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WESTERN FOOTPRINTS The Colorado Central Rail Road route today Page 12

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The Last Hand

Casino changes continue

Slot players can still find coins at Canyon

or two in the tray when they attend to your beverage demands. Put yourself in those high heels and think about walking around Mother’s Day those cavernous was a huge succasinos for eight cess and players and guests en- By Bob Sweeney hours for minimum wage and joyed wonderful scraggly tips. buffets across the gaming Same for the parking atcommunity. tendants who run their legs The culinary workers, food off bringing cars to all you and beverage employees, re- winners loading up sacks full ally do a great job across of cash as you leave, right, ha. the casino front. The young Win, or lose, save a few ladies carrying their trays dollars for that waiter, waitcover miles fetching water, ress and dealer who makes coffee and drinks for players this gaming possible. The concentrating on their cards management and owners or slot machines. The gals can take the high risk of get more grunts than they do building, buying and operthanks. ating the casinos, but the Remember to put a buck employees make it all hap-

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Gambler pen for them and for us, the players. Overall we just keep finding the food, service, dealers, machines, table games becoming very polished and well managed. The pit bosses have become very professional in following the action, welcoming players, checking player’s cards for points and action time, and dealers keeping straight faces when players do weird things, like hitting sixes. The new carpet in the Reserve Casino Hotel just feels luxurious when stepping off the elevator; the red plush carpet is very inviting to the completely remodeled facility in Central City. Down in Black Hawk, the Canyon still has slot machines that will spit out those real metal coins. It is surprising how many of the senior slot players really enjoy the sound of those coins

falling in the tray and scooping up the coins into buckets. If you looking for a great French dip sandwich visit the cafe on the Canyon’s third floor. The green chili is also more than delicious, but wash your hands after scooping up all those coins that you just won in the old style slot machines. When Leo fetches your parked car, give him a buck or two and you’ll find what goes around, comes around. The new 500-room hotel has been announced at the Riviera location, parking garage coming down and new hotel rising to the Rockies. Black Hawk has approved the project and construction will begin soon, new jobs and more people spending the night in town. Also on another note, Ameristarwww.coloradogambler.com has new owners.

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Thursday Play and Eat

Simply earn 150 base points, two hours of tracked table play or three hours of live poker play each Thursday in May and receive a breakfast or lunch buffet. Simply earn 200 base points, three hours of tracked table play or four hours of live poker play and receive a dinner buffet.

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Win cash or prizes on Friday May 24 in the Spinnin’ & Winnin’ Giveaway. Receive one free swipe each promotion day and earn additional with each set of 10 unadjusted points. Two lucky winners will be called every half hour between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to spin the prize wheel.

Fantastic 40+

All guests age 40 or better can participate in the Fantastic 40 Plus club on Thursdays. Guests will receive 4X points on their favorite slots, 2X points on video poker, a free buffet after earning five unadjusted points or earn 50 unadjusted points and receive $40 to Farraddays, and free soft serve ice cream. For complete details, visit the player’s club.

Paradise 50 Plus

All guests age 50 or better can join the Paradise 50 Plus club on Sundays and Mondays. 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.

Bus Fare Refund

The Isle will refund your bus fare up to $20. 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 bus fare back with four hours of consecutive play.

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All new members of the IsleOne player’s club will find a Gateway to Winning with their new membership. Begin earning cash and comps the very same day you sign up.

The Isle has blackjack, craps with 10 times odds and roulette, Three Card Poker, Bonus 6, Buffalo Blackjack, Double Deck Blackjack, and 21+3. Mississippi Stud, Ultimate Texas Hold’Em and LetIt-Ride are all linked to one progressive jackpot that as of May 14 is $36,647. Three Card Poker has its own progressive jackpot and is at $1,086. And now exclusively at the Isle you can play “CrapsFree Craps” with 10 times odds.

Enjoy May in the Poker Room

New Player’s Receive $50 – New poker players earn $10 per hour up to a max of $50 for five consecutive hours played. Play must be in a Live poker game. $1,500 Crazy Cash Giveaway – Earn one entry for each hour of play in a LIVE action seated poker game now through May 26. Drawings will take place on May 25 and 26. $100 will be awarded at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $250 will be awarded at 11 p.m. Bad Beat – The Isle has the EASIEST BAD BEAT TO WIN in Black Hawk. The Bad Beat Jackpot Pool as of May 13 is $135,359. That means Aces full of 10’s through Kings beaten would pay over $14,500 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 $73,500 or 50% and Quad 8’s or better beaten would pay over $110,000 or 75%! For complete rules, contact the Poker Room at 303-998-7905. “Get Paid to Play” Poker Coupons – Don’t miss out on valuable “Get Paid to Play” coupon offers by signing up today for our weekly Poker Emails and monthly Mail offers exclusively for Poker Players! Visit the Poker Room for details and to get signed up. 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, two varieties of soup, nacho’s and cheese, chili, as well as vanilla, strawberry or chocolate milkshakes made to order! Early Bird Special – Poker player’s earn $5 per hour up to a max of $30, daily from 6 a.m. – noon. Available to anyone seated in a LIVE action poker game with a minimum of two hours play required to participate. Omaha $25 Cash Bonus – Earn $5 per hour of rated play up to $25. Friday and Saturday nights play Pot Limit Omaha. Tournaments – Monday through Thursday, there will be two tournaments each day in May at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and on Friday at 11 a.m. Every Thursday is Omaha Day at the Isle with two weekly Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo Tournaments to choose from. For complete information, contact the Poker room at 303-998-7905.

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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.

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Saturday through Monday, May 25-27, receive a Memorial Day Tshirt or Bullwhackers Commemorative Coin. Yours with just 50 points earned on promotion days. May redeem two times per day.

Memorial Day BBQ

On Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, receive a meal ticket to the Big Kahuna BBQ from noon – 5 p.m. Just earn 250 points. While supplies last.

Senior Double Days

Every Tuesday in May, Lucky Bull Club members age 55+ will receive 2X points all day! Must be present to win. Video poker excluded from this promotion.

