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The Last Hand

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in progress, some people was reading a gambling have way too much fun losing column in another “gamtheir money. ing” paper last week that This concept of how to I found somewhat absurd. play blackjack and lose less The rationale of the column is senseless, somewhat stuwas about blackjack and how pid, and shows a lack of what to lose your money slowly, gambling is all about. but still all about losing. The writer talks about No one wants to gamble finding a table with a lot of and lose money. The entire players so you receive fewer point of gambling is to have hands and lose less money. a great time making money. Here’s the real deal, don’t There are few forms of recre- By Bob Sweeney play any gambling game ation where one can actually have fun and walk away with cash. It’s kind where you think that you’re going to lose, guess what, if you think like a loser, you’ll of like being paid to have fun. Now, let’s be honest, everyone doesn’t will probably become one, which is true at win, and maybe more of us lose than win. the poker tables and in real life. Make sure We don’t own the multimillion-dollar ca- to think and act like a winner, and you will sinos so obviously players lose more times become one. We all have to accept losses; sometimes than win. But there has never been a gambler born the cards just run against the players. If that didn’t want to win: be it slot machines, you play or even watch poker, the winners usually get the best hands because the cards blackjack, poker, craps or roulette. We bet our hard-earned money, use can make the players. whatever level of skill that we may or may Sure, poker players can bluff and the not possess and play to win. Play hard, modern games make bluffing important concentrate, learn the ropes, make it work because of the “all in” betting, it takes some

guts to call million dollar raises in poker tournaments and some high stake money games. The cards do make the player and when that shoe starts spitting out winning hands to players, we all make money. The secret is to know the difference and limit losses. Know when to quit, change tables, decks and casinos, do what the famous song says: “Know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em, know when to walk away…” Some of us have lucky days and lucky numbers. Superstitious abound in gambling and with good reason; it is sometimes spooky how good luck or bad luck can be so strong. One can do no wrong at the tables and other times never win a hand or a slot payoff. But, always play to win, it is great to play heads up with a good dealer, the action is fast and you make all the decisions, a bad third base player can ruin the game for an entire table of players. The house secret is making the players hit first, the dealer stands back and takes his or her card last while many players have busted out of the game. Playing last is the house secret weapon and it makes them millions. Try not to bust, learn the odds, and believe in luck and your desire to always win at the tables and in your lifetime.




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July birthstone: Ruby


precious stones), “ratnanayaka” or centuries, the Hindus held a special belief about (leader of precious stones) and the birthstone for July, “padmaraga” (red as the lotus) the ruby. The Hindus bewere just a few of the many lieved that the white (colorless) complimentary terms applied sapphire was an “unripe” ruby to the ruby. In the “Lapidaire,” that would eventually “mature.” an ancient work by Philippe de And so the ruby joins the list of Valois, is says, “The books tell stones that have attracted speus that the beautifully clear cial legends and tales throughand fine ruby is the lord out the ages. The stone’s affiliaof gems; it is the gem of By Ray Lundin tion with July, according to the gems, and surpasses all Gemologist final (1952) revised birthstone other stones in virtue.” list, is the ruby. The ruby is According to an old verse part of the species called corundum (along of uncertain origin: with the sapphire). That word evolved to “The gleaming ruby should adorn us through the French “corindon” from the All those who in July are born, Hindu word “korund.” Ruby is from the For thus they’ll be exempt and free Latin “ruber,” meaning red. From lover’s doubts and anxiety.” “The price of wisdom is above rubies,” Many legends and strange beliefs sursaid Job in the Bible, implying that even rounded the ruby in ancient times. Among this red variety was extraordinarily valu- them, the wearer of the ruby was blessed able and highly esteemed. with health, wealth, wisdom and outstandRuby has been described and praised ing success in affairs of the heart. Further, without end. In Sanskrit it had many names, he acquired the magic ability to live in peace all of which showed clearly that this stone with his enemies, provided a ruby ring was was more valued by the Hindus than any worn on the left hand or a ruby brooch on other. The Hindu terms “ratnaraj” (king of the left side.

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took the drastic step of invading and annexing Upper Burma in 1885 when it learned a French company would begin mining this gem at the famed Mogok Ruby tract. This location is the most celebrated source for rubies today. The red aura of rubies makes them appear bigger than they really are. Rubies are scarcest of all gemstones and command extremely high prices. While sapphire, emerald and diamond gems weighing hundreds of carats exist, high quality Burmese rubies larger than 20 carats are very rare. Today, rubies have numerous applications: as styluses in turntables, as tiny bearings in expensive wristwatches, and synthetic rubies in rod form as a crucial component in laser technology. Rubies are mined in Africa, Asia, Australia, India, Greenland and also found in Myanmar (Burma), Sri Lanka and Cambodia. In the U.S., they are found in Montana, North Carolina and South Carolina. Rubies have a hardness of 9 on a scale of 1 to 10 (the diamond is 10). Next month’s birthstone for August: peridot or sardonyx.

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The Burmese (now Myanmar) gem miners held that pale-colored rubies, if buried in the earth, would gradually change to fine red. Ruby was valued not only by the Burmese for its beauty, but because it was thought to confer invulnerability. To exert this power, however, the stone had to be in the owner’s flesh through and intentional wound. It was said that a warrior who voluntarily suffered such pain and inconvenience would be immune to sword, spear and gun. In England, it was used for coronation rings and to this day enjoys popularity among royalty. Fergie, the Duchess of York, received a ruby engagement ring from Prince Andrew. Since ruby represents romance and devotion, it is the traditional wedding anniversary gift for couples’ 15th and 40th year. Sometimes rubies show a three-point or six-point star. They are called star rubies. These rubies are cut into round cabochons to display the star effect properly. Stars are best visible with a single light source, and move across the stone as the light moves. Ruby’s status as the most valuable gem of the age helps to explain why England

