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MARDI GRAS

How the Party Began: A brief history of Mardi Gras Page 8

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The Last Hand

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Ton-mile tax source?

By Bob Sweeney

Trucks, trucks and more trucks Congratulations to the wonderful bus companies and road crews that keep our mountain roads passable during these snowy months. It is Colorado, wintertime, and we can expect these cold winds,

drifting snow and slick highways. Can’t help but notice the pounding that Highway 119 is taking from the countless gravel truck hauling aggregate down the canyon to construction sites. The glass is half full or half empty on this; first the mining and selling of gravel and rock is a good business and we have plenty of rock to sell. The construction industry must have this product to build our homes and office structures. This construction allows for thousands of good jobs. The revenue flows back to Gilpin County and Colorado from the mining and the wage earners spend money w h e r e they live.

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Many must live in the area to drive these large trucks back and forth to the mine site. To have prosperity, we must have jobs, and the history of the mountain towns is mining. In the early days the rock had to be put through stamping machines to crush in the search for gold bearing ore buried within the hard rock formations. Today we have this booming industry and we suppose that these trucks pay a large amount

of the “ton-mile” tax for the heavy use of Highway 119. We love the industry and the jobs. However, the trucks are beating the hell out of the highway – note the indentations, potholes and obvious pressure on the asphalt surface from the constant truck usage. The highway will have to be resurfaced soon and life will go on for everyone. Trucks, and buses, are a vital part of our economy, especially in Gilpin County.

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Win up to $250 in Free Slot Play during our March daily drawings.

Fridays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28, 4 – 10 p.m., six winners will enjoy this classic card game for a chance to win up to $1,000. Each correct High-Low guess will earn you $200 cash.

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$40,000 March Moolah Drawings

Bullwhackers is the place for the most points. Earn 6X points on slots every Monday and Thursday.

New Members

New Members can get up to $15 in Free Slot Play when signing up for a Bullwhackers Lucky Bull Club card. Membership is free. Receive $10 for signing up, an additional $5 for your email address and receive 4X Points all day.

Take a ride on us

Bullwhackers offers convenient free shuttle service directly to Johnny Z’s Casino in Central City. Shuttle runs Thursdays noon – 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays noon – midnight, and Sundays 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Exciting new menu

Try our specialties which include the 14oz Prime Rib, located on the 3rd floor. The Bullwhackers Mustang Grill is now open!

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Earn 10X entries every Wednesday or Thursday. Play Wednesday and Thursday for 20X entries on Thursday. Visit Guest Services or saratogacasinobh.com.

St. Paddy’s Weekend Blowout

$35,000 Dublin Cash

Saturdays, March 8, 15 and 22, 4 – 10 p.m., six winners will draw a gold coin from our pot to win up to $500 cash or $500 Promo Play. Then, each winner will get the chance to double their prize. At 11 p.m., one PAGE 4

Pot O’ Gold Giveaway

Win some lucky cash during Lady Luck’s Pot O’ Gold Giveaway every Tuesday in March. One winner will be selected every half hour, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., to play for their chance to earn their share of the Pot O’ Gold. Top prize $250. Guests will receive one free entry and will earn additional entries for every 25 unadjusted points. Guests can swipe their Lady Luck Player’s card starting at 8 a.m.

Friday, March 14 – Monday, March 17. Join Saratoga Casino for Irish fare in The Café and Garden Buffet, free green beer and party favors all weekend long. On Saturday night, Shamrock & Roll with DJ Mario from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. For some authentic Irish luck, see Saratoga Casino’s rare piece of stone from the Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland.

$10,000 Jackpot Frenzy

Spin & Win

Point Multiplier Mayhem

Sundays, March 16 and 30, Win up to 10X points, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Point multiplier applied to points earned after spinning the wheel. Not valid on video poker or Keno.

Saratoga 50+

Every Monday and Tuesday, guests 50 and over reap the rewards. 5X points on slots. 2X points on video poker. Earn 50 base points for a free meal in the Garden Buffet or pay only $4.99. Discounted menu in The Café during select hours. $20 bus refund with 200 base points earned.

$15,000 Field O’ Greens Grand Prize

Saturday, March 29, 4 – 9 p.m., 10 guests will do an Irish Jig when they win $1,000. At 10 p.m., one lucky guest will win a trip to Ireland or $5,000.

guaranteed to win cash. Earn one free entry for coming in and one for every one hundred unadjusted points. See guest services for rules and additional details for All promotions.

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$100,000 Lucky Loot Of The Leprechaun

Join your friends at Lady Luck every Saturday in March, 2 – 8 p.m., for Lucky Loot of the Leprechaun. Select the correct symbols and score up to $100,000. Every guest picked to play is

March 3 through April 26, earn an entry into Lady Luck’s $10,000 Jackpot Frenzy. Guests will receive one free entry for every jackpot $1,200 or better won between March 3 and April 26. Then on April 26, Jackpot Frenzy drawing will take place, 2 – 7 p.m. Guests can win up to $1,000. Multiply your points every Thursday in March. Earn 7X points on slots and 3X points on video poker, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Register prior to play at guest services to receive your point multiplier.

