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Johnny Z’s celebrates second anniversary By Bob Sweeney

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he folks were really having a good time at Johnny Z’s second anniversary party June 9. The Central City casino was packed with folks enjoying themselves. Drawings were being held, a VIP party ongoing, and most of all a really friendly staff that know how to say “hello” and make customers feel welcome. Johnny was working the floor greeting friends and making more friends. It is an accomplishment to stay in the very competitive casino industry as a small entrepreneur like Johnny. Johnny Z’s is getting larger; a recent

expansion moved the blackjack tables out of the lobby area into a private room with craps and blackjack close to a refreshment center. Very nearby is an escalator to take hungry players up to the dining room where Saturday they had the very best beef noodle soup, prepared by their excellent chef. Customers can park in the city garage that is so convenient for clients at Johnny Z’s or the Century to just park and walk in the door of either casino. Mr. Z related that now his casino is using the new remodeled Reserve Casino for their

hotel guests. I like to get my haircut at Moment For Me hair salon located across from the Teller House next to the Visitor’s Center. DJ, the owner, really does a great job and my wife relates that his haircut on me is the best ever. While your waiting, visit the neat antique store next door, found an old cast iron juice-squeezing contraption to make fresh juice. We all have to stay healthy and I find it refreshing to see so many seniors, some in wheel chairs, enjoying Central City and Black Hawk. All casinos are handicap accessible and eager to welcome all ages older than 21. One can gamble all round Central and then get a haircut with the winnings. Sometimes the www.coloradogambler.com haircut may have to wait.

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Highway 6 closures Detours in place now through June 29 On the weekdays, now through June 29, U.S. 6 between Golden and the junction of U.S. 6 and State Highway 119 intersection will be closed, except as noted below for the Clear Creek Canyon Communications Enhancement Project. U.S. 6 will be open beginning 10 a.m. on Fridays through 11 p.m. on Sundays to accommodate the heavy travel during this period. Mondays-Fridays, when U.S. 6 is closed, travelers will use the alternate route of I-70 to EXIT 244 to U.S. 6 to Hwy 119. It is expected that this rerouting will actually shave two minutes off of the trip to and from Black Hawk since the speed limits are higher on I-70 than U.S. 6.

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Paradise 50 Plus All guests age 50 or better can join the NEW Paradise 50 Plus club Sundays and Mondays. You will receive 3X points on all slots, 2X points on video poker, a free soft serve ice cream and a Free Calypso’s Buffet after earning five unadjusted points. For complete details, visit the player’s club. www.theisleblackhawk.com

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All guests age 40 or better can participate in the Fantastic 40 Plus club on Thursdays through Experience the new look of June 28. Guests will receive 4X points on their favorite slots, 2X points on video poker, a free winning buffet after earning five unadjusted points or Come to the Isle and check out the casino earn 50 unadjusted points and receive $40 floor remodel. We have made so many changes to Farraddays’. For complete details, visit the you will have to see it to believe it. It’s every- player’s club. thing you love about the Isle – only better. While visiting, be sure to check out the exciting new We’ve got the nuts in June in games like electronic roulette, craps, Sic Bo, the Poker Room Money Wheel, Wonder 4, Wicked Winnings 3 Earn a Seat in the WPT Regional Event and Grease. Coming in October - The Colorado Poker Showdown returns to the Isle in October and Shift into Summer Car and you can receive a tournament discount voucher or free main event entry based on hours played, Cash Giveaway 2 Win a 2012 Ford Shelby in the second Shift now through Sept. 30. Play 100 hours - $400 Into Summer Car and Cash Giveaway on July discount, 200 hours - $800 discount, 300 hours 3. Player’s Club members will receive one free - $1,200 discount , 400 hours - $1,600 discount and if you play 500 hours – entry will be a free entry daily and can earn additional entries with $1,990 WPT Regional Event Seat. For complete each 30 unadjusted points earned. Multiply details, visit the Isle poker room. your earned entries every Tuesday by 25 (July High Hand – Sundays through Thursdays 3 until 4 p.m.) and on July 1 for 100X entries. in June between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the high Then, be here on July 3, when all those entries hand of the hour will receive $50. The first hand will be included in the drawings for Cash and of three-of-a-kind or higher made by any player the Ford Shelby. For complete details, visit the will be posted as the initial high hand. Poker Player’s Club or Cagame must start by 11 a.m. to qualify. shier Services. Friday Cash Squares - Players that are seated and playing in a live poker game by 3 $25,000 p.m. on Fridays will receive a square for cash drawings of $100 that will take place at 5 p.m. Trunks of and 8 p.m. and then $200 at 11 p.m. The cash Treasure drawings are progressive, so if no winner is Every Friday in June, found at the drawing the $100 will roll to the one Isle guest will have the chance to win up to drawing next Friday at the same time through $1,500 between 6 – 10 p.m. Receive one free June 29. Saturday Cash Squares – Players that are swipe and earn additional swipes with every 10 unadjusted points earned each Friday. Be sure seated and playing in a live poker game by 1 to activate your entries beginning at 3 p.m. on p.m. on Saturdays will receive a square for cash drawings of $100 that will take place at 3 p.m. Fridays. and 7 p.m. and then $200 at 11 p.m. The cash drawings are progressive, so if no winner is Jackpot Sweepstakes 3 Qualify now – Aug. 18 to win up to $10,000 found at the drawing the $100 will roll to the drawing next Saturday at the same time thrugh in the Jackpot Sweepstakes on Saturday, Aug. June 30. 18. Guests of the Isle will receive one free Up to $5,000 Big Sunday Freeroll Tourdrawing entry with each hand-paid taxable nament - Qualify with just five hours of live jackpot of $1,200 or more. play, Monday through Saturday, and play in the weekly Big Sunday Freeroll Tournament with up Bus fare refund to $5,000 in prize money. The payout will be deDo you ride the bus to Black Hawk? The Isle termined by the number of 10-hour qualifiers. will refund your bus fare up to $20. Simply earn Earn double Freeroll hours Mondays, Tuesdays 35 unadjusted points on your player’s card and and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Big present your return bus ticket to the player’s Sunday Freeroll Tournaments will take place on club or cashier services. Table games and pok- Sundays at 3 p.m. through June 26. Tournaments - Join in all the action on er players will receive their bus fare back with Tuesdays at 10 a.m. with the $45 Crazy four hours of consecutive play. PAGE 6

Pineapple High/Lo tournament. On Thursdays at 10 a.m., there will be a $45 Omaha High/ Low tournament. Registration for all 10 a.m. tournaments begins at 9 a.m., sign up prior to 9:30 a.m. and receive a free buffet. In addition, all tournaments do have a dealer appreciation bonus available. For more information, contact the poker room at 303-998-7905.

Play and stay at The Isle Play 30 unadjusted points on your IsleOne club card on Sundays through Thursdays between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. and stay the night on us. Check with the Player’s Club or Cashier Services once you have earned your points to receive your hotel offer. This offer is valid only on the day the points are earned.

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Grand Summer CASH Giveaway This summer is full of cash prizes at Fitzgeralds. Win your share of more than $200,000 and the Grand Prize of $100,000. Qualify for the final drawing every Friday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and every Saturday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Two qualifiers each night will win $1,000, a qualifying entry to return Aug. 18, and a Grand Summer T-shirt. Qualifiers will return Aug. 18 for a shot at the $100,000. Ten runners up will each win $5,000. All Key Rewards Members receive one free entry; earn additional entries for every 250 base points earned for the drawing week. Additionally, receive one free entry for every day of tracked play during the drawing week.

The Isle has all your favorite table games including blackjack, three card poker, let it ride, 4X Points bonus 6, Texas Hold’em bonus, buffalo blackKey Rewards members receive 4X Points jack, roulette and craps with 10 times odds. every Monday-Thursday all day long in June. New in table games is double deck blackjack, Not valid on video poker or keno. emperor’s challenge and 21+3. New games coming to the include Mississippi stud and ulSpin to Win Point Multiplier timate Texas Hold’Em, which will be linked to a progressive jackpot with Let It Ride. Three Card Wheel Poker will have a progressive jackpot all of its Multiply your cash back up to 10X on Sunown. day, June 24 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Not valid on video poker or keno.

