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Vol. 18 No. 10 • October 2010



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Contributing Photography Cindy Esquer J. Russell King Production Assistants David Ramsey Charlie Scheeler Lita Sorensen John Olson Loreen Vargo Melody Walcott Graphic Design CommuniGraphics Editor Phil Scudella

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Vol. 18 No. 10 • October 2010

Gaming News BlueWater Desert Challenge




Cover Story Prescott & Bucky’s Casino “See What You’ve Been Missing”


Gaming News Tasty Event in Prescott


Card Room Action


Woman’s Point of View Marianne Minneci


Reel Reviews Kevin Cummings Slot Machine reviews


Boyd’s Eye View Linda Boyd “Betting on a Budget”


Horsin’ Around Brian Mulligan “The Cup is Coming


Lottery News & Draws


Gaming News Spooky Events in Prescott & Big Party at Wild Horse Pass


TJ’s Blackjack Corner T.J. Jorgensen “Playing Perfect Strategy ”


David at the Snack Rar David Ramsey “Movie Reviews”


Gaming News Domination Fridays at Airia Nightclub


Bingo Directory of Games


Astrology, Jokes of the Month, & Casino Directory


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gaming news THE BLUEWATER DESERT CHALLENGE Thursday, Oct. 14-Sunday, Oct. 17, BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker presents the best in offroad desert racing and is also the official host and race headquarters for the Inaugural BlueWater Desert Challenge. This new 2-day off-road desert race, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, was created by Casey Folks of “Best in the Desert Racing Association.” Fourteen states will be represented by 138-and-still-counting drivers and crew, who have signed up for the newest off-road challenge in “The American Off-Road Racing Series.” The race course will consist of 3 laps for most classes (2 laps for special classes), with each lap consisting of a 22 to 28 mile loop. Sixteen classes of racers are vying in this two-day event; classes such as the Trick Truck, ProTruck, Trophylite and the largest class -- the 1500 Series. Past overall winners of the BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker “425” who are already registered include 2004 & 2005 Overall winner Chuck Hovey – Class 1500, 2008 Overall winner Chet Huffman & Jerry Whelchel – Trick Truck and 2010 OveraAll Winner BJ Baldwin, Trick-Truck. Baldwin was also the first recipient of a new trophy, the Manny Esquerra Valor Award. Created in his honor, the Manny Esquerra Valor Award goes to the overall winner of the BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425. Esquerra was a true legend in off-road racing, and died while racing the 2008 BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425. Registration, Tech Inspection, Contingency and the Awards presentation will be held at the BlueWater Resort & Casino. A schedule of events is available at the hotel registration desk, or you can view it online at

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Casey Folks has promised his racers a totally different race course from his featured point-to-point or long-loop races of the “The American Off-Road Racing Series.” The BlueWater Desert Challenge is new and challenging, and a completely redesigned race course that includes Casey’s concept of John Wayne’s Gorge, Marilyn’s Romp, The Matterhorn, The Sand Pile, Parker River Run, The New Thunder Alley and The Snake Pit - As Casey Folks has put it, “A racer’s dream, an off-road racer’s Disneyland.” Participants who have raced in any of BlueWater’s sponsored “Best in the Desert” racing events know that Parker is not only a tourist destination, but has the assessed value of a first-class racing event to enhance their experience. And with Bluewater Resort & Casino and the Colorado River as the backdrop, they can’t go wrong. BlueWater Resort and Casino offers something for everyone, and proudly sponsors the best in off-road racing with the “Best in the Desert” Parker 250, Parker 425, BlueWater Gran Prix and the newest in the offroad series, the BlueWater Desert Challenge. BlueWater Resort & Casino, along the shores of the Colorado River in Parker, is fast becoming the entertainment capital of western Arizona. An enterprise of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, BlueWater features 200 river and mountain-view rooms and suites, slots, table games, high-stakes bingo plus several restaurants, including River Willows, the Parker area’s most outstanding steakhouse. In addition, nationally-renowned celebrities appear regularly at the BlueWater amphitheater. And the resort has a 164slip marina. For reservations and information, call 1-888-243-3360 or visit


Apache Gold Casino Resort 5 miles East of Globe on Hwy 70 1-800-APACHE-3 Events & concerts in the Pavilion: Oct 23, Grand Funk Railroad Apache Legends BBQ in the Pavilion features free live entertainment on weekends: BlueWater Resort and Casino 11300 Resort Dr., Parker 1-888-243-3360 The Dig Lounge: live bands, TuesSun, featuring Oct 13-16, Swift Kick Oct 20-23, Walker Williams Oct 27-30, Pilot Nov 3-6, Lil’ Elmo & The Cosmos Casino Arizona 101 at McKellips, Scottsdale 480-850-7734 In the Showroom: Oct 24, Average White Band Nov 21, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr 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