Coupons after four hours of play. • Be in a game by 11 a.m. SundayFriday and receive $10 in Bounce Back Coupons after three hours of play.

Breakfast Is Back

Stop into Otis and Henry’s for breakfast specials all day long. Otis & Henry’s combines the comfort of a neighborhood bar and grill with delicious favorites you’d cook at home. Whet your appetite with our house specialty spinach & artichoke dip or appetizer sampler platter. Try a delicious milkshake. Located on the 2nd floor next to table games.

Moolah Monday

3-2-1 MAX BET. We’re giving out the Moolah every Monday morning in March. Sign up for our FREE slot tournament Monday mornings, 9 – 10:45 a.m. Starting at 11 a.m. play for the Moolah. The top five high scorers will be awarded a cash prize. Top prize $250. Not happy with your score? No problem. Sign up for the newly added Redemption Round after playing 5 points on your Lady Luck Player’s card. That’s two chances to earn top prize. After, join us for a bonus drawing at 2 p.m. when two tournament player names will be drawn for $100. Guests must be present to win cash drawing.

Club 40

Monte Carlo is up and running with 12 individual progressive jackpots. There are jackpots for Royal Flushes, Straight Flushes and any 4 of a kind. Visit the Lady Luck Poker Room for details and updated jackpot amounts.

Join us Wednesdays and Fridays for Club 40. All guests age 40 or better will receive 4X points on slots and 2X points on video poker. Guests will also receive a free entrée at Otis & Henry’s once they earn 25 unadjusted points on their Lady Luck Player’s Card. Make sure to check out Otis & Henry’s brand new menu. You can eat the most important meal of the day, breakfast, all day long.

Lady Luck Poker

Table Games

Monte Carlo Is Here

It’s easier than ever to win BIG in the Lady Luck Poker Room. The Bad Beat Jackpot is now a decreasing qualifier. Starting at Ace’s full of Jacks and decreasing each week to Ace’s full of Seven’s until it hits. • 1st week: Ace’s full of Jack’s • 2nd week: Ace’s full of 10’s • 3rd week: Ace’s full of 9’s • 4th week: Ace’s full of 8’s • 5Th week: Ace’s full of 7’s And make sure to check out the new Bounce Back Bonus offers. • Be in a game by 10 a.m. SundayFriday and receive $10 in Bounce Back Coupons after three hours of play. • Be in a game by 10 a.m. SundayFriday and receive $20 in Bounce Back

Bus Fare Redemption

Every day in March guests who play with a Lady Luck Player’s Card can receive up to $18 cash back on bus fare. Earn 300 unadjusted points on Lady Luck Player’s Card. Poker and table games guests can earn too. Just play 3 consecutive hours at Table Games or 3 hours in a Live Poker Game. Guests must redeem bus ticket at Guest Services. Limit one bus redemption per person per day.

Ask Me How To Receive $5

Guests who provide a new email address will receive $5 cash. Stay up to date with Lady Luck promotions and receive special offers via email.

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Mystery Point Multiplier

Receive up to 10X points Mondays, March 17 and 31. Swipe your card at any of the three gold kiosks to reveal your point multiplier. Bring your slip to the Players Club or Cashier Services prior to playing. Point multiplier not valid on video poker. Plus, earn five unadjusted points and receive a free buffet.

Cash Blast

Win up to $1,000 instantly. Drawings will take place every Tuesday in March, 3 – 7 p.m., and every Friday in March, 6 – 10 p.m. Winners will enter the cash cube and grab as much cash as they can. Grab the special bill and double your winnings up to $1,000. Guests will receive one free entry on promotion days and additional entries with each set of 20 unadjusted points earned.

Play at craps, roulette, Buffalo Black Jack Bonus and 21+3 extreme. There are always multiple $5 games. And don’t forget $2 craps Monday through Thursday with 10 X’s odds daily. Table games are located on the second floor. See

Earn 5X Points On Pennies

Play And Stay

Paradise 50 Plus

Sundays through Thursdays earn a free room in the Lady Luck Hotel Tower. To Earn play 500 unadjusted points on Lady Luck Player’s Card. Poker and Table Games guests can earn too. Play 4 hours at table games or play 6 hours in a live poker game. Offer subject to availability. Excludes holidays and blackout dates.

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Each Thursdays, 8 a.m. – midnight, in March, earn 5X Points on all Penny slot machines. Point multiplier is not valid on video poker and you must register at the players club or cashier services prior to playing. Each Sunday, all guests age 50 or better can join the Paradise 50 Plus club. You will receive 3X points on all slots, 2X points on video poker, a free ice cream and a Free Calypso’s Buffet after earning five unadjusted points. For complete details, please visit the player’s club. Continued on page 5 March 4 - 17, 2014


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Mega Jackpot Sweepstakes

Win up to $15,000. Receive an entry for every jackpot $1,200+ from Feb. 1 – March 22 at noon. Drawings on March 22 at 3 p.m. - $2,000, 4 p.m. - $5,000, 5 p.m. - $1,500, 7 p.m. - $1,500, and 9 p.m. - $5,000.