Gas up and Play

Receive $10 in free Slotplay when you show a $10 or more same day receipt from the Bullwhackers Shell Station. Redeem your receipt any Thursday in May. Limit one redemption per day.

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Earn points and receive a gas coupon! 500 points=$10 in gas. Must be at the Lucky Bull Players Club before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 for points to count. One redemption per day. Limit $40 gas voucher.

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Get bus reimbursement any time, any day! Just show your round-trip ticket to guest services and receive $20 in free Slotplay. Yours with just 100 base points earned.  

Disclaimer

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nothing to help me remember my our times, I typed in my password and four times a PIN. It didn’t come back to me until message popped up on my I’d driven around to the back of the computer screen telling me I line where I’m more comfortable. was mistaken. How could that be? And here’s my last example of I’ve been to that particular website how PINs, passwords, and userhundreds of times, but now, it was names are spreading like a cancer being obstinate. So was I. across this great land: One day Each time I typed my pass- By Dorothy Rosby when I called a particular company word, I typed it more slowly and regarding a computer issue, they drosby@rushmore.com with a little more FORCE.  If the asked for my password. No big website hadn’t had a “four strikes and you’re deal, except that I didn’t remember ever havout” policy, I would have broken my keyboard.  ing one and was therefore hard pressed to give But after the last failed attempt, a message it to them. popped up telling me to contact the site adWho can keep track of it all? My head is ministrator. That’s when it came to me. I’d so full of numbers and codes, it’s no wonder been typing the right password—for the wrong I give my age and weight wrong when anyone website.   asks! That was almost as aggravating as forgetI’m mad, and here’s who I’m mad at: Identing my PIN when I went to get money from tity thieves and cyber scum. If it weren’t for the automatic teller machine. Maybe I was them, we could get by with our names and an feeling pressured because there was an unusu- occasional please and thank you. Curses to ally long line behind me. Or maybe I was ex- them all! May they suddenly need passwords cited because normally if I’m in an unusually to use their own bathrooms!  long line, I’m at the end of it. Until they get real jobs or we can use retiWhatever the case, I panicked! That did nal scans and thumbprints to access every-

Humor thing from iTunes to our bank account, we will continue to need PINS and passwords. So as a public service, I’m offering a few helpful tips for coming up with secret codes. You can thank me by sending me your PIN. 1. The experts recommend you create an acronym, for example, HSHttYO (Hackers should have their toenails yanked out) or HWhoIT (Here’s wishing hives on identity thieves). 2. Try mixing CaPital and LOwerCase LeTTers. Just make sure you remember which letters you made cApITAL and which ones you made loWERcASE. 3. Use phonetic replacements like LUV2LAF or hate2getrippedoff. 4. Deliberately misspelling a word in your password can make it harder to crack. It also makes it harder to remember, but that’s beside the point.  Try something like EggselentPASSWEIRD or PLEESdon’tSTEELfromME. 5. Pick something that’s easy for you to remember, but hard for a cyber scoundrel to

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guess. That means your birthday isn’t a good choice, even though presumably you can remember it on most days. Try your first car’s nickname or your height and weight combined. No, maybe not your weight. That could change. 6. Never write your PINs and passwords down! The experts say you should rely on your memory, such as it is. Apparently the experts have fewer passwords and better memories than I do. 7. Tempting as it is, don’t use the same password for everything. Life would be grand if we could use a password like “allpeople-R-honest” and “Itrustevery-1” for all of our accounts, but that isn’t recommended, either as a password or as a way of life.   8. Finally, never give your password or PIN to anyone else--except me! I’m JOKING! Don’t give it to me either! I don’t want any more. (Send your PINS and Passwords and account numbers to drosby@rushmore.com.)

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Gaming

Another foolproof roulette system bites the dust

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wice last week, I was buttonholed by bettors bragging about foolproof roulette systems they’d devised. Once in person. Once via email on the Internet. By coincidence, both players had struck upon essentially the same ostensible secret of success. Details differed, but here’s the nub. 1) Wait for five successive hits anywhere in the lefthand column of the layout or on 0 or 00. 2) Bet $500 each on the middle and right-hand columns because they’re “due.” 3) If the bet wins, quit with $500 profit. 4) If the bet loses -- another hit in the left-hand column or 0 or 00 -- the other two columns are “past due” so bet on them again. Both players told me they figured the systems put the odds in their favor. Both claimed they’d

been playing and were ahead. Both said the casinos were giving them freebies galore because the dumb dealers and pit bosses didn’t realize what was happening. And, both asked my opinion. First, “waiting” for some sequence of events to indicate that a result is “due” is irrelevant. Roulette is a game of independent trials. On each spin of the wheel, the ball can land in any of 38 grooves with equal probability. Previous results don’t matter. Second, betting $500 each on two columns has 63.16 percent chance of winning and 36.84 percent chance of losing; that’s odds of 1.71-to-1 for the player. Don’t mistake this for a positive expectation, though. The problem is that a loss is a $1,000 setback while a win is worth $500; that’s

2-to-1 against the player. Effects of the disparity between 1.71-to-1 “for” and 2-to-1 “against” become clear considering the results of multiple bets. In two spins, this system gives players 39.89 percent chance of winning twice and earning $1,000, 46.53 percent chance of winning once and losing once for a net loss of $500, and 13.58 percent chance of losing twice at a total cost of $2,000. There’s not only more chance of being behind than ahead, but the maximum possible profit is still just half the greatest conceivable loss. Additional play makes the situation increasingly bleak. Consider five bets. Probability of profit is 10.05 percent for $2,500 and 29.31 percent for $1,000; likelihood of loss is 34.20 percent for $500, 19.94 percent for $2,000, 5.81 percent for $3,500, and 0.69 percent for $5,000. After 100 bets, the chance is only 23.27 per-

cent of being ahead at all, compared with 76.73 percent of being behind. And after 1,000 bets, the chance of earning any profit is a mere 1.07 percent, contrasted with 98.93 percent of suffering a loss. Statistically, these last figures imply that for every hundred players betting this system a thousand times, one would be sure it was foolproof and the other 99 would be licking their wounds. Last, there’s the question why the casino bosses hand out meals, rooms, transportation, and tasteless merchandise to solid citizens using this system. It’s because the 1.71-to-1 and 2-to-1 odds give the house a high 5.263 percent edge. So, when a player puts $1,000 total on two columns -- win or lose -the casino chalks up a theoretical gross profit of $52.63. Averaged over many players, the laws of probability say this figure should accurately predict actual return -as, indeed, it does.