Sun Harley Party Pit $1000 Drawing Win $1,000 every Saturday at 10:30 p.m. All Key Rewards members receive one free entry; www.fitzgeraldsbh.com earn additional entries by playing in the Sun Harley Party Pit. Earn double entries by playing your favorite table games every and Friday in Fourth of July Rooftop June. Plus, experience More Bang for Your Buck every Monday-Thursday with $2 craps and rouBlowout • Rooftop BBQ and Fireworks from 5 – 10 lette and $3 buffalo blackjack bonus. p.m. featuring DJ Mario of Sounds unlimited. • 4X points all day on July 4. Not valid on New to Fitzgeralds? Become a Key Rewards member and get video poker or keno. • $4,000 cash giveaway: Enjoy a front row more than $40 in valuable coupons and a seat to an amazing fireworks show along with chance to win $1,000 Friday, June 29, at 8 p.m. a chance to win up to $4,000 in cash at 7 p.m. Introduce a friend to our Key Rewards memberEarn entries for every 200 base points earned ship and get rewarded with 4X cash back on July 1 – 4. Get 2X entries on July 2, 3X entries the day of enrollment and a chance to win $500 on July 3 and 4X entries on July 4. The deadline in our New Member Giveaway. to register is 6:30 p.m.

July 3 $3,000 Cash Giveaway On July 3, one lucky winner will walk away $3,000 richer at 9 p.m. All Key Rewards members receive one FREE entry; earn additional entries for every 50 base points earned on the drawing day. The deadline to register is 8:30 p.m.

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Reel in the cash with our Monday Mania Slot Tournament every Monday. It’s easy and only 50 base points to sign up, not to mention a ton of fun. Register between 11 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. and the tournament begins at 1 p.m. Top score wins $200 and the next five places all win $100.

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Book your fantasy football party at Fitz 50 is now even better, with 4X points Fitzgeralds. There are special food and drink on slots and 3X on video poker and keno. Every packages to fit your groups needs. Monday and Tuesday, guests older than 50 will receive the point multiplier and a discounted King of the Grill Giveaway menu at the Shamrock Cafe. Join us on Wednesdays, June 27 from noon Continued on page 7 to 8 p.m., to receive your sensational barbecue

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into an exclusive drawing for Thursday’s play on June 28 for $500 to be given away to one lucky winner at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Continued from Page 6

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Summer of Cars and Cash This summer, win one of eight 2012 Chevrolet Sonic’s. That’s right, Canyon Casino is giving away eight cars plus cash all summer long. On June 1, start earning entries for the June 30 car giveaway. Increase your chance to win the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic by earning entry tickets daily. Every 100 points earns you an entry with no daily limit. Selected contestants spin the Winner’s Wheel to win cash with one lucky winner guaranteed to drive home in a super Sonic.

Hubcap Match Play Hubcap Match on Saturday June 23. Be one of seven lucky winners to win a share of $3,000 Cash. Winners will be selected randomly between 6 – 10 p.m. to win between

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$100 and $1,000 instantly. Simply play your 14 and 28. Red Dolly will be celebrating the 2X Points favorite slots and video poker with your Canyon start of the summer season by providing a Monday and Tuesdays Red Dolly will be ofClub card for a chance to be selected. round trip for two to Glenwood Springs. Enjoy a fering 2X points from 8 – 11 a.m. and ALL DAY scenic train ride to Glenwood Springs for an exWednesday all June long. clusive two night stay in the hotel, pool passes, 4X Points Fridays While playing on your Canyon Club card, train fare, accommodations and $250 spendearn 4X points on Fridays. Points will automati- ing cash included; 100 points to qualify earn Casino Employee Appreciation Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., entries Sunday-Friday. cally multiply as you play. all casino employees will be recognized for all their dedication and loyalty. We will be offering Super Sunday Tickets to Ride Free Bingo Sundays: June 24 AND July 1, 8, 15, 22 great food specials for 99-cents. Come play Bingo at the Canyon Casino. Win a top prize of $250 Tuesday, June 19 and and 29. Red Dolly will be giving away cash, Thursday, June 28. Bingo will be played at 10 Celani Family Wine Care Packages, tickets Happy Hour to concerts, baseball games and Renaisa.m. and 2 p.m. Loyal patrons with a player’s card will resance Festival each Sunday in June.  Win- ceive $1.99 menu from 4 – 7 p.m., Monday ners will be randomly selected via hot seat through Friday. every hour to draw from the drum of prizes.  You might be going to the Hudson Gardens Hat Giveaway Fridays in June to enjoy a concert, watching the sunset Earn 50 points to get your 20 Year Red Dolly with your Celani Family Wine care package, Anniversary Hat on Fridays only. catching a fly ball at the Rockies or enjoying one of the many great local events.

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Fourth of July BBQ

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Central City Nuggets For those guests 40 and older, earn 2X points all day on all machines every Wednesday. $1 = 1 Point. Earn 200 base points and receive half off one menu item at Millie’s Restaurant.

p.m., $500 at 11 p.m. Sunday, July 1 – $200 prizes every half hour, 4 – 10 p.m., $500 at 11 p.m. Monday, July 2 – $200 prizes every half hour, 4 – 10 p.m., $500 at 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 – $200 prizes every half hour from 4 – 9 p.m., Grand Prize drawing at 10 p.m. All entries go in the giant barrel for the Tuesday, July 3, Grand Prize drawing for a brand new 2012 Toyota Prius C courtesy of Stevinson Toyota West. This beautiful in-demand hybrid averages a worry-free 50 mpg.

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July 4 Giveaway

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

Join us on Wednesday, July 4, to help us celebrate America’s Independence Day. Just earn 25 base points that day to receive a patriotic American Flag pin.

New Players

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Players older than 55 years of age will receive 800 free points.

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Monday 2X points Earn 2X points every Monday all day at Famous Bonanza, including video poker. $1 = 1 point

40 and fabulous For those guests 40 and older, earn 2X points all day on all machines every Wednesday. $1 = 1 Point. Earn 200 base points and receive half off one menu item at Millie’s Restaurant.

Join us on your birthday Come celebrate your birthday with the Famous Bonanza and Easy Street Casinos and receive 500 free points.

Monday 2X points

Earn 2X points every Monday all day, including video poker. $1 = 1 point

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

The Parlour Located on the second floor of the Famous Bonanza Casino, we offer 2 deck pitch blackjack, roulette and 3-card poker. A $5 minimum to $50 maximum on 2 deck pitch blackjack and $3 minimum and all shoe games. The Parlour also offers pool and darts.

Dream Big Play 250 points to earn an entry to win a fantasy cruise, $5,000 shopping spree or a trip to Las Vegas. First giveaway will be Saturday, July 20.

40 and getting better

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.

Dream Big

Play 250 points to earn an entry to win a fantasy cruise, $5,000 shopping spree or a trip to Las Vegas! First giveaway will be Saturday, July 20.

food special

Try the new shrimp cocktail for $2

Members spin the wheel Player’s Club Members spin wheel daily in June

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Win $200 cash prizes every half hour, every Friday and Saturday in July. Every weekend in July, win $200 cash drawings every half hour, from 4-10 p.m. on Fridays, and from 2-10 p.m. on Saturdays. Earn entries starting midnight on July 4 for the first week, midnight on Sunday for each week after. Barrel emptied after each Saturdays’ final drawing.

5X points on penny slots

All guests will receive 5X points on Mondays on their play on any penny denomination slot ALL DAY from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. automatically.

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WIN a brand-new Toyota Prius C July 3 at 10 p.m. There will be $200 cash drawings every half hour weekends in June plus July 1, 2 and 3. Earn weekly entries for cash drawings for just 150 base points each. Fridays – $200 prizes every half hour, 6 – 10 p.m., $500 at 11 p.m. Saturdays – $200 prizes every half hour, 4 – 10

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Members spin into summer

Player’s Club members spin the wheel daily in June.

2X Points

Friday - Sunday (excluding video poker). Must be a Player’s Club member and have card properly inserted into machine while gaming to receive bonus points.

Progressive video poker at the bar

Play $5-cent and $25-cent Progressive video poker at the bar at Crystal Palace.

Food Special

Enjoy great food and fresh made sandwiches at Crystal Palace. Don’t miss the new $2 shrimp cocktail special.

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DJ on the weekend

Enjoy a live DJ every Friday and Saturday night.

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May 29 – Sept. 3, earn one free entry per account per day; 200 points will earn additional entries. Drawings are held every Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. with 50 winners each night. Winners receive

$100 in cash and a golden ticket for the car drawing. Car giveaways on Wednesday July 4, Sunday Aug. 5 and Monday Sept. 3.

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Slot Tournaments

Table games promotions Thursdays

Play bingo for free in the Lava Room every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Thursdays in the Celebrity Zone, noon – 3 p.m. One free session per account per day; earn 200 points on your Player’s Card and receive another chance to play. Top 5 scores will be posted at the Player’s Club/Gift Shop at 5 p.m. Top scores will be awarded $20-$100. Prizes must be picked up by 6 p.m. or they will be forfeited.

