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VOL. 18 NO. 7 • JULY 2010

Gaming News Harrah’s Ak-Chin Expanding Hotel




Cover Story Cliff Castle Casino is Going Green


Gaming News Pool Party at the “Pass”


Card Room Action


Gaming News 6th Annual Arizona State Poker Chanpionship


Lottery News & Draws


Boyd’s Eye View of Video Poker Linda Boyd “The Thrill of It All” 20 TJ’s Blackjack Corner T.J. Jorgensen - “ $115 an Hour Job”


Woman’s Point of View Marianne Minneci “Action at the Fort”


Horsin’ Around Brian Mulligan “17 in a Row”


David at the Snack Rar David Ramsey


Gaming News BB King Returns to Tucson & “Wheel” winners at Vee Quiva 27 Bingo Directory of Games


Astrology, Jokes of the Month, & Casino Directory



GAMING NEWS HARRAH’S AK-CHIN TO EXPAND HOTEL Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort broke ground on June 8 at the future site of its hotel expansion featuring a five-story, 152-room hotel tower on the existing property in Maricopa. A large group of local residents, community leaders and the media attended the groundbreaking Ak-Chin Tribal Council (left to right): Gabriel Lopez, Anthony Narcia, Sr., William Antone, Leslie Carlyle-Burnett and Louis Manuel, Jr.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Executive Team (left to right): Geoff Andres (General Manager), Angie Groeneveld (Director of Hotel and Food & Beverage), Michael Kintner (Director of Marketing), Beth Amoroso (Director of Human Resources), Alan Trantina (Director of Finance)

General Manager of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Geoff Andres opened the ceremony that was held under the canopy of the casino entrance, and welcomed everyone in attendance to this expansion - which had been in the planning stage for several years.

According to Andres, the new tower will include 15 ADA-accessible rooms and five guest suites. All 152 rooms will include upgraded amenities such as granite countertops, 50-inch flat screen televisions and larger showers. The $20 million hotel expansion designed by Tempe-based RSP Architects will accommodate more visitors, increase room availability and provide an opportunity to host conventions and other meetings. The new tower will more than double the number of available rooms from the current 148 to 300. continued on page 22






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ENTERTAINMENT Apache Gold Casino Resort

Desert Diamond Casino Hotel

Quechan Casino Resort

5 miles East of Globe on Hwy 70 1-800-APACHE-3 Events & concerts in the Pavilion: Call for summer schedule Apache Legends BBQ in the Pavilion features free live entertainment on weekends:

7350 South Nogales Hwy, Tucson Toll Free 1-866-DDC-WINS Monsoon Night Club: Live bands or DJs Thurs-Sun at 8pm

525 Algodones Rd, Winterhaven CA (5 mi W of Yuma) 1-877-783-2426 In the PIPA Event Center: Aug 12, Lewis Black Sidewinders: Live entertainment on weekends

Desert Diamond Casino

Casino Arizona

1100 W. Pima Mine Rd., Tucson 520-294-7777 or1-866-DDC-WINS Free entertainment In the Sports Lounge Concerts & Events in the Diamond Center: July 21, Diamond Rio July 17, Bill Engvall Aug 9, BB King

101 at McKellips, Scottsdale 480-850-7734 In the Showroom: Tues-Sun, “Showstoppers Live” A musical tribute to Elvis, Reba, Temptations and more Pima Lounge: Live entertainment and dancing nightly featuring top local groups The Arizona Room Piano Lounge with free entertainment nightly

N of Shea off Hwy 87, Fountain Hills 1-800-THE-FORT Concerts - Call for updated schedule Lucky 7 Saloon: Free entertainment Fri – Sun featuring bands like: Cowboy Floyd, The Realtones, Furious George and The Chris Lukert Band New updates at fortmcdowellcasino. com

BlueWater Resort and Casino 11300 Resort Dr., Parker 1-888-243-3360 At the Amphitheater: Call for updated schedule The Dig Lounge: live bands, Tues-Sun


Fort McDowell Casino

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort and Casino 15406 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa 480-802-5000 Oasis Lounge: Free entertainment on weekends including: July 16, Chubby Checker July 30, Colin Raye July 31, Hollywood Yates Harrah’s Event Center: Call for updated schedule or go to

Hon-Dah Resort and Casino

Casino Del Sol 5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson 520-838-6506 AVA Amphitheater concert & event schedule: July 21, Robert Plant & the Band of Joy July 22, Rihanna Aug 15, Cyndi Lauper FREE live entertainment at The Paradiso Bar on weekends Plus Free Tribute concerts on Thursdays July 15, TNT – AC/DC Tribute, July 22, Blasphemous Rumors – Depeche Mode Tribute, July 29, Dog N Buterfly – Heart Tribute

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

Highways 260 and 73, Pinetop 1-800-WAY-UP-HIGH In the Timbers Lounge: Mon, Comedy Club - no cover Tues-Sat, Live Music with bands like: The Mike & T Band and Ronnie and the Classics

49 laughs Comedy Tour

Cyndi Lauper Lone Butte Casino 202 loop at the Kyrene exit – Chandler, 1-800-WIN-GILA Free live entertainment Fri & Sat in the Cascades Lounge with bands like: Marty and the Party, STR8UP band and Jadi Norris Thursday nights - don’t miss the “Lucky Break” singing competition (Be in the TV audience)

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino 1/2-mile South of Payson on Hwy 87 1-800-777-PLAY Tribute Bands every month: July 24, “Paperback Writer” A Beatles Tribute, Aug 21, Adam Tucker (Tribute to Tim McGraw, Sept 24, “Hotel California” A Tribute to the Eagles, Oct 30, “Rock Lobster” An 80s Retro Tribute