Bus Fare refund

Do you ride the bus to Black Hawk? The Isle will refund your bus fare up to $20. Simply earn 35 unadjusted points on your player’s card and present your return bus ticket to the player’s club or cashier services. Table Games and Poker players will receive their bus fare back with four hours of consecutive play.

Sign Up to Win up to $500

All new members of the IsleOne player’s club will receive a scratch ticket after playing 30 minutes on their new Players card.

Play and Stay

Play 30 unadjusted points on your IsleOne club card Sundays through Thursdays between 8 a.m. and midnight and stay the night on us. Check with the Player’s Club or Cashier Services once

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you have earned your points to receive your hotel offer. This offer is valid only on the day the points are earned and is based on availability, blackout days may apply...

Table Games

The Isle has all your favorite table games including Black Jack, Craps with 10 times odds and Roulette. Also available at the Isle, Three Card Poker, Bonus 6, Buffalo Black Jack, Double Deck Black Jack, and 21+3. Mississippi Stud, Ultimate Texas Hold’Em and Let-It-Ride are all linked to one progressive jackpot that as of Feb. 24 is $106,390. Three Card Poker has its own progressive jackpot and is at $73,072. Now exclusively at the Isle you can play “Craps-Free Craps” with 10 times odds.

Poker Room

Bad Beat – The Isle has the EASIEST BAD BEAT TO WIN in Black Hawk. The Bad Beat Jackpot Pool as of Feb. 24 is $138,267. That means Aces full of 10’s through Kings beaten would pay over $13,826 or 10% of the total jackpot pool. With 3 Aces on the board still qualifying, this is the easiest way to win a bad beat around. Quad 2’s through 7’s beaten would pay more than $69,133 or 50% and Quad 8’s or better beaten

would pay over $013,700 or 75%. For complete rules, please contact the Poker Room at 303-998-7905. Free Food – The Isle provides free food for poker players seated in a live cash game or tournament including: Hot & Fresh pizza, hot dogs, brats, 2 varieties of soup, nacho’s & cheese, chili, as well as vanilla, strawberry or chocolate milkshakes made to order. Tournaments – Monday through Friday, there will be two tournaments each day at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Every Thursday is Omaha Day at the Isle with 2 weekly Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Tournaments to choose from. For complete information, please contact the Poker room at 303-998-7905.

Calypso’s Buffet

Whatever your taste, Calypso’s Buffet is sure to satisfy your appetite any day of the week. Enjoy all-you-can-eat breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner buffets. Featuring delicious breakfast spreads, crisp salads, freshly baked breads, tender chicken and beef entrées, wood stone-baked pizzas and savory side dishes. Enjoy succulent crab legs 7 nights a week with our dinner buffet.

Tradewinds

Tradewinds at the Isle has a new

menu that features what we believe to be the best hamburgers in Black Hawk. Whether you try the classics, a green chili and chipotle, the black & blue or mushroom and Swiss burger you will not be disappointed. Tradewinds even offers a mouthwatering cheeseburger burrito. So the next time you are hungry for a great burger, visit Tradewinds at the Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk

Clover Pluck

Feeling plucky? You could win your share of more than $20,000 in cash and prizes during our Clover Pluck Giveaway, every Sunday in March. Drawings are every hour on the hour from 1 – 5 p.m. Three winners at each drawing will select a clover from our prize board. Prizes range from $100 in QuickPlay to $500 in cash.

Hot Seat

Get caught in the Hot Seat to win up to $100 on Tuesdays from noon – 8 p.m. at any Mardi Gras table game.

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$1,000,000 Leprechaun’s Loot

Fridays and Saturdays beginning Feb. 28 through April 12. Follow the rainbow to Leprechaun’s Loot. More than 90 players will get a shot at the big green: $1 million. Drawings start at 5 p.m. every Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Get 1 entry for every 10 base points on slots or 30 minutes of tracked table games.

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King of the Mountain

A-Play Club Members, become King of the Mountain. You could win cash, trophies, or a trip to Primm, Nevada. Earn 6,000 points between Feb. 15 and March 31 to qualify for entry into the King of the Mountain Challenge April 3 – 24. See the APlay club for more details.

Date Night  

Enjoy a romantic dinner for two with entrees like prime rib or the catch of the day and a bottle of house red or white wine for only $29.99 at the Bourbon Street Café & Buffet.

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Gaming

Part 1: Fundamentals of counting cards normal distribution, would help the player. With this information, The Fundamentals Thorp correctly theoof Counting Cards is rized that if a player the first part to my who could identify the three part series edutiming of these favorcating you in card able swings, via card counting and why it By Maverick Sharp counting, and bet works In the early large under advantageous deck ‘60s, a young professor of math- conditions and then reduce his or ematics and statistics from the her wagers to the bare minimum University of California at Los in less favorable deck conditions, Angeles by the name of Edward O. had the potential of inverting the Thorp began to unlock the mysti- table percentages and ultimately fied secrets of blackjack. One of making the house a permanent Thorp’s principal discoveries was underdog. that the conditional probabilities In 1962, Edward O. Thorp pubwere continually shifting to the fa- lished the first card counting book vorability of the house then back ever, entitled, Beat the Dealer. to the favorability of the player. Beat the Dealer was virtually an Thorp concluded that these overnight success making the said swings were traced specifi- New York Times, “Non-Fiction cally to the deck composition of Best Sellers List” in roughly four the remaining undealt portion. weeks. In Thorp’s Beat the Dealer, He deduced that an excess of he revealed a very raw card countsmall cards left to be dealt, from ing system called the 10-Count. normal distribution, would help This card counting system that the house; conversely, an excess dealt with the use of ratios was of large cards left to be dealt, from extremely difficult to implement

