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Blackjack Corner Card Room Action Casino Entertainment Boyd’s Eye View of Video Poker Reel Reviews by Kevin Cummings

Gila River Adds New CEO and Marketing Mgr


White Mountains’

Winter Games For the Love of Dogs.

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Vol. 19 No. 1 • January 2011



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Contributing Photography Cindy Esquer Nicole Gilotti Production Assistants Anne Groebner Charlie Scheeler Tina Holt John Olson David Ramsey Stephanie Riley Graphic Design Lita Sorensen CommuniGraphics Melody Walcott Special thanks to: Anne Groebner and her entire Marketing Staff at Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Conference Center for all their help

Vol. 19 No. 1 • January 2011

Contributing Writers Linda Boyd Kevin Cummings Cindy Esquer Tina Holt T.J. Jorgensen Marianne Minneci Brian Mulligan David Ramsey Lita Sorensen Lauren Tree Melody Walcott Shanna Wolfe

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

Gaming News Gila River Casinos adds New CEO & Marketing Manager




Cover Story Hon-Dah Resort Casino “Winterfest”


Gaming News New Poker Manager in Parker & Silver Car Auction at the Fort


Card Room Action


Lottery News & Draws


Gaming News Harrah’s Opens all new “The Buffet”


Boyd’s Eye View Linda Boyd “Care Enough to Play Smart”


TJ’s Blackjack Corner TJ Jorgensen “Avoid the Big Loss”


Woman’s Point of View Marianne Minneci “New Year - Same Pet Peeves”


David at the Snack Rar David Ramsey “Top Ten Movies of 2010”


Reel Reviews Kevin Cummings Slot Machine reviews


Bingo Directory of Games


Astrology, Jokes of the Month, & Casino Directory


Luxury Triple Play

Car Giveaway

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Castle Club Members can earn one raffle ticket per every 1,000 points accumulated on their card. Guests who win Jackpots of $250 or more will

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GAMING NEWS GILA RIVER CASINOS NAMES NEW CEO On Tuesday January 4, 2011, Gila River Casinos announced that its Board of Directors has named John James as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. “In our search for a new leader, we focused our efforts on finding a seasoned casino executive to continue the prosperity that Gila River Casinos has enjoyed, and to lead us into the future as we continue to develop our expansion plans,” said Kenneth Manuel, President of the Board of Directors. “John came to our attention because of his strong execution skills, his proven ability to lead top performing teams and his track record in driving revenues and profitability. He demonstrated these skills by positively turning around many of the organizations he has worked for. As we got to know John, we were impressed by his emphasis on developing internal talent, his understanding of the role of Gila River Indian Community’s culture in the company’s success and his personal integrity,” continued Mr. Manuel. A University of Nevada graduate, Mr. James brings more than twenty years of senior level leadership experience in the gaming industry to Gila River Casinos, having worked in several senior executive roles throughout the country. Most recently, Mr. James was the managing partner and Chief Operating Officer for Panther Partners, LLC, a casino development company. Prior to that, James was the Chief Operating Officer for Seminole Gaming, Inc. where he led the tribe’s seven casinos including two world-renowned Hard Rock Casinos. “Gila River Casinos is a powerful brand in the Valley with a great collection of three well known and highly patronized casinos,” said James. “The enterprise has accomplished a great deal through the efforts of their enormously talented team members in its relatively short history, and I look forward to working together to take Gila River Casinos to the next level. There is an extraordinary opportunity to create value for our guests and the Gila River Indian Community. I will seize these opportunities as I fulfill my new role”.

GILA RIVER APPOINTS NEW MARKETING MANAGER Gila River Casinos has announced the appointment of Joel Rovics as Corporate Director of Marketing. In his role, Mr. Rovics is responsible for the successful marketing strategies of the three Gila River Casino properties, brand management, and marketing communications throughout the Country. “With his impressive track record, Joel brings a tremendous depth and breadth of marketing capability to Gila River Casinos, “ stated George Benatz, acting Chief Executive Officer. “His experience in cultivating marketing programs for other world class casinos will be an asset as we build our brand in Arizona and nationwide.” A master’s program graduate from St. Louis University, Mr. Rovics brings more than ten years continued on page 27

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Hon-Dah Resort Casino - For the Love of Dogs

Every year, the Winter Games roll in during an abundance of snow, which is perfect for the snow-dependent festivities that draw visitors and mushers from around the world. This will be the event’s ninth year, and it is still going strong. In past years, the largest number of dog teams has been somewhere between 13 and 23, and last year was the first year they included six-dog teams.