Casinos typically allocate 20 percent of the theoretical gross take on games to “incentives.” Bet the two columns for $500 each 10 times during a day. The casino calculates a $526.30 hold on the $10,000 action. At 20 percent, this gets you about $100 in “comps,” which actually cost the joint roughly $50 in “hard money,” leaving a fat $475 on the earnings ledger. Oh yes. When players explain their systems and ask what I think, what should I say? If it’s not what they want to hear, they’ll argue with me. If I prevaricate or act impressed but don’t really respond, I’ll feel dishonest with myself. So, when feasible, I try to follow the philosophy of the immortal Sumner A Ingmark: If asked an opinion, please exercise tact, You’ll ruin a friendship by stating a fact.

What about continuous shuffle machine games?

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got this question from someone who reads my columns: “Hi do you have a system that can beat the continuous shuffle machines and if so which book?” My first inclination was to answer with a cryptic: “Play it the same way you would play baseball with a blindfold on.” To each his or her own. You can play whatever games you want to play. We all have our preferences. Me, I want a maximum amount of predictability. So I pick the games where I get this factor, for a maximum ability to win big. The thing about blackjack that makes it the most winnable game in the house is its predictability. That’s why some casinos in recent years have tried introducing continuous shuffle machines. They destroy much of the game’s predictability. Yes, there’s still a certain amount of intra-round predictability. For example, in a 6-deck game, there could never be more than 24 Aces dealt per round.

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created for dealer shuffled games. Why would I sacrifice an edge to the house? But continuous shuffle machine tables are even worse, needless to say, because you lose the round-to-round (inter-round) By Richard Harvey predictability. If you’re someone who plays the game not caring whether you But that’s small solace. In a normal 6-deck game, those Aces win or lose, then fine. But if you’re could be expected to be fairly well like me, looking to make some money and the more the better spread out amongst the decks. Not so with continuous shuffle then you become more discrimigames. The nature of the constant nating about the games you play. shuffling can rearrange the cards I don’t even like playing the mulso that strange clumps of cards tideck games anymore because not often found in a hand-shuffled they, too, are far less predictable game start to appear. That makes than the pitch games - the single for greater swings of imbalances and double deck varieties. Don’t forget - the game began, making the game of blackjack into centuries ago, as a single deck a game of chance. Most blackjack players were at- game. And it was a single deck tracted to the game, however, be- game until casinos in the 1960s cause the traditional game is not a began to realize they could limit your gains by adding more decks. game of chance. That’s their prerogative. I have I don’t even like the normal shuffle machine tables because I my prerogative, too - I can be lose the advantage of following choosy about the games I play. Frankly, I’m not even sure the cards through a shuffle, which is so easy to do with the methods I the question was from a player.

Sometimes casinos want to see what advice I’m putting out. Because most players - without my input - seem to understand that continuous shuffle machines put them at a great disadvantage and they don’t like them. That’s why you don’t see a lot of those games. Because players don’t want to play them and casinos will get the message if they see those tables are empty. For example, I remember when various digital blackjack games were introduced by some casinos in the late 1990s. They were like video games. You sat down at the table and every player had a screen where a virtual dealer “dealt” them the cards. Only problem was, players quickly surmised that these were no better than the slots machines and blackjack players notoriously avoid those. Few sat down at the digital tables and even fewer came back to play them again. It was pretty clear there was no predictability - those games having been simulated by a computer’s random number generator - and they

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were programmed to beat the players in the long run. I did not have to tell players not to play those games. Players are not stupid. Given all that, I probably don’t have to tell you that continuous shuffle machine games are for less discriminating players and I have to believe they’re among the least popular of the casino blackjack offerings. Hopefully those games will go the way of Digital 21. You won’t find me at those tables. But hey, to each his or her own. Richard Harvey is a nationally-acclaimed blackjack strategies innovator, expert player, blackjack coach and bestselling author of Blackjack The SMART Way, Cutting Edge Blackjack, NEW Ways To Win MORE at Blackjack and Richard Harvey’s Blackjack PowerPrep Session. Have blackjack questions? Send them to rharvey@blackjackthesmartway.com. For more info see http://www.blackjacktoday. com.

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Entertainment

Get ready for summer fun in Colorado gaming towns By Rosemary Fetter Along with great gaming and casino fun, there’s plenty to do in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. Check out the following while you’re in town.

BLACK HAWK High Tea at the Stroehle House

June 8, 2 p.m. Located at 231 Chase St., this quaint summer home for a pioneer family, was willed to the County Historical Society along with several family antiques and an 1859 Grand piano. Admission is $25 per person, reservations required. Call 303-582-5283.

CENTRAL CITY

Gilpin County History Museum Opens

May 26, Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 228 E. High St., Central City. New historical exhibit: Gilpin County: From Mining Camp to Home. Exhibits include Herndon Davis, Gilpin Tram Railway. Visit www.centralhistory.org for further information on hours of operation not listed below. Other museums include: Washington Hall: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (All Teller, Opera and Thomas House tours leave from here.) Coeur d’Alene Mine Shaft House Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. The Thomas House, 228 E. First High St. Greek revival style frame house built in 1874 around the entrance to a

mine. House is furnished and decorated circa 1917. Teller House, Opera House 123 Eureka St. Once billed as the most elegant hotel between Chicago and Mississippi, the Teller House is famous for The Face on the Barroom Floor (painting of a woman’s face) and elegant murals. Now used mostly for events. The Central City Opera House opened to rave reviews in 1932 and still holds an opera festival each summer. Coeur d’Alene Mine Shaft House Saturday and Sunday noon – 4 p.m. Other times by reservation. The mine operated from 1885 until it stopped production in 1940.