Paul Anka

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Casino Del Sol 5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson 520-838-6506 AVA Amphitheater concert & event schedule: Oct 16, WFF Mixed Martial Arts Oct 23, Ana Gabriel Oct 29-31, Bluegrass Festival Nov 12, Jenni Rivera FREE live entertainment at The Paradiso Bar on weekends Plus Free Tribute concerts every Thursday Cliff Castle Casino I-17 at exit 289 in Camp Verde 1-800-381-SLOT Stargazer Pavilion: Call for updated schedule Dragonfly Lounge: Free entertainment on weekends Desert Diamond Casino Hotel 7350 South Nogales Hwy, Tucson Toll Free 1-866-DDC-WINS Monsoon Night Club: Live bands or DJs Thurs-Sun at 8pm Desert Diamond Casino 1100 W. Pima Mine Rd., Tucson 520-294-7777 or1-866-DDC-WINS Concerts & Events in the Diamond Center: call for updated schedule Fort McDowell Casino N of Shea off Hwy 87, Fountain Hills 1-800-THE-FORT Lucky 7 Saloon: Free live entertainment Fri – Sun featuring bands like: Cowboy Floyd, The Realtones, Furious George and The Chris Lukert Band New updates at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort and Casino 15406 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa 480-802-5000

Oasis Lounge: Free entertainment on weekends Oct 27, The lettermen Oct 29, Fastball Oct 31, Halloween party with “Here Come the Mummies” Harrah’s Event Center: Call for updated schedule or go to Hon-Dah Resort and Casino Highways 260 and 73, Pinetop 1-800-WAY-UP-HIGH In the Timbers Lounge: Mon, Comedy Club - no cover Tues-Sat, live bands Oct 19-23, Slamabama Oct 26-30, Garage Boys 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, Otis & the Beat, Rhythm Edition, Capital Down and Powerdrive Thursdays – Season 4 of the “Lucky Break” singing competition is back Mazatzal Hotel & Casino 1/2-mile South of Payson on Hwy 87 1-800-777-PLAY Oct 30, Halloween party with “Rock Lobster” An 80s Retro Tribute Paradise Casino 450 Quechan Drive, Yuma 1-888-777-4946 In the Event Center: call for updated schedule Sharky’s Bar & Bites: Live Entertainment every weekend Quechan Casino Resort 525 Algodones Rd, Winterhaven CA (5 mi W of Yuma) 1-877-783-2426 In the PIPA Event Center:

Grand Funk Railroad Oct 28, Tanya Tucker Nov 4, Crystal Gayle Sidewinders: Live entertainment on weekends Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino I-10 at Wild Horse Pass exit Chandler 1-800-WIN-GILA In the Ovations LIVE! Showroom: Oct 24, Paul Anka Oct 30, Boogie Knights – 2 shows during the birthday celebration Nov 13-14, Bobby Vinton The Encore Lounge: 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 Talking Stick Resort Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road Scottsdale 480-850-7777 Talking Stick Resort Showroom Oct 30, Raven’s 5th Annual Masquerade Ball Nov 12, John Mayall Nov 13, Buddy Guy Nov 14, Robert Cray NOW OPEN! “Degree 270” is the 14th floor lounge with live entertainment, dancing nightly and a spectacular view of the city.

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Prescott & Bucky’s Casino – Come See What You’ve Been Missing! Just 90 miles north of Phoenix, Prescott’s mile-high altitude and four-season climate allow for a wondrous variety of activities and adventures during the autumn months. From the gold- and red-dappled trees along historic Mt. Vernon Street and around downtown’s Courthouse Plaza, to the 108 holes of great public golf, Prescott’s temperate climate means you won’t break a sweat, and the wealth of affordable options for you and your family means you won’t break the bank. You’ll find many opportunities to take in the outdoors -- Prescott boasts more than 450 miles of groomed hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. Undertake some rock climbing or bouldering on Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte, and in the stunning Granite Dells at Watson Lake. Paddle about in a canoe or kayak on Goldwater, Willow, Lynx, Granite Basin or Watson Lake. Scour the galleries and antique shops downtown for treasure, then afterward cool your heels at any one of Prescott’s many eclectic eateries. Explore the local history and cultural heritage at the Smoki, Sharlot Hall and Ft. Whipple Museums. Examine fine works of art at the Phippen Museum of Western Art. Take in a play or concert at the newly-renovated Elks Opera House, the Prescott Fine Arts Association, Sharlot Hall Museum’s Blue Rose Theater or the Yavapai College Performance Hall. Whether you’re in the mood to kick up your spurs and stomp the floorboards at one of the saloons along Whiskey Row or settle into a relaxing fireside couch with a glass of wine at the Prescott Resort at Bucky’s Casino, the choice is yours – because Prescott’s bars, restaurants, saloons, hotels and casinos have what you’re looking for. 8 ARIZONA PLAYER August 2010

At Bucky’s Casino at the Prescott Resort, you can enjoy a full range of games, from live table games to hundreds of the latest slots. Bucky’s Casino boasts the best Blackjack games in Northern Arizona -- check out the Blackjack hourly specials every Sunday-Thursday. Visit the non-smoking Poker Room and try your hand at Texas Hold ‘Em. Take a chance and win! Enjoy a relaxing atmosphere in a casual setting at Bucky’s Café: open for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the Café is the perfect hangout -- whether it’s the Classic Juicy Hamburger or simply a nice cup of Joe. Yavapai Casino, located directly across the street from the Prescott Resort on Highway 69, provides an intimate setting for maximum enjoyment. Casual, yet inviting, Yavapai Casino is a slot player’s paradise. Yavapai Cantina is the place to catch great sports action. Sit back and relax with delicious food and drink specials. Book your gaming getaway at the Prescott Resort for the best views in Prescott; call 1-800967-4637 for a $69 rate using the code AP10. This offer is valid through Jan. 31, 2010 – and is Subject to availability. Holidays, conventions, group rates and special event dates are not included. For more information, go to or call 800-SLOTS44.