I-10 at Wild Horse Pass exit Chandler 1-800-WIN-GILA In the Ovations LIVE! Showroom: July 24, “49 Laughs” Comedy Tour with “James & Ernie” (James Junes & Ernest Tsosie), Pax Harvey and Tatanka Means July – August, “Summer Comedy Series” with headliner comedians Friday nights, July 16 - Marc Yaffee, July 23 – Richard Villa, July 30 – Dean Austin, Aug 6 – Tim O’Rourke, Aug 13 – Vic Dunlop, Aug 20 – Carrie Snow and Aug 27 – Jimmy Della Valle The Encore Lounge features live entertainment on weekends with bands like: Marty & the Party, Ronnie Dye, Pima Express, Tyrone D & the Ledge, The Hamptons, Marlin Zimmerman, Rhythm Edition, Str8Up Band, Route 66, Bob Villa, Aztex and JJs Band

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Paradise Casino 450 Quechan Drive, Yuma 1-888-777-4946 In the Event Center: July 17, Great White Sharky’s Bar & Bites: Live Entertainment every weekend

Talking Stick Resort Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road Scottsdale 480-850-7777 COMING SOON - Talking Stick Resort Showroom! Opening in September, “Degree 270” 14th floor lounge with live entertainment, dancing nightly and a spectacular view of the city.

Cliff Castle Casino I-17 at exit 289 in Camp Verde 1-800-381-SLOT Stargazer Pavilion: Aug 13, Rodney Carrington Dragonfly Lounge: Free entertainment on weekends 6 ARIZONA PLAYER JULY 2010

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&OLII&DVWOH&DVLQR+RWHO,V*RLQJ*UHHQ “Finally, after years of trying to make this happen, we are doing it,” said Ken Reynolds, Team Member Relations. “We have formed a recycle committee that has been operating for about a month and have some great things planned.”

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The first recycling project took place during Cliff Castle Casino’s recent Eddie Money/Camp Soaring Eagle benefit concert. A team member committee collected 84 pounds of cans and plastic bottles that were recycled at Gardener’s Recyclables in Old Town Cottonwood. The committee received $44 for the materials, which will be used in further recycling efforts and projects. Current committee members are Beverly Crawford, Tribal Management Program; Terry Herrera, Finance; Nate Schreiber, Food and Beverage Manager; David Monrreal, Graphic Designer; and Reynolds. The Casino is asking for team member volunteers for the committee to come up with ideas that will benefit the casino and the community at large. “We want team members to come join us and help to make a difference,” said Reynolds. “Our efforts will have a direct impact on our everyday procedures at our place of business and in the communities we serve.” Various departments at Cliff Castle CasinoHotel are contributing to the effort and adding recycling to their agendas. “Guests should be on the lookout for one of our next big promotions,” said Tony Averitt, Marketing Director. “Our ‘Green is Good’ electric car giveaway has started in July and will be a lot of fun and emphasize the positive aspects of renewable energy and recycling as well!” The marketing promotion is geared towards blackjack and poker players, with a grand prize

Ribbon Cutting - kicking off Cliff Castle Casino-Hotel’s first successful recycling project raffle drawing giveaway for an earth-friendly electric car on Sept. 9 -- with the guest’s choice of colors in customizing it. The car, an H3, was supplied by Go Electric Cars, an electric car dealership in West Sedona (928-203-8789), which sells a variety of other electric vehicles as well. “Everyone should have one of these cars,” said Averitt. “You’ll never have to buy gas again; its street legal, you plug it into a standard wall outlet, and it goes for 40 miles with just one charge.” Every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday throughout the “Green is Good” promotion, all live table game players will receive two drawing tickets for a blackjack - when a dealer is dealt a blackjack or when dealt a flush at Club 52 poker room. The more participants play, the better their chances to win. There are also free blackjack tournaments, free blackjack lessons, as well as poker promotions, to make it even more fun. continued on page 14


Two Big Games. Two Big Jackpots. Four Days a Week. Mega Millions just joined Powerball in the Arizona Lottery’s lineup. That means even more chances to win the biggest jackpots! Play Mega Millions Tuesday and Friday. Play Powerball Wednesday and Saturday. And dream even bigger, all week long!!MERICANSWITH$ISABILITIES!CT THESEMATERIALS MAYBEMADEAVAILABLEINANALTERNATEFORMAT'AMBLING0ROBLEM  .%8434%00LEASE0LAY2ESPONSIBLY© .UMBERSONTICKETSAREFORILLUSTRATIONPURPOSESONLY

GAMING NEWS PRODIGIOUS POOL PARTY AT THE PASS The people who brought you Airia Nightclub, now bring you REFOCUS… the “Sexy Summer Sunday Spot” REFOCUS is a monthly party at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler that will have you coming back for more! This “WILD” Pool Party features exclusive VIP Cabanas with complete Cabana service.

At this party…you’ll be tappin’ your bare feet to beats by Superstar Deejays, enjoying Rockin’ Drink specials and munching on some fabulous food from a gourmet grill. This all-day fun party also includes an eye-poppin’ Swimsuit contest. In addition, you’ll have a chance to stuff your pockets with cash and prize giveaways!

There is a $10 cover charge or admission is FREE, if you are a Wild Horse Pass Hotel guest or you have a Gila River Casino Player’s Club Card. Mark your Party calendar for the next two “Sexy Summer Sunday Spot” eventsGates open August 8th and September 12th at Noon.