Madame Lou Bunch Day

June 15, noon, Main Street. Traditional daylong Central City event honoring Lou Bunch, the city’s last Madame. Includes brass bed races, historic costumes and costume contest, celebratory ball and awards. Bed races at 3 p.m.

‘Opera Inside Out’

June 18, 1-3 p.m., Williams Stables Theater (across the street from the Opera House). Discover the inner workings of opera at this family event. Go backstage at the Central City Opera House, play interactive games and activities, and see a performance of family friendly opera scenes by the Central City Opera Ensemble Artists. Visit www.centralcityopera.org.

Central City Opera 2013 Festival

June 29 – Aug. 11, Eureka Street. Performances this

What’s Rockin’ Your guide to live entertainment and events at Colorado’s casinos

May 27: Tumbling Dice (Country), 2 – 6 p.m. May 31: Clone (Rock, Variety), 8 p.m. – midnight June 1- 2: Counterfeit Music Co. (Today’s Hits, Variety) June 8-9: The Mulligan Brothers (Americana, Folk Rock, Alternative) June 15-16: The Modnicks (Oldies, Variety) June 22-23: Walker Williams Band (Country) June 29-30: Back in the Day (R&B, Funk)

Enjoy live entertainment on the bar stage Saturdays from 8 p.m. – midnight and Sundays from 3 – 7 p.m.

Tumbling Dice

Victor Lowell Thomas Museum 500 Victor Ave., Victor, 719-689-5509, victorcolorado. com/museum.htm

CRIPPLE CREEK & VICTOR

Cripple Creek Cowboy Gathering

Museums Open for the season May 25

Cripple Creek District Museum Bennett Avenue at 5th Street, Cripple Creek, 719-6899540, www.cripple-creek.org. Visitors can browse through five historic buildings - the 1893 Colorado Trading & Transfer Building, the 1895 Midland Terminal Railroad Depot, and a turn-of-the-century Assay Office. Cripple Creek Jail Museum 136 W. Bennett Ave, Cripple Creek, 719-853-4653,www. cripple-creek.co.us/OutlawsandLawmenJailMuseum.aspx. Served as county jail for nearly 90 years, original cells intact. Displays include police logs from the 1890s, copies of early city ordinances and newspaper accounts of crimes both big and small. Old Homestead Parlour House Museum 353 E. Myers Avenue, Cripple Creek, 719-6899090,www.cripple-creek.co.us/OldHomesteadHouseMuseum.aspx. Once the purview of Cripple Creek’s elegant Madame Pearl DeVere and decorated like a 19th century bordello, the house contains unique period artifacts. Victor Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum 100 S. 2nd Street, Victor, 719-651-5569, www. visitcripplecreek.com/.../victors-gold-camp-agmining-museum.

June 15-16, Teller County Fairgrounds. Includes rodeo, western dance (Brass Ass parking lot), chuckwagon cookout, performing Texas longhorn steers, cowboy poetry music and demolition derby. Visit www. cripplecreek.com.

‘Once Upon a Time in the West Art Show’

June 28 – July 7, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Cripple Creek Cripple Creek Heritage Center 9283 South Highway 67. Featuring Western art, including Native American, Cowboy, and Wildlife pieces. Call 877-858-4653 or 719-689-3315.

Donkey Derby Days

June 29 – 30, Bennett Avenue. Parade and donkey race inspired by the town’s resident donkey herd. Games, live entertainment, heritage competitions and other family activities. www.visitcripplecreek.com.

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Earn 2X points all day on all machines, including video poker. $1 = 1 Point

99¢ Breakfast on Tuesdays and Fridays

Enjoy the Gambler’s Special Tuesday and Friday mornings at Millie’s Restaurant for just 99¢. Just show your Miner’s Club card to receive this offer. Dine in only*

3X Points on Penny Machines

Every Tuesday earn triple points on all penny machines. Come check out some of our new games.

FREE Slot Tournament every Wednesday at The Famous Bonanza. Come play between 1 – 5 p.m. Pays the top 8 scores.

99¢ Breakfast on Tuesdays and Fridays

New Players Earn just 250 points on your first trip and receive a $10 meal voucher to either Millie’s or Stella’s restaurants.

Double points on Video Poker

The Parlour

Black Jack Bonanza

We’ve moved. Join us on the lower level of The Famous Bonanza Casino where we offer 2 Deck pitch blackjack, roulette and 3-card poker. $5 minimum to $50 maximum on 2 Deck pitch Blackjack and $3 minimum and all shoe games. *For complete details on any of our promoti

Thursdays enjoy 2X Points on all video poker machines. Every Friday night come play in The Parlour for cash drawings from 8 p.m. – midnight, building to a $250 drawing at midnight. Ask your dealer for details.

Bonanza Baseball

Join us every Friday from 8 p.m. – midnight for cash drawings and good old-fashioned fun at the Bonanza Ballpark. Over $2,000 in cash prizes every Friday.

Join us on your Birthday

Come celebrate your birthday with the Famous Bonanza and Easy Street Casinos and receive 500 free points. Players over 55 years of age will receive 800 free points.

Spring into Cash Sweepstakes

$3,500 in cash drawings every Saturday between May 4 and June 22 and $17,500 in cash prizes during our Sweepstakes giveaway drawings on June 22. Begin earning entries April 29.

2X Mondays

Earn 2X points all day on all machines, including video poker. $1 = 1 Point

Enjoy the Gambler’s Special Tuesday and Friday mornings at Millie’s Restaurant for just 99¢. Just show your Miner’s Club card to receive this offer. Dine in only*

3X Points on Penny Machines

Every Tuesday earn triple points on all penny machines. Come check out some of our new games.

Double points on Video Poker

Thursdays in March enjoy 2X Points on all video poker machines.

Join us on your Birthday

Come celebrate your birthday with the Famous Bonanza and Easy Street Casinos and receive 500 free points. Players over 55 years of age will receive 800 free points.

New Players

Earn just 250 points on your first trip and receive a $10 meal voucher to either Millie’s or Stella’s restaurants.

Fun for Kids

Bring your children to the lower level of the casino to enjoy a wide variety of arcade games for our younger than 21 guests. *For complete details on any of our promotions see the Miner’s Club.