gaming news Tasty Event in Prescott A true culinary experience topped the charts this year as the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe along with Bucky’s and Yavapai Casinos hosted their 10th Annual Taste of Prescott held under the big tent at Frontier Village in Prescott on Saturday, September 25. Attendees from all over Arizona mixed and mingled to live music by Pam and Dave Swanstrom and enjoyed samplings from some of the Prescott and quad-city area’s best restaurants. This event was not for the faint at heart! Vendors pulled out all the stops and tempted attendees with tantalizing dishes like pulled pork sandwiches, lip-smacking brisket sliders, savory short ribs, multitudes of Mexican dishes, decadent desserts, and a plethora of pizza varieties – And these were only a small sample of the tantalizing tastes that kept everyone coming back for more.

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The Beer and Wine Garden added just the right touch to enjoy a perfect-weather in Prescott, carrying on the festive tradition of one of the town’s best events. With the community support, over $36,000 was raised in canned food and cash donations, with all proceeds benefitting the Yavapai Food Bank - who have been serving people in need throughout Yavapai County since 1992. Tribal President Ernie Jones presented a check to Yavapai Food Bank Founders Bob and Ann Wilson, who shared stories of hope and gratitude. Don’t miss the next Taste of Prescott – just go to for more details.

CARD ROOM ACTION Apache Gold Casino 800-272-2433

Cocopah Casino 800-237-5687

BlueWater Casino 1-888-243-3360

Desert Diamond Casino Nogales Hwy 520-342-1810

Poker Room opens daily at 6pm Dealing blackjack, daily at 10am

Dealing blackjack daily 9am-3am

Bucky’s Casino 928-771-6779

Mon, 10am & 6pm, Hold Em, $30 - winners advance to “free roll” Tues, 6pm, Ladies Only Texas Hold Em Shootouts - $10 buy-in Wed, 6pm, Bounty No-Limit Hold Em Tournament - $60 buy-i3 Sat 10am, Hold Em, $30 buy-in, Pays 3 places, winners advance to “free roll” “Aces Cracked” wins $50 - Mon 11am1pm & 7pm-3am, Tues & Thurs 7pm3am & Wed 8am-4pm Progressive “Aces Cracked” Sat 11am11pm - Starts at $50, increases till hit High Hand: Mon – Fri, see poker room for details FREE Sunday buffet for seated players NFL Splash pots $25 - $100 – see poker room for selected TV games Dealing blackjack 24/7, “Blackjack Shootout” Tues at 7pm - $20 entry COMING SOON: 3 Card Poker New blackjack “Happy Hour” Mon-Thurs – 8-9am, 3-4pm and 9-10pm, ask pit for details “Bonus 21” - Win a bonus of up to $75 in chips when you hit a “21” on 6, 7 or 8 cards!

Casino Arizona 101 & McKellips 480850-7777 Dealing blackjack 24/7 $ 5,000 “Wild Wednesdays” Blackjack Tournament every other Wed, 7pm $ 100 buy-in

Casino Del Sol 520-838-6565

Mon-Fri, 10 am, $300 added Morning Poker league, No-Limit Hold Em, $13 buy-in, $5 re-buys or free entry Mon 7pm & Sat noon – NLHE Fall Football 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 -$10 bounties Thurs, 7pm, $3,000 Guaranteed NLHE, $ 85 buy-in 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 re-buys Sat & Sun Football drawings – see poker room for details

Cliff Castle Casino 928-567-7952

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 12 ARIZONA PLAYER October 2010

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

Fort McDowell Casino 480-789-1424

MEGA Stack Tournament, 1pm, Sun $ 115 buy-in, $5,000 in additional chips with an optional $15 Dealer add-on – no re-buys “Bounty” Tournaments, Mon-Sat at 1pm, also Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sun at 7 pm, $30 buy-in, $5 bounties, BONUS, with 1 – 3 hours of live play before tournaments, Bounties increase to $20, $40 and $60 (Tournaments are NLHE except Wed, Omaha Hi-Lo) Tues, 7pm, $3,000 Guaranteed NLHE Tournament - $3 buy-in* Sat, 7pm, $5,000 Guaranteed NLHE Tournament - $5 buy-in* “Pocket Aces always win” - In live games - 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 *To enter, you must play in a live game at least 1 hour before tournament Also dealing blackjack 24/7

Lone Butte Casino 800-946-4452

Dealing blackjack 24/7 – with $5 games

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino 480-802-5138

Mon, Wed, Thurs - $500 Guaranteed No-Limit Hold-Em, $25 buy-in + $10 re-buys Tues, 3pm & 7pm - $500 Guaranteed Omaha H/L, $10 buy-in, $10 re-buys Wed, 7pm- $500 Guaranteed 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, NLHE, $20 buy-in - $750 Guaranteed Sun, Noon - $500 Guaranteed NLHE, $10 buy-in, unlimited $5 re-buys Sun, 5pm - $500 Guaranteed Limit Omaha H/L, $10 buy-in, $10 re-buys & a $10 add-on $ 50 Daily Splash pots on ALL tables, on the hour Mon – Fri, 9am – 4pm & Sat & Sun 6-8am Sun & Mon NFL $50 Splash Pots – 2 tables for a touchdown, 1 table for a field goal Progressive High Hand, daily 5pm-5am – and “Aces Cracked” pays $50 - see poker room for details