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Sundays: July 8, 15 and 22. Red Dolly will be giving away cash, Celani Family Wine Care Packages, tickets to concerts, baseball games and Renaissance Festival each Sunday in July. Winners will be randomly selected via hot seat every hour to draw from the drum of prizes. Every Sunday in July, Gold Key Rewards members receive 3X points, Platinum members Summer of Cars and Cash The summer is in full swing and you have three Fridays are happening at the receive 4X Points, and Access members receive 5X chances in July to win a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. Dolly in July Points. Not valid on video poker and keno. That’s right, July is packed with Cars & Cash. The With a 100 points earned get your Commemorative first of the July Sonic Giveaway’s is July 4, 5 – 8 Patriotic Red Dolly glass celebrating the ticket to ride Free Double Cheeseburger p.m. Canyon Casino will be giving away two more Earn 20 base points Friday-Sunday in July Sonics on July 14 and 28, 7 – 10 p.m. Plus Canyon drawing every Friday in July. and bring your Key Rewards card to the cashier to Casino giving you more chances to earn entries, On receive your FREE double cheeseburger voucher Mondays, earn 3X entries and on Wednesdays, Terrific Tuesday drawings in July from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. earn 2X entries. Entries can be earned daily, earn Earn 25 points on Tuesday to be entered into an one entry for every 100 base points. exclusive drawing for Tuesday’s play. Drawing on New Bus Fare Redemption July 28 for $1,000 to be given away. To redeem your full $20 bus fare redemption, Crazy 8 Gold members just earn 300 base points, Platinum On Sunday, July 8, join the craziness when we members just earn 250 base points, and Access give 8X Points between 8 a.m. – noon and again Winning Wednesdays in July members receive a FREE bus fare redemption. All hand pays issued in July will be entered into between 8 p.m. – midnight on all slots and video a drawing on July 11 and July 25 for $500. Entries poker. FREE All American breakfast earned between July 1-11 will be entered into July 11 drawing. Entries earned between July 12 and 27 with bus fare Hubcap Match Redeem your bus fare in July to receive a Play Hubcap Match on Saturday July 7 and 21. will be entered into July 28 drawing. FREE All American breakfast in the Shamrock Café Be one of seven lucky winners to win a share of Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – noon. Breakfast include: $3,000 Cash. Winners will be selected randomly between 6 – 10 p.m. to win between $100 and 2X Points Thursday scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and hash browns. Thursdays are 2X as lucky at the Dolly. We will $1,000 instantly. Simply play your favorite slots and offer 2X Points on Thursdays to all actively playing video poker with your Canyon Club card for a chance Spin to Win Point Multiplier Red Dolly card holders. All actively playing senior to be selected. Wheel citizens will receive $1.99 Jackpot Breakfast special Multiply your cash back up to 10X on Wednesdays, between 8 – 11 a.m. on Monday and Thursdays July 11, 18 & 25 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Not valid on 4X Points Fridays   video poker or keno. While playing on your Canyon Club card, earn 4X points on Fridays. Points will automatically multiply Happy Hour as you play. Loyal patrons with a player’s card will receive Sun Harley Party Pit $1000 $1.99 menu from 4 – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Drawing Win $1,000 every Saturday at 10:30 p.m. All Big Bang Giveaway Win one of two RCA 46” HDTVs and home theater Key Rewards members receive one free entry; earn Summer Harley giveaway additional entries by playing in the Sun Harley Party systems or cash. Earn entries by playing table games Multiple ways to gain entries; every time you Pit. Earn 5X entries by playing your favorite table daily. Drawings will be held Sunday, July 8, 5 – 8 win one of the Saturday and Sunday weekend p.m., or Saturday, July 21, 7 – 10 p.m. See table games every and Friday in July. Plus, experience promotions you will be entered into the end of More Bang for Your Buck every Monday-Thursday games for complete details. Summer Harley giveaway in August. Entries can also with $2 craps and roulette and $3 buffalo blackjack bonus. be entered through special promotions i.e.; prize wheel, marketing events, Colorado Gambler ads, new card sign up promotions. Earn your ticket to ride New to Fitzgeralds? today. Become a Key Rewards member and get more than $40 in valuable coupons just for signing up. Refer a new member to receive 4X points on the day Casino Employee Appreciation they enroll. Come join us for discounted food and fun. This is our way of saying thanks for all your hard work. Monday Mania Slot Tournament   Reel in the cash with our Monday Mania Slot Summer Giveaways to Getaway Tournament every Monday. It’s easy and only 50 Saturdays: July 7, 14 and 28. Red Dolly will Fourth of July BBQ base points to sign up, not to mention a ton of fun. be celebrating the start of the summer season Join us at the Red Dolly for a Fourth of July Register between 11 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. and the by providing a round trip for two to a Colorado barbecue. tournament begins at 1 p.m. Top score wins $200 destination place – this month’s feature Estes Continued on page 7 and the next five places all win $100. Park. Enjoy a scenic ride, for an exclusive two

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present your return bus ticket to the Player’s Club or cashier services. Table games and poker players will receive their bus fare back with four hours of through Sept. 2. Play on Tuesdays now through Aug. consecutive play. 28 and earn 25X entries. Then be here for 100X entries on Aug. 11 and 25. For complete details, Paradise 50 Plus visit the Player’s Club or Cashier Services. All guests age 50 or better can join the NEW Paradise 50 Plus club Sundays and Mondays. $25,000 fun in the sun hot seat You will receive 3X points on all slots, 2X points Every Friday in July, Isle guests will have the on video poker, a free soft serve ice cream and a chance to win up to $1,000 between 6 – 10 p.m. Free Calypso’s Buffet after earning five unadjusted Must be actively playing at a slot machine or table points. For complete details, visit the Player’s Club. game to qualify for the random drawings.

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Thursdays in July from 8 a.m. – midnight, guests can earn 5X points on all their favorite penny Come to the Isle and check out the casino floor slot machines. Simply register at the Player’s Club remodel. We have made so many changes, you will or cashier services prior to playing to receive. The have to see it to believe it. It’s everything you love point multiplier is not valid on video poker. about the Isle – only better. While visiting, be sure to check out the exciting new games like electronic roulette, craps, Sic Bo, Money Wheel, Wonder 4, Jackpot Sweepstakes 3 Qualify now – Aug. 18 to win up to $10,000 in the Wicked Winnings 3 and Grease. Jackpot Sweepstakes on Saturday, Aug. 18. Guests of the Isle will receive one free drawing entry with Beetle Bonanza each hand-paid taxable jackpot of $1,200 or more. Don’t miss out on the Beetle Bonanza taking place at the Isle. Win one of three Volkswagen Bus fare refund Beetles on Sept. 1 and 2. Receive one free entry Do you ride the bus to Black Hawk? The Isle daily and earn additional entries for every 30 will refund your bus fare up to $20. Simply earn unadjusted points earned on your player’s card now 35 unadjusted points on your player’s card and

All new members of the IsleOne club will receive a free Calypso’s Buffet after playing just 30 minutes on their new IsleOne card. Once you have played the 30 minutes, just present your new card to the hostess in Calypso’s to receive.

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.

including blackjack, three card poker, let it ride, bonus 6, Texas Hold’em bonus, buffalo blackjack, roulette and craps with 10 times odds. New in table games are double deck blackjack, emperor’s challenge and 21+3. New games coming to the include Mississippi stud and ultimate Texas Hold’em, which will be linked to a progressive jackpot with Let It Ride. Three Card Poker will have a progressive jackpot all of its own.

