse has to be good enough, and lucky enough, and fit enough, to go a mile-and-a-quarter the first Saturday in May, then ship 500 miles to Baltimore and cut back in distance, then 3 weeks later go a mil-and-a-half with the world looking on. Lookin at Lucky will take tons of action if he makes it to Kentucky on time this year, but he is no cinch, and two horses that should be watched starting now are Jackson Bend, trained by slick Nick Zito, and recent graduate Drosselmeyer, who is bred to run all day long. Lastly, don’t get caught up in the hype about who is SUPPOSED to win or who is the wise-guy horse. There is no such creature. There is no master plan about winning America’s most important race, and those that own don’t always have to pony up gold bullions to get the big race. Consider that Funny Cide, War Emblem, Real Quiet, Silver Charm and Seattle Slew cost collectively only $93,000. Brian Mulligan was the main West Coast linemaker for 17 years for the Daily Racing Form writing under the non de plume of “SWEEP.” He has probably handicapped more races than any man alive since he set lines on up to 15 tracks a day for all those years. Mulligan also led the other public handicappers in Los Angeles at every meet in SoCal at one time or another during his tenure there. He continues to contribute to the Daily Racing Form writing “A Closer Look” analysis daily.

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