Daily, Royal Flush pays $200 and Straight Flush pays $100 Also dealing blackjack 24/7

Hon-Dah Casino 800-929-8744

Mon, 6pm, 50/50, Hold Em & Omaha Hi-Lo, $25 buy-in + one $25 add-on Tues, 2pm – Mid, “Aces Cracked” pays $80 (first 5) Wed, 6pm, No-limit Hold Em, $40 buy-in, no re-buys Thurs, 6pm, Omaha Hi-Lo, $40 buy-in, no re-buys Sat, 4pm, No-limit Hold Em, $30 buy-in, $ 10 re-buys + $10 add-on Sun, 4pm, Crazy Pineapple $30 buy-in, $ 10 re-buys + $10 add-on

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino 800-777-7529

Live Poker daily - see poker room for details Sun, 1pm, NLHE Tournament, $25 buyin, no re-buys - $50 added per table Wed & Sun, 6pm, NLHE Bounty Tournament, $50 buy-in High Hands - win up to $500 Dealing blackjack 10am-1am Blackjack tournament, Mon, 6pm, $40 buy-in

Paradise Casino 888-777-4946 Dealing Blackjack 5pm-1am

Quechan Casino & Resort 1-877-QUECHAN

Sat & Sun at 1pm, No Limit Hold Em, $35 buy-in w/$5 re-buys Nov 13, Hold Em, Fold Em & Feed Em Poker Tournament - $50 buy in, two $25 re-buys Mon & Thurs at 1pm – No-Limit Hold Em Tournament Tues & Fridays, Omaha 4/8 or 8/16 Kill NFL Sunday Splash Pots! See poker room for details Live the Ultimate Football Fan Dream – Win 2 tickets to the “BIG GAME” Earn an entry for every 2 hours of live play now thru Jan 22, 2011 – Drawing in the poker room on Jan 23 Special room rates for poker players. Dealing blackjack 24/7

Talking Stick Resort 480-850-7777

Mon - Fri, 11am, No-Limit Hold Em, $60 buy-in Tues & Wed, 7pm, No-Limit Hold Em, $ 130 buy-in Mon-Fri – $100 “Splash Pots” at 6am,7am, 8am,9am, 10am & Noon Mon-Fri, 3am-9am “Aces Cracked” Win $ 100 rack Nov 6 & Dec 4, 10am - $40,000 “Big Stack” Tournament Nov 7, 10am - Ladies No-Limit Hold Em Nov 13 & Dec 12 at 9am – Super Bounty & Big Stack Nov 14 & Dec 5 at 9am – Jack & Jill Couples Tournament Nov 20 at 9am – 8th Annual Thanksgiving Charity Tournament Nov 27 & Dec 18, 10am – No-Limit Hold Em Tournament Dec 11, Toy Drive No-Limit Hold Em Tournament Also dealing blackjack 24/7 $ 5,000 “Wild Wednesdays” Blackjack Tournament every other Wed, 7pm $ 100 buy-in

Vee Quiva Casino 800-946-4452 – Ext 1042

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 re-buys Pro Football “Splash Pots” Sundays & Mondays – any team scores a TD – 3 tables are each splashed $100 – 1 table $100 for a FG and 1 table $200 for a Safety “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 – with $5 games

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

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 Pro & College football “Splash pots” Selected TV games Snap & Spin, “Aces Cracked” Mon-Sat 2pm-6pm, 9pm-Mid, Mid-5am, & Sun 9pmMid, win up to $1,000 in cash, “Aces & Faces Cracked” 2am – 9am Sat & Sun mornings, $800 per hour up for grabs! 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 – with $5 games PREFERRED LAUGHLIN POKER ROOM

Harrah’s Resort Casino 702-298-852

Sat, Sun, Mon & Tues at 10am - No Limit Hold Em, $40 buy-in w/ $5 Bonus buy 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 Sun, Mon & Tues, 7pm, NLHE, $40 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 Sat at 7pm, NLHE, $60 buy-in, w/ optional $5 Bonus buy Sun at 2pm, “Bounty” NLHE, $70 Buy-in w/$5 Bonus buy Plus all kinds of promotions; 80k in 80 days – guaranteed to pay out $1,000 a day with drawings and splash pots – also Free Roll Tournaments on the 1st & 3rd Monday (15 hours to qualify) to win a seat in the Laughlin WSOP invitational – with a chance to win a seat in the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas – see poker room for details on all these promotions