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BUCKY’S CASINO 928-771-6779

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Mon-Fri, 10 AM, $200 added Morning Poker league, No-Limit Hold Em, $8 buyin, $5 re-buys, $5 Add-on + $7 entry fee Mon 7PM & Sat noon – NLHE Cactus Poker League - $1,500 Guaranteed - $35 buy-in, $6 entry fee Sun & Tues at 7 PM – FREE Poker League, NLHE - $1,225 Guaranteed Wed, 7PM, NLHE, $1,500 Prize Pool (w/50 players) $35 buy-in, $5 re-buys, $10 add-on + $12 entry fee Thurs, 7PM, $3,000 Guaranteed NLHE, $85 buy-in + $12 entry fee Sat, 9AM, $200 added Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, $ 5 buy-in w/$5 re-buys & $5 add-on + $15 entry fee Sun, 11 AM $1,500 NLHE, $20 buy-in, $5 rebuys + $12 entry fee Special Events: July 30 at 10 AM, $1,500 Guaranteed No-Limit Hold-Em - $10 entry fee (Prequalified players only Aug 5-7, $10,000 Monster Stack & Mega Bounty NLHE, $240 buy-in with $100 Bounty on each player – No Re-Buys limited to first 160 players to sign up Sept 9-11, $20,000 NLHE – Limited to the first 200 players to qualify (and register) with 40 hours of live play between July 1- August 31, No Re-Buys



Mon, Wed & Fri, 10AM, No-Limit Texas Hold Em Shoot-outs, $25 buy-in Tues & Thurs, 10AM, Limit Hold Em Shoot-outs, $25 buy-in Wed, 7PM, No-Limit Hold Em, $60 buy-in w/$20 re-buy Sat, Noon, $1,000 added No Limit Hold Em, $80 buy-in, no re-buys Sun, 10AM, Omaha shoot-out, $25 buy-in 1st place winners in the $25 Shootouts qualify for Free Roll Shootout the last Sunday of each month Aces Cracked WINS $100 rack – Mon-Fri, See poker Room for details Also dealing blackjack 24/7

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Dealing blackjack, Fri & Sat, 10am-3am; Sun-Thurs, 10am-2am


500 Added Morning Hold Em Tournaments – Mon & Thurs at 9:30am, $30 buy-in w/$5 sc Tues, 7PM, $100 added per table Hold-Em, $ 75 buy-in, with one $60 re-buy Wed, 7PM, $10,000 guaranteed* Hold-Em, $ 110 buy-in, no re-buys (*w/100 players) Sun, Noon, $5,000 guaranteed* Hold-Em, $ 50 buy-in, $15 re-buys- (*w/ 50 players) Also dealing blackjack 24/7

DESERT DIAMOND CASINO, I-19 866-332-9467 Dealing blackjack 24/7


MEGA Stack Tournament, 1pm, Sun $ 115 buy-in, $5,000 in additional chips with $15 Dealer add-on – no re-buys “Bounty” Tournaments, Mon-Sat at 1pm and Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sun at 7 pm, $30 buy-in, $5 bounties, BONUS, with 1-3 hours of live play before tournament, Bounties increase to $20, $40 and $60 (Tournaments are NLHE except Omaha Hi-Lo Wednesdays) Tues, 7pm, $3,000 Guaranteed NLHE Tournament - $3 buy-in (To enter, you must play in a live game 1 hour before tournament) Sat, 7pm, $5,000 Guaranteed NLHE Tournament - $5 buy-in (To enter, you must play in a live game 1 hour before tournament) “Pocket Aces always win” - In a live game if you lose with Pocket Aces – you win the same amount as the winner (except river raises) “Poker Hot Seat” 20 random draws each day – Win up to $10,000 – See poker room for details Also dealing blackjack 24/7

LONE BUTTE CASINO 800-946-4452

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Omaha H/L, $10 buy-in, $10 re-buys Thurs, 7PM - $500 Guaranteed NLHE, $10 buy-in, $10 re-buys Fri, 3PM - $500 Guaranteed NLHE, $10 buy-in + $5 re-buys Fri, 7PM & Sat Noon, $750 Guaranteed NLHE, $40 buy-in - no re-buys Sat, 5PM, $750 Guaranteed NLHE, $20 buy-in – w/$10 add-on Sun, Noon - $500 Guaranteed NLHE, $10 buy-in, unlimited $5 re-buys $ 50 Daily Splash pots – see poker room Also dealing blackjack 24/7

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Mon, 6pm, 50/50, Hold Em & Omaha Hi-Lo, $25 buy-in + one $25 add-on Wed, 6pm, No-limit Hold Em, $40 buy-in, no re-buys Thurs, 6pm, Omaha Hi-Lo, $40 buy-in, no re-buys Sat, 2pm, No-limit Hold Em, $30 buy-in, $ 10 re-buys + $10 add-on Sun, 4pm, Omaha High Only, $30 buy-in, $ 10 re-buys + $10 add-on


Live Poker at Noon Thurs-Sun - see poker room for details Wed & Sun, 7pm, Bounty Tournament, $ 50 buy-in High Hands - win up to $500 Qualify to “Spin the wheel” for cash Dealing blackjack 11am-1am, $3 tables Blackjack tournament, Mon, 6pm, $40

PARADISE CASINO 888-777-4946 Dealing Blackjack 5pm-1am


Sat & Sun at 1pm, No Limit Hold Em, $25 buy-in + $10 s/c and $5 re-buys Sun, 6pm NLHE “Bounty” Tournament $25 buy-in + $10 s/c, with $10 re-buys - $5 bounties Mon & Thurs at 1pm – No-Limit Hold Em - $20 buy-in + $7 s/c with $10 re-buys Tues & Fridays, Omaha 4/8 or 8/16 Kill Special $69 room rates for poker players. Dealing blackjack 24/7 $50,000 Blackjack Tournament, August 21 & 22 – Champ wins $20,000 - $250 entry fee – FREE ROLL qualifying thru Aug 18


2010 Arizona State Poker Championship, Aug 13 at 9am, Final Table Aug 16 at 11am - Estimated $1,000,000 prize pool with 900 entries! Win an entry in single table shootouts daily or during special Sunday Tournaments. Mon - Fri, 11am, NLHE, $60 buy-in Tues & Wed, 7pm, No-Limit Hold Em, $ 130 buy-in Mon-Thurs – $100 “Splash Pots” hourly from Midnight – 6pm Mon-Fri, 3am-9am “Aces Cracked” Win $ 100 rack Sat & Sun, 3am-9am “Monte Carlo Days” Also dealing blackjack 24/7 $ 5,000 “Wild Wednesdays” Blackjack Tournament every other Wed, 7pm $ 100 buy-in