Now-June 28, we are giving away two club level baseball tickets every Thursday night at 8 p.m. Earn entries on all games and receive one free entry per account per day. Sundays-Wednesday, earn double entries before 6 p.m. Must be present to win (we will draw until we get a winner). See Table Games for details.

Food specials

Mondays-Friday, aces always win, noon – 6 p.m., get $25 for pocket aces.

Monday – Friday, enjoy a Big Plate Breakfast with Player’s Card for only $1.99. With your Player’s Card, pay only 99-cents for a slice of pizza everyday.

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Aces always win Poker Parties

Enjoy a poker party every Friday at 7 p.m. in the poker room; high hand $50.

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Summer Happenings

Gaming towns heat up in July By Rosemary Fetter

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ummer means special fun for visitors to Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek. Check out the following events scheduled for late June and July.

BLACK HAWK

Independence Day Celebration and Colorado’s Largest Fireworks Display July 4, celebrate Independence Day all weekend with live music from the Boom Town Band, gaming and other Fourth of July festivities in the city’s numerous casinos. A 30-40 minute fireworks display beginning at dusk will feature pyrotechnics from around the world, including

aerial fireworks showcased at Disney World and the Montreal International Fireworks Competition. Revelers can even expect several newly designed fireworks to premiere in Black Hawk, including blooming flowers, silver crowns and special animated shells that “dance” across the sky. Check www.cityofblackhawk.com in case of changes in firework show because of statewide fire bans. Annual Peak to Peak Duck Race July 28, Mardi Gras Casino Patio, Black Hawk. Casino sponsors each receive a “fleet” of five large ducks to decorate as they choose, the wilder the better. Everyone in the

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

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June 22 – 23: Dreamboat Annie (Heart cover band) June 29: Walker Williams June 30: POCO at 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. *Tickets on sale now at :

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July 13: The New Classic Band   July 14: Cowboy Mouth - Ticketed event shows at 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. July 20 – 21: Under a Blood Red Sky Tribute to U2. FREE SHOW!!

The Lava Room entertainment – all concerts are free, doors open at 8:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted).

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Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk

June 21 – 23: Hot Lunch Band (R&B, rock) June 28 – 30: Boogie Machine (1970s) July 4: Urban Dance Theory (4 – 8 p.m.) July 6 – 7: Urban Dance Theory July 13 – 14: Tumbling Dice July 20 – 21: JV3

Enjoy live entertainment on the Caribbean Cove bar stage each Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. – midnight.

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race votes for the Best Dressed Fleet trophy. The race includes trophies for the Sponsors Race and the Quack trophy. Peak to Peak Race benefits the Peak to Peak Rotary. See page 14 for entry form.

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Lunch and a Song at the Historic Teller House July 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, Lunch and a 30-minute performance by a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation artist to whet your opera appetite at the relaxed Teller House, 120 Eureka St. Tickets at www.central cityopera.org.

Central City Opera 2012 Festival July 7, Opening Night for La Boheme. Performances this summer include: Oklahoma (through Aug. 10), La Boheme (July 7 – Aug. 12), Turn of the Screw (July 14 – Aug. 4.) Tickets at www.centralcityopera.org, call 303-292-6500 or 303-292-6500. Free Pre-performance Preview: Join a member of the artistic staff for a free, short opera preview at 1:50 or 7:15 p.m. prior to each performance at the Williams Stables across Eureka Street from the Opera House). CCO Central City Days July 14, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Take your choice of all-day historic adventures, performances, parties and festival with an all-inclusive $25 pass, Central City Opera subscribers, $20. • Short Works: Performances of Saints and Sinners I and II in Williams Stable Theater across from the Opera House Stables. Attend one or both 45-minute performances in Central’s most unusual theater • Mountain biking through ghost towns & graveyards: Three scenic self-guided mountain bike loops including the Nevadaville Loop tour with historic break

and refreshment spots. Free parking/continuous shuttle service provided with pass, courtesy of the City of Central) • Guided historic walking tours: Religion and the Red Light District, The Characters of Central City, and Coeur D’Alene Mine tours depart hourly from the Teller House, courtesy of Gilpin County Historical Society. Special guest tour guide Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel will lead a Downhill from There walking tour of Central’s infamous watering holes, including the tale of the Face on the Barroom Floor, the Gold Coin and Dostal Alley. Tour departs from the McFarlane House at 2:15 p.m. (Space limited to the first 25 pass-holders to RSVP at 720-227-5363) • Geocache history treks: Scavenge the streets and hillsides of Central City’s past for a chance to win fabulous end-of-day prizes • Front Porch Storyteller’s Lemonade Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sit and rest a spell on the bucolic grounds of the historic McFarlane House as storytellers bring intriguing Coloradans back to life . Special guest storyteller Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel will spin some sweet yarns from 1:30 to 2:00 pm. Complimentary teas, lemonades and waters; BYO picnic/bag lunch) • Twilight Party: 5 – 7 p.m. Al fresco celebration on the grounds of the historic McFarlane House featuring live music by The Mile Markers, plus beers of Oskar Blues Brewery, local food and wine (Allinclusive with pass purchase; 21 and older) • Artist’s Pavilion in the Opera Gardens: Presented by the Gilpin County Arts Association • Guided “drop in” tours of St. James Methodist Church: Oldest continuously-operating church in Colorado, 123 Eureka St. 303582-5882. • 50% off museum admissions: Includes Gilpin County Historical Museum and the Thomas House, courtesy of the Gilpin County Historical Society • Discount Tickets on The Turn of the Screw: July 14, 8 p.m. performance. Advance purchase only, based on availability. Jazz Brunch Historic Teller House July 21, 11:45 a.m. Pop up for a

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finger-snappin’ great time, featuring fine food and hot jazz. Approximately 2 hours. Info at www.centralcity opera.org. ‘The Medium’ July 28 and Aug. 4, 6 p.m., Williams Stables. An hour-long dramatic opera by Gian Carlo Menotti about a fake psychic whose surprise encounter with the unknown leads to murder and mayhem.

CRIPPLE CREEK & VICTOR

Donkey Derby Days June 23 – 24, Bennett Avenue. Parade and donkey race inspired by the town’s resident donkey herd. Games, live entertainment, heritage competitions and other fun family activities. www.visitcripplecreek.com. Cripple Creek Roughstock Rodeo and Demolition Derby June 29 – July 1, Teller County Fair Grounds, 501 W. Golden Teller County Road 1, Cripple Creek. Eight events include bareback riding, bull riding and steer wrestling. Contests and giveaways. July 1 Demolition Derby with cars, trucks and minis. www.visitcripplecreek.com. ‘Once Upon a Time in the Old West Art Show Through July 4, 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. Fourth of July Celebration Massive fireworks display choreographed to music, against the beautiful backdrop of surrounding mountains. Firehouse BBQ, beer garden, live entertainment will start at noon in the City Parking Lot, and the fireworks show will start at dark. City parking lot, 300 block of Bennett Avenue, across from City Hall. Visit www.visitcripplecreek.com. June 19 - July 2, 2012


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Cover Story

Summer of cars and cash

Cover Story

Follow Canyon Casino: facebook.com/ CanyonCasino @CanyonBlackHawk

t’s a cool, cool summer of cars and cash at Canyon Casino in Black Hawk. Escape the stifling heat of the city and drive on up to Canyon for the promo of the season: a continuous giveaway of cars and cash each Saturday in June, July and August through the Labor Day weekend in early September. By Suzanne Paulman

this great giveaway. When Canyon is not giving away cars on Saturdays, it’s giving away even more cash in its Hubcap Match. On Saturday night, June 23, 6-10 p.m., random drawings will select seven lucky guests playing with their Canyon Casino Club member’s card as winners. One guest will be selected out of the winners and have the chance to win $50-$1,000 instantly by matching dollar amounts in two of the Hubcap Match board’s boxes. Canyon is giving away more cash in June with free bingo featuring a top cash prize of $250. Bingo will be played twice on Tuesday, June 19, and Thursday, June 28, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Every Tuesday and Thursday Canyon Casino Club card members can earn 2X points while playing and a 50 percent discount at the Canyon Grille as part of the ConCome see Debra at Canyon Grille, the noisseur’s Club promo. casino’s comfy and relaxing restaurant On Fridays, card memon the third floor, which continues to offer freshly prepared fare along with its bers can earn a fantasunrivaled great service tic 4X points by playing slots and video

Canyon Casino started its summer giveaway on June 1 when entries for the cars could be earned all day, everyday, with one entry earned per 100 base points. Play the winning slot machines and video poker to earn as many entries as you can for the next 2012 Chevy Sonic car drawing on June 30 from 7-10 p.m. Selected contestants spin a Winner’s Wheel to win cash with one lucky winner guaranteed to also win a Super Sonic. Mark your calendar to stop, stay, and play at Canyon on Monday, July 2, to earn 3X Sonic entries for the first July Sonic Giveaway on Wednesday, July 4, from 5-8 p.m. Everyone is eligible for