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by Marianne Minneci

Ladies State Poker Champ is Crowned

he 2010 Ladies State Championship tournament is now history. The fifth annual tournament was played at Casino Arizona’s new Talking Stick Resort on September 11-13 and it was a whopping success! This event has grown in popularity each year. The 2010 State Championship field of 372 women represented a 50% increase over last year’s attendance. The original one day event was spread out over three days this year to allow for more players. Each day’s players were scaled down and the top players returned on Monday, Sept 13 to face off for a total prize pool of over $65,000. The positive feedback I received this year was overwhelming. What a great event - Best tournament ever…It’s great to play against such good players, it really helps my game. These are just some of the comments I received while talking to woman who participated in this event. As in prior year’s Casino Arizona’s professional poker staff made this another world class affair. This Ladies event had no similarity to women’s events I’ve witnessed in past years. Gone are the days of the timid female player unsure of her next move. The 372 woman who played in this year’s event demonstrated they are a force to be reckoned with. Their skill, tenacity and sheer desire to exceed played out during this tournament. The caliber of play was equal to any event on the pro circuit. Tournament director, Dave Smith told me that these women were by far some of the most aggressive female players he has ever witnessed to which he added, “It made the tournament very interesting to watch”. Play at the final table was fast and furious. At 4pm we had reached the final four. After a hard fought battle, 4th place went to Stevie Olivia, a poker dealer at Fort McDowell. Her disappointment was evident as she walked away from the final table. Remember Stevie, there is always next year. Lisa Fetter went out next and was happy to finish third. She was embarrassed to tell me that she has only played for 18 months. Lisa, you made a great showing for someone who has played for that short a time. 14 ARIZONA PLAYER October 2010

Heads up play between Simone Kankel and Candace Kauter was very exciting to watch. Candace Kauter was the chip leader and Simone just couldn’t pull any chips away from Candace. At one point the balance of power seemed to be shifting when Simone’s Ace of Clubs and 10 of Hearts prevailed over Candace’s pocket 10’s. A few hands later however, Simone called Candace’s all in bet with a jack, five of spades against Candace’s jack, seven of clubs. The board was no help to either player, but Candace’s 7 of clubs played and the game was over giving Candace the championship. Second place finisher, Simone Kankel is a financial advisor for Motorola in Schaumburg, Illinois. She was disappointed that she didn’t win, but said that Candace was a great opponent. Simone was a great player and made a great showing overall. This year’s champion Candace Kauter lives in Scottsdale and works in Sales and Marketing. She plays cash games and tournaments at Casino Arizona and in Vegas. Candace has been playing Hold-Em for about four years. She would love to become a professional poker player because she loves the game and said that winning this tournament may open the door for her to play professionally. Candace attributed her win to a positive attitude. She said that at times play in the tournament was very stressful because of all the good players she was up against. She said she couldn’t sleep on Sunday night because she was having nightmares about not winning the tournament

This Year’s Top Ten Finishers 1 Place


Candace Kauter

2 Place



Simone Kankel

3 Place



Lisa Fetter

4th Place



Stevie Olivia

5th Place



Suzanne Kramer

6 Place



Stephanie Vaannosap

7 Place



Francine Leroy

8 Place



Enka Pirile

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Clara Bilson


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Places 11 thru 20 received $586 - 21 thru 30 took home $488 and 31 thru 40 received $423. I’m looking forward to an even bigger tournament next year with expectations that Phil Scudella, the editor will need to cover this event, because I plan on being at the final table. Until next time, “Have a Lucky Month”. Write me at

REEL REVIEWS by Kevin Cummings

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Betting on a Budget

by Linda Boyd

ecently I read a report indicating that people are being more careful in how they spend their hard-earned income. I mean do I really need another Coach bag or Tiffany bracelet? Probably not, and I’m personally being very conservative in how I spend my mad money. However, that doesn’t mean I’m going to remain glued to the television and become a hermit. We all have to let our hair down and kick up our heels from time-to-time. What’s the point of working hard if we’re too worried about the economy to get out and have some fun? For me and many others it means going to a local casino to unwind and try my luck at video poker. Of course you want to enjoy the ride home even if it wasn’t your day. You must practice restraint and stay within your pre-determined budget to avoid “player’s remorse” (like buyer’s remorse, but more painful) after your session ends.

Choosing Your Game:

I mostly play video poker because: I know the ER ahead of time and there is a component of skill involved. To be sure, all casino games have a short-term factor of luck and you can even be playing a positive game computer-perfect but lose. The best you can do is to consider your choices in accordance with your bankroll, that’s the money you brought with you, and show restraint.


Today’s slots are more fun than ever before, mostly due to the sounds, graphics and especially the bonus rounds. The problem is that you’ll never know the ER (expected return) for the game by looking at the pay schedule or any other way for that matter. That’s not a problem if you stop playing when you’ve lost the amount you allocated for the game. The big problem for some is they may be annoyed by those waiting who seem to be praying that they lose so they can play. Also, you may think a jackpot won on “your machine” would have been yours had you stayed. Rest assured that isn’t the case since it depends on the exact instant when the play is triggered. Your results definitely wouldn’t be the same as the next player. 18 ARIZONA PLAYER October 2010

One other thing to consider is the cost of a single play rather than the denomination you have selected. For example, it may say “penny” machine, but if the maximum bet is $2.50 then it’s not a penny machine. If one objective is to play for a few hours on a limited budget then make sure you’re not penalized for having less than the maximum bet.