VEE QUIVA CASINO 800-946-4452

Sun - Thurs, 11AM, No-Limit Hold Em, $ 1,000 Guaranteed - $30 buy-in Wednesdays at 7:30pm, No-Limit Hold Em Tournaments, $15 buy-in, $10 rebuys & 1 add-on “D-backs Splash Pots” Two tables are each splashed $100 when the D-Backs score! (TV games) “ACES CRACKED” wins a rack – daily from 6am - max 10 per day Big Money Royals, Any Royal Flush wins $ 500. Progressive Rolling Cash Fever drawings during live play every other hour - 24/7 Also dealing blackjack 24/7


Mon & Thurs Noon, No Limit Hold Em, $ 30 buy-in, no re-buys Tues at 7:30PM, No-Limit Freeze Out - $50 entry fee – no re-buys Wed at 7:30PM, No-Limit Bounty Tournament, $10 0 buy-in “$100 Splash Happy pots” Sun, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat between 8AM-1PM Snap & Spin, Mon-Sat 2PM-6PM, 9PM-Mid, Mid-5AM, & Sun 9PM-Mid, win up to $ 1,000 in cash, Big Hand – Big Money, win $50 - $250 5-6AM, 6-7:30AM & 7:30-9:30AM Big Money Royals - Any Royal Flush wins $200 FREE ROLL Tournaments every Saturday at 10am – Log 16 hours “Live” play weekly to qualify Also dealing blackjack 24/7



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Mon, Tues, Sat & Sun at 10AM & Sun 7PM, No Limit Hold Em, $40 buy-in Wed & Thurs, 10AM, NLHE “Bounty” Tournament - $50 buy-in w/$5 Bonus buy Fri, 10AM, Wed & Thurs 7PM, NLHE, $50 buy-in w/$5 Bonus buy Fri at 7PM, NLHE, $100 buy in w/ $50 add-on Sat at 2PM, Monster Stack Texas Hold Em, $160 buy in, no re buys

CARD ROOM MANAGERS Please send updates to

GAMING NEWS In addition, nationally known entertainers perform at the Stargazer Pavilion including Grupo Control, German Lizarraga and Grupo Latido on July 24 – Then on Aug 13, Rodney Carrington brings his hilarious show to the stage. And even more fun concerts are in the works.

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In May, Cliff Castle Casino-Hotel’s finance department began a document destruction job, as one of the casino’s first ongoing recycling projects. Nine storage units located behind the Casino were filled with finance documents, plus old TITO and jackpot tickets. So far, the department has emptied five of these units into three 40-yard temporary storage containers, which were then transported by a local waste company, Taylor and Sons, on to Sedona Recycles, a grant-funded organization, which serves as both a community drop-off location for recyclable materials and a processing facility for Arizona’s entire Verde Valley. Sedona Recycling processed 24 bales of paper from the units, which by their measurement equals 14 tons of paper (saving 247 trees), 101,500 gallons of water, 44 cubic yards of landfill space, 29 barrels of oil and 59,450 kilowatt hours of electricity (enough to power an average home for 6 years). Smaller-scale “green” efforts are scheduled for multiple operating areas throughout the casino. “We are asking that everyone help out by taking the time to sort the recyclable items properly within their work area,” said Beverley Crawford. There are plans to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum cans and glass throughout both


the casino and the adjacent hotel. Cliff Castle Casino-Hotel Facilities Department will continue to use “green” cleaning products, and the IT and slot departments, with the assistance of Nellie Monroe, Cliff Castle Casino-Hotel Controller, will be recycling electronic parts. Future project ideas include the Cliff Castle Casino-Hotel’s gardening department employing composting techniques, and perhaps even growing edible items in an employee community garden. Cliff Castle Casino has been voted the #1 casino in Arizona for 11 consecutive years. It is proudly owned and operated by the Yavapai-Apache Nation and offers live-action poker, blackjack and more than 660 gaming devices. Visitors can enjoy fine dining at Storytellers Steakhouse and family dining at The Gallery, The Gathering Restaurant & Bar, and Johnny Rockets. Bowling is available at Shake, Rattle and Bowl or dance to the live music in the Dragonfly Lounge.

Also coming in September, it’s one of Arizona’s true fun events - The 10th Annual Thunder Valley Rally bike event for charity. Please remember - If you want to spend the night, just call the Hotel at Cliff Castle (928) 567-6611 or (800) 524-6343. Cliff Castle Casino is centrally located just a short drive north of Phoenix on I-17 at exit 289 in Camp Verde. For more information, call the Castle Club at 928-567-7999 or visit




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GAMING NEWS CASINO ARIZONA TO HOST $1,000,000 POKER TOURNAMENT! Casino Arizona prepares to give away its largest poker tournament payout in the 6th annual Arizona State Poker Tournament Aug. 13-16. One of the most popular tournaments in Arizona, the Arizona State Poker Tournament expects to attract 900 men and women of all skill levels this year to the new stateof-the art poker room at Talking Stick Resort. The tournament will begin at 9am on, Friday, August 13, with 300 players per day and will carry on through the weekend until the final players are determined. They will then battle it out for the final championship starting at 11am on Monday, Aug. 16. “This is an exciting year, not only for Casino Arizona, but also for our poker players. Everything is bigger and better,” said Kent Odekirk, Director of Poker. “We have a beautiful new Card Room in a beautiful new resort, and on top of that we are giving away more money than ever before.” This year the prize pool increased from $750,000 to a record $1 million. In addition, Casino Arizona has promised to add $100,000 to the prize pool if the tournament sells out. This unprecedented pool has allowed for the top 90 players to each walk away with a minimum of $2,300, while the new champion will take home $312,500, along with a