107 Main Street Central City, CO 80427 (303)582-5914

Cash drawings every Saturday between May 4th and June 22nd

Sweepstakes giveaways Saturday, June 22nd! Start earning entries Monday, April 29th!

$3,500 in cash every Saturday! PAGE 8

$17,500 in cash for sweepstakes giveaways!

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120 Main Street Central City, CO 80427 (303)582-5914

See Miners’ Club for complete details May 21 - June 3, 2013


ta RAV4 with all your play from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. on May 22, or for up to $5,000 in our 7th Anniversary Progressive Party on Jule 7 for all your play 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 29.

www.central-city.cnty.com Get Ravved Up

Win a 2013 Toyota RAV4, plus up to $500 weekends in May. Earn weekly entries for cash drawings for just 150 base points each everyday through Monday, May 27. Fridays and Saturdays from 4-11 p.m. through May 25 we’ll hold drawings for cash prize and bonus entry combos. Keep your combo or trade it in to try and get more. Win up to 20 bonus entries each drawing, plus up to $250 cash. Or win the $500 cash prize at 11 p.m. Sunday, May 26 – Combo drawings from 4-10 p.m., $500 at 11 p.m. Memorial Day, May 28 - Combo drawings from 4 – 8 p.m., $500 at 11 p.m. and Grand Prize drawing at 10 p.m. All entries go in the giant barrel for the Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Grand Prize drawing for a brand new 2013 Toyota RAV4 courtesy of Stevinson Toyota. Five winners will try keys to see if they’ve won one of four $500 first prizes, or the RAV4 Grand Prize.

3X Entries Wednesdays

Get 3X entries for weekend cash or a 2013 Toyo-

May 21 - June 3, 2013

Lucky 7 Anniversary Progressive

Win up to $1,500 weekends, or up to $5,000 on July 7. Enjoy $100 progressive drawings every half hour from 7 – 11 p.m. Fridays and from 1 – 5 p.m. and 7 – 11 p.m. Saturdays through July 6. If the drawn winner is not present, the prize rolls to the next drawing. Earn entries with just 150 base points, starting May 28. Entry barrel reset each week after the Saturday 11 p.m. drawing. A $700 prize will be added to the progressive for the guaranteed winner drawings Friday at 11 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Make My Multiplier Tuesday

Join us on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and enjoy a mystery multiplier on all your slot play. Starting at 10:45 a.m., we will select an hourly Hot Seat winner to spin the “Make My Multiplier Wheel” to find their cash prize and earn everyone in the casino up to 5X points on slot play for the next hour. Each hour we find a new winner and a new multiplier.

New Members

Guests who sign up at our Player‘s Club for a free club card will get a free spin, where they could

Central City Nuggets win up to $1,500. New Members also receive $10 in Insta-Comp after earning 250 base points on their account on the day of signup.

Thursday Bingo

Enjoy free Bingo every Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., with a $100 prize for each game. Players with a Player’s Card can pick up their Bingo card at the Player’s Club one hour before each game.

Senior Celebration

Guests aged 50 or better receive 2X points on play on Wednesday and Thursday all day, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., plus 50% off purchases (up to $25 in one day) at the Retro Deli or Mid City Grill. Please note that 50% food discount cannot be combined with any other coupon or discount, and including the $7.99 prime rib special.

New Games

Try all of these new games in the Century Pit this May. Bet the Set “21” Progressive - Spice up your blackjack game with this progressive poker side bet. Super Front-Line Winner - Start a streak of 7’s or 11’s going and win big on our exciting new side bet for craps.

Sunday Poker Shootout

Poker players can earn a chance for a High

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Hand Shootout worth up to $100 every Sunday. Players can qualify Thursday – Saturday during live play by having the high hand of the hour. Each Sunday, qualifiers can win cash by having the highest hourly hand on Sunday. Prizes are determined and paid at 6 p.m.: 1St Prize: $100, 2nd Prize: $50, 3rd Prize $25.

Sunlight Poker Bonus

$10 cash back for 3 hours play if seated between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday through Monday.

Food specials

We now offer three choices of lunch/dinners specials for $7.99 with Player’s Card. Enjoy an 8 oz. slow-roasted prime rib accompanied by choice of potato with seasonal vegetables ($14.99 without card), or a half-rack of BBQ ribs accompanied by choice of potato and coleslaw ($12.99 without card), or a half-pound of steam shrimp accompanied by hushpuppies and coleslaw ($14.99 without card). Available in the Mid City Grill after 11 a.m. Enjoy spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, and included salad bar at the Mid City Grill after 11 a.m. every Monday, for just $7.99 with your Player’s Card.

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Casino•Guide Casino

Games

Slots

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Lodging

Food

Parking

Contact

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B, D, SD, Starbucks

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VP

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No

SD,SB

city lot

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Bull Durham

VP

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No

SB

city lot

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Bullwhackers 9am-1am all week