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performs from 4-8 p.m., Friday through Sunday, in the Stroelhe Square covered bus stop at the Canyon Casino is giving away a total of eight Chevy Sonics intersection of Gregory and Main during its Summer of Cars and Cash! Streets. Canyon shows part of its 8:30 a.m. and serves breakfast all easy food selections. sparkling hospitality by providCanyon Casino is located at 131 ing plenty of valet parking and selfday. A full menu is offered Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to Main Stt in Black Hawk and is open parking lot spaces—both free for its 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to guests. With its awesome summer from 11 a.m. to midnight. The Grille 2:30 a.m. and on the weekends for 24 cars and cash giveaway, come early can be reached by taking the casino hours. The drive up to Black Hawk in the day to Canyon as its parking stairs or the silver elevator on the will be easier via Highway 119 as the first floor across from the Guest Ser- road is scheduled to be open once spaces are definitely going to fill up fast. vices counter to the third floor. again in late June. Contact the casino for more deCanyon’s Sure Bet Snack Shack The city of Black Hawk also sweeton the first floor in the Grand Pla- ens the sounds of summer through tailed information by calling 303teau gaming section features nachos, Labor Day by providing free music 777-1111, visiting canyoncasino.com personal pizzas, and other quick and with the Boomtown Band. The band or its Facebook and Twitter.

poker. On Sundays, June 24 and July 1, “Black Hawk’s Best Bet” casino continues its point appreciation to card members by offering 3X points while playing. If you are looking for more ways to have fun at Canyon, stop by the new Colorado sports-themed pit and play blackjack, craps, or roulette seven days a week. These table games will be even hot-hot-hotter in July—check back for a special giveaway and playing times to earn multiple points. The Canyon Grille, the casino’s comfy and relaxing restaurant on the third floor, continues to offer freshly prepared fare along with its unrivaled great service. Start your day right with a free breakfast at the Grille. Come into the casino from 8:30-11 a.m., earn just 50 points, and receive a voucher for any one free breakfast item on the restaurant’s menu. During June the restaurant features two appetizing specials – Tuscany Apple Pork Chops or a Krazy Cobb Salad – for only $6.99 each with a club member’s card. But that’s not all. The Grille also features an all-you-can-eat Fish and Chips meal or a Bar-B-Q Platter of brisket, chicken, and ribs with baked beans, coleslaw and fries all day, every day, for $8.99 each with a club member’s card. The Canyon Grille opens daily at

Canyon Casino is located at 131 Main St. in Black Hawk and is open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. and on the weekends for 24 hours. Photos by Suzanne Paulman

Discover New Games in the Canyon! It’s a whole new deal in the Canyon. Play Blackjack, Craps and Roulette 7 days a week in our new pit. Plus there’s lots of slots and video poker. Earn points on your Canyon Club card, valid for cash back, valuable mailings, food comps and more. Discover a New Game at the Canyon.

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Duck Race Adoption Form

Black Hawk

Fun Peak To Creek Duck Race set for July 28 By Linda Jones

T

he innovative local Peak to Creek Duck Race will float to glory at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, in North Clear Creek alongside the Race Headquarters on the Golden Mardi Gras Casino patio. Sponsors for this Ninth annual race are Century Casino, the Colorado Gambler, IGT, Isle of Capri Casino, Golden Mardi Gras and the Riviera Casino. This fun event is a major fundraiser for the local Peak to Peak Rotary. Each of the race sponsors receives a “fleet” of five 8-inch ducks with sunglasses to decorate in whatever theme they can create in their wildest dreams. Past decorated fleets have been prison work crews, can-can girls, construction workers, railroad conductors, NASCAR racers, clowns and the “Quackson Five,” with each duck dressed to resemble one of the brothers and each with tiny mics and instruments and

performing on a strobe-lit stage. Everyone who visits Race Headquarters on the Mardi Gras patio prior to 2 p.m. receives a ballot to vote for Best Dressed Fleet, the most coveted of the three traveling trophies. The other two are First Place in the Sponsors Race and the Quack trophy. Following the Sponsors Race is the Peak to Creek Race. In this race all the adopted 3-inch rubber duckies are poured into the creek and snatched up at the finish net in the order of their finish. The numbers on the bottom of the ducks correspond with the numbers of individual duck “adopters.” The first duck to hit the finish net wins the Grand Prize of $1,000 for its adopter. First Prize is a season ski pass to Eldora Ski Area and the Second Prize is two tickets to an opera of the winner’s choice in the 2013 season. Multiple other prizes, such as meals, hotel rooms and service discounts, are given to

duck adopters. The Peak to Peak Rotary Club represents the Black Hawk, Central City, Rollinsville and Nederland area. It is one of 67,000 Rotary clubs on every continent that together comprise Rotary International, the largest service club in the world with 1.2 million members. Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self” and the funds raised through the Peak to Creek Duck Race are used for the benefit of the Gilpin and Nederland schools. Peak to Peak Rotary sponsors a high-school service club in the Gilpin High School, awards scholarships of $1,000 each to seniors of the two schools, honors art students in the two schools, funds foreign exchange students, sponsors both juniorand senior-high students for week-long leadership camps, purchases needed sports equipment and backpacks filled with supplies and other projects in the schools.

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“Pintail Flock” (12 Ducks)

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V.I.D. “Very Important Duck” 60 Ducks

x $250.00 TOTAL DONATION

Along with the form, mail your donation with a check or money order payable to: Peak to Peak Rotary, PO Box 512, Black Hawk, CO 80422 Include your Name, Address, City, State, Zip and Telephone Number

Gemstone & Minerals

June birthstone: Pearl, Moonstone or Alexandrite By Ray Lundin

All right, fast, without going to the encyclopedia, what is the only birthstone that’s a nonmineral? Clue: Its name comes from the Latin word “perula.” It’s the pearl. That non-mineral, plus the moonstone and alexandrite, are the birthstones for June. The Greek word for pearl, “margarita” is thought to have been derived from the Babylonian word meaning “child of the sea.” Because they didn’t require any fashioning to reveal their incomparable loveliness, the pearl has been cherished from the earliest times of mankind. Historians tell us that the pearl was the favorite gem of the men and women of the Roman period. Roman women even wore them in their sleep, so the presence of the gems would remind them of their wealth in moments of awakening. Pearls brought back by the Crusaders aided in spreading the appreciation for these gems in European countries. In fact, there was such a vogue for pearls among the people

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at one period in European history that the time was referred to as the “Pearl Age.” Burial mounds in Ohio have tended to confirm accounts of early travelers in America telling of the use of the pearl for ornamental purposes by the American Indians. Spanish adventurers were lured to America by tales of vast pearl treasures that were to be had for the asking. Gem pearls have been found in a variety of mollusks, the most important being the Pinctada. The pearl-bearing oysters are not those regarded as edible in the Western World. In fact, gem pearls have never been found in our edible oysters. In 1904, Mr. K. Mikimoto developed the first cultured pearl by inserting a lead nucleus around which the pearl formed. Over several years, this encrustation forms the pearl. Pearls are variable in shape and may be black or pink,

as well as the usual white. The world’s largest pearl, according the Guinness Book of World Records, is the Pearl of Allah-a 14-pound behemoth. Far from the beauty its name may suggest, the Pearl of Allah looks like a deformed brain. But, depending on the beholder, its surface is said to contain the image of Muhammad, Buddha, Confucius or Christ. According to legend, Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu had the pearl grown for him by having a jade amulet placed inside a clam about 2,500 years ago. Lao-Tzu ordered that the pearl be passed on from father to son, with each succeeding generation transplanting it into a larger clam. The pearl grew over the centuries and was lost then found again and ended up in Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in 1939. The Pearl of Allah now resides in a bank vault in Denver while court battles keep it from being displayed. The pearl

has been appraised at $60 million.

Moonstone

Moonstone is the most valuable of the feldspar gems. It is a term applied correctly only to adularia, which is another name for moonstone, named for the Adula Mountains in the Swiss Alps. Moonstone is a semi-translucent to translucent feldspar mineral that exhibits a floating, billowy, white or bluish light effect, seen in certain directions as the stone is turned. The finest specimens in North America come from Allen’s Mica Mine in Amelia Courthouse, Va. In many areas of the world, it is still believed that moonstone will bring good fortune to the wearer. In ancient times it was supposed to arouse tender passions in lovers and give them power to read the future. In order for it to be effective as a means of determining one’s personal future, it was supposed to be placed in the mouth when the moon was full. In India, where moonstone is still regarded

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as a sacred stone, it is displayed only on a yellow cloth because yellow is an especially sacred color in that country.