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ment’s second and third place winners will win $20, 625 and $15,675, respectively. Each also will win a trophy. “The Arizona State Poker Championship and the Arizona State Ladies Poker Tournament are among our biggest poker events at Casino Arizona. Each year, we have seen them grown in popularity and excitement, said Odekirk. With our new Card Room, we can better accommodate both that excitement and interest.” The new Card Room in Casino Arizona at Talking Stick remains one of the largest in the 2009 State Champion Frank Linden State. The non-smoking room has 50 tables dealing a variety of games including Texas Hold’em, Seven championship ring and trophy. Second and third places will earn $156,000 and $75,000 respectively Card Stud and Omaha Hi-Lo. Players in the room enjoy 24-hour table-side and a trophy. To enter, players can pay $1,000 to buy in, along food service from Talking Stick Resort’s Black Fig Bistro as well as watching all the sports they can with a $50 service fee or they can “win a seat” at regular daily satellites - when 10 players sign up, or handle on several large plasma screen televisions. For more information about the Arizona State during Sunday qualifier tournaments. Guests must Poker Tournament, the Arizona State Ladies Poker be at least 21 years old to play. Tournament and Casino Arizona at Talking Stick’s The Arizona State Poker Tournament isn’t the other tournaments, visit only tournament hitting the Card Room at Casino or call (480) 850-8693. Arizona at Talking Stick. On Sept. 11-13, Casino Arizona at Talking Stick will host the annual Arizona State Ladies Poker Championship. Now in its fifth year, the Ladies Poker Championship will bring together 500 of the finest female players, each vying for their share of the $137,500 payout. To top it off, Casino Arizona has promised to add an additional $50,000 should the tournament sell out. On September 11 and 12 beginning at 10am 250 players will play down to the final tables on Monday, Sept. 13. The top 50 players will walk with 2008 State Champion David Granath along with tournament cash, while the new champion will earn $35,578, coordinator Dave Smith (L) and poker room director Kent a trophy and championship bracelet. The tournaOdekirk (R)

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LOTTERY NEWS TWO DIAMOND DAZZLERS Two different sides of town, but each are winners of the same game. Laurel Newell hails from Phoenix, Gordon Verville from Peoria. Both of these Scratchers players won $50,000 on “Diamond Dazzler” Bingo. Laurel Newell went to the store to redeem some tickets and used that money to purchase one “Diamond Dazzler” Bingo ticket. She scratched the ticket at home and went over it carefully, number by number. Laurel’s husband had her check it again, then had it scanned at a store. Her husband was so excited about the win that he called everyone he could think of to tell them the news.

Gordon Verville went to the store and bought two of the Dazzlers. He gave one to his wife to scratch and he scratched the other. It just so happened that the one he scratched was the winning ticket. Gordon signed the back of his ticket right away.Gordon and his wife are very excited about the win. Gordon, who works in the plumbing industry, said it’s incredible to be a winner – it always happens to someone else. Regarding plans for their winnings, he and his wife “may consider a newer car.” Laurel, who is an auditor, said they have no immediate plans, but maybe will take “one heck of a vacation.”

IT’S SUCH AN EASY GAME Cindy Stephens received her six “Match and Win’ Scratchers tickets as a gift from her husband. Cindy had some small wins on five of the six tickets, but the last one she scratched was a winning ticket worth $50,000. Mike Rivera purchased about $30 worth of tickets for himself from a ticket vending machine; two of them were “Match and Win”. Mike won $10 on one ticket and the other was worth $50,000. Neither of these winners believed that they were holding a winning ticket (otherwise known as the, “It always happens to someone else” syndrome). Cindy woke up her son in order to have him check the ticket and the next day had it scanned at the store. After checking his ticket numerous times, Mike called his friend, whose wife works at the store where he bought the 18 ARIZONA PLAYER JULY 2010

ticket, and when he found out she was working, took the ticket into the store to be scanned. Mike says, “I feel blessed!” He is very excited about his win and already knows how he’s going to use his winnings. First, he intends to pay off some bills, take a vacation to San Diego with his family, and save the rest. Cindy’s plans for her win are still under discussion, but she is thinking along the lines of housing, a car, and sharing with her family. However, she says, “It’s such an amazing feeling to be a winner.” Both winners were laughing as they said they would continue to work—Cindy as a hotel breakfast concierge and Mike as a building maintenance worker. They both agreed that although it’s not enough to retire on, it’s the kind of win that helps take the stress off of daily living.





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by Linda Boyd

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ecently Michael Gaughan, owner of the South Point Casino in Las Vegas, announced that he was replacing the computer chips in their slots to keep less of a hold for the house. Gaughan could do this without worrying about shareholders or checking with a board of directors because he’s the sole proprietor of the casino. He believes customers may not understand the math or know the ER (expected return) for slot machine games, but they certainly notice when their play time increases or decreases on a given budget. In short, if you come with a hundred dollars and play two hours instead of four hours you’re less likely to come back. It doesn’t matter that people don’t know the technical terms and call it “loosening” or “tightening” the machines instead of theoretical ER. Customers are much smarter than some owners think and they know when their overall results or amount of playing time is down. Gaughan is thinking just like IGT founder and “father of video poker”, Si Redd. Both contend that the secret to success in the gaming business lies in volume and not trying to gouge a few high rollers with bad cases of gambling fever. Most players don’t have a gambling problem but, instead, want to let their hair down and have some fun. This sort of mindset, in my opinion, is absolutely right on the money, especially when times are tough economically. Really, it’s far better to have a crowded casino with a party-like atmosphere than a quiet one with mostly empty chairs. That’s why we see more promos locally with casinos gaining a boost in profits while patrons play in between prize drawings. How about video poker? The same rule of thumb applies as with traditional slots. People want a bigger bang for their buck, translating to fair pay schedules. Never mind that most don’t have the software to figure out the ER for video poker, just like with slots they know when their playing time is less on each twenty.