Tradewinds features burgers 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 chile 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

Isle Hotel is pet friendly

The Isle Hotel has pet friendly rooms available for a small fee. Furry friends less than 50 pounds can enjoy a stay at the Isle with you. Pet friendly rooms will offer your pet use of a doggie bed, food and water bowls and a fenced doggie area. Disposable litter boxes will be available for feline guests. For reservations in a pet friendly room, call Table Games The Isle has all your favorite table games 303-998-7777. Rooms are subject to availability.

Bet Your BootyTM is a multi-level progressive jackpot blackjack game created with all the fun of a Caribbean Pirate theme that keeps track of the growing jackpot, bringing fun and excitement to the game of black jack. The game is a simple side game to the standard hand of black jack. Once you start the game — five consecutive winning hands later, you have won the jackpot and all the bonus booty paid in all the previous hands. There are only three wagers in the game, we give you a free ride on the last two hands.

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Fourth of July


By Rosemary Fetter

he fledgling mining camp of Denver City/ Auraria was less than a year old in 1859, yet droves of gold seekers were already on their way home. Disappointed that the Cherry Creek strike did not live up to advanced publicity, the remaining prospectors had little money but plenty of time to celebrate. As July Fourth approached, the Rocky Mountain News expressed the hope that “drunkenness or rowdiness will not be indulged in and we will not be called upon to report any shootings.” To keep celebrants in order, Marshal Tom Pollock and storekeeper “Uncle” Dick Wooten began Fourth of July festivities by leading a march through town. To the tune of Yankee Doodle, the odd assortment of whiskey-soaked miners, gamblers, hopeful merchants and earnest pioneers gathered at a cottonwood grove on the west bank of Cherry Creek. In lieu of a cannon salute, they placed two anvils together, filled the cavity with gunpowder and lit a match. The local agent for the Stage Company opened with a customary reading of The Declaration of Independence followed by a speech by James R. Shaffer, whose avalanche of words have been buried by time. According to the wry observations of onlooker Libeus Barney, the enthusiastic Mr. Shaffer “frequently wrapped himself in the Stars and Stripes – figuratively speaking, of course.” In a wild and patriotic flight of oratory, the speaker optimistically predicted a glorious future for the dusty little settlement, which he called, “the next San Francisco.” Settlers from Omaha provided the program’s finale, having brought their own brass instruments across the plains in a wagon. Followed by strains of The Star Spangled Banner and Hail Columbia, most of the crowd scattered to refresh themselves at one of the 31 surrounding saloons. A “benediction ball” at Independence Hall highlighted evening festivities, attended mostly by “sporting gentleman”


– 50 males and seven females. By the following year, things looked brighter for the future Queen City of the Plains. Prospectors from the Clear Creek mining camps joined Denverites for artillery salutes and a procession, and then assembled where Larimer Square and Writer’s Square now stand. As usual, the crowd was deluged by a torrent of oratory, although on the eve of the Civil War some friction arose between Southerners and the pro-Union majority. Some of the pioneer women made a silk flag to be kept by the city until Colorado was admitted to the Union. Due to the Civil War, trouble with the Native Americans and the territory’s conflicting sentiments about statehood, this took another 16 years. In 1861, Denver finally acquired a real cannon, produced at the city’s first foundry by Augustine Langford and Joseph Marshall. Cast from ores mined in South Boulder, the little gun acquired a certain distinction as the only piece of heavy artillery in the West. Three years later, worried Denverites mounted it on a fortification to protect the city from possible attack by the Arapaho and Cheyenne. Denver was spared from an assault, and the cannon remained fired for the last time

At the turn of the century, people sent holiday greetings for every occasion, including the Fourth of July.

in 1876. Nearly 50 years later, the artillery would be rediscovered in the basement of the first state history museum at 14th and Sherman streets. The museum subsequently sent the cannon to Pueblo. The most elaborate Independence Day celebration of the 19th century took place in 1876, the year Colorado was admitted to the union. On July 1, Coloradans voted overwhelmingly for statehood (except El Paso County, dominated by conservative Colorado Springs). In Denver, the vote was 5,591 for and only 37 against statehood. A multi-block street pageant flowed through the city, led by territorial and city officials, the city departments, all secret and industrial societies and the military. Hundreds of citizens paraded in carriages and on foot to the old cottonwood grove, to be entertained until late night by fire-

works, music and the inevitable political speeches. Several fires were accidentally lit that evening, although the only serious injury occurred when someone fell off a streetcar. One mishap reported by Hook and Ladder No. 2 took place as the volunteer firemen rushed to a fire in west Denver. The brigade decided to avoid the crowded Larimer Street Bridge and take a shortcut across the sandbank, unaware that the slope of the bank had washed away. The entire outfit plunged headlong into Cherry Creek. The next Fourth of July spectacle in 1885 was prompted by a citywide switch from gas to electric lights. According to pioneer historian Joseph Smiley, Denver was only the third or fourth city in the world to change to electric streetlights. The Denver Consolidated Electric Company began by

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replacing gaslights at downtown street corners with incandescent lights supported by lampposts. In a flash of public relations genius, the electric company suspended thousands of colored lamps at the main downtown intersections during the three-day weekend. Having made itself extremely popular with Denverites, the company was granted a contract renewal for another five years. The other big event during that July Fourth weekend was the longawaited appearance of Old John Robinson’s three-ring circus. Led by a parade featuring a steam calliope, fife and drum corps and 50cage menagerie, the troupe set up their tents at 23rd and Larimer, about a block from today’s Coors Field. Specialty acts included a team of Siberian roller skaters and the mysterious Madame Zarote, who reportedly could walk across the ceiling. For those who just wanted to leave town, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad offered excursions to Manitou and Colorado Springs for $2. Special trains also brought sightseers and circus lovers into Denver from outlying mountain and farming communities. Full page ads in the newspapers promoted a wide range of explosives, prompting the arrest that weekend of nearly 100 celebrants, mostly young men, for disturbing the peace. They were released at 12:01 a.m. on July 5 by a forgiving police department. The focus of Fourth of July celebration moved around the state occasionally, and in 1890, Pueblo held the spotlight. To boost tourism, local businessmen built a palace to call attention to Colorado’s mineral wealth. They intended to plate this grand structure with colored marbles, slates, mica, spar, pyrites and quartz, but unfortunately the money ran short. The final result was more modest, although the 25 highly ornamented domes were still impressive. On July 4, Pueblo held a grand parade from downtown to Mineral Palace Park, attended by 40,000 spectators who flocked to the palace afterwards. Along with music, fireworks and the usual festivities, a great barbecue sponsored by the city fed 8,000 Coloradans. Although the Park remains, the Palace was demolished in the 1930s.