Video Poker:

Just like with slots pay attention to the pay schedule and determine the game’s ER before choosing your game of choice. For example, I’ve seen both 9/6 Jacks or Better (9/6JOB) in the same casino as an 8/5 JOB or even 7/5 JOB. Of course you want the 9/6 JOB. If the best JOB game is 8/5, then look around for a progressive version. There are many in Arizona casinos but you will have to look for them. Just like with slots, consider the cost of playing a single game in conjunction with your available budget for that session and avoid multi-hand games; for example, if you’re on a limited budget and each game is going to cost say $6.25. Those quarter 5-play devices are found in most casinos. Instead you could opt for a single-line quarter game. Video poker players should realize that some games may be the same denomination and have the same per game cost, but be more expensive anyway. That’s due to the risk or game volatility. The best rule of thumb is to note the payout for frequent hands, like two pair. If you receive double your wager, like any JOB game, your bankroll will last longer. On the other hand, if you only receive a return of your bet, also called even money, for two pair, like Double Double Bonus (DDB) it’s likely to be more expensive. Plan B: Sometimes there’s a method to your madness and you have to last a specified amount of time. For example, you may have come for a drawing and know you will be there for four hours, the duration of the drawing. (As a tragic aside, I once left a drawing early and my name was drawn for $2,000 cash. As if this wasn’t bad enough,

everybody and his uncle had to inform me of this major gaffe next time I was there.) Sometimes you’re with a group and know ahead of time that the train isn’t leaving for three or four hours. In either case have a good book to read or bring your tennies for a jog. Both activities trump the “walk of shame” – of going to the ATM.


As the adage goes, variety really is the spice of life, particularly when it comes to leisure-time play. I only go to feel-good movies and given today’s prices make sure it’s one I want to see. If I’m sitting on the fence I can always wait until the DVD comes out. On the other hand, when things are dull there’s nothing like a visit to the neighborhood casino to liven them up - Just make sure you don’t spend next month’s gambling budget in the process.

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 free strategy cards for the most popular games. The 2nd edition is now available at, bookstores or Square One Publishers. You can also call toll free to order: 877-900-BOOK or go to


by Brian Mulligan

The C up I s C oming

eems hard to believe….but the Breeders’ Cup is just days away, and hopefully we can provide some names today that have a chance to steal the thunder at Churchill Downs. The action kicks off Friday, November 5 and continues through Saturday, and you can’t tell the players without knowing the race line-up, so let’s start with the obvious. The Friday races will be under the lights for the first time in history, with an initial BC post around 4pm. The BC World Championships consist of 14 Graded races, with purses and awards for the two days totaling $26 million. The Championships are non-invitational; any thoroughbred competing in the world that meets the eligibility requirements may pre-enter. Each race is limited to 14 starters, and if the race has more than 14 horses pre-enter, a fieldselection format is used to determine the starters. The pre-entry deadline for the 2010 Championships is Noon, Monday, Oct. 25. All horses that want to compete must be pre-entered by this date. This is followed by the entry deadline Tuesday, November 2, which closes promptly at 10am. Six BC races will be carded Friday. The BC Marathon at 1 and 3/4 miles on dirt has the softest purse, a mere $500,000, and will kick off the extravaganza. Milliondollar races on Friday will consist of the Juvenile Fillies Turf at a mile and the Filly & Mare Sprint at 7 furlongs. There are three $2 million races Friday, the Juvenile Fillies at a mile-and-a-sixteenth, the Ladies Classic at 9

Zenyatta with Mike Smith riding wins the Vanity Handicap furlongs and the Filly & Mare Turf at 1 and 3/8 miles. That leaves 8 for Saturday, and the million-dollar races are the Juvenile Turf at a mile, the Dirt Mile and the Turf Sprint at 5 furlongs. Those that will compete for the $2 million pots Saturday will race in three events, the Juvenile at 8 1/2 furlongs, the Mile on grass and the Sprint at 6 furlongs. Grass marathoners shoot for the $3 million prize in the Turf at a mile-and-a-half and the granddaddy of them all, the Classic at a mile-and-a-quarter with a $5 million jackpot at the end of the rainbow. It’s never too early to prepare for this extravaganza, and as the cast will be in flux right up until post time, those connections that have a plan and a map for their horse are generally the barns that get rewarded with the money. When betting the Cup this year, be fully aware of the styles that have been successful at Churchill. In the Distaff and in the Classic, tactical speed has been preferred, and the trend has continued in the Mile, but if you are the best, like War Chant was in 2000, you can come from left field.

When betting the Cup this year, be fully aware of the styles that have been successful at Churchill.

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I’ll Take Two! Spencer Cichon loves playing the Arizona Lottery Scratchers, especially “Extreme Cash” since he zwins something on that game about 40% of the time. Recently Spencer purchased two of those Scratchers tickets, he also asked the clerk to take them from different packs the store had open. He then took them home to scratch. As he began scratching the first ticket, he uncovered more and more zeros, and his hand began to shake. As it turned out, that ticket was worth $500,000. Spencer later found out that it was the last top prize for that game. After he told his wife, she had trouble sleeping – just thinking about the ticket being in the house made her uncomfortable. Spencer really likes purchasing Scratchers - he feels the odds are better than some games, giving him a greater chance to win. All of his friends in California have said they’re going to start playing Scratchers. Spencer is looking forward to paying off all of his bills and plans to retire soon. He said he feels great – And why shouldn’t he!