7+(7+5,//2),7$// Video poker players will not find winning a return of their wager too thrilling. That’s why low risk games that just return even money on winning hands are considered boring. Most players only get a rush with a four of a kind, straight flush or a royal flush. Let’s look at the odds of each final hand to better understand the likelihood of getting a moment of joy during a session. Keep in mind that when you get to play fewer hands on a given bankroll the odds of getting thriller results are diminished in proportion to the amount the pay schedule has been downgraded.

TABLE 1.1: 9/6 JOB HAND FREQUENCY HAND FREQUENCY Royal Flush Straight Flush Four of a Kind Full House Flush Straight Three of a Kind Two Pair Jacks or Better Nothing Expected Return

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,17(535(7,1*7$%/( First of all, it is important to understand that computer perfect play is required over a long period of time for actual results to mirror theoretical expectations. Many people understand this concept but mistakenly disregard the significance of this mathematical data. If you’re a frequent player and your playing skill is accurate for key plays - your long term results will resemble the game’s ER. Nobody will argue that short term results, say five or ten sessions, will rely a lot on luck. To put this in perspective, you have a greater probability of winning if you can play 400 dealt hands in a session, than if you can only play 200.

When the casino pays less for frequent hands, like two pair or any hand lower than four of a kind, they are diminishing the number of chances on your bankroll to score a big jackpot. Notice that four of a kind comes around once every 400 hands or about twice per hour if you play 800 hands per hour. Be aware that even though this data is for 9/6 JOB the results are similar for other video poker choices. If you want statistically correct information and as well as computer checked and easy to use strategy cards - you’ll find them in my book, The Video Poker Edge; Dean Zamzow’s award winning software, WinPoker, is also a must have for frequent players.

),1$/7+28*+76 If you’re a video poker player, then you already know the big thrill is a royal flush that comes approximately once every 40,000 hands - Infrequent, but quite memorable. If a casino allows more play on your given bankroll, it won’t break the bank. In the long run nobody outruns the numbers; this means even with a smaller house edge, the casino makes a profit. Casino operator Michael Gaughan has it right when he reverts to the game plan that built Vegas--give the players a reason to come and your casino will prosper. Linda Boyd, a long-time table game player before turning to video poker, also writes for “Southern Gaming” and “Midwest Gaming and Travel”. Linda’s story is in the 2009 edition of American Casino Guide. Her book, “The Video Poker Edge” includes removable pay schedules and strategy cards for the most popular games. Her book is Available at, bookstores or Square One Publishers.

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The project is also expected to create more than 200 jobs. In addition to the pre-construction and construction jobs - the opening of the new tower will add additional staff to the front desk, housekeeping and guest services areas. Other plans for the Ak-Chin property include a remodel of the Harvest Buffet and the relocation of the bingo operations to the hall located just outside the main building, which will open up more than 4,700 square feet in additional meeting space.

left to right - Ken Alber (Penta Building Group) and Louis Manuel, Jr. (chairman of the Ak-Chin Indian Community) At this special event, Ak-Chin Indian Community Chairman Louis Manual accepted a

$40,000 contribution from Ken Alber of PENTA Building Group, general contractor for the project, for the community’s education fund. According to Alber, the contribution is a demonstration of Penta’s commitment to the project and the company’s mission to enrich the communities in which they work. The city of Maricopa, long time partner with the Ak-Chin Indian Community, represented by Councilman Marvin Brown, also participated in the event, sharing the City’s ongoing support to the Ak-Chin Indian Community. “Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort has brought people to our growing city for the last 15 years. We are excited for this hotel expansion because it will help bring in more visitors who will not only enjoy the amenities on property but the charms of Maricopa as well,” said Brown. As is tradition on tribal lands, Gila River Indian Community member

Joseph Enos led a tribal blessing on the land where the hotel will be built. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino opened in Maricopa, Arizona in 1994 and was Arizona’s first Indian casino to have a management partner. Harrah’s has everything you need for a thrilling gaming experience, with reel and video slots, video poker, table games from blackjack to poker, plus Keno and Bingo. The newly remodeled Ak-Chin Bingo Hall provides the latest in Bingo technology. Harrah’s Ak-Chin is the only Bingo hall in the Harrah’s organization, continuing the proud heritage of William F. Harrah, who opened his first Bingo hall in Reno in 1937. For more information about Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort in nearby Maricopa - please visit

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any recreational players think that it would be fun and glamorous to be a professional Blackjack player. It does have its perks, it can be rewarding, and you can make a lot of money under the right conditions, but it is not fun. Making a living playing Blackjack is difficult because you have to put up with rude players, drunks, big losses, and casinos that want to throw you out because you are too good at what you do. However if you can deal with all that, it is fun to play the Casino’s game, with the Casino’s rules, with the Casino’s Dealer’s, with the Casino’s Cards and walk out with the Casino’s money. It is simple to do and in this article I will tell you how to make about $115 an hour playing Blackjack. While it is possible to hammer out a living playing Blackjack in the Arizona casinos, I generally limit my play for serious money to the Las Vegas Casinos. I have way too many friends that work in the Arizona Casinos as Pit Bosses and upper management positions, so I would prefer not to jeopardize my friendship by beating their Casino out of large amounts of cash. You will see me playing in tournaments locally but unless I am just playing for fun with some friends, you won’t ever see me playing the high limit tables in Arizona.