Then on Sunday, several mushers will choose one of their dogs and invite kids to take a ride down the starting shoot on a sled!

Also, to raise money for the White Mountains’ Humane Society, there will be a Northern Pure-breed Dog Show, a “Mountain Mutt” Dog show and a Dog Weight Pull competition. For those who’ve never witnessed ice carving, this event draws a crowd like none other. There is also live entertainment, this year by Nashville’s own “Samantha Madison and Wild Card.” Sunrise grooms a spectacular trail every More than 500 people packed year. Mushers say it is the grounds last year, and stayed one of the best trails until the end. The last event was they have ever raced. the Dog Weight Pull competition, It’s considered a techand folks cheered for the canine nical trail, because contestants. The winner pulled it winds through the 1,100 pounds. woods and takes some skill to keep up speed and yet maneuver past corners, over hills and around trees. After adding 9,000’ elevation to the mix — you have quite a challenge. For those who love dogs, this is the sport! These exciting races start at 9am and finish at about noon on Saturday, Jan. 29 and Sunday, Jan. 30, at Sunrise Ski Park. After Saturday’s race, Hon-Dah Casino hosts a “Winter Festival” at its Festival Grounds at 2pm. This year, there will be Chili, Corn Bread and Salsa Cook-Off Visitors can plan to be a part of the fun this year for the 9th Annual White Competitions, with Mountain Winter Games, Jan. 29-30, hosted by Sunrise Ski Park and Hon-Dah People’s Choice Resort Casino. For more information, call 928-369-7574 or 928-369-7573. Awards. Visitors can All event registration forms can be found at taste the goods and make a meal of it.

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ONE LUCKY NIGHT A young couple attended a Phoenix Sun’s basketball game on a Friday night in early November - Then went out to a restaurant for dinner and to celebrate the Sun’s win. While at the restaurant, a few of the Sun’s players also came in to celebrate their win, and the couple had the chance to meet and chat with them. The young woman told her escort that since it had been such a lucky night with the Sun’s win and the players ending up at the restaurant they were at, they should buy a Lottery ticket. She had never played the lottery in her life and, due to a tight budget; he hadn’t played in some time. The next morning they selected their own numbers for two lines and a Quick Pick for the third line. The ticket was purchased on at Danny’s

Family Car Wash in North Phoenix. That evening, they checked their numbers online and both of them thought they must have made a mistake. To be safe, they signed the back of the ticket anyway. Then they went down to the neighborhood gas station to have their ticket scanned at the store. They hadn’t made a mistake, as one of the lines with their own selected numbers was the winner worth $200,000. They were both giddy with excitement. This lucky couple could hardly wait until Tuesday morning when they were finally able to come down to the Lottery office to redeem their ticket. They just told immediate family and a couple of close friends. Both of them are in graduate school and their win will go a long way in paying off their student loans.

TICKET DAZZLES THE EYE A $50,000 Arizona Lottery winner on a “Diamond Dazzler Bingo” Scratchers ticket stated that she purchased the ticket simply because she liked the ticket’s appearance and loves any form of bingo. She only purchased a single ticket from a Lottery Express machine at a Fry’s store in Avondale and waited until she got home to scratch it. The moment the winner realized that she had a winning ticket, she double and triple-checked it just a few more times - (Most winners find it difficult to believe they’ve won.) She then took the ticket to the store to have the clerk validate it. Once it had been confirmed that

she really did have a $50,000 winning ticket, she told a couple of her co-workers and her mom, since she had to share the excitement with someone. Since the ticket was purchased on the weekend, she had to anxiously wait until the Arizona Lottery office was open on Monday. So now, whenever she has a little extra money, this recent winner purchases Scratchers, but she also will purchase Quick Picks for “The Pick” and “Powerball” and “The Pick” on a pretty regular basis. She has been a dedicated employee of the state of Arizona for over 20 years and this win comes at a good time. She plans to pay off bills, get a new TV, and will save the rest.