By Maverick Sharp

Casino Blackjack

in the heat of battle. Shortly afterwards, other card counting started to surface and hit the blackjack scene that was more practical to execute in the casinos. Today the most popular card counting system, and one of the easiest to use, is the Hi-Lo. The Hi-Lo assigns point count values to high cards and low cards. These point count values are referred as “Tags.” For example, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and 6’s are counted as +1 for each card when removed from the deck. On the other end of the spectrum, 10’s, Jacks, Queens, Kings and Aces are counted as -1 for each card when removed from the deck. The 7’s, 8’s and 9’s are counted as “zero.” This is referred to as a balanced count because in a single deck you have 20 plus cards and 20 minus cards balancing the total deck out to zero. You continuously maintain a running count for all cards dealt. The higher in the positive counts, the greater advantage you have over the house. On the other

Quick pop in at the Bellagio

As I rocketed out of Hollywood last Thursday night on my way back to Colorado, I leaned out the window and screamed “VEGAS BABY” - just like Alan in the first Hangover movie. How cool BY was this - heading off across LARRY the desert, didn’t have to be JOHNSON home for two days, and Vegas was ahead. bought and used the décor from Five hours later and Vegas was in sight - a memorizing huge the room and utilized it for the lighted chandelier shimmering movie. The room was still busy this in the dark distance. It was 2:30 early in the morning and I had a.m. and all it took was a quick right off the interstate, another my choice of a few games. I chose right into the little known north the $10 - $20 limit hold em simside valet of the Bellagio Casino ply due to the $500 bankroll I - then a quick walk to the father had budgeted for the stop. The of all poker rooms, “The Bellagio room currently has gone to the $10 - $20 / $20 - $40 / $40 Poker Room.” While not the largest nor the $80 limit structure. Games are 9 handed and busiest poker room in town, there is a certain elegance and posting is mandatory (unlike in historic feel to the tightly packed Colorado.) I grabbed the 3 seat tables and podiums. The iconic and posted $10 just behind the 2001 movie Oceans 11 actually button.

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I looked down to a Qh - 6d on the first hand, there were 5 callers, and since I posted I was in! The flop came 6h Js - 10d. One player bet, two others called, and I chose to call / tossing in $10 hoping for another 6. Well, here it came - the 6c! A player bet in front of me, I raised, and was called. The river was the Ah and I bet, beating his A - J with my lucky three 6’s. The game was good! After a bit I realized there was a mix of locals; one or two tourists; and a few players who were way down and searching for that one hand to bring them back. Over the next bit I caught a set of 8’s for a win; missed a flush draw that cost me a bit; and called a few hands where I did not catch on the flop and let go. Nearly two hours into the session the key hand came up. I was just in front of the blind

hand, the greater in the negative you count, the higher advantage the casino has over the player. As the count elevates into your advantage you bet higher. When the count plunges down into the minus you only bet the table minimum, or better yet…Don’t Play!!! This is considered gambling; and to realistically beat the casinos long-term it is imperative that you never yield to impulses. There is one thing I can assure you. If you always bet high in positive and bet low, if any, in the negative, you can actually invert the table percentages making the casino a permanent underdog. This is also assuming that you always frequent fair games. Obviously, there is much more to learn about advantage play and it is beyond the scope of just one article to delve deep into the theory of counting cards. My magnum opus, Dynamic BlackjackThe Professional Approach, at 600 pages, pretty much covers it all. The next two articles will be a good primer for you to determine if counting cards is for you. In conclusion, I truly hope that this article will assist you to “NOT” bet high in negative counts. Until

then, Maverick Sharp does not believe in luck but wishes nothing but the “Best of Cards.”

and called with the Jh - 10h. The player just behind me raised and the player behind him raised - thus it was $30 to go. There were three more players who called the raise, leaving 6 to see the flop. The flop came 10s - Jd - 2s / a very good flop for me! I bet my hand and was surprised to see a raise just behind me and another just behind him! One player called the $30 cold, leaving 4 of us. The turn came a 4d - safe I hoped, yet I checked. The player behind me immediately bet, the same player who had done the final raising throughout raised again - and the player behind him called along with me. The river brought the 2h and the final board was 10s - Jd - 2s - 4d - 2h. I checked my two pair as a bigger pair now beat me and the main raiser bet. Now came the hammer / the player who had called the whole way raised. I folded, the player behind me folded and the player who had been driving the action called with his pocket A’s / losing to the player with the Ah - 2c who caught the third 2 on the end.