In Vegas I prefer a double deck game with double down on any two cards, including after splitting pairs, dealer hits soft 17, one card on Aces, no surrender, cut card is at least at 70%, and betting limits that are $50 to $400. I use an $8000 dollar bank roll for a four hour playing session, and I use an advanced plus minus count system with 42 basic strategy variations that are used for playing the hands according to the true count. Because I am a full time player with no means of replacing my bankroll with a full time job - the risk of losing my bankroll must be very low, around 1%. With a top bet of $400 per hand - the chance of me losing my entire $50,000.00 bankroll is .68% or about 1 in 100 because of variation alone. My betting schedule for one hand in a double deck game is as follows:


0 or lower 1 2 3 4 or higher


$50 $100 $200 $300 $400

It is easy to remember what to bet playing the double deck game, because your bet is $100 x the true count. My long term advantage is 1.37% and my average bet is $112.50. My expected value in the long run is 0.0137 x $112.50 = $1.54 per hand. As long as I am not playing at a full table I can play at least 75 hands per hour with an expected income of $115+ per hour. While I do not win all the time, using this method of play I win on average 70% of all my playing sessions. If you think that you would like to learn to play like me - I teach card counting in my book available for $22.95. You can get it by sending check or money order to TJ Jorgensen, P.O. Box 54275 Phoenix, AZ, 85078. 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


by Marianne Minneci

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he Fourth of July fireworks may be over, but there is still plenty of explosive excitement during the month of July in the Fort McDowell poker room. For you tournament lovers, The Fort is offering two new tournaments on Tuesdays and Saturdays in July. Tuesday play is a $3,000 guaranteed no-limit tournament for just $3. In order to play, you must clock one hour of live play before 7p.m. on the day of the tournament, and players must have a Fortune Club card. Players will start with 1,500 in tournament chips, but for an additional $3 dealerappreciation fee, players will receive an additional 1,500 in chips. In addition, $3 optional re-buys are available during the first two hours of the tournament, providing your chip count is below 1,500. Saturdays at 7, the fun continues with a $5,000 guaranteed no-limit tournament for $5. The same rules apply for this event as with the Tuesday tournament, except the dealer-appreciation fee is $5, with unlimited $5 re-buys for the first two hours. Sundays in July it’s the “Mega Stack” no-limit tournament. Players get up to 15,000 in starting chips. Buy-in is $115 for 10,000 chips. Receive an additional 5,000 in tournament chips for an optional


$15 dealer-appreciation fee. There are no re-buys. In addition to the tournaments, The Fort has several sizzling promotions. One of the best is the “We Insure Your Aces Will Win the Pot.” In hold-em, lose with Pocket Aces and along with the winner you will be awarded the amount of money in the pot, excluding river raises. Another red hot promotion is the “Poker Hot Seat.” There are 20 random draws in the poker room daily. Players must be in their seats and be an active player when their name is called to win the drawing or a player’s share. Players drawn will win $20 and a chance to win one of the three tier jackpots. Here is how this all works. To win the Tier One Jackpot, at the completion of the current hand the dealer will change decks and turn over the first two cards of the deck. If there is any pair, the player who was drawn wins the Tier One Jackpot. To win the Tier Two Jackpot, you must have won the Tier One Jackpot. Once again, the dealer will change the deck and turn over the first two cards. If there is any pair, the player wins the Tier Two Jackpot. To win the Tier Three Jackpot, you must have won both the Tier One and the Tier Two Jackpots.

The dealer will change decks again and turn over the first two cards. If it is any pair, the Tier Three Jackpot will be awarded. Each Tier will be raised $10 every time there is no winner. When any Tier reaches $1,000 or more, the player’s share will be $50 and the balance awarded to the winner. When any Tier reaches $3,000 or more, the player’s share will be $100, with the balance going to the winner. When any Tier reaches $10,000 or more, the player’s share is $300, with the balance awarded to the winner. Players may only claim the highest single award for this promotion, and may not win multiple cash awards.. For more information on these promotions, please contact the poker room. Until next time, “Have a Lucky Month.” Write me at


17 IN A ROW o move past legendary names like Cigar and Triple Crown-winner Citation to win her 17th in a row, Zenyatta had to reach back for all she had in order to collar St. Trinians in the $250,000 Grade 1 Vanity Handicap, June 13, at Hollywood Park. The Queen was 2½ lengths off the lead with a furlong to go, but eventually wore down her key rival in the final 2 jumps. The outcome was far from determined until that point, as it appeared St. Trinians was digging in and would hold off the champ, but it was not to be. For the record, she came from 11 lengths back after going 5 wide to post the winning time of 1:49.01 for the 9 furlongs. The Beyer earned added up to 103, and once again she proved that she does just enough to cash. The scary part is that Zenyatta’s connections think she will move up from this race. From her rider, Mike Smith: “What’s amazing about this race is that I think she needed the race. I think she had an easy race first time out, and she got a really easy race at Oaklawn. I think this will put her back to the (form of the Breeders’ Cup) Classic and maybe better, I hope. I think this race will really move her forward.” Her next appearance is still up in the air, and connections will not make a decision until very late, but the logical spot would be the Aug. 7 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar.

by Brian Mulligan

THE MOTT FACTOR Although Bill Mott’s trainee, Drosselmeyer, surprised at 13-1 in the Belmont Stakes, that was not Mott’s first trip to the rodeo, and he had some interesting things for bettors to digest in a recent chat courtesy of the New York Racing Association. Before we get into what works for Mott, and some of his ideas about how he gets horses up to winning races, a review of how he got to the big stage is warranted. Mott started out training thoroughbred horses at age 15, and won a stakes while he was still in high school in South Dakota. He learned the early lessons from some of the best in the business, by becoming first an exercise rider, then an assistant trainer for legendary Hall of Fame trainer, and one of my personal heroes, Jack Van Berg. Mott himself became the 2nd youngest trainer ever to enter the Hall of Fame. In a 15-year span, he won 9 training titles at Saratoga, one of the toughest meets in the world, and added 10 and 9 at Belmont and Gulfstream, to prove he was not anyway biased. National prominence came to him as he guided Cigar to an amazing 16-race win streak, with the icing on the cake the $5 million score in the Dubai World Cup. Asked some very serious questions in the NYRA piece, Mott was honest and telling. He admitted that although he started like most everybody else as a claiming trainer, he now generally handles homebreds that are wellpedigreed. He tipped his hand about his juveniles this summer, when mentioning he has 50 2-year-olds in training at Saratoga right now, and that he is optimistic that they will be firing by August. Mott intimated that speed of workouts is not as important as knowing what a normal work pattern would be for a particular horse, and to pay strict attention if that runner deviates, one way or the other, from that steady pattern. 25 ARIZONA PLAYER JULY 2010