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Fourth of July

Denver’s first stage stop still sees lots of action By Rosemary Fetter

Denver, but way stations were n the banks of Cherry traditionally measured from the Creek, just a few miles terminus of a road, a practice that from downtown, Four dated back to America’s colonial Mile Historic Park stands days. The distance from Four Mile as a colorful echo of Denver’s fron- House to Denver was measured at tier past. The 12-acre living his- the junction of the Cherokee Trail tory exhibit features the city’s old- and the cutoff to the Overland Trail, which later became 14th and est standing building, pioneer Grant streets. exhibits, special events Within a year, the and guided tours that Branters moved transport guests their family north back in time. to Henderson Four Mile and a 47-yearfaces the old widow old Cheron a m e d kee Trail, M a r y w h i c h Cawker once ran t o o k parallel over the to Cherry property. Creek. With the The Trail help of Legend has it became her teenthat Mary Cawker a major age chilwarded off an Indian thoroughdren Samattack with only fare duruel, 19, and a skillet and ing the earElizabeth, her false ly 19th cen17, she deteeth. tury, linking veloped the South Platte site into a stage trappers and stop. traders to Bent’s Mary Cawker Fort on the Arkanwas born in Orange sas River and the Santa County, N.Y., in 1813. Fe trade. At the time, travelers Her family moved west to pioneer and explorers considered the fu- northern Wisconsin in the 1830s, ture Denver area another dry hole and Mary wedded Englishman in “The Great American Desert” Matthew Cawker around 1840. and a wasteland unfit for human When he died 10 years later, Mary habitation, notwithstanding the took her children back to her famNative Americans. This proved a ily in Green Bay. During the Pikes premature judgment when a small Peak Gold Rush she worked as gold strike by William Greene Rus- a cook on wagon trains heading sell and his brothers sparked the west. One colorful legend tells how Pike’s Peak Gold Rush of 1858- she frightened off a group of hos59, attracting an influx of nearly tile Indians by yelling, waving her 40,000 gold-crazy prospectors. skillet and moving her false teeth The Russells founded the first in and out of her mouth. settlement in present-day downOn April 17, 1860, she purtown Denver on November 1, 1858, chased the Brantner property. on the west bank of Cherry Creek. Mary Cawker was a spirited As prospectors rushed to the woman who knew how to deal with fledgling gold camp, the Cherokee the rough and tumble clientele who Trail experienced a considerable frequented Four Mile House. As her increase in traffic, with covered business flourished, she opened a wagons, cattle and freight wagon tavern downstairs. She sometimes trains pouring into Denver daily. used the second floor for dances or With a stage stop in mind, pioneers to bed overnight guests. Her holdSamuel and Elizabeth Brantner ings eventually included most of built a two-story log house outside the most of the Cherry Creek Valley Denver/Auraria in late summer between Colorado Boulevard and 1859, which they called Four Mile Holly Street, House. Wayside inns or taverns By 1862, the stage traveled were traditional along the nation’s regularly along the route, and roads, catering to the needs of the Four Mile was one of several “mile public and marking the distance to houses” along the way. On Oct. 19, a destination point. The Brantner 1862, the Rocky Mountain News home was actually five miles from announced Elizabeth’s marriage to


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Calvin A. Loomis Jr., at the “home of the bride’s mother, four miles up Cherry Creek.” Unfortunately, the Cherry Creek Flood of 1864 inundated most of her land and put her out of business. After Levi and Millie Booth bought the property for $800, Mary moved on to other real estate pursuits, at one time operating a theatrical boarding house in Denver. She was clever enough to deed most of her considerable estate to her family before she died in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1906. Levi Booth was a New Yorker who moved to Madison, Wis., after being orphaned at age 9. Thanks to the encouragement of his uncle, Gillett Knapp, Levi became the first graduate of the University of Wisconsin in 1854. Shortly thereafter, he married Millie Downing and obtained a master’s degree four years later. After being admitted to the bar, Levi worked with his uncle in real estate, but his heart was never in the law. He and Millie headed west in 1860, where Levi tried mining and hauling freight before pur-

Four Mile Historic Park is a Denver landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. chasing Four Mile House. The Booths continued to operate the stage stop and hotel, but gradually shifted to agricultural pursuits. After the railroad arrived in 1870, stage travel along the Trail came

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to a halt, and Levi plowed over the land to dig irrigation ditches. By 1883, the Booths owned 600 acres of prime farmland, including fruit orchards. Millie was a businesswoman in her own right, raising honeybees and selling butter to clients, including the Brown Palace Hotel. Her trademark was a rose in full bloom. The Booths added partitions to the house and built a large brick and frame addition in 1883. Four Mile stayed in the Booth family until 1946, when Glenn and Pearl Boulton purchased the property to build a greenhouse and nursery. By that time much of the acreage had been sold. In the early 1960s, the Boultons moved to Texas, leasing the land until it became park property. Today, Four Mile Historic retains many of the original buildings, along with a blacksmith shop, farm equipment and live animals. Costumed guides provide tours of the house, which has been restored to its 1859 and 1883 condition. The park is operated by a nonprofit organization, Four Mile House, Inc. Four Mile hosts numerous heritage events during the year, including a major Fourth of July celebration, featuring a Civil War encampment complete with canon firing, blacksmith and craft demonstrations and children’s gold-panning, games, and crafts. The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, noon–4 p.m.


New Game

There’s a new game in town Riviera hosts ‘Bet Your Booty’ By Suzanne Paulman


adies and gentlemen, dial up your treasure chest excitement on this weekend, July 7 and 8, when the Riviera Black Hawk Casino hosts a Bet Your Booty free play event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Players of the Caribbean themed Bet Your Booty game will be able to win great prizes during this thrilling event. After 4 p.m., the game will still be available for regular play with a minimum bet of $2 on Sunday and $5 on Saturday. The new Bet Your Booty table game is an innovative and sassy combination of regular blackjack with a sweet side game of a progressive jackpot. This means that along with your blackjack winnings, you can really increase your winnings with the addition of a progressive jackpot payout and booty bonus wager multipliers on each hand. The idea of the game is simple. Win five consecutive hands