Wow - now that’s a long shot / just like in Colorado. As I was preparing to toss in my blind the very next hand, I realized I was $6 ahead at this point and immediately decided to call it a night and head toward Colorado. Interestingly, as I stood up and racked up my $506, a player at the $20 - $40 feeder game said loudly from the other table, “Racking up already, Larry?” This was interesting since I had not introduced myself and did not recognize the gentleman at all. Hmm. So I played for nearly two hours at the Bellagio Poker Room in a good mid-limit game and I won $1 after tipping the valet $5. As I roared up the wide open expanse of northbound Interstate 15 out of Sin City at 5 a.m. on the way to the high country - I was happy – leaving a winner and on my way home. Remember - play your game!

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Using your smart phone to go green

By Margaret Malsam

about losing those slips of paper and spend valuable time searching for them

We are a society passionate about our smartphones, but we may not have realized how we can go green with our cellphones to go green. We carry our cellphones with us almost everywhere, and if we lose our phones, we may feel like we have lost part of our body. There’s one place where we should not carry our smart phones, and that’s to the dinner table. It’s just plain rude \to talk or text on your phone while dining with friends or family. Here are few ways to click on helpful icons and apps to turn our smartphones into green tools, which also will save both time and money.

Major grocery chains now let you download coupons directly to your phone from their website. Now there’s no need to use paper coupons to save on groceries. To receive more big savings, click “like” on the website of favorite firms or sign up as a VIP customer. I receive many “two for one” offers and discounts from restaurants, supermarkets and businesses by doing this. I don’t need to waste paper printing out a coupon, I can just open my mail on my phone and flash the coupon to the checkout person or wait person.

A notepad and reminder

Compare prices when shopping

Save paper by typing your “to do” grocery, and appointments into “notes” or “reminders” into your phone. Since you carry your phone with you, don’t worry

Digital couponing

There’s no need to drive from store to store to compare prices. Now there are several applications for that will do that for you. Scan the barcodes on the prod-

Going Green

ucts, and let your cellphone go to work for you.

Save gas

You can use your cellphone for directions to go directly to your destination and not waste gas driving the long way or getting lost. You can use a special apps or just Google the name of the place. Your cellphone then acts like a GPS.

SIRI on your screen, and ask a question (one like one that can be answered from an encyclopedia). The voice will give you a quick answer and a detailed screen. It’s so handy and doesn’t require a paper printout or a trip to the library.

Travel tips

Paperless documentation

If your cellphone has a digital camera built into it, you can quickly document everything covered by insurance, such as the contents of your luggage, passports, driver’s licenses and credit cards. Also photograph your rental car inside and out so you’re not charged for the dents or spills of a previous driver. These digital pictures have date and time stamps on them. It’s not only quick and easy – and it’s green.

Google and SIRI

You can Google information on your cellphone. The newer iPhones also have a voice-activated answering system. Bring up

If you need to find a restaurant, a rest room, movie theater or hotel nearby, you can do that with your cellphone apps also. You can even check into your hotel with your cellphone. You can also check on the weather and traffic to avoid hazardous driving conditions. All these apps could make your trips more enjoyable save you gas and much driving time. It’s the green way to travel today.

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See Guest Services for complete rules and details. Management reserves all rights and may cancel or change the promotions at any time. Must be a Lucky Bull card member to participate. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-522-4700.

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Cover Story

Gemstone & Minerals

How the Party Began! A brief history of Mardi Gras By Rosemary Fetter

Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday,” dates back to the early Roman festival of Lupercalia, a springtime coming of age ritual for young males. As part of the raucous celebration, elders would place the names of eligible girls in a box and the boys would draw at random to choose a mate for the forthcoming year. By 496 A.D. Rome had become Christian, and wild Lupercalia-like festivities were frowned upon by the mother church. Still, old habits die hard, and Pope Gelasius wisely decided to incorporate local traditions in to the new faith. He instituted both Valentine’s Day (a comparatively mild celebration named after an obscure saint) and Mardi Gras, held shortly thereafter. The latter ushered in the 40 days of Lent, between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, a time of fasting, fish and an occasional slice of bread. During Mardi Gras, the faithful were encouraged to “make hay while the sun shines,” gobbling down all the meat, eggs, milk and cheese in the house before the big day. (Apparently the pope found gluttony preferable to debauchery.) The term “carnival” also dates back to pre-Lenten festivities (the word loosely means “removing meat” in Medieval Latin), giving rise to the “Carnivale” still celebrated in Venice, Italy. Mardi Gras spread from Rome to other European countries, including France, Germany, Spain and England. Parades, masked balls and lavish meals marked the holiday. In America, French explorers held the first mini-Mardi Gras celebration March 3, 1699, a few miles

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from presentday New Orleans. After France lost the Seven Years War and the Spanish gained control of Louisiana (17621800), Mardi Gras festivities were outlawed. Following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, festivities discreetly resumed, re-emerging full force when Louisiana became a state in 1812. The true Mardi Gras hoopla began in 1827, when a throng of students recently returned from Paris paraded through the streets in costume, setting a precedent for future generations. The first official New Orleans Mardi Gras parade took place 10 years later. In 1857, a secret organization of New Orleans businessmen called the Mistick Krewe of Comus organized a torch-lit Mardi Gras parade with marching bands and decorated floats. The Krewes are still involved in the celebration throughout Louisiana, which is the only state in which Mardi Gras is a legal holiday. However, major Mardi Gras celebrations are held in other U.S. cities, including Charleston S.C, and Mobile, Ala. Mardi Gras traditions include throwing beads and other trinkets to passing parades, wearing masks and eating King’s Cake, which represents the three kings who brought gifts to the newborn Jesus. Whoever gets the plastic baby baked inside the cake becomes King of the party and usually buys the next King Cake or throws the next party. King Cakes are made with cinnamon filled dough in the shape of a hollow circle, with a glazed topping sprinkled with sugar colored by the three official Mardi Gras colors: Purple represents Justine, Green stands for Faith and Gold symbolizes Power. This year, Mardi Gras began Feb. 15 and ends on Fat Tuesday, March 4.