Zenyatta with Mike Smith aboard rushes past St. Trinian at the wire for record 17th win in a row. Photo courtesy of BENOIT PHOTO

On the body language of runners, Mott suggested for bettors to look for a horse that is alert and looks good, and worry when the horse gets wet and sweaty. He cautioned that on warm days, every horse will sweat, and you want to see some sweat on them so you know they’re cooling off a little, but you don’t want to see a horse that’s dripping wet, because usually those horses are showing some anxiety or nervousness about competition, and in many cases won’t fire their best shot that way. His three most important handicapping factors that he focuses on are distance, track surface and then the level of competition, and that the last factor will take care of itself if the first two factors are properly addressed. So what are the areas that Mott has excelled at over the decades? He gets horses to fire fresh off long layoffs to the tune of nearly 25%, and he is more potent with second-timers than debuters. Equally adept going sprint to route, or cutting back, when Mott takes the blinkers it generally signals an improvement is in store. In the last 5 years when his runners have gone dirt to turf, he has hit at 22%, with a median winning price of 3-1, and almost 50% of those runners have been in the money. He has hit just over one-in-5 going Maiden Special Weight to maiden claiming over that same time frame, and over 50% of those runners were in the money. Bettors have to be careful when looking at his foreign shippers, as he is only 4-for-29 in that category the last several years, with a small return on investment. Lastly, when the money is down on the Mott runners, it has been a very good sign, as 47% of his odds-on runners the last 5 years won, and nearly 80% of them have been in the money. Brian Mulligan was the main West Coast line-maker for 17 years for the Daily Racing Form writing under the non de plume of “SWEEP.” He 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.

DAVID AT THE SNACK BAR The Twilight Saga: Eclipse  A series of killings in Seattle alert the Cullens to a threat headed their way. Is Victoria behind it and where are the Volturi? Bella’s graduation is fast approaching and she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with by Jacob. Once again they David Ramsey have to protect Bella but this time it will require the natural enemies, vampires and werewolves, to work together. The third installment of this teen angst vampire werewolf love story actually has some action, making it the best of the series. Fans will love it, but if you want vampire and werewolf action there are better options.

David’s Video Details THE RUNAWAYS –  It’s 1975 and Joan wants to do what girls don’t – play an electric guitar fronting a rock band. This coming of age story is about two teen girls who become rock stars and how they deal with it. Kristen Stewart is very good as Joan Jett but Dakota Fanning is spectacular as Cherie Currie - the jailbait sex kitten who becomes the face of the band. The Runaways didn’t last long as a group but they changed music history.

KICK-ASS – 

Despicable Me  Gru thinks of himself as the world’s greatest villain and to prove it he plans to steal the moon. With the help of his minions he steals a shrink ray but needs to raise the money to build a rocket. When the shrink ray is stolen by his rival he decides to use three orphan sisters to get it back and pretends to adopt them. The girls are adorable but they change his life in ways he doesn’t expect. There are plenty of laughs and cute characters – the minions are unique. It’s fun for the entire family. This is the first film that I recommend you see in 3D – if you stay through the credits.

A high school comic book fan decides to put on a costume and become superhero. He quickly becomes an internet phenomenon inspiring an ex-cop and her daughter looking for revenge to don costumes and follow his lead. This movie is not for kids – 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.

THE LOSERS –  On a mission in Bolivia a CIA black ops team is betrayed, framed and left for dead by a mysterious voice on the com system. They have are determined to clear their names and get revenge on the man behind it all. There is a lot of action with a little humor thrown in. The cast is very good so if you’re looking for a couple hours of mindless fun this ‘popcorn’ movie delivers. movie is predictable except for the ending which is lame.

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GAMING NEWS B.B. KING RETURNS TO TUCSON On Monday, August 9, the King of Blues, B.B. King, will stop off in Tucson to perform live at the Diamond Center at Desert Diamond Casino. The show starts at 7pm and tickets are on sale now. For more than half a century he has been a lead figure in the music industry, tackling multiple genres and creating his own unique sound. Since the 1940s, King has released more than 50 albums, including producing many chart-topping singles. His Grammy Awards, which number more than a dozen, include the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. That same year he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He was born Riley B. King in Mississippi in 1925 and his big break came on Sonny Boy Williamson’s radio show in Memphis, that led to his own show known as “King’s Spot.” His nickname “Beale Street Blues Boy”, was later shortened to B.B. King. from

then on it was all success for King. He toured nationally, including being the opening act for The Rolling Stones’ 1969 American Tour. King is a leadimg spokesman in the fight against diabetes and a supporter of music education for children. He continues to perform more than 250 shows a year. Treena Parvello, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise, said, “Desert Diamond Casino is always pleased when we are able to bring legends to the area. B.B. King, one of music’s greatest figures, is returning and we couldn’t be more excited. He’ll bring Lucille, his classic hits, and his unceasing energy to the Diamond Center where fans can experience the blues and jazz from the man himself!” For tickets go to any Ticketmaster location, or call 1-800-745-3000, contact the Desert Diamond Box Office or visit Desert Diamond Casino is located south of Tucson off I-19 at the Pima Mine Road exit.

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