Alexandrite

Alexandrite is a va- riety of Chrysoberyl, emerald green in daylight, red to violet by ordinary artificial light. Alexandrite is particularly interesting because of its color change; the more poetic writers have referred to it as “an emerald by day and a ruby by night.” This variety received its name from the fact that it was supposedly discovered on the birthday of Alexander II, Czar of Russia, in 1830. Because of this, and because red and green are the colors of the Russian Imperial Guard, alexandrite has been a particular favorite in that country. This gem very rarely occurs in large sizes and a 40- to 50-carat stone of exceptional quality is usually found only in museum collections. Larger gems are usually so flawed that only smaller stones can be recovered. Next month’s birthstone - Ruby

June 19 - July 2, 2012


Kim won $1,440 playing a Triple Stars machine at Canyon Casino in Black Hawk.

Amy won $1,502 playing a Triple Diamonds machine at Canyon Casino.

Joanne won $1,371 and $4504 playing a $1 Triple Double Stars machine at Fitzgeralds Casino.

Darwin won $3,825 playing a Wild and Crazy slot machine at Fitzgeralds.

Gamaliel won $1,440 playing a $1 Triple Stars machine at Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk.

Laura won $5,000 playing a $1 China Moon machine at Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk.

June 19 - July 2, 2012

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Gaming

Thinking About Poker: Position? Who needs position? FULLHOUSE

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By Drew Chitiea

ne cannot play poker, read about poker or discuss poker without, sooner or later, hearing advice that “Position is everything.” Put another way, the three things one needs to succeed in poker is Patience, a Powerful hand, and Position (the ‘3 Ps’). I enjoyed a session recently where, as someone once said, “It ain’t necessarily so.” I wandered to the local Pokertorium a few Sundays ago my Sweetie was at a class, all my paperwork was caught up and it just felt right. I waited to be called for the $2

- $5/$100 game while enjoying the weather on the patio. It was a fine morning, almost too warm for the overshirt I wore as the clouds sailed by and the crows did some sky dancing. When called, I seated myself with a minimum buy-in and shortly the table filled up with the normal range of customers. The first hand I played was A-9 suited from late position; when I flopped a flush draw I felt I was off to a good start. Sadly, the flush never materialized so right away I was digging out of a hole. Two rounds later I found myself in early position with 9-9; not a great hand and certainly not a good position for it but perhaps worth a call if I could see the flop cheaply. A few other players limped in and that’s just what happened – a $5 call got me to the flop. Whoosh. A complete blank; the flop was a Jack and two lower than my pocket pair. I checked and a player a few seats down bet out $20, getting two

callers prior to me. Naturally, I put him holding a Jack. I figured it was a cheap way to see one more card, so I called. No waiting – on the turn comes a nine. Bwahaa-haa. Now, how to maximize profit from this? I thought if I check-raised I was all but turning my cards face up and also risking the possibility of everyone else checking down the pot. I decided to represent a draw and bet half the pot. The original bettor seemed puzzled, thought a bit, then raised and drove the other customers away. I just called. The river was an Ace, the proverbial ‘scare card’. Again, I thought about what my opponent might think I had and since there was no straight or flush possible, he might put me on a busted draw. I made a weak $50 bet, he raised to $100, I raised $100 more and that seemed to surprise him. Coming out of the tank a minute later, he called and mucked his cards forcefully when I revealed my set. Now, I’ll

How well did you do on the quiz?

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ere are the correct responses to last edition’s quiz. 1. The correct response is C. Lining up a Red Seven, a White Seven, and a blank is a losing combination. On Red, White, and Blue Sevens slot machines you will get your money back if you line up three blanks on the pay line. Any left to right combination of a red symbol, a white symbol, and blue symbol is a winner. In fact, the combination of a red bar, double white bars, and triple blue bars is one of the premium-paying combinations. 2. The correct response is A. Both hands are a push. In casino blackjack, you are eligible for a 3-2 premium payoff for a black-

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jack only when the first two cards you are dealt add up to 21. When the first two cards you are dealt are aces, you split them, then draw a ten value card on each one, you have two hands that each add up to 21. You’re normally sitting pretty to beat the dealer and get paid even money on both hands, but when the dealer draws to 21, then both hands are a push. 3. The correct response is B. When you’re playing roulette and win your “street” bet (a bet on three numbers) you are paid 11-1. “Straight up” (a bet on one number) pays 35-1. “Split” (a bet on two numbers) pays 17-1. “Corner” (a bet on four numbers) pays 8-1. “Side street” (a bet on six numbers) pays 5-1. The 2-1 betting propositions on a roulette layout are the “columns” and the “dozens”. The even money betting propositions are red/black, odd/ even, and high/low. 4. The correct response is A. “Red” or “Big Red” is craps players slang for a seven, the number

nobody at a craps table wants to say by name. It’s a number that I personally never want to see, even though it’s a “natural” on the comeout roll and pays even money for a pass line bet. That’s why most “red” bets are made on the comeout roll, the only roll when a seven does minimal damage. A bet on any seven on the next roll pays 4-1 but isn’t recommended because of the high house edge. 5. The correct response is C. Three Card Poker features a wagering proposition called “Pairs Plus”. A wager on this bet means that you will be paid even money for any pair you are dealt in your three-card hand, REGARDLESS of how strong (or how weak) the dealer’s hand. Bonus payoffs on a Pairs Plus bet include 4-1 for a flush, 6-1 for a straight, 30-1 for three-of-a-kind, and 40-1 for a 3-card straight flush. 6. The correct response is A. When you line up two Triple Diamonds and a Red Seven on a Triple Diamond slot machine, you

admit I got lucky on the turn, but sometimes one has to give oneself the chance to get lucky – and from early position, too. An hour later found me stealing pots and blinds mostly from early position. A little aggression went a long way and my stack had almost tripled. These are the times when one has to ask oneself, “Should I book a win and take it home or play longer?” I opted to play longer. Once again in early position, I looked down to find A-8 suited, so I called the blind. Another player in midto-late position made it $30 to go with everyone else folding to me. I figured it was worth a shot and after calling, saw a flop of A-3-3. Two pair eight kicker isn’t the greatest hand in the world but it’s worth finding out the strength of my opponent so I bet $40 into the $67 pot. He raised to $80, so I put him on a kicker most likely higher than mine. Once again, one must allow oneself to get lucky, so for another

$40 I saw the turn; I thanked the poker gods for the eight hitting the felt. I now had top two while putting him on Aces and threes with a high kicker. I checked and he went the distance for $100, seemed wary when I flat-called his bet. The river was another Ace. I felt quite secure I knew where all the bullets were and my opponent thought he had if not the winning hand then a chopped pot. He again went for $100 wager and when I raised the same amount he said “We’re only going to chop it.” His eyes went wide when I showed my Aces full of eights and he revealed A-10. I had him on the turn and the river just made it better. Things quieted down a little after that and the early position “advantage” lessened, but I ended the session with four times the amount I bought in with. A great day to use a ‘positional disadvantage’ to my benefit and all the time thinking about poker.

are paid 9-times what three Red Sevens would have paid, THE best payoff for a winning combination other than the top award for three Triple Diamonds on the pay line. One Triple Diamond with two Red Sevens pays 3-times. A Double Diamond with two triple bars and the mixed sevens combinations pay far less than the Triple Diamond bonanza. 7. The correct response is A. When you are dealt a pair of fives at the blackjack table, the best play is to take them as a 2-card total of 10 and double-down against anything the dealer shows for an up-card, except (usually) a 10-value card or an ace. The best play is to NEVER split your fives, even against a dealer’s “stiff” (4, 5, or 6). When the dealer shows a 10-value card or an ace the best play is to hit the hand, but under no circumstances would you stand or split. 8. The correct response is D. Allowing roulette players to bet on “0” and “00” by placing a chip on the line that separates the “second dozen box” from the “third dozen box” on the layout is strictly a convenience for players who are

seated near the end of the table. The other spot to make this bet, of course, is to place the chip on the line that separates the green “0” from the green “00” near the top of the layout. 9. The correct response is A. When you make a bet on the “field” at a craps table, you’re betting that any number except 5, 6, 7, or 8 will show on the next roll of the dice. A winner pays even money, except on “snake eyes” (2) or “box cars” (12), which has a bonus of 2-1 or sometimes 3-1. If the dice show “hard eight” (a pair of fours), you lose your field bet. 10. The correct response is D. This question exemplifies the frustrations of playing Caribbean Stud Poker. Even though you have a strong hand, in this case threeof-a-kind in aces, you don’t get a bonus payoff unless the dealer “qualifies”, and in Caribbean Stud the dealer’s hand does not qualify unless he has Ace-King or higher. If the dealer’s hand qualified, you would have been paid 3-1 on your bet. Winning antes always pay even money. Since the dealer didn’t qualify, your ante paid even money and your bet was a push.