World’s largest pearl lies in a Denver bank vault Throughout history, the pearl, with its warm inner glow and shimmering iridescence, has been one of the most highly prized and sought-after gems. The ancient Egyptians prized pearls so much they were buried with them. Cleopatra reportedly dissolved a single pearl in a glass of wine and drank it to win a wager with Mark Anthony that she could consume the wealth of an entire nation in one meal. In ancient Rome, pearls were considered the ultimate symbol of wealth and social standing. Roman women even wore them in their sleep so the presence of the gems would remind them of their wealth upon awakening. Until the early 1900s, natural pearls were accessible only to the rich and famous. In 1916, famed French jeweler Jacques Cartier bought his landmark store on New York’s famous Fifth Avenue by trading two pearl necklaces for the valuable property. But today, with the advent of pearl cultivation, pearls are available and affordable to all. All except for one giant gem called the “Pearl of Allah.” There are many legends surrounding the Pearl of Allah. The giant pearl has also been called the Pearl of Lao Tsu, named after the sixth-century B.C. philosopher known as the father of Taoism. There is one story in which Lao Tsu, before his death, became weary of the evils of mankind and handed his nephew a small amulet upon which the philosopher had carved representations of Buddha, Confucius and himself - the legendary Three Friends. He told his nephew to place the amulet securely in a clam. Doing so would bring great wealth and fortune to his family, he said. The pearl, the story goes, was handed down from generation to generation growing larger and larger as it was transplanted into Tridacna clams of ever-increasing size until the pearl reached its present size. One day while the clam that held the pearl was being transported on a trading ship, according to the story, a typhoon struck the ship off the shores of the Philippines and the clam and its precious contents were lost at sea only to be found by a Muslim diver in 1934. The pearl is 9.4 inches long and weighs

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about 14 pounds. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the San Francisco Gem Laboratory has valued the pearl at $40 million. The Muslim diver who found the pearl said its surface bore the image of a turbaned face, and he named it the Pearl of Allah. The chief of Palawan took possession of the pearl when it was found near his island and it is said that around 1939 a man named Wilburn Dowell Cobb saved the life of the chief’s son and received the pearl in gratitude. After Cobb’s death in 1980, Peter Hoffman, a jeweler from Beverly Hills, bought the pearl from Cobb’s heirs for $200,000. Hoffman sold part ownership to Joseph Bonicelli, a Colorado Springs businessman. Bonicelli brought the pearl to Colorado to find a buyer. After many deals fell through and many people claimed part ownership, the Denver federal court sent the pearl back to California. It turns out that Bonicelli hired Delfino Ortega to kill his wife in 1975. After his death in 1998, Ortega was convicted of the murders of Bonicelli’s wife and the wife of Tom Phillips. Phillips also had an interest in the pearl through Bonicelli. The pearl was assigned to Bonicelli’s children. An attorney informed the children that Sotheby’s valued the pearl at $40,000 and now it lies in an unknown Denver bank vault. And that’s where the story stands today. The Greek word for pearl, “margarita,” is thought to have been derived from the Babylonian word meaning “child of the sea.” It is interesting to note that Venezuelan pearls are fished off the coast of Margarita Island. Cultured pearls share the same properties as natural pearls. Oysters form cultured pearls in an almost identical fashion. The only difference is a person carefully implants the irritant in the oyster, rather than leaving it to chance. Kokichi Mikimoto of Japan is credited with creating the cultured-pearl industry as it exists today. It is very difficult to make a necklace where all the pearls are perfectly matched in body color, shape, overtone, quality and luster. It takes a selection of a minimum of 10,000 pearls to compose a necklace of about 33 pearls, which ends up being 16 inches in length. Pearl, that non-mineral gem, is one of the birthstones for June.

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1 package......(2-layer size) German chocolate 3 eggs cake mix with pudding 2 teaspoons.......................... McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract 1 cup................................................sour cream 1/2 cup....................................................water 1/4 cup................unsweetened cocoa powder Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (see Tip) Substitutions 1/4 cup.........................................vegetable oil 1 bottle.............McCormick® Green Food Color Green sprinkles (optional) Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cake mix, sour cream, water, cocoa powder, oil, food color, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Serves: Makes 24 servings.

Send us a recipe, your name, a little about yourself, why you chose that recipe, a little about your cooking style, and of course your phone number in case we have questions. Email gambler@ villagerpublishing.com or mail to 8933 E Union Ave., Suite 230, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. Questions? Call Sharon at 303-503-1388.