VP

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No

SD

free valet and self parking

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Canyon - 24/7 Fri/Sat

BJ, C, R, VP

415

No

SD, SB

free valet and self parking

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Fitzgeralds - 24/7 Fri/Sat

BJ, C, R, VP

585

No

SD, SB on weekends free covered valet

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Gilpin - 24/7

BJ, C, R, P, VP

460

No

SD

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Golden Gates - 24/7

BJ, P, C, VP

280

No

D

free valet and covered self parking

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Golden Gulch

VP

140

No

V

free self/free valet

303-582-5600/thegoldengatescasino.com

Golden Mardi Gras - 24/7

BJ, C, R, VP

680

No

SD,SB,D

free valet and covered self parking

303-582-5600/goldenmardigras.com

Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk - 24/7 BJ, C, P, R, VP

1308

238

B,D,SD

free valet and self parking

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Lady Luck - 24/7

BJ, P,C, R, VP

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164

SD,SB

free covered valet and self parking

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Lodge - 24/7

BJ, C, R, P, VP

975

50

B, D, SD, SB

free valet parking

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Red Dolly

VP

149

No

SD

free self parking

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Riviera - 24/7

BJ, C, R, VP

766

No

B

free valet and self parking

303-582-1000/rivierablackhawk.com

Sasquatch

No

70

No

D

No

720-880-1616

Wildcard

VP

220

No

D

city lot

303-582-3412/thewildcardsaloon.com

Century Casino - 24/7

BJ, P, C, R, VP

520

26

SD,D

free covered self parking

303-582-5050/cnty.com

Crystal Palace

VP

101

No

D

free city lot

720-253-1669

Doc Holliday

VP

178

No

SD

free city lot

303-582-1400/dochollidaycasino.net

Dostal Alley - 24/7

VP

64

No

SD

free self parking

303-582-1610/dostalalley.net

Easy Street

VP

205

No

SD

free self parking

303-582-5914/famousbonanza.com

Famous Bonanza

BJ, P, R, VP

244

No

SD , D

free self parking

303-582-5914/famousbonanza.com

Johnny Z’s - 24/7

BJ, C, R, VP

288

No

SD, D

free covered parking

303-582-5623/johnnyzscasino.com

Reserve Casino Hotel - 24/7

BJ, P, C, R, VP

700

119

SD, D, B, SB, V

free valet and self parking

1-800-924-6646/reservecasinohotel.com

The Brass Ass - 24/7

BJ, P, C, R, VP

250

No

SD

free covered self parking

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Bronco & Buffalo Billy’s - 24/7

BJ, P, C, R, VP

750

23

SD

free self parking

877-989-2142/broncobillyscasino.com

Century Casino - 24/7

BJ, R,

448

18

SD

free self parking

719-689-0333/cripple-creek.cnty.com

Colorado Grande - 24/7

BJ, R, VP

211

5

SD, SB

free self parking

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Double Eagle & Gold Creek - 24/7

BJ, P ,C, R, VP

700+

158

SD, SB

free valet and covered self parking

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Johnny Nolon’s - 24/7

VP

255

No

SD

free self parking w/validation

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J.P. McGill’s - 24/7 Fri/Sat

VP

300

40

SD

validated self parking

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Midnight Rose - 24/7

P, VP

400

19

SD, B

validated self parking

800-635-LUCK/triplecrowncasinos.com

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BJ, P, C, R, VP, TH 530

68

SD, D, B

Climate controlled self parking

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Games Key

Food Key

BJ - Blackjack, P - Poker, C - Craps, R - Roulette, TH - Texas Holdem’, VP-Video Poker

B-Buffet, D-Deli, SD-Sitdown, SB-Snackbar, V-Vending Machine

This information is subject to change without notice.

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May 7 - 20, 2013


The Colorado Central Rail Road route today

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efore we move on to the Union Pacific Rail Road, let’s take a look at the towns serviced by the Colorado Central Rail Road in the 1800s as they are today.... The silver boom town of Georgetown sits off I-70 at the northern end of Guanella Pass, a beautiful weekend drive from Denver. At the southern end of the pass is the small town of Grant off Highway 285 South. Guanella is an especially fine aspen viewing route. The trip can start early in Grant ending up in Georgetown to ride the Georgetown Loop or tour the Hotel de Paris while peeking into the charming shops. Or one can opt for the reverse trip. Either way it is a loop from Denver. Idaho Springs is between Denver and Georgetown and is a popular stop for hungry skiers returning from the slopes. Long ago the Indians used the springs there for medicinal purposes. One can still enjoy the hot waters along with various treatments at Indian Hot Springs Resort. Another Idaho Springs adventure is taking the tour of the Argo Mine, Mill and Museum that teaches the history of gold mining days in the area. There was a tunnel, unusable now, from Idaho to Central City connecting some of the most lucrative mines. From Idaho there are two routes to Central City and Black Hawk. The Central City Parkway, PAGE 12

Near the summit of Guanella Pass Scenic Byway late in the day in September 2003 when it is best to drive over in good weather and daylight hours.

recently built, goes north from South Clear Creek just east of Idaho over the hills to Central City. The other, father east on I-70, turns north to Hwy. 6 and, at the Forks of the Creek, heads west up North Clear Creek along the old Colorado Central RR route. Oh dear! This leaves out the third road from Central to Idaho Springs accurately referred to as the “Oh, my God! road.” The steep and rough descent shook up U.S. Grant in 1868. It might just shake you up today. The cities of Central, known as “The Richest Square Mile on Earth,” and Black Hawk were, during the gold rush days, the center of the universe. There has

always been some level of competition between them, but together they are now listed as the Central City/Black Hawk National Historic District. Central City has long been known for its presentations of drama and music. In 1861, while the gold rush was just taking off, Jack Langrishe started using mountain talent to create stage performances for the inhabitants of Central City. In he 1930s, Anne Evans and Ida Kruse McFarlane endeared themselves to the city by restoring the Opera House and bringing top dramatic talent to its stage followed later by grand opera. The 1940s were a challenge for them because the loss of the railroad and bad roads made it hard for the fine people of Denver to get

Ocean Bath in Idaho Springs, circa 1878, by Joseph Collier. Photo courtesy of Ed Bathke

The Central City Opera House, circa 1878, by Charles Weitfle.

Photo courtesy of Ed Bathke

to Central. They persevered. Spencer Penrose of Colorado Springs later picked up the cause, and the tradition of the opera season continues to this day. Among enjoyments in Central City is Lou Bunch Day, which honors the last madam in the city and the bed races are followed by the Madams and Miners Ball. It is a reminder of the bawdy gold mining days, but mostly it honors the madams and other ladies of the oldest profession who were important to the community and pioneers of their time. After a long and tarnished history, gambling had become illegal in Colorado. It was resurrected in 1991 when the people of Colorado voted to allow casino gambling in three old gold mining districts: Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. Though controversial at first, gambling has been very beneficial to the state’s coffers. Most of the big casinos are in Black Hawk. Some of the old flavor of the town still exists in the Victorian homes scattered up the