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Christine Herron, the new Poker Room Manager at BlueWater Resort & Casino was delighted to announce the totally remodeled BlueWater Poker Room re-opened on Wednesday, December 15. Christine would like to invite poker players from all over Arizona to come in and see the newly renovated poker room that she is extremely proud of and meet her new team of dealers. The new poker room is open daily at 4pm offering Texas Hold’em to start with and she has plans to offer other games poker players also enjoy playing and you can expect plenty of new promotions, jackpots and tournaments coming soon! Christine, whose motto is “Get ready to Rock & Roll” has been working diligently since August to be able to yell that phrase and to make the BlueWater Poker Room the kind of place that poker players will look forward to returning often for an enjoyable game and to be greeted by a smiling friendly staff. BlueWater Resort & Casino, along the shores of the Colorado River in Parker, is an enterprise of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. The resort has 200 river and mountain-view rooms and suites. The casino features the newest slot machines, table games, bingo parlor and a new poker room. Nationally renowned celebrities appear regularly at the BlueWater amphitheater. The resort has a 164-slip marina, and several restaurants, including River Willow, the Parker area’s most outstanding steakhouse. For reservations, call 1-888-243-3360 or go to

Attention auto enthusiasts: Fort McDowell Casino is once again hosting the ever popular Silver Car Auction, featuring huge giveaways, fun memorabilia and, of course, beautiful, one-of-a-kind vehicles. Whether you want to win, bid, or simply admire the collection, the Fort McDowell Silver Car Auction is the place to be starting Friday January 21st. The auction kicks off Friday, the 21st, at 1pm in the Casino parking lot, and continues all day until 10pm. Two exciting giveaways will be taking place on the first day as well. At 4pm, one lucky winner will inherit the keys to a hot red 1970 Chevy pickup. In addition everyone playing bingo has a chance to win a classic 1979 El Camino. All you have to do is take a seat, enjoy a few games of Bingo, and it could be yours - Drawing will be held in the Bingo Hall at 7pm Friday. The Classic Car

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by Linda Boyd

Caring Enough to Play S mart

oker players are absolutely right when they say if you’re lucky you’ll win, but if it’s not your day a rookie could beat any top-notch player. That’s why the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is so exciting to watch. On any given day an unknown player could win the Main Event instead of one of poker’s greats.

Those Who Care:

I’m referring to smart players who know if you want to do well on a game involving mental ability gives an advantage to those who study and practice. The same is true of any form of gambling that has a skill component. Going Take the most recent Main Event on November 8, 2010, where unknown 22 back to the poker example used earlier, even year old Jonathan Duhamel took home first prize of $8,944,310. Does it mean geniuses like Ivey and Hellmuth take the time to he’s better than the likes of Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, Gus learn the odds on dealt/flopped cards (there are many possibilities) and read Hansen, Dan Harrington, Men “The Master” Nguyen, Phil Hellmuth and a long the latest books on the topic. That’s true of blackjack, craps and of course, list of other famous names? Not at all - However, Duhamel did both know and video poker as well. If you don’t really care about holding the cards that offer care about the game in addition to be sitting on top of the best long term odds then you might just as well a horse shoe at the right time. play slots. There’s nothing wrong with non-skill games (stay tuned for American Idol) since many have such “I asked him, Same thing is true for video poker players, especreative bonus rounds that they’re fun to play. It’s just ‘Son, what is it with you? cially those that are casino regulars. Just like with the that if you claim that you like video poker better than big name poker stars, video poker players can be on games like keno because you have an impact on the Is it ignorance or apathy?’ either end of the bell-shaped curve in the short run. outcome then you should learn the key plays of the He said, ‘Coach, Over time, however, those that play the odds will do game. I’m referring to holds for frequent hands like I don’t know and significantly better than those who don’t. one or two pair.

I don’t care.’”