Sugar Cookies: 1 egg 2 1/2 cups ......................................................flour 2 teaspoons.......McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon........................................ baking soda 1 teaspoon.............. McCormick® Cream of Tartar Shamrock Icing: 1/4 teaspoon.........McCormick® Nutmeg, Ground 13 drops................McCormick® Green Food Color 1 cup (2 sticks)............................butter, softened 2 teaspoons....................................................milk 1 1/2 cups..............................confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup..................................confectioners’ sugar For the Cookies, mix flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and nutmeg. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually stir in flour mixture until well mixed. Refrigerate dough about 1 hour or until firm. Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface (see Test Kitchen Tip) to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out dough with shamrock cookie cutter. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. For the Icing, mix green food color and milk in small bowl. Add confectioners’ sugar, stirring until color is evenly distributed and icing is smooth. To decorate cookies, hold cookie by its edge and dip top of cookie into icing. (Or spoon the icing onto cookie using a teaspoon.) Place glazed cookies on wire rack set over foil-covered baking sheet to dry. Serves: Makes about 4 dozen or 22 (2 cookie) servings.

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Jack “Tall men come down to my height when I hit ‘em in the body,” - Jack Dempsey 1923 A bold, yet confident statement made by a man who struggled throughout his life. From meager beginnings, he fought, literally for everything he had, including the world championship boxing title in 1919. It was a time when America needed a hero and Jack Dempsey delivered. William Harrison Dempsey (he didn’t fight under the name “Jack” Dempsey until 1913) was born in the tiny farming and ranching community of Manassa, in southwestern Colorado on June 24, 1895. He was the ninth of 13 children born to Hyrum and Celia Dempsey. Hyrum Dempsey did his best to provide for his family, working several different jobs, but usually failed. He turned to hard rock mining which took him to different mining camps, often leaving his family behind. While the Dempsey family struggled financially, they stayed together, largely due to Celia. Possibly because of the family background, Celia encouraged young William at the age of 7, to pursue his interest in boxing. His grandfather, Andrew Dempsey, had been a regional boxing champion in West Virginia, and it is said, his great uncle, “Devil” Anse Hatfield of the Hatfield, and McCoys, fueding fame, was also a boxer. For young William, the inspiration was instantaneous. He had first realized he could punch, when at the age of 7 he got into a fight with a boy named Fred. During the fight, Fred’s father urged his boy to use his teeth. When Fred turned to question his father, Dempsey hit him so hard he had to be revived by the local veterinarian. From that moment, the boy was hooked. Moving from mining camp to mining camp, William and his brothers quickly learned that boxing was a common form of entertainment in the mining camps, and William loved it. And as he grew older, watching his parents struggle, the sport of boxing became a way out of the poverty his family experienced. Boxing became a dream for a better life, for William, much as the West was that same dream for his parents when they left Kentucky. In mining areas, such as Creede, Leadville, Cripple Creek, Montrose, Ouray and Salida, the Dempsey boys picked up every boxing tip they could. By age 13, Dempsey had dropped out of school, taking any job he could, including hard rock mining, and “ned-

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Manassa Dempsey: Mauler

ding”, or commiting petty crimes, in the off hours, before becoming a boxer with his older brother Bernie as his instructor. Living in Montrose in 1909, the Dempsey brothers converted the backyard chicken house into a training house, installing an old mattress for soft landings. To gain endurance and speed, for Dempsey was short, thin and a bit frail, he would chase horses, or jump rope. To strengthen his jaw, Bernie instructed his brother to chew pine tree gum right off the tree. To toughen his skin, Bernie made his brother bathe his face, ears and hands in beef brine, a ritual Dempsey continued throughout his career. Taking the name “Kid Blackie,” Dempsey was soon ready Dempsey and his new plane for his first prizefight. The fight was against one of the local boys Dempsey regularly squared off with. otal point for young Dempsey. Older Dempsey later recalled, “I won the brother Bernie was scheduled to fight fight, but you’d never know it if you’d George Coplen, a seasoned boxer and local miner, at the Opera House in seen my face.” Dempsey and his brother went Cripple Creek. For whatever reason, from one mining camp to another, Bernie decided to back out and talked looking for boxing matches. To solicit his brother into the fight. Young William Dempsey entered a fight, Dempsey would walk into the local saloon and announce, “I can’t the ring under his brother’s name of sing and I can’t dance, but I’ll kick any- “Jack” and no one knew the difference. body in the house.” His high-pitched Dempsey clocked Coplen six times in voice and skinny size usually resulted the first round. The fight should have in laughter, and was not taken seri- been over, but Coplen managed to get ously. Yet there were usually a couple up. Coplen went down twice more in of patrons who had one drink too the second round, but nearly ended many and were willing to take on the the fight with a blow to Dempsey’s ear. By the third round, Dempsey was skinny kid with a loud mouth. Soon, the Dempsey brothers were having trouble breathing. At the end getting legitimate fights. Bernie took of the sixth round, he was so beat up, the name “Jack” Dempsey in honor he thought of quitting. In the seventh of his favorite Irish fighter of the time. round, Dempsey delivered two tough One of the earlier fights occurred in blows, putting Coplen down. But it Cripple Creek, and proved to be a piv- wasn’t over, Coplen got up, staggered,

Dempsey’s boyhood home in Manassa, Colo., is now a museum.