Joseph Daniluk, owner of Great American Holdings, Inc., is the inventor of Bet Your Booty set to debut at The Riv. Photo courtesy of Christopher Daniluk

of blackjack and win the jackpot and all your accumulated booty. Every hand is played as a regular hand of blackjack according to standard house rules. After any winning hand, a player can start to play Bet Your Booty by paying the toll equal to the minimum table wager. There are only three increasing wagers in

the next three hands with booty bonus multipliers paid on each hand of play. The last two hands are a free ride, no additional wagers are required. As you continue and win the fourth Treasure Chest round a bonus multiplier is drawn from the shoe and multiplied times your last wager to determine the amount of your fourth round winnings as you proceed to the fifth and final Bet Your Booty Jackpot hand. With its featured payoff multipliers, video monitor that keeps track of the progressive jackpot and multi-colored lit table that allows a player to easily follow the action, Bet Your Booty brings the excitement of slot machines to the blackjack table. Glowing gold lights on the table are the goal after the final hand, as that means the player won the jackpot. Players will be able to easily cash out after any winning hand or continue playing toward a progressive jackpot. The game was more than four years in the making and developed with input from players, dealers, and casino operators and owners. During the month

Art Walsh trains dealers Jodi and Heidi on the new Bet Your Booty game set to debut July 7-8 at Riviera Black Hawk Casino. Photos by Suzanne Paulman


Only at the

of July, Riviera Black Hawk Casino will be the exclusive host for Bet Your Booty. This table game is so new that this month’s play is its final Colorado Division of Gaming field test. Only two of these table games exist in the world. Only one of them is available for play and it will be located in the table game pit of the Riviera. Bet Your Booty originated in Colorado and was invented by Joseph Daniluk, owner of Great American Holdings, Inc. Daniluk is a Colorado native and a service disabled Vietnam swift boat veteran. In the spirit of generosity, he and his company have offered a free round trip shuttle bus to provide VA hospital patients with an opportunity to go to Black Hawk to play the game during the free play event. “I’m pleased that in the first 800 Bet Your Booty games played on the casino floor, 11 jackpots were paid out,” Daniluk said. A true American venture, the game’s prototype tables were designed and manufactured in Denver. Great American

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Holdings plans on opening a manufacturing facility in metro Denver, distributing the game worldwide and creating an estimated 30 to 50 jobs for Coloradans during the next two years. Art Walsh, who recently trained Riviera staff for the company, received plenty of positive feedback from the dealers on the new Bet Your Booty game table. One dealer simply commented, “I like it,” after the training. Daniluk, company employees and Riviera’s staff will be available during the free play event to meet and help players with the new game. Riviera Black Hawk Casino is located at 444 Main St. and offers easy self-parking or superb valet parking for your convenience. Call the casino at 303582-1000 for more detailed information on the upcoming Bet Your Booty event or visit www. Come to The Riv on July 7-8 and give the game a try for free. July 3 - 16, 2012

Central City Nuggets Cash Frenzy

Fast Cash, Fun Car – holiday weekend blowout

WIN a brand-new Toyota Prius C July 3 at 10 p.m. On Tuesday, July 3, $200 prizes every half hour, 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.

July 4 Giveaway

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

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Every weekend in July, win $200 cash drawings every half hour, 4-10 p.m., Fridays; and 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, 8 a.m. – 4 a.m. automatically.

New Members Guests who sign up at our Player‘s Club for a free club card will get a free spin; win up to $1,500. New members also receive $10 in Insta-Comp after earning 250 base points on their account on day of signup.

Two Times Tourney Tuesdays Players who join us Tuesday July 10, 17, 24 and 31 will earn 2X points on all slots and video poker play, 8 a.m. – 4 a.m., along with 2X entries for Fast Cash Frenzy drawings. Plus get a chance to participate in two free slot tournaments with more than $500 in cash prizes each.

Bingo Enjoy free Bingo every Wednesday and Thursday, with a $100 prize for each game. Night Bingo on Wednesday, 6 – 10 p.m., and Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Players with a Player’s Card can pick up Bingo card at the Player’s Club one hour before each game, and “The Mickey” card before first game only. “The Mickey” Bonus Card BINGO Game will be played at a random time during the day for a random $300-500 prize.

3-card 21 Century Casino premieres 3-card 21 in July.

DJ on the weekend Enjoy a live DJ every Friday and Saturday night.

3X Points

Live roulette is back

Come test your luck spinning the wheel with the best dealers in town.

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

Win a new iPad

2X Points

Poker players at Century can win an iPad on Saturday, July 28, at 11 p.m. Entries will be awarded all week during live play, to the high hand every hour. If winner is not present, a new winner will be drawn until someone wins.

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.

A good time Enjoy great food, great drinks and great music at Crystal Palace.

$6,000 Summer Beach Giveaways Start earning entries July through August.

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$225 Summer Extravaganza Cars-Cash-Concerts 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. A Jeep Wrangler will be given away on Wednesday, July 4.

Slot Tournaments Thursdays in July 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 7 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.

Food specials 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.

Free Bingo

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

Merchandise giveaways On Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. get a Reserve Beach Towel for only 25 points; while supplies last.

day – Thursday at 8 p.m. in the table games area. Chance to win $100 everyday - if winner does not claim prize the same night, cash will roll over into the next drawing. Earn double entries Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. See table games area for complete details.

Aces always win Mondays-Friday, aces always win in the poker room, noon – 6 p.m., $25 for pocket aces.

2X Tuesdays Every Tuesday in July, players can register at the Player’s Club to earn 2X points.

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

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

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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.

Enjoy a poker party every Friday, 7 – 11 p.m. in the poker room; high hand of the hour gets $50 in cash.

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Dream Big

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Table games promotions Thursdays

DJ Music Friday & saturday nights

minimum and all shoe games. The Parlour also offers pool and darts.

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

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.

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 your birthday

New Players

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.

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

New Players

Fun for Kids

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

Bring your children to the lower level of the casino to enjoy a wide variety of arcade games for our younger than 21 guests.

The Parlour

Dream Big

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

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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.