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hill behind them. Despite being a casino town, Central City’s regulations have assured that it remains the best preserved gold mining town in the country. Breweries in the Cripple Creek area were developing about the same time, 1873, that the Coors Brewery was founded in Golden, the point at which the narrow gauge Central Rail Road began. Old narrow gauge railroad maps of Colorado show tracks all over the state. The CCRR was only a tiny part of that but certainly one of the richest parts of the whole. What now? For years there has been talk of building a new set of rails ... light rail FastTracks from Denver International Airport to the ski towns. The CCRR once carried the product of the mines to the smelters in the city, getting the product to where it needed to go. Now there is a need to get people quickly and efficiently to where they want to go and to where their presence will benefit the state’s economy: the ski towns, historical spots, businesses, residential communities, the gambling towns, etc. Challenges? Most definitely yes, but parts of this are already being worked on or in place. There is a long-term plan to get tracks from Union Station to the airport. The West branch of FasTracks will opened in April, starting at Union Station with it’s terminus in Golden. Who knows, we could see rail from Golden to Black Hawk, Central City, Idaho Springs, and Georgetown once again. May 21 - June 3, 2013


Captain Jack

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and her many odysseys

he was a tough lady, eccentric and legendary as one of Colorado’s most colorful pioneers. Ellen Elliott was born on Nov. 4, 1842, in New Lentern, Nottingham, England. By the time she made her way to Colorado in 1880, the woman had suffered tragedy and loss. In 1860, Elliott boarded the “James Foster” ship bound for America. While aboard, she met Charles E. Jack. The two were soon married after they settled in New York. When the country erupted in Civil War, Charles Jack served the Union, eventually rising to the rank of captain. During the war, Ellen gave birth to their first child, a girl. Not long after the war ended, the couple welcomed their second child, a boy. Tragedy struck the Jack family when both children later died of scarlet fever. The couple eventually had two more daughters. Sadly, one of the daughters died, again due to scarlet fever. Then not long after the death of their third child, Charles died in 1872, of an enlarged heart. Devastated by so much tragedy and loss, Ellen Jack eventually placed her surviving daughter in the care of her sister-in-law and headed to the West. Her first stop was Denver where she learned of

the gold discoveries in the Gunnison area on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. In Gunnison, she opened a boarding house and with the income she was able to buy into a partnership in the Black Queen Mine, located between Crested Butte and Aspen. It was at this time that history records her name as “Captain Jack,” which she had taken from her deceased husband. This was also the time when her colorful Colorado legend took on a whole new persona. According to her autobiography, Fate of a Fairy or Twentyseven Years in the Far West, Captain Jack was well accomplished with firearms, including pistols, shotguns and rifles. She wrote she was involved in several gunfights, including a few with local Indians. Traveling alone through the heavy snows in the mountains, she always carried a pistol and pick-ax to get her through the snow-packed passes. She later said, “I do not fear man or devil; it is not in my blood, and if they can shoot any straighter or quicker than I, let them try it, for a .44 equalizes frail women and brute men, and all women ought to be able to protect themselves

Captain Jack poses for one of her many odd curio shots.

against such ruffians.” Among the many events related in her book is a somewhat fanciful tale involving gypsies. Captain Jack relates that at the age of 7, she attended the Goose Fair in her hometown of Nottingham, where she met a gypsy queen who supposedly said to her mother, “The child will meet with great sorrows and be a widow early in life.” Whether the event is true or not, the prediction certainly proved to be correct. In 1900, Captain Jack was living in Cripple Creek where she ran a boarding house for three years at the corner of Bennett Avenue and 4th Street. Nothing else is known of her time in Cripple Creek and her autobiography makes only one reference to her time there. In 1903 she had relocated to Colorado Springs where she operated a few rental cabins for tourists on the High Drive above Bear Creek Canyon. In a time when automobile tourism became a rage, Captain Jack set out to corner the new market. She set up an eclectic tourist trap complete with a curio shop featuring erotic pets including snakes and macaws. She regaled her customers with fanciful stories of magical gypsies and wild stories of her life. Captain Jack became something of an oddity in the area of Colorado Springs. Rumors and whispers re-

Photos courtesy of Denver Public Library, Western History Collection

May 21 - June 3, 2013

Trail’s End

Captain Jack in front of her Colorado Springs cabin. garding her sanity floated around the city at the base of Pikes Peak. One of her many competitors was Nora “Ma” Gaines. She had a reputation in the town as well. Gaines was one of the first to capitalize on the tourist trade. She ran a hotel in town and was one of the many hoards of carriage drivers that clamored at the train depot to take the visitors, businessmen and tourists to their establishments. Gaines, who could outsmart, out-swear and out-fight any competitor, eventually out-smarted Captain Jack. As Gaines launched a heavy marketing campaign, Captain Jack escalated her wild tales of her adventurous life. As time went on the Indian stories got wilder and the mountain tales included fights with beastly animals. She had photos taken of herself outlandish mountain garb, complete with pistols and shotguns, that she sold in her curio shop. The photo captions, in her own handwriting read, “Mrs. Captain Jack Lost in the Mountains” and “Mrs. Captain Jack Looking for Mountain Lion.” Today copies of these photographs can be found on the Internet and often show up on

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ebay as the “original” photo card. Meanwhile, Gaines’ tourist business was cutting into Captain Jack’s, forcing her to take out loans she was unable to pay back. Financial difficulties led to three separate lawsuits in 1906. Nearly broke, she became a recluse, living alone with her cats, parrots and burros. However, the wild tales continued. In an interview published in the Feb. 5, 1905, issue of the Gazette Telegraph, she claimed she had located a cave to rival the nearby Cave of the Winds, another tourist attraction. However, she said she was keeping the location secret until she could develop it as tourist destination. In June 1920, heavy rains turned into a horrific flood, washing out the road to Captain Jack’s tourist cabins on High Drive. With her business virtually wiped out, and in ill health, 78-year- Captain Jack died the following year, on June 16, 1921. She was buried in the city’s Evergreen Cemetery, where her tombstone ironically faces the High Drive. In another irony, “Ma” Gaines bought Captain Jack’s tourist property a few years later and operated it quite successfully.

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Rollin’ Dough Send us your recipes! To be featured in Rollin’ in the Dough: 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 303-5031388.