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His good friend, one-time Pueblo newsman, Damon Runyon, told Jack, “New York doesn’t want you – it’s you that wants New York.” In retirement, Dempsey reflected that his good friend was right. Even so, Dempsey’s fighting record gained him unprecedented fame. In more than 80 professional fights by 1919, Dempsey finally earned the right to fight for the heavyweight champion of the world. “You came out of a fight with Dempsey full of welts and bruises and every bone aching,” said heavyweight champion Jack Sharkey. On the night of July 4, 1919, before a crowd of 20,000, in Toledo, Ohio, Jack Dempsey entered the ring against Jess Willard. It was the fight of his life and he let his opponent have Jack Dempsey Promo it. The crowd was on its feet, for Photo by the third round, Dempsey unleashed his left hook, breakand Dempsey knocked him down for a third time, and watched, horrified, ing Willard’s jaw, hitting again, knockas Coplen started pulling himself up ing out six of his teeth, and landing a by the ropes. But Coplen couldn’t get blow that closed an eye. In a thrilling up, and the referee called the fight, an- knockout fight, Dempsey became the nouncing “Jack” Dempsey the winner. world champion. “I wasn’t just fighting for the chamFrom that fight in Cripple Creek, Jack Dempsey kept the new name and be- pionship. I was fighting for my life,” came the fighter America would idol- Jack Dempsey said. Dempsey became a modern day ize. “A champion is someone who gets hero all across America. Yet famed Western marshal turned sports writer, up when he can’t,” Dempsey said. Within three short years, Jack Bat Masterson, probably bitter after Dempsey had built himself quite a betting on Willard, wrote, “Dempsey reputation. He improved with every wouldn’t last six months as chamfight, winning nearly 60 fights, most pion.” Masterson was wrong. The victory by knockouts. Promoters back east were hearing rumors of the kid in was reported to high acclaim worldColorado. While working part-time as wide. Dempsey’s old friend, Damon a janitor and handy man at Miss Lau- Runyon wrote of the fight and dubbed ra Evans’ legendary brothel on Front Dempsey the Manassa Mauler. The Street in Salida, Dempsey fought in his name stuck and the legend was born. The Manassa Mauler was a last Colorado fight. It was a sight (or name that haunted all opponents as fight) to behold. Dempsey, all of 145 pounds, Dempsey defended his championship faced off against a local machinist, for the next seven years. Five of the six 200-pound Hector Conrow. The fight matches were knockouts in the first to was held at The Rink, a local gather- third rounds. Dempsey held the chaming spot in the community. Hector pionship until Sept. 23, 1926, when he danced around the ring for the first lost a 10-round decision to Gene Tunfew rounds, and Dempsey became ney in Philadelphia. Dempsey continued boxing in exbored. In the third round, with Miss Laura in the front ring seating section, hibitions after his defeat but retired Dempsey delivered a punch that sent from professional boxing in 1940. He opened a successful restaurant in New him through the ropes. Hiring a swanky New York City York, where he lived until his death in promoter, Doc Kearns, over the next 1983, at the age of 88. “He came along at a time when the three years, Dempsey fought his way up the ranks, traveling across the sport was at its all-time low. Dempsey country to fight in professional pub- was the first universally-accepted lic events. In New York, Dempsey felt American sports superstar,” Steve horribly out of place and unwanted. Farhood, The Ring Magazine.

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 CANCER - (June 22 - July 22) You feel rather confident at this time. You maybe thinking about a major move. Perhaps you met that special someone and want to go to a more romantic location. Whatever decisions you make at this time, remember to include whoever is involved with your decisions or else they won’t work out. Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 16, 27, 33, 45   LEO - (July 23 – Aug 22) Overall this is a good time for realizations of your goals. You’re even a bit lucky. The one area you want to look out for is communications. In general with everybody communications haven’t been great but this is especially true for you at this time. Try to understand what the other person is telling you before you respond and you’ll reap the rewards of this transit. Lucky Numbers: 4, 9, 18, 23, 26, 27   VIRGO - (Aug. 23 - Sept. 23) This can be a good time for some financial speculation, don’t go overboard. You maybe focused on your pet projects at this time. If you live with others they will want you to pull your weight around the home as they feel you are too preoccupied with your own interests. Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 11, 16, 25, 42   LIBRA - (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) This is a good time for time out. Just take it easy in your interactions with others. Not a good time for financial speculation. Not a good time to make waves in your ocean. Make time for yourself. Lucky Numbers: 2, 6, 7, 16, 17, 47

CAPRICORN - (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) If there is something you have not been allowing yourself, you not do that any longer. You will go after what you want, that position, romance, that career, whatever it is you will pursue your goal at this time. Major changes must be made in your life to accommodate this desire. Go for it. Lucky Numbers: 1, 5, 7, 12, 27, 50 AQUARIUS - (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) This is a good time for financial speculation for you. You are meeting new people and new groups. This transit can bring a new romance or to fire up that old one. New is highlighted as many new opportunities are coming your way. Lucky Numbers: 9, 11, 12, 31, 40, 45

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