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For the faint of heart, here’s another way to look at blackjack splits

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roper splitting of pairs in blackjack subtracts 0.4 percent from what would otherwise be the house advantage in the game. Overall, this benefit is less than that afforded by following Basic Strategy for standing on low totals, doubling down, and hitting soft 17s and 18s. Taken individually, however, splits are typically worth as much as or more than these options. The small apparent gain results because opportunities for beneficial splits only occur on one out of every 39.6 hands; in contrast, as an example, doubling is the optimum move on one out of 10.4. Most solid citizens readily double down when “the book” says to do so. Although more money must be placed at risk, the play isn’t considered especially perilous. Reasons include 1. The additional card drawn can’t lead to a bust. 2. The alternative to is to hit, anyway, in all cases except soft-18 versus three- through six-up. 3. Inability to draw more than one card, if later desired, is an example of

an action nobody wants to take until they can’t, so it seems unimportant at the moment the go/ no-go decision is made. 4. Players wary about adding to their wagers can “double for less,” erroneously thinking they’re not sacrificing advantage but only reducing possible gain in proportion to possible loss. 5. Doubling starts with hands perceived to be strong when simply hit. Splitting is a different matter. Splits such as pairs of nines against five take hands perceived to be favorable and make them better. Others, like pairs of eights against seven, move underdogs to the catbird seat. The problems are with the third type, totals that start weak and improve by getting less bad, but still aren’t good, when split. It’s these on which even experienced players hesitate because they perceive that splitting exposes them to losing twice as much. A pair of eights against a 10 offers a classic object lesson. Neither hitting nor standing on the 16 are especially auspicious. Intuition here is confirmed by analysis indicating an

expectation of losing 53.5¢ per dollar of initial bet by hitting and 53.7¢ by standing. But starting with eight against a 10 isn’t exactly promising either – a perception reinforced by the math showing the expectation for the split of losing 47.5¢ per initial dollar. But comparing the results mathematically shows that, on the average, splitting loses 6.0¢ per initial dollar less. There’s another way to envision the value of Basic Strategy splits. Say you bet $10 and get a pair against a dealer’s upcard for which splitting is the recommended choice. At the start of the round, the house had 0.5 percent edge so you began with an expectation of losing a nickel on the average. The expectation improves or worsens depending on your two cards and what the dealer displays. Say it’s a pair of nines against an eight. Standing on the 18 yields an average profit of $0.99. Splitting the pair, your $20 total wager is projected to win an average of $2.30. The additional sawbuck slid onto the table raises your expectation by $2.30 - $0.99 or $1.31. The fresh moolah was therefore wagered with an edge over the bosses of $1.31/$10 or 13.1 percent. Bettors have an advantage on the extra money laid out whenever they

strongest case 8-8 vs 7 8-8 vs 6 A-A vs 6 A-A vs 5 8-8 vs 5 A-A vs 4 8-8 vs 4 A-A vs 3 8-8 vs 8 7-7 vs 6

edge on extra bet 72.83% 56.41% 49.17% 47.32% 47.11% 45.37% 43.57% 42.71% 42.49% 40.57%

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friend of mine is fond of saying, “Figures lie and liars figure.” And I often say that that phrase describes the old school blackjack writer’s use of math well. Or you might think of the old school systems collectively as a blackjack Wizard of Oz, blowing smoke and fire while warning you not to look at the man (charlatan) behind the curtain. What do I mean? Just one example. A blackjack pundit wrote a column recently in which he urged you to always split 8s, no matter what the dealer up card. This is the old

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Versus the dealer’s 9, 10 and Ace, for example, each of your split 8s have nearly 2:1 odds of losing. Split twice and your overall losses versus the dealer’s 9 would be 56 percent; your overall losses would be 75 percent with a third split. Split 8s twice versus the dealer’s 10 and you’ll suffer 66 percent losses; your overall losses if splitting a third time would reach 87 percent. Because the “Weakened Ace” (my term for the dealer’s Ace when it does not achieve a blackjack - that is, the Ace you face when you have a turn to make) is a bit weaker than the dealer’s 10, the numbers are a little bit better but still bleak when facing that card - 49 percent and 65 percent respectively. Do you want to put more money down in a nearly 2:1 losing situation? That’s the first question. Poker

2-2 vs 7 2-2 vs 3 9-9 vs 2 8-8 vs T 3-3 vs 3 6-6 vs 2 4-4 vs 6 2-2 vs 2 4-4 vs 5 3-3 vs 2

edge on extra bet 9.75% 7.62% 7.38% 6.06% 5.91% 5.66% 4.33% 3.71% 2.78% 0.89%

follow the dictates of Basic Strategy to split a pair. The accompanying table gives the players’ edge for the additional bet on the strongest and weakest 10 sanctioned splits. As an illustration of interpreting the data, splitting a pair of eights against a 10 gives the player 6.06 percent edge on the new wager. The weakest split by this criterion is a pair of threes versus two-up, where the edge on the extra cash is 0.89 percent – less than a penny on the dollar but positive nevertheless. The strongest split is a pair of eights against seven-up; there, the player is favored on that extra wager by 72.83 percent – a whopping 72.83¢ on the dollar.

Advantage for players on the extra money placed at risk to split Basic Strategy pairs for the 10 strongest and 10 weakest cases In the weakest instance, the pair of threes versus a two, the player’s advantage on the extra dollar is roughly twice as great as the overall edge the casino has on the game as a whole. That house advantage is the source of the casino’s net earnings. Players can profit at twice that rate on the least potentially profitable splits. Are you gonna pass that up? Or, as Sumner A Ingmark noted: Although a profit may be small, It beats a loss, or none at all.

players understand that you have to be in it to win it - that is, if you throw away all your chips, you’re out of the game. You have to preserve your chips. And there’s another factor to consider which the old schoolers fail to tell you: if you know how to analyze the cards, if you use your eyes to see in other words, you can actually figure out when it’s especially stupid to split 8s and save your money. For instance, look at the card situation I’ve provided here. What is most likely to occur to the third baseman’s 8s and what is the dealer’s most likely outcome? Take a moment to figure it out… Quick answer: there are five players at the table and with the first baseman’s split Aces, the round almost plays like there are six players. So by the end of this round, there

should be five or six 10s on the table, in a balanced situation. How many 10s are there now? With the imbalance on the table, 10s are most likely to fall on the third baseman’s 8s and a 10 is the most likely dealer hole card. So the player most likely will get two 18s and both split hands will lose to the dealer’s most likely hand of 20 points. Was this really an imbalance into which you should split? And even without the imbalance, do you accept the nearly 2:1 odds you’ll be throwing your money away splitting 8s here - doubled with splitting once, tripled when splitting twice, quadrupled when splitting three times? It’s your money. Richard Harvey is a nationallyacclaimed 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 rharvey2121@ netscape.net. For more info see http://www.blackjacktoday.com.

It’s your money school line yet it sometimes sends you to the cleaners. The idea, I guess, is you’re supposed to be happy throwing good money against bad (increasing your bet into sometimes losing situations) because, in doing so, you’re hoping to lose less over the course of 10 lifetimes of playing blackjack. But even that’s wacko. For one thing, the researchers who created the old school methods admitted they did not test for betting variations in devising strategies. So they’re assuming you’re placing the same bet every round. That’s ridiculous. Few players play that stupidly. Anyway, what that means is the old schoolers don’t even take into account the fact that losses with unusually large bets when splitting 8s can be especially devastating and hard to recoup. But even if we don’t take that into account (and we should), we need to tell the old schoolers: “Look at the math, stupid!”