An Occasional Player Different types of lottery players win with Arizona Lottery Scratchers – some play on a regular basis, while others, like James Thomson, only play occasionally. In fact, he usually just plays $2 Scratchers, but sometimes purchases $5 tickets. However, when he went to pay for his purchase at the store, he happened to see Magnificent 7’s displayed at the counter. Since he hadn’t played it before, and it was a $5 ticket, he only purchased one, and waited until he got home to scratch it. Evidently, it was the right time for him to buy a ticket. After James scratched the ticket and saw the $50,000 prize, he checked the ticket about twenty times to make sure he wasn’t seeing things. Then he called his wife, who was at work, to tell her the good news. Of course, she didn’t believe him. When she came home, he had her check the ticket. At that point, they both realized they had a $50,000 winner – So he immediately signed the back of the ticket. (Note: An unsigned winning ticket is like a bearer bond; whoever signs it and has matching identification is considered the owner.) James and his wife sat down that evening and discussed how they were going to use their winnings. Their first priority was going to be to pay off bills and then save the rest. At that point, they hadn’t planned to tell anyone in their family. 22 ARIZONA PLAYER October 2010



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Prescott’s Pumpkin Patch & Carnival Calling all ghosts and goblins (and parents) to Prescott’s Pumpkin Patch and Carnival at Courthouse Plaza on October 30 from 11am-3pm - Not to worry, no spells or potions, just a safe and fun place for a day of fun! For a cost of $5 you get a Halloween Back Pack to decorate and fill with crafts, candy and prizes, plus an all-day wrist band to ride the rides and play in the bouncers. Enter into the spooktacular costume contests with prizes for scariest, funniest & best homemade costumes - infants to age 12 Pets - put on your favorite costume and win prizes too! Start practicing for the screaming and howling contest! Don’t miss the famous coffin cakewalk with all kinds of sweet treats and pick a pumpkin from “THE GREAT PUMPKIN PATCH”.

The Prescott Fine Arts Association and the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation are partnering once again to present the annual Ghost Talk, where Arizona legends come to life during an evening of historic ghostly folklore as told by the goblins, ghosts, spirits, and apparitions themselves, on October 23 with shows at 6 pm, 7 pm, and 8 pm at the PFAA Theatre in downtown Prescott. Tickets are $10 per person.

BIG PARTY COMING TO WILD HORSE PASS! Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler will celebrate the one year anniversary of the Valley’s first and only Las Vegas style casino on Saturday, October 30. To commemorate the day, the new casino is inviting the public to “Feel the Fever” with the hottest 70’s disco party in town. Exclusive limited packages to this event are available. The $269 package includes one night accommodation, two

Boo at the Zoo Bring your family and friends to Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary from 6-9pm on Halloween Night October 31. Dress in costume for a fun, safe trick or treating experience. Bring your flashlight to see the nocturnal animals after the sun goes down. Call 928-778-4242 or go online to www. tickets to Feel the Fever (inclusive of food, two free drinks and live entertainment), $25 food and beverage credit and $25 Free Slot Play. At 7pm, doors to the Ovations LIVE! Showroom inside Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino will open to the 70’s themed party complete with popular regional cover band Boogie Knights performing at 8pm. From 9-10pm, enjoy complimentary cake and punch – then at 10pm, a grand prize drawing will be held where guests will have the chance to win a cool $10,000. Boogie Knights returns for a second show from 11pm – 1:30am. Tickets for this late show are just $25 and for that price you receive 2 drink tickets. If you don’t have a Players Card, sign up for one – It’s free, and you’ll get a $10 discount to the show! Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino opened its doors to the public on October 30, 2009.The $200 million project includes a 100,000 square foot

casino with over 1,000 slot machines, 71 table games, a dedicated non-smoking area, 12,000 square feet of banquet space, 5 lounges, the 1,400 seat Ovations LIVE! Showroom, a 10-story hotel with 242 rooms, 8 delicious dining options along with Chandler’s first night club “AIRIA” and to make it extremely convenient, Wild Horse Pass has an 800 space parking garage. For more information call 1-800-946-4452, or go to their website at ARIZONA PLAYER October 2010 23

TJ’s Blackjack corner

by TJ Jorgensen

Playing Perfect Basic Strategy

Before I get into the specifics of Playing Perfect Strategy, I would like correct something from my last column about the “Invite Only” Blackjack tournament at Wild Horse Pass Casino. I passed along some information about that tournament –scheduled for early November, but later found out - that tournament was never approved – so I apologize for giving out information that turned out to be incorrect. That tournament may be coming up later this year –I will make you this promise - once that tournament gets approved…I will I pass along that date to all my readers who look forward to participating in these special tournaments.