Those Who Know: One other thing is that you may think that your lack I often hear people say things like, “My friend is of playing skills has no effect on others, but you’re Frank Layden, good in math so he knows which cards to hold”. There mistaken. When people don’t care enough to check the Utah Jazz President, are around 2,500,000 possible combinations given a pay schedules, then the casino is much more apt to on a former player: deck of 52 cards—more with wild cards. Some of the downgrade pay tables. For example, they may change a plays are very close statistically and, therefore, coun9/6 JOB table to an 8/5 or worse yet to a 7/5. (Note that terintuitive. For example, in a game of 9/6 Jacks or the numbers refer to the return for a full-house and Better (9/6 JOB) if you’re dealt off-suit ace, king, jack, any five, any six, most flush respectively. 9/6 JOB returns 9 for each coin bet for a full-house and 6 would hold ace, king, jack and that’s incorrect. The computer perfect hold is for each coin bet for a flush.) just the king and jack due to the slightly reduced chances of backing into a straight. (Check it out on WinPoker or any other computer-perfect tutorial Final Thoughts: software if you have any doubts.) I love Frank Layden’s quote because it’s so funny; however, there’s sometimes truth to humorous statements. In this case, knowing and caring are key The people who know are those who have practiced on tutorial software ingredients to playing your best at any given sport and also to having the most and the experts who write the computer programs, video poker strategy cards favorable odds for any game of chance with a skill component. After all, as my and books. Self-proclaimed “experts” who may have worked in a casino or friend Ralph J. Bianco liked to say, “Lady Luck comes to visit, never to stay”! played a lot of video poker are unable to give correct advice because they are just guessing or copying information from others or the internet. Whether or not their advice is reliable is simply a crap shoot. 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 at, bookstores or Square One Publishers Toll Free: 877-900-BOOK 18 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2011

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Avoid The Big Loss

ne key to showing a profit from blackjack play month after month by TJ is to stay away from the Jorgensen big loss. Part of playing winning Blackjack is to understand that losses are to be expected, and when they occur, accept them. Emotions have no place in the game of Blackjack. If you lose, and get mad, you will start chasing lost money with more money, and when the dust has settled, you will have dug yourself a hole so deep that you can’t recover. You end up walking out of the casino talking to yourself. How many times have you bought in for $40 and didn’t have to get back into your pocket the remainder of your playing session? That’s when it is easy and fun to play blackjack. The downsides are times when $40 doesn’t last 10 minutes, and you’re back in your bankroll. How a player reacts under these circumstances is what separates pro players from recreational players. When a losing situation arises, a professional understands -- it’s not going to be their day -- and has the discipline to walk away with a small loss. The recreational player will lose a $100, and then continue to play until all of the money is gone. If you lose $100, you will probably lose $500, that’s the way it usually goes. Rather than continue toPGP-PlayerThird play, have enough discipline to accept it’s not pdf maker:Layout 1 your day and walk away. It is a lot easier to come

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back the next time and only have to make up $100, rather than to $500 or more. A tool I recommend to help players stay disciplined is to keep a log each and every time you play, and what you won or lost. Some players have no idea how much they lost, but this will help you be honest with yourself and keep losses to a minimum. To help you understand the swings in blackjack consider this. If I take a coin and toss it in the air, there are two possible outcomes, heads or tails. Each time the coin is randomly flipped - there is a 50/50 chance of getting a head or a tail. If I flip the coin 10 times in a row, you would expect to get five heads and five tails, but more than likely you will get 4 tails and 6 heads or somewhere in between. It is possible that you might even get 10 heads or 10 tails in a row. In a short trial such as 10 flips, anything is possible, but in a trial of 1,000 flips, the results will be close to the expected 50/50 outcome. When I sit down to play Blackjack, I have a small advantage over the casino, because I am a card counter, and although I know I will win in the long run, I know that in the short run anything can and will happen. Just like someone getting 10 heads in a row in the short run, the dealer’s first 10 hands may be six hands of 20 and 4 blackjacks. Even though you would only expect the dealer to have a Blackjack once every 21 hands, in the short run, dealer results like this can and do happen. When a situation like this arises, I accept 8/8/10 9:38 AM Page 1 that it’s not my day and walk away with a small