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a hogback is a “sharp olden, Kansas ridge produced by T e r erosion of highly tiltritory ed rock layers, one was named after of which is more reThomas L. Golden sistant than the othwho camped in the ers.”) area of the current The Dakota Hogcity of Golden in the back between Goldfall of 1858 with his en and the small prospecting parttown of Morrison to ner, George Andrew the south is referred By Anna lee Jackson. It was to by locals as “DiAmes Frohlich Jackson who batnosaur Ridge.” Comwesternfootprints@comcast.net tled winter weather plete skeletons of Juup Clear Creek Canrassic Age dinosaurs, including a yon and found in his gold pan Brontosaurus, were found in that the first sign of lode gold in that area on Jan. 7, 1859. Golden City, area in 1876 and 1878. Other fosfounded on June 16, 1859, was silized remains have been found appropriately named consider- all along that front range area. ing prospector Thomas L. Gold- Today, a popular stopping place en, the gold in Clear Creek, and, for tourists is on the east face of at a later date, the golden brew the hogback north of Morrison produced in Golden by Coors where dinosaur footprints are visible in the shale. Brewing Company. The gap in the hogback forms Preceded by the discovery of gold by William Green Russell a bowl in which most of the city of near the South Platte River and Golden sits. There is a large fault Cherry Creek on June 24, 1858, zone known as the Laramide or and followed by the discovery of Golden Fault running along the lode gold in April 1859 near Gold edge of the Front Range, and in Hill and John Gregory’s dis- the area of Golden rock formacovery on Vasquez Fork, north tions such as the sandstone Red branch, a month later in May Rocks near Morrison and the 1859, Jackson’s discovery was Dakota Hogback have been cut smack in the middle of the kick off of the gold rush in Kansas Territory (Colorado Territory by 1862). It was called the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush because of the familiarity of Pike’s Peak, but the true gold rush in the Pike’s Peak area didn’t occur until about 30 years later. Golden’s location is unique in several ways. A long ridge known as the Dakota Hogback runs toward Golden from the south, ending between I-70 and 6th Avenue and resuming north of Golden. (AcA map of Golden cording to Roadside Geology of Colorado,

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Representation of the Argo Mill in Idaho Springs by Harry Brunk

out. Instead, Golden is defined on the eastern side by two large table top mountains, tertiary volcanics, sedimentary rocks whose tops are protected from erosion by flat lava tops. First the Ute Indians in the 1600s and then the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes in the 1700s lived in the area around Golden, but they were not the first humans to live there. In 1957 a company called Magic Mountain, Inc. offered stock for investment in a theme park to the southwest of Golden. Magic Mountain did not succeed, and many investors were hurt in 1960. The interesting discovery, however, was that in the area of Apex Gulch, which is part of the Magic Mountain area that was being developed, people of the Archaic period (3050-2050 BC) and the Middle Archaic period (1550-810 BC) had been seasonal hunters

of small game and gatherers of wild plants in the area. Cynthia Irwin-Williams of the Peabody Museum of Harvard University found three burials there. Many artifacts were found which are now in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Sitting at the base of the Rocky Mountains, bisected by Clear Creek that runs down a steep mountain canyon from the lucrative mining towns of Central City and Black Hawk, and located southeast and east of other mountain boom towns, Golden is a logical spot for a railroad center. This series of articles will be mostly about the first railroad that ran west into the mountain mining towns of Colorado and originated in Golden. It was the narrow gauge Colorado Central Rail Road. Before the CCRR headed into the hills, the goal of it’s directors

was to reach Cheyenne, Wyo., to hook up with the Union Pacific RR. My great-great-greatgreat uncle Oliver Ames, then president of the UPRR of which the CCRR was a subsidiary, was in the middle of a race with the Denver Pacific RR to reach Cheyenne first. He ordered the building of railroad shops in Cheyenne in 1868 to facilitate the connection. This history of the CCRR will be illustrated by photos of the incredible work of model railroader extraordinaire, Harry Brunk of NE, whose layout of the Union Central and Northern, a later successor of the CCRR, now resides at the Cheyenne Depot Museum in Cheyenne. Granted, the CCRR is a Colorado railroad, but considering: 1) that Cheyenne is only 10 miles over the border; 2) the fine new home that the layout has since the Depot acquired it; and 3) the love, care, sharing of talent, knowledge, and time that the good folks of Wyoming are giving to our Colorado railroad, we really should “let” them have it - along with our sincere thanks for preserving this important part of Colorado history. For those of you that would like to see the layout, it can be viewed when the Depot is open. For hours visit www.cheyennedepotmuseum.org/. Look for photographs of Harry Brunk’s work in upcoming editions of the Colorado Gambler along with the story of the Colorado Central Rail Road. 

From Oliver Ames’ diary, July 3, 1868, “Ran over to Cheyenne and stopped to see and layout foundations for Shops.”

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Trail’s End San Luis Valley attracts Kit Carson, others to the West Fort Garland Museum takes you back in time

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With continued travel he San Luis Valley of southwestand settlement throughern Colorado is out the area due to the an enormous inter-mounmovement known as tain basin. At 7,600 feet Manifest Destiny, the conabove sea level, the valley struction of Fort Garland is surrounded by Mount was commissioned by Blanca (14,345 high) and Brig. Gen. John Garland the central Rockies to the in 1858 to replace the innorth, the Sangre De Crissufficient Fort Massachuto range to the northeast, By Linda Wommack setts, six miles north. The the San Juan Mountain location of the new fort lwomm3258@aol.com provided an unobstructed range to the west, and the La Veta Pass (Highway 160) south to view from every direction, lending to an excellent defense position. New Mexico. In a military ceremony, the AmeriIn 1803, with the American Louisiana Purchase from France, the San Luis can flag was lowered at Fort MassachuValley was still occupied by Spain. How- setts for the last time. Carrying the flag ever, when President Thomas Jefferson in a march to the new site of the fort; sent Lewis and Clark west of the Mis- members of Company E, U.S. Regiment souri River and over the Rocky Moun- of Mounted Rifles, raised the flag atop a tains, passing nearly 1,000 miles north new flagpole that still stands today. The construction of the fort, under of the area known as New Mexico, the Spaniards considered them trespassers. the direction of veteran frontiersman, On alert of such expeditions, the mili- Charles Autobees, was built of adobe tary party led by Lt. Zebulon Montgom- brick, known as Territorial Adobe. A ery Pike, were arrested at their stockade few days into the construction, a local near the future site of Fort Garland by worker by the name of Juan Pineda stabbed Autobees in his left arm and Spanish authorities in January 1807. Nevertheless, when Pike published into his breast, with the blade coming his report of the expedition, Americans close to his heart. In a perilous lifelearned of the West, and the San Luis threatening condition, his stepbrother, Valley. Pike’s route spawned a steady the famed scout Tom Tobin, completed group of trappers and traders through- the job of erecting the fort. When completed, the fort consisted out the area, eventually including a young mountain man by the name of of several single-story adobe buildings, Christopher “Kit” Carson, who had all with walls nearly three feet thick, served as a guide for the “Pathfinder,” serving as infantry and cavalry barracks, a mess hall, blacksmith shop, John C. Fremont. garrison, and commandant and officers quarters. Fort Garland could accommodate two companies of 100 men each, and seven officers. Protection for westward travelers and local settlers against marauding Indians were

the primarily reasons of the commission of the fort. This changed with the outbreak of the Civil War when soldiers at Fort Garland played an important role in one of the few battles fought in the West. The fort served as an enlistment site for Colorado Volunteers. These volunteers were mustered in as Companies of the 2nd Colorado Infantry Volunteers. Early in 1862, they marched from Fort Garland south into New Mexico, under the command of Maj. John M. Chivington. The Battle of Glorieta Pass, led by Chivington and the Colorado Volunteers, destroyed the Confederate attempt to gain control of Union supplies, including gold. Chivington, praised for this victory, would later be condemned by a Congressional hearing following the Sand Creek Massacre two years later. Lt. Col. Samuel F. Tappan, who served beside Chivington at the Battle of Glorieta Pass, became commander of Fort Garland in July 1863. Almost immediately, Tappan’s soldiers were sent to arrest the Espinosa brothers, Felipe and Vivian, who had been committing crimes in the area, including such crimes as horse stealing to murder. The attempted arrest by the soldiers turned into a shootout, with the Espinosa brothers escaping unscathed. Tom Tobin was personally selected by Tappan to track down the Espinosa brothers. This, Tobin did with perfection. By October, Tobin had tracked the outlaws, killed them and cut off their heads. As proof of a job well done, he produced the heads in a burlap bag to Tappan at Fort Garland. Following the Civil War, an even greater westward migration occurred as federal land grants attracted thousands seeking opportunity. This increase of population made the Native Americans, particularly the Ute bands of the area, hostile. As the Ute raids in the San Luis Valley intensified, Gen. John Pope

The Officer’s Quarters are one of the original buildings still standing at the fort. of Fort Union wrote a recommendation to Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman in August 1866. “I need not say that Carson is the best man in the country to control these Indians and prevent was if it can be done. He is personally known and liked by every Indian of the bands likely to make trouble. Peace with these Indians is of all things desirable, and no man is so certain to insure it as Kit Carson,” Pope wrote. Carson accepted Sherman’s appointment as commander of Fort Garland on May 19, 1866. He had dealt with the Utes for years, knew their language and became friends with many, including Ute Chief Ouray. Sherman met with Carson at the fort in September 1866 to discuss treaties with the Utes. “His integrity is simply perfect,” Sherman would later write. In a rare act of friendship and trust, Ouray brought his band of Utes to Fort Garland where he and Carson worked together to negotiate peace. Carson and his wife Josefa, along with their seven children, lived in the Commandant’s Quarters until Nov. 22, 1867, when an ill Carson was mustered out of service. The Ninth Cavalry of the famed African American Buffalo Soldiers were stationed at Fort Garland from 1876 to 1879. These soldiers were instrumen-

tal in the mediation of many conflicts between the Utes and white settlers, including the aftermath of the Meeker Massacre. After 25 years of frontier service, the U.S. Army officially closed Fort Garland in November 1883. Following the closing, Kit Carson’s son William Meyer ran a store in the old hospital building. A local businessman, Meyer bought the property in 1915. He lived in the Commandant’s Quarters where Kit Carson had lived 40 years earlier. Meyer died there in 1923. The Colorado Historical Society bought the property in 1945 and after extensive restoration, opened it to the public as a museum in 1950. Today, five of the original 22 buildings form the basis of the fort museum. Reconstructed buildings complete the fort museum experience. The nucleus of the fort is the original parade ground, complete with the 1858 flagpole. Rich in military history and artifacts, the museum includes military wagons, an early Army ambulance and an 1873 Barlow & Sanderson passenger stagecoach. For more information, visit www. historycolorado.org or call 719-3793512.