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Central City Ermel’s Emporium thrift store was established to give back

Central City business gives money to Gilpin County residents in need By Linda Jones


his unusual store is Ermel’s Emporium, a thrift store, which is located in Central City. All the income (after paying two utility bills each month) is given away, specifically to Gilpin County residents. Through the years, most requests have been for assistance with rent, doctor’s bills, hospital bills, mechanic’s bills and utility bills, with the No. 1 request for help with rent. In 2011, Ermel’s helped 28 families for a total amount of $18,160, and so far this year, donations are ahead of last year. Because the store’s profits stay in Gilpin County, the people who live in Gilpin County have been very generous in donating gently used, and often new, items to the store to sell. Good stuff arrives in large bags and boxes in a constant stream the three days a week Ermel’s is open, which is Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Two co-managers, Diane Rittenhouse and Willie Lickey, are the spark plugs of this benevolent enterprise; they sort through the many boxes and bags that arrive each week and divide the donations into three categories – sell at Ermel’s, donate to the Golden Goodwill store and donate to a homeless July 3 - 16, 2012

shelter. They price all the items to be sold at Ermel’s, wash them if they need washing and arrange them in the store. Their attractive displays testify to their latent artistic talents. These two women have been faithfully devoting one or more days a week to this task for more than five years. Ermel’s has been constantly upgraded through the years. Local businessmen have donated display cases and clothing racks, and volunteers have painted the store twice and re-carpeted it once. A corps of 31 volunteers staff the desk at the store in half-day shifts, most of them members of St. James Methodist Church in Central City and some community members who believe in the mission of the thrift store. A steering committee of six church and community members, plus the minister of St. James, sets the store’s policies; currently the maximum donation per family is $750 within one year. The admin of the committee is Verl Jones, who calls volunteers each month to set the schedule for the next month, sends monthly schedules to every volunteer, and loads and delivers the weekly Goodwill donations to Golden and takes the trash weekly to the Black Hawk dump. The city of Black Hawk normally only allows their residents and businesses to dump trash, but generously allows Ermel’s to use their free dump. Thanks to the corps of volunteer clerks/cashiers, the only monthly expenses for Ermel’s are telephone and power bills. The store is located in the Masonic Building on Eureka Street in Central City, across from the Teller House, and the Masons allow the store to use the two storefronts on the building’s ground floor for free. The east storefront of the building holds the jewelry, decorative household furnishings, books, kitchen tools, small appliances and shoes. The west

Ermel’s Emporium co-managers Willy Lickey and Diane Rittenhouse sort through the many items that are donating to the store each week.

side consists of two rooms: the front room holds clothing and linens; and sports equipment, toys and miscellaneous items are displayed in the back room. The clothes must be in very good condition to earn a space in Ermel’s and are sold for $1 per garment in adult sizes and half that for children and babies clothes, unless they are designer dresses or fur or leather coats, in which case they may be priced higher. A prospective bride found her wedding dress in Ermel’s earlier this year; she and her fiancé were one of the couples married in Red Rocks Amphitheater on Valentine’s Day. All the regular shoppers know what a terrific bargain the clothes, jeans and sweaters are, and in one recent week, Rittenhouse counted up the hangers piled up after clothing sales and found that in that three-day week, 215 garments were sold by Ermel’s. The store receives a smattering of collectible and antique items, about 5 percent of total donations, and the occasional odd donation, such as the tin containing the ashes of a beloved dog Lady Claire, the WWII bunk beds from a POW camp in Colorado and a collection of enameled urinals. The deerskin rug currently on display is a “never seen before” item for the volunteers. There are lots of casino gear, mugs, household items and books on

the shelves. Ermel’s is a good place to shop for puzzles because if all the pieces aren’t included, it isn’t put out for sale – and the puzzles are a buck. Really everything imaginable has been donated and sold through the years. Customers come from up and down the

Front Range just to shop at Ermel’s on a regular basis and the “regulars” begin asking in September when the verypopular Christmas Shop will open, which is Black Friday every year. The unusual name was bestowed by a previous minister of St. James, Pastor Pete Meese. He campaigned for a thrift store as a way to help the local community and he named it for a beloved church member who gave unstinting support to the low-cost store. The church member’s name was Dave Woodring, or so everyone thought, but the secret was out: Dave’s first name was Ermel. Pastor Pete liked the alliteration of Ermel’s Emporium. The year Pete opened the thrift shop has been lost in the mists of history but the best guess is 1998 or 1999.

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Ermel’s Emporium is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday year-around. During the summer season, April 1 – Nov. 1, the hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; between Nov. 1 and March 31 they shorten to 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Come in and browse and discover friendly locals who will gladly answer questions, give directions or sell you just what you need.

Ermel’s Emporium St. James Thrift Store 111 Eureka Central City 80427 303-582-1797


Central City By Linda Jones


ou Bunch Day is a homegrown festival begun more than 30 years ago that has become famous because of its truly unique contests: bed races down Main Street, “Best Madam” awards, “Best Sporting House Girl” contest and best Dandy Dan award. Music punctuates the dancing in the street and costumed people are everywhere. A new addition to the entertainment this summer premiered during the 2012

Lou Bunch Day Lou Bunch Day. The Wild Bunch Gang will be offering Western street shows every Saturday on Main Street in Central City. These five “desperadoes” bring plenty of firepower and savvy acting talent to their original shows. Look – and listen – for them at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 18. The 2012 Lou Bunch Day was June 17; the famed celebration is always held on the third Saturday in June on Main Street. Big G & the Brothel Boys bed race team The Bonanza Bishops bed race team Photos by Linda Jones

The Sporting House Girls take a break on one of the brass beds before the big parade.

ir irls strut the g House G in rt o h c Sp n u e Th uB the 2012 Lo stuff during 16. Day, June Jan & Bruce Doell dressed in Indian costumes to attend the annual Lou Bunch Day celebration.

The Wild Bunch Gang ’s preacher (Chuck Roberts) is set to marry the “guy wh o got her pregnant” to the daughter of Mike Keeler, on the right.


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Be green and feast on fresh produce at farmer’s markets


t’s summertime and fresh produce is busting out all over. It’s a great opportunity to be green and feast on locally grown produce at farmer’s markets. Not only is this farm-to-table food more environmentally friendly because it avoids transportation costs, but it is fresher and tastier. Chefs tell me that one of their secrets of turning out great food is buying fresh, locally grown foods. Produce in the local farmer’s markets is not transported thousands of miles to reach its destination. This fuel savings is better for the planet and keeps additional shipping costs out of the food prices. When foods

are shipped over state, or even county lines, the time involved begins to break down the food’s nutritive value. By the time it reaches a store’s produce department, food may have been picked days or even a week prior. At the farmers market, everything has been freshly picked, so I know I am getting fresher, more nutritious food. Sometimes I find unique items that are not available in my supermarket’s produce department. I like to talk to the venders at the farmer’s market who are growing the food. It’s a great time to inquire about everything from the type of fertilizers they use or how to prepare a certain

vegetable or fruit. I have found organic produce to be more affordable at the farmer’s markets than supermarkets, and the organic vendors take great pride in telling me how they farm without harmful pesticides. Because of the price, I seldom purchase the organic-raised fruits and vegetables with thick skins (corn, melons avocadoes, etc), which shields them from harmful chemicals. I prefer to spend my grocery dollars on organic produce like tree fruits (peaches, apples, etc.), berries and leafy greens. These fruits and vegetables, unless raised organically, are most likely to have harmful residues, according to the USDA. Last summer we toured an organic peach farm in Palisade and bought delicious organic treeripened peaches.