loss. However, I know that in the long run, the percentages will be true to the expected outcome, and I will end up a winner. So the next time the dealer seems unbeatable, don’t get mad, just walk away and think of it as someone flipping a coin 10 times and getting 10 heads in a row. You know that it can happen, and on this day, the dealer was lucky. But keep this in mind – You too will have your days of good fortune. There are three types of Blackjack player: Players that make things happen, players that watch things happen and players who wonder what happened. Don’t get caught up in the moment and be a player that wondered what just happened. Until next time, I hope you play winning Blackjack. T.J. Jorgensen has been a professional Blackjack player for over 20 years. He is well known for his live tournament play, both locally and internationally. He has competed against, and beaten, some of the top tournament players in the world. He is the author of the book, "Beating the Casino at Their Own Game," available through his web site or by e-mail




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New Year Same Pet Peeves

nother year is upon us. Time for new goals, new ideas and a new you. It’s just the same old song in a different year. For most of us, we are only half way through January and sadly some are falling back into old habits. Being a new year, I thought it appropriate to bring up a subject near and dear to my heart, poker etiquette. My #1 gripe from years ago remains the same Players who have to eat at the table. These people really annoy me - especially during tournaments. The whole process of getting the menu, deciding what you want, ordering your food, paying for it and eating really slows down the game. If you have to eat, PLEASE, make it something that isn’t messy. I cringe when I see someone eating finger foods like fries, onion rings or wings. Nothing turns me off than the vision of someone licking their fingers and then handling the cards. Believe me I have witnessed this on more than once and I have the image permanently embedded in my mind. Let’s consider a new rule, if you must eat while playing, you must take a break from the action. Move your chair and table back, enjoy your sausage pizza or that dripping double cheeseburger - then wipe your hands (burp silently) and return to the game.

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Pet Peeve #2 People talking on cell phones. This has diminished a bit because of card room rules, but there still are players that must include everyone at the table in their conversation. If they are not talking - they are texting. Texting seems to be acceptable at the table. Why? You’re still on the phone. Any collusion that could be perpetrated by talking on the phone could be done while texting. Cell phones should totally be removed from sight. If you can’t break away from the world outside long enough to concentrate on the game don’t play! You may think your life is more important than anyone else at the table – But it’s not. My newest pet peeve is a malady I call “Rebuyitis”. This is defined as an individual that can’t spend their money fast enough while playing in a tournament. Let me clarify this, re-buying in a tournament is a great way to keep in the game - However, when it becomes a tool for someone to cover up their bad play, it is no longer a tool but a hindrance. In a recent tournament I watched one individual re-buy after nearly every hand. All we heard was “All-In” followed by “Rebuy” for the first several rounds. Come on, in most cases you would have to win the tournament just to get your money back. What’s the point? Besides reducing your personal bankroll it also ruins the game for others that have come to play with a more serious attitude about winning. Hopefully these folks have made a resolution this year to play more cautiously. Finally, most players that I have the pleasure to play with are courteous and aware of other people at the table. Unfortunately there always seems to be one individual at the table however, that feels the world exists just for them. There’s usually nothing we can do about these loud obnoxious players (unless security feels they are a risk and removes them). We can only hope this person doesn’t end up at our table. Happy New Year to Everyone! I hope we all make a lot of money playing the game we love. Don’t forget to hold March 19th open for the “Hold-Em For Hope” tournament benefiting Easter Seals Southwest Human Development. I will have additional details next month. Until next time, “Have a Lucky Month”. Write me at

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The Top Ten Films of 2010 by David Ramsey

1. Never Let Me Go Ruth, Kathy and Tommy spend their childhood at a charming seemingly perfect English boarding school. As they get older they have to deal with how they feel for each other so when Ruth and Tommy pair up Kathy feels left out. When they leave the school they are not prepared for the predetermined reality that awaits them nor the moral dilemma it represents. The acting is superb and the writing is brilliant. Everything about this film is perfect, you will remember it for a long time.

2. Kick-Ass A high school comic book fan decides to put on a costume and become super-hero. He quickly becomes an internet phenomenon inspiring an ex-cop and her daughter looking for revenge to don costumes and follow his lead. This is not a kids’ movie – it is rated R, a very hard R for rough language and bloody violence. It does have its funny moments but the action is intense, the writing is witty and acting is very good.