A typical scene of the solder’s sleeping quarters.

Photos courtesy of Linda Wommack The original flagpole dates to 1858. Today the pole still serves duty over Fort Garland.

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Humor

Custom-made disaster

By Dorothy Rosby drosby@rushmore.com

Our truck came with a customfitted tent, though that’s not why we bought it. You can get tents cheaper. But a tent that fits into the back of a truck does SEEM like a swell idea – until you think about it very long. The drawback is that in order to set up the tent, you must first remove the cover off the truck bed, take everything out, and put it somewhere else. Naturally, you put it in the front your truck, because it wouldn’t be right to put it in the front of someone else’s

truck. But you have now rendered your own vehicle useless. That’s OK, because driving with a tent on the back of your truck might not be the best thing for your gas mileage anyway – or for your tent. To complete the ensemble, my husband and I bought an air mattress so puffy that it goes practically to the top of the tent. As lovely as that sounds, getting out of smoky, tick-infested clothing and into jammies while sitting on a fluffy air mattress that goes practically to the top of your tent, does nothing to help you relax before bed. Those watching from outside the tent might even think there’s a fight going on in there. There’s a lot of grumbling and swearing and an occasional punch to the side of the tent as someone loses their balance and tumbles off the mattress into the valley between it and the tent. I’m not saying who. Next time, I’m putting my PJs on in the morning when the mattress is flat, and I’ll wear them all day. That will be easier. And the mattress is always flat by morning. We wakeup on a hard truck bed, and all that remains of the mattress that once was, are a few air bubbles around the edges. In

the dim light, it looks like a couple of very small campers crawled in during the night. I’m going off on a tangent here, but I defy you to show me the air mattress that doesn’t leak. I want proof! I want before and after photos and measurements certified by someone who is certifiable that your air mattress is the same size in the morning as it was the night before. And if it really is, I want it. Despite the drawbacks, we were recently lured back to a favorite campground among whose many charms is the fact that it is a well-kept secret. And it was particularly well kept on the weekend we went camping. Or maybe everyone else had read the weather report. The first day of our campout was one of those “Don’t-putdown-your-paper-plate- unlessyou-want-someone-in-the-nextcounty-to-have-your-hamburger-and-baked-beans” kind of days. But, I’m proud to say, our custom-made tent stood firm in the wind, even if our paper plates did not. And at last, the wind quit blowing. That was lucky because, when it starts to rain, I prefer it

rain straight down, rather than sideways, especially if it’s going to rain all dang day. During a break in the rain, my son and his friend came to see me in my custom-fitted tent, high off the wet ground in the back of the truck to report that the lake was now lapping at their tent. This was cause for concern for many reasons, the main one being there had been no lake when we arrived

at the campground. I looked at them from inside my cozy tent. And while I sympathized, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful rainbow in the distance. I also realized that while my air mattress might have leaked, my fabulous custom-fitted tent had not. Contact drosby@rushmore. com or see www.dorothyrosby. com.

Horoscope GEMINI - (May 22 - June 21) Contentment and happiness is coming ahead. Your thinking is clearer and you have the energy to reach your goals and be successful. A dark cloud is lifting as you see a way to resolve issues. Family was never meant to satisfy all our needs. Lucky Numbers: 6, 13, 30, 45, 50, 70

LIBRA - (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) You may feel down because of materialistic concerns. There›s a warning of being too possessive but withholding money and emotions won’t help. You must share what you have or your life will become stifled or limited. Good manners must be exhibited. Lucky Numbers: 10, 15, 26, 36, 55, 62

AQUARIUS - (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) You may feel you›re in a state of limbo but in truth, a reorientation is taking place and you’re just at a loss in how to proceed. Outworn patterns are falling away and you›ll get a new perspective on many situations. Change is coming no matter what. Lucky Numbers: 2, 14, 29, 40, 57, 74

CANCER - (June 22 - July 22) You may be thinking of doing two different things. The decision is to continue what you›ve been doing or try to do something completely new. Current circumstances may look challenging and you could feel daunted but it›s not a time to run away. Lucky Numbers: 8, 21, 34, 45, 54, 72

SCORPIO - (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) A cherished wish may soon be granted and you›ll see a positive outcome. You have a sense of well being or will have feelings of emotional security. Know everything is working for the best and obstacles are will just be fleeting. It›s time to smile. Lucky Numbers: 11, 24, 33, 44, 60, 73

PISCES (Feb 20 - March 20) It›s time to review your life and identify how you›ve grown, what you’ve learned and have achieved. An opportunity to wipe the slate clean and make a fresh start is coming. Rejoice in the expectation of a better future. Your success with effort comes. Lucky Numbers: 12, 19, 36, 47, 53, 67

LEO - (July 23 - Aug 22) You›ll need to apply both mental energy and prudence to resolve a problem or diffuse a situation. If you have a conflict, clear logical thinking will help you come up with a timely solution. A distant call will catch you up on things. Lucky Numbers: 9, 17, 31, 42, 52, 69

SAGITTARIUS - (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) You are full of creative ideas, and may be embarking on a new career or way of life. Movement is at hand and you are ready for any new challenge. Feel optimistic about the future. Your fears may be true but you can still enjoy life. Lucky Numbers: 3, 18, 25, 39, 51, 66

ARIES - (March 21 - April 20) You may feel uneasy because there are some important decisions to be made. If you’re ready to start a project, you should find it to be emotionally and financially rewarding. Remain flexible and sincere then let your skills talk for you. Lucky Numbers: 5, 22, 28, 43, 49, 71

VIRGO - (Aug. 23 - Sept. 23) Patience and courage is needed to deal with a difficult situation. You›re being asked to review and learn about the up and down rhythms of life. You may meet someone who will help you. Distant planning gives you hope and will keep you centered. Lucky Numbers: 1, 23, 37, 38, 58, 63

CAPRICORN - (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) You may get involved with a legal or problem or business problem. Someone with experience will assist if you ask and are willing to trust. Detach yourself emotionally from a current problem that›s surrounding you. Your reasoning powers will increase. Lucky Numbers: 4, 20, 35, 46, 59, 79

TAURUS - (April 21 - May 21) It›s time to take stock of your present situation, examine your situation, plan, then move with confidence. You may need to reevaluate your career and decide what to do from here on out. A business partner may present itself. Lucky Numbers: 7, 16, 27, 41, 56, 68

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Black Hawk’s Best Bet or a Great, Exciting Job • TABLE GAMES DEALER Starting rate: $5.50/hr + tips • Pit supervisor Starting rate: DOE • cage cashier Starting rate: $12.00/hr • Line cook Starting rate: DOE • Host Starting rate: DOE • cocktail server Starting rate: DOE • slot repair supervisor /mod with key license Starting rate: DOE Apply at the Canyon Casino, 131 Main Street, Black Hawk or call 303-777-1111 (8:30-5:00, Mon.-Fri.)

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• Table Games Dealer June 19, 2012 • 1– 6pm • F&b supervisor Orchid Garden Restaurant • Cashier/hosT (in the skywalk between the Isle & Lady Luck) • Cook i 401 Main St. Black Hawk, CO 80422 • Casino Cleaner We will be hiring for all open positions at this event. • mainTenanCe TeChniCian All candidates will be interviewed, and have the to receive an offer letter! Apply potential at www.islecasinojobs.com 303-998-7815

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The Colorado Gambler 6.19.12  

Colorado's premier gaming publication celebrating 20 years serving the gaming industry

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