Going Green

Although organic produce is usually higher priced, it is also richer in healthful nutrients. How is this possible? The stress from pests and weather stimulates organic crops to boost their natural defensive mechanisms. The result: More nutrients and better taste while reducing harmful pesticides. Increasingly, people are becoming aware of the many benefits of shopping at their local farmers market. Each week millions of people grab their canvas bags and head out to see what culinary treasures they will find. In the last decade, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reported a 170 percent increase in the number of farmer’s markets and sales in the billions. “The benefits of shopping at farmer’s markets provide a win-win

situation for everyone involved,” said Jordan Lichman, dean of Culinary Arts and Hospitality at Stratford University. “It’s hard to beat being able to find so many great items in one place that are fresh, affordable and grown locally. “It is wonderful experience to buy produce each summer when the food is at its freshest. If you can get your food straight from the farmer, why would you ever want to go elsewhere?” To find farmer’s markets in your community, check the local newspaper or simply log on to www.local, click on “farmers markets” and enter your zip code. To share your green tips with other readers, email me at grand

Joyce was the first Sonic winner in the Summer of Cars and Cash at Canyon Casino in Black Hawk.

Susie Griffith won $6,918 playing a penny slot machine at Century Casino in Karen is finalist No. 31 in the Grand Summer Giveaway and a shot at Central City. $100,000 at Fitzgeralds Casino in Black Hawk.

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Thinking About – Other things besides poker FULLHOUSE


By Drew Chitiea

s I write this, I’m sitting in a doctor’s office for my standard LOF service (Lube, Oil & Filter). There’s a lot of talk floating around about the heat, the fires and, of course, the curse of civilization – politics. Of course, in a doctor’s office one overhears about others aches and infirmities, but as the old Carly Simon song goes, “I haven’t got time for the pain.” The heat is surely an issue: We didn’t get near the snowfall we normally do and if you look at what little is left on the mountain tops; the mountains look like they normally would

in August or September. As I’ve looked down from high above “the fruited plain” I’ve noticed the rivers – and especially the reservoirs – are way down from the levels they should be. All in all, we along the Front Range should be preparing ourselves for watering restrictions, limitations, rationing or outright prohibitions. The fires are another issue – a BIG issue. While Black Hawk and Central City are still open for business, Cripple Creek has been all but closed down due to the Waldo Canyon fire just west of Manitou Springs. The canyon access for Black Hawk and Central City has been closed down except during the weekends, but that should be done with by the time this hits the racks. At least, I understand construction in Clear Creek Canyon should be completed by June 29; whether or not construction is completed on time is another matter. One of the interesting facts about the Fort Collins Poudre Canyon fire I’ve heard was that fire has

consumed almost 90,000 acres. Gilpin County – in which lie Black Hawk and Central City – comes in at 96,000 acres (about 150 square miles, the second smallest county in Colorado). So had that fire had been in Gilpin County, it would have torched the entire county. I was down working in Colorado Springs a few days ago when four C-130 fire bombers flew in to work the Waldo Canyon fire. Watching them make their bombing runs was impressive – however – when viewed in relation to the scope of the fire, and in comparison with the mass of Pikes Peak, what they drop is almost literally a “drop in the bucket.” As for politics, if it’s election season, why can’t I hunt them down and bag my limit? The more I hear about politics and the ranting and raving from all corners, the more I become an anarchist. Actually, I’m a Jeffersonian Laissez-fairest: “That government is best which governs least.” And in that vein do I

finally get around to poker. The Poker Players’ Alliance has been doing some great work and is making strides to get our “esteemed” lawmakers to rescind the online poker-playing ban. Go to – or Google Pokers Players’ Alliance to find the website, look it over and send them a contribution so they can continue fighting the good fight. There is much our “esteemed” leaders need to do in dealing with the problems we as a nation face (and may God grant them the guts and balls to do the right thing, not just the popular thing), but we poker players have been put upon by self-righteous, moralistic, autocratic, nefarious, power-mongering SOB’s and that wrong needs to be made right. YOUR voice, in calls and letters to your elected leaders or in collective harmony with others through the PPA, will accomplish this in the long run. Don’t just sit there and gripe about it, become active and contribute YOUR voice, express YOUR wishes and insist

Annual trek to the World Series of Poker poker talk


Let’s play poker!


couple weekends ago, my wife and I made our annual trek to The World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. We left Denver at 10 p.m. and were sitting at the pool by 9 a.m. at the Fabulous Flamingo. This was the third casino built in Las Vegas and was the mastermind of Bugsy Siegel 70 years ago – check out the movie Bugsy if interested in a good story on the roots of Vegas. At the Rio, I walked into the daily 2 p.m. $235 No limit Hold’em tournament with 1,065 players. These smaller tournaments are not main events but do


have big prize pools with this one more than $200,000. From a visiting player, the room was well organized – seems to get better each year. OK, here we go – only 1,064 players to go through. My first playable hand was the Jd - Qd. I raised near the button and three of us saw the flop of Jc, 4h, 7s – giving me top pair and backdoor flush draw. The first player checked, I bet out a heavy bet (just about same as raise on flop) and the player behind immediately raised all in. The player in front folded and I thought for a moment. He looked to be solid player, may have called my raise before flop with pocket Q’s or hit a set. After a minute, I did fold – he generously turned up two red queens – nice read by me but still lost nearly a quarter of my stack. A couple hands later I woke up to pocket K’s in the big blind and after the small blind raised all in

with a small stack. I called and hit a K on the flop – getting back to just over even. From there, I went card dead for a full two hours blinding and anteing away nearly a quarter of my stack when the following hand came up. I woke up to the John Elway hand, pocket 7’s. As there was a usual five callers, I just called. The flop came 7c, 10h, 3s, giving me second nut. The player in front made a small bet and as the pot was already big, I reraised three times his bet. Alarmingly the player behind me called with the original better folding (think he had a 10). The turn brought the 2c, making the board 7c, 10h, 3s, and 2c with one card to go. I bet out and he called immediately, turning over the dreaded pocket 10’s as I tossed out my 7’s. The river was a blank and I was out with just more than 700 players left - bummer.