Perfect Basic Strategy: s most of you know, for each two card hand that you receive in the game of blackjack there is only one correct play depending on the dealers up card. There are a lot of so called experts out there claiming that their version of basic strategy is correct - so it is hard to determine which one is right. All of you know (at least I hope you know) always stand on the hand of 17 or better. Many authors claim that you should stand with the hand of 12-16 when the dealer has a 2-6 up. Well they are wrong. Most players I have seen, do play it that way - but for most casinos in Arizona - the correct play is to hit 12 against the dealers up card of 2 or 3. What makes me think that I’m right and they are wrong? It’s a thing called probability. Sure you may hit your 12, catch a 10 and bust, then watch the dealer also have 12 and catch an 8 for 20. People at the table will tell you that you took the dealers bust card and played your hand incorrectly, but they would be wrong. Here is the math; Say you’re betting $10 with the rules above, with a 12 versus a dealer up card of 2, and play that hand 1000 times - you would be a

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loser no matter how you played the hand. 1000 hands x $10 per hand for a total of $10,000 - You would lose $2,900 by standing every time and lose $2,520 if you hit every time. It’s the lesser of two evils - the correct play is to hit. From the numbers above the long run expectation for your 12 playing against the dealers up card of 2 is -29% if you stand, and -25.2% if you hit. In either case it’s a losing proposition, but you will lose less by hitting - it’s as simple as that. For anyone that wants to win at blackjack the first step is to learn correct basic strategy according to mathematical expectation, not some Authors feeling on what is the correct play. If you would like to learn to play a winning game of blackjack my book “Beating The Casino at Their Own game is available for $22.95 at POB 54275, Phoenix, Arizona, 85078. 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

DAVID AT THE SNACK BAR 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 and when Ruth and Tommy pair up by Kathy feels left out. While their schooling has been David Ramsey very good it has not prepared them for the outside world, 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. This is the best film of the year, so far. 

David’s Video Details Beauty and the Beast ««««« The Disney classic is available for the first time on Blu-ray. The classic fairy tale comes to life with amazing characters, superb music and wonderful songs. The characters are well crafted and perfectly acted. The story has suspense, laughs, thrills and romance.  It is perfect for the entire family and one to watch as a family. It is the only animated movie ever nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and it is the best animated film of all time.

The Karate Kid ««««

When 12-year-old Dre moves with his mother from Detroit to China he has a hard time adjusting. He quickly runs afoul of a local bully who beats him up using kung fu. He talks a kung fu master into teaching him and enters a tournament. This remake is faithful to the original. The action is engrossing, the scenery is beautiful and the acting is very good with Jackie Chan giving his best performance. You will be on the edge of your seat and cheering at the end.

The Social Network «««« In his Harvard dorm room a sophomore created a program that will make 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 it is very good. The acting is very good and the writing gives you an insight into the players.

How to Train Your Dragon ««« A Viking village has a unique pest problem – Dragons. Hiccup is the weakling of the village who discovers something new about the dragons when he befriends a wounded one. There is lots of action and some humor to go with a good story and strong character development. It is one of the better family films this year. David Ramsey is the President and cofounder of the PhoenixFilm Critics Society and a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (The Critics Choice Awards). Catch him on the CBS 5 Morning News every Friday at about 6:20am and on ABC-15’s “Sonoran Living Live” every other Friday. Visit David’s website at www.Thesnackbar.Net or contact him at david@thesnackbar.Net.

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Domination Fridays at AiRIA Nightclub

A heavyweight lineup of the hottest DJ’s in the country will be dropping the beats at AiRIA Night club in October at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. In addition to the world’s best DJ’s, AiRIA Nightclub has put together a stunning package that will blend luxurious accommodations, topshelf liquor and luscious beats. Book the AiRIA “staycation” package where AiRIA Nightclub presents Dom Perignon - “A tribute to Andy Warhol” collection, one bottle of Dom Perignon, one bottle of Belvedere vodka and

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It has been possible to steal the mileand-a-half Turf on the front end, like Great Communicator did at 12-1, but racing luck is the most important element. Stalk-and-pounce types have been the order of the day with Sprint winners at Churchill, including the last time when Thor’s Echo sat a perfect 3-hole trip. The juvenile events have been won by basically lightly-raced runners who could be positioned fairly close to the early action, as evidenced by Street Sense in 2006, who had only 4 races before the Cup. The pinnacle race is the Classic, and we have a chance to see history made if Zenyatta can repeat, beat the boys again and win her 20th consecutive race. I took a stand against her last year, but she was awesome, and I surely learned a valuable lesson. The best thing for bettors about the Cup is that the information will be out there for all to see several days before the event itself. Get your popcorn out, buckle up, and let’s hope we all get lucky. 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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12. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino • (Chandler) Gila River Indian Community–slots keno blackjack & poker. (800) 946-4452 13. Gila River Vee Quiva Casino • (Laveen) Gila River Indian Community–slots bingo blackjack & poker. (800) 946-4452 14. Gila River Lone Butte Casino • (Chandler) Gila River Indian Community–slots bingo & blackjack. (800) 946-4452 15. Golden Ha’ San Casino • (Why) Tohono O’Odham Nation–Slots 16. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino (Maricopa) Ak-Chin Indian Community–slots keno poker bingo & blackjack. (480) 802-5000 17. Hon-Dah Resort-Casino • (Pinetop) White Mountain Apache Tribe–slots blackjack & poker. (800) 929-8744 18. Mazatzal Hotel Casino • (Payson) Tonto Apache Tribe–slots keno bingo poker blackjack (800) 777-7529 19. Paradise Casino • (Yuma) Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe–slots keno bingo poker & blackjack. (888) 777-4946 20. Spirit Mountain Casino • (Bullhead City) Fort Mohave Indian Tribe–slots. (888) 837-4030 21. Yavapai Casino & Gaming Center • (Prescott) Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe–slots (800) 756-8744

Oct 2010 - Arizon'a only statewide Gaming and Entertainment Guide

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