3. Shutter Island In 1954, a US Marshall investigates the disappearance of a patient at an isolated mental hospital for the criminally insane and who is thought to be hiding on the isolated island. 26 ARIZONA PLAYER January 2011

Not all is as it seems for anyone. The writing is tense and acting is very good.

4. The Kids Are All Right A brother and sister who were conceived with the help of a sperm donor want to meet their real dad. They end up bringing him into their family life much to the consternation of one of their mothers, the other one is a little more supportive. His constant presence puts unexpected pressure on the family and the most notably on the mothers’ relationship. The cast is brilliant and the family dynamic is realistic. 

5. Toy Story 3

never been outside or cut her hair. One day a charming thief stumbles upon her tower while being chased by the palace guards. The story is well written, funny and exciting. In typical Disney fashion there are a lot of great characters, some good music and a lot of fun and action. Rapunzel is the best animated character since Belle, her screen presence rivals many ‘real’ actresses. Everything about this film is terrific.  The entire family will love it.

7. 127 Hours Aron Ralston is hiking through Utah canyons by himself when he falls and his arm gets caught under a boulder. He is unable to move the rock and is trapped with little water. He neglected to tell anyone where he was going and is far from any trails. He knows he will have to take drastic efforts to save his life but nothing works and he is running out of time. Based on the true story this is a compelling and harrowing story told expertly by a very good filmmaker with a great performance by James Franco.

8. The King’s Speech Andy is getting ready to go to college, his toys are preparing to say goodbye and wondering what is going to happen to them. Woody is sure they will stay together in the attic and always be Andy’s toys. Things don’t work out as planned and through a series of mishaps they end up donated to a day care center and in a garbage dump as Woody frantically tries to save them all. This is the perfect ending to a terrific series of films.

6. Tangled A princess is stolen as a baby by an old hag who needs the special powers of her hair to stay young. She grows up believing her “mother” has kept her in a tower to protect her. She has

The story of how King George IV overcame his stammer and lead Britain into and through World War II. While it was embarrassing his stammering was never a real issue until his brother abdicated the throne and he became king, just as the country was going to war with Hitler’s Germany. His wife enlists an Australian speech therapist with unorthodox methods. At first the future King is not sure of the unusual exercises but then he sees results. This is a story of family, friends and overcoming adversity.  The acting is terrific and the story is well told.

9. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Scott is a normal guy with quirky friends who plays bass in a rock band. Then he falls for a girl he sees at a party but this is no ordinary girl. First she travels through his dream and then learns he has to defeat her seven evil exes if he wants to date her. This is a truly unique film, it is a romantic comedy with touches of the supernatural, video games and the graphic novel it was based on. Everything about this film is fun from the cast to the special effects.

10. The Social Network

Honorable Mention:

In his Harvard dorm room a sophomore created a program that will end up making him the world’s youngest billionaire. He is arrogant and alienates his friends and partners as he falls under the influence of money and fame. The story is told from the depositions taken for the lawsuits that further complicate his life. While it is based on a true story it may not be factual, but it is very good. The acting is very good and the writing gives you an insight into the players.

Black Swan, Date Night, Despicable Me, Easy A. The Karate Kid, Knight and Day,

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Let Me In, Please Give, Salt, The Town, True Grit

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A Touching Story Denny worked for the Post Office, and his job was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses. One day, a letter came addressed in a shaky handwriting to “God” with no address. He opened it to see what it was about – It read; Dear God, I am an 83 year old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had $100 in it, which was all the money I had until my next pension check. This Sunday is Christmas, and I’ve invited two friends over for dinner. Without that money, I


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another letter came from the same old lady to “God”. All the workers gathered around while Denny opened the letter and read; Dear God,

Denny was so touched. He showed the letter to the other postal workers. They each dug into their pockets and came up with a few dollars. At the end of the day he collected $92, that he put into an envelope and sent to the woman – That day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of Edna and the dinner she would be able to share with her friends.

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Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious Christmas dinner for my friends. It was a nice day and I told my friends of your wonderful gift. By the way, there was $8 missing. I think it might have been those @#^@$%* at the post office.

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