Enjoy these perfect recipes from McCormick for Memorial Day weekend. For more, visit www. mccormick.com

Ultimate Montreal Steak with Grilled Potato Wedges 2 medium red potatoes, pierce with fork 1 tbsp. plus tsp. McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning, divided

4 tsp. oil, divided 1 ½ pounds T-bone steak ¼ cup McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Sauce

Microwave potatoes on high 7 minutes or until almost tender, turning potatoes over halfway through cooking. Let stand 2 minutes. Cut potatoes into wedges. Toss with 1 tablespoon of the Steak Seasoning and 2 teaspoons of the oil. Brush steak lightly with remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons Steak Seasoning. Grill steak over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Brush with steak sauce during last 1 minute of grilling. Grill potato wedges 2 minutes per side or until lightly browned and grill marks appear. Serve steak with potatoes and additional steak sauce for dipping; if desired.

Supreme Pasta Salad 1 pkg (16 oz.) penne, rotini or fusilli pasta ¼ cup McCormick Perfect Pinch Salad Supreme Seasoning

5 cups veggies (broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red unions, etc.)

Cook pasta as directed on package. Rinse under cold water; drain well. Place pasta and vegetables in large bowl. Add dressing and Seasoning; toss gently to coat. Cover. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or until ready to serve. Toss before serving.

Chocolate Hazelnut Crackled Cookies 12 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate, divided ½ cup granulated sugar ¼ cup firmly pakced brown sugar ¾ cup flour 2 eggs 1/3 tsp. baking powder 1 ½ tsp. McCormick Imitation ¼ tsp. salt Hazelnut Extract ¼ cup butter, softened Preheat oven to 375°F. Melt 8 ounces of the chocolate as directed on package. Set aside. Coarsely chop remaining 4 ounces chocolate. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and hazelnut flavor; mix well. Add melted chocolate; beat until well blended. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Stir in chopped chocolate. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls or medium cookie scoop 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets sprayed with no stick cooking spray or lined with parchment paper. Bake about 10 minutes or just until cookies are set and slightly cracked on top. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

Horoscope GEMINI - (May 22 - June 21) You are about to begin an important new cycle. You’re ready to cultivate or demonstrate your creative gifts and abilities. You have the potential to develop a gift or talent that you weren’t even aware of. This is a time of action. Don’t let a friendship distract you from your goals. Lucky Numbers: 22, 24, 31, 37, 38, 43

LIBRA - (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) This should be a time to celebrate! A new foundation has been laid and you may have a sense of achieving a milestone or finding something of great emotional value.  Recovery from an unhappy situation or an improvement in your health or attitude should show it’s self. Lucky Numbers: 9, 11, 18, 27, 45, 54

AQUARIUS - (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) Your free spirited or “maverick” side is shown to the world, and you might be refusing to toe the line or conform to people’s expectations. Consider whether you’re being self-willed or obstinate. Unexpected opportunities and a new way of life are around the corner. Lucky Numbers: 1, 12, 19, 28, 36, 46

CANCER - (June 22 - July 22) This is a time when a well deserved celebration may increase bonding at both home and work. Refresh yourself by letting go of stress and take some time to relax.  Look forward to doing things you enjoy. Reaffirm your incentive to continue your quest now. Lucky Numbers: 13, 22, 35, 39, 40, 49

SCORPIO - (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Dreams, fantasies and imaginative ideas are here for you. If your aspirations are being challenged, you may need to get grounded and be more realistic. A deeper connection with your unconscious will give you the information needed to acquire an artistic goal. Monetary issues need decisiveness. Lucky Numbers: 6, 15, 29, 30, 44, 51

PISCES (Feb 20 - March 20) You may get entangled in a situation and lose sight of your goal or delay progress towards resolving a matter. You have a decision to make between two unappealing choices. Be open and receptive and ask for help when you need it. Your first choice is usually correct. Lucky Numbers: 3, 12, 14, 21, 32, 46

LEO - (July 23 – Aug 22) Find a way to surmount your challenges. Nothing seems like it’s going to plan and everything may feel like it’s an upward struggle. When you overcome obstacles you’ll then see a goal within sight. You’ll find you’re making progress but are just so involved you can’t see it. Lucky Numbers: 2, 18, 24, 33, 42, 47

SAGITTARIUS - (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) A difficult situation may have reached a climax. A sense of relief is here and it may enable you to feel inspired or reach a clearer perspective. Being honest about what you really want will help you come to terms. An auspicious outcome is ahead as long as effort is made. Lucky Numbers: 5, 14, 20, 23, 32, 50

ARIES - (March 21 - April 20) Be careful about your choices because they’re likely to be put to a test. You may have May a decision to make concerning a relationship. You may be torn between what you feel in your heart and what you know to be true. Integrity and truth matter. Whatever you’re willing to accept is what you’ll get. Lucky Numbers: 4, 13, 21, 27, 35, 41

VIRGO - (Aug. 23 - Sept. 23) You may feel blocked, stymied and challenged by some immediate circumstance. Restrictions or delays may suddenly surface so be ready for schedule adjustments. Guided by inner truth, you’ll change a situation and find a new kind of freedom. The changes will come from within. Lucky Numbers: 8, 16, 26, 32, 45, 48

CAPRICORN - (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) If you draw on your resourcefulness, a power from within will help you to emerge as a new and more powerful person. You’ll radiate confidence and will renew your sense of being capable, secure or steadfast. Your mind may fill with new and exciting ideas. You’re ready to go where grace leads you. Lucky Numbers: 7, 13, 25, 34, 44, 52

TAURUS - (April 21 - May 21) You can expect an increase in salary or an opportunity to gain prestige, recognition or responsibility at work. You have what it takes to complete any task along with the drive and ambition to reach fulfillment. Compliments will get you most of what you want, sincerity the rest. Lucky Numbers: 10, 17, 25, 36, 47, 53

Contact Mary Nightstar at marynightstar@yahoo.com and type “horoscope” in the subject line. PAGE 14

THE COLORADO GAMBLER – Celebrating 21 Years

May 21 - June 3, 2013


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