Here is where the trip went off the planned track. We made a trip downtown the next morning after the pool (had to see the Pawn Stars on the way) and ended up playing roulette (won nearly $300 on a $1 - $5 game.) We sat just outside of the Golden Nugget, people watching and playing a bit of roulette – had a blast. Then we did the Fremont Street Experience ZIP LINE! It was $15, roared along at 30 mph up in the canopy and was wildly crazy. Look it up if interested at – awesome experience. From there we went to the New York, New York Casino for a great show (Dancing Queen), spent a wild couple of hours in the Dueling Piano Bar dancing but could not fit in any poker. Finally, on the third day, it was poker time again and I was able to get into a $2 - $5 No-limit game at the Rio in the Big Room. I sat down with $500 into the

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that YOU will be respected in doing what you want to do with your discretionary funds and time. Step by step, if we allow our little freedoms to fall to the forces of evil, the bigger ones are undermined and made ready to either collapse or be swept away by the stroke of a pen. When are YOU going to make a stand for YOUR freedoms to do what you want with the income you’ve earned, when and where ever you want to do it? It should happen right here, right now. It’s time to stand up and be counted – do it, and do it now. And when you see a fire truck, ambulance or police car go by, say a little prayer for their safety. THOSE are the men and women on the front line of our society serving the public, putting their lives between chaos and danger and the rest of us. May the good Lord keep them in the palm of his hand while they go about their duties. We’ll think about poker another day… game and raised on the seventh hand with the Qh, Kh. Three of us saw the flop of Qd, Kc and 2h – loved it. The player in front of me tossed in a small bet and I raised and doubled his bet with the third player folding. The turn was the Qc and when the player pushed all in, I called quickly turning over my full house. He shook his head, turning over his pocket A’s. After a blank for him on the river I had doubled up. I played a few more hands but left as the whole table was really becoming aggressive in their play. So – I won just more than $500 on the table, $300 on the roulette table downtown and paid $235 for the tournament for a total win of just less than $600 and had a wild time. Had a great drive home and am heading back to Vegas for a true poker weekend in 2 weeks - maybe even win my ring. Remember – play your game and be flexible – lot’s to do around the poker scene.

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Probability, frequency and luck


uck, good and bad, in casino gambling arises fundamentally from differences between the probabilities or expected rates of bets winning, losing, or pushing and the frequencies at which these outcomes actually occur. This, because payoffs for wins are set in advance based on the probabilities while bankroll changes are determined during the course of the action by the frequencies. Good luck is characterized by frequencies higher than the theoretical probabilities; conversely for bad luck. How good or how bad depends on the magnitude of the difference. Picture the archetype of all gambling, the flip of an unbiased coin for even money. Ignoring coups that result in coins disappearing down sewer grates or landing on their rims, bets on one face or the other would have 50 percent – one out of two – prospects of winning. Pretend you flip twice, betting on heads both times. A literal interpre-

tation of the 50 percent probability would get you 0.5 x 2 or one instance of heads in two tries and therefore breaking even. This, in fact, could be your frequency and monetary outcomes. But the frequency actually obtained might also differ from the probability figure. You could hit zero percent – zero out of two, in which case you’d be two units behind and cursing your bad luck. Alternately, you could hit 100 percent – two out of two, finishing two units up and chortling over your good luck – if not your remarkable gambling skill. Were you to flip four times, your expectation based on probability would be to obtain 0.5 x 4 or two instances of heads in four tries, breaking even. The actual frequency could be from zero through four heads. The rate might accordingly be zero percent – zero out of four – 50 percent less than the theoretical value, 25 percent – one out of four – 25 percent less than the theoreti-

cal value, 50 percent – two out of four – equal to the theoretical value, 75 percent – three out of four – 25 percent greater than the theoretical value, or 100 percent – four out of four – 50 percent greater than the theoretical value. Monetarily, these outcomes would yield very bad luck with a four-unit loss, moderately bad luck with a two-unit loss, neutral luck with a break-even series, moderately good luck with a twounit win, and very good luck with a four-unit win, respectively. Real casino games differ from the indicated coin flip, in essence, only because the include a mechanism for the establishment to operate as a business by earning a fee on the action. The mechanism, the house advantage or edge, is implemented by means of an offset between the odds that a bet will win and the payoff when it does. As an illustration, a double-zero roulette wheel has 38 grooves 18 red, 18 black, and two green. In most casinos, a bet on red pays even money but the probabilities are only an 18 out of 38 – just under 47.4 percent – of winning and the complementary 20 out of 38 – 52.6

Frequency zero out of four one out of four two out of four three out of four four out of four

Net $4 loss $2 loss break even $2 wiin $4 win

percent – of losing. Make believe you bet on one spin and the ball lands in a black groove so you lose; you have bad luck because the frequency of wins you experience of wins is 0.0 percent – 47.4 percent less than the theoretical probability. Instead, assume the ball lands in a red groove so you win; you have good luck because the frequency of wins you experience is 100 percent – 52.6 percent more than the theoretical probability. Note that, because of the edge, you had to have more good luck to win than bad luck to lose – a difference of 52.6 as opposed to 47.4 percent. You can’t predict the frequency of wins in a session. But the chances associated with various frequencies can be determined, given the theoretical probabilities. For the fourflip coin session, where the probability of winning on any coup is 50 percent, chances of the frequency being from zero to four out of four

Chance 6.25% 25.00% 37.50% 25.00% 6.25%

are as given in the above table. Chances of experiencing a various frequencies of heads in four flips of an unbiased coin The table shows that as the amount of luck encountered – good or bad – increases, the chance of its having done so decreases. Which helps to explain how good players decide when to quit with a profit rather than press on, or cut their losses rather than expose themselves to a downside risk they may later regret taking. Here’s how the poet, Sumner A Ingmark, described these opposing situations: To know you’re where you sought to be, Or somewhere you want not to be, Means knowing where you ought to be.

Behavior detection works at poker tables too


ehavior detection has become a primary component of security protocol, but long before the science was applied to potential terrorists participants in the world of poker practiced it. For 25 years, Joe Navarro was a special agent with the FBI. His expertise, and one for which he continues to be called upon to teach members of the intelligence community, is studying and interpreting the behavior of spies and terrorists during interrogations. As an adjunct faculty member at the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, he is regarded as one of the leading experts in the world on the nonverbal communications that human beings exhibit when they are not tell-

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ing the truth. While filming a Discovery Channel special, More Than Human, with poker professional Annie Duke, Navarro discovered that his knowledge and skill could also be applied to “reading” the physical communicative behavior exhibited by card players and how that knowledge could work to their opponents’ advantage. A second career was born, and one that has blossomed to the tune of Navarro’s own poker Website ( and a book done in conjunction with 10-time World Series of Poker champion Phil Helmuth, Read ‘Em and Reap, with the subtitle “A Career FBI Agent’s Guide to Decoding Poker Tells.” Navarro’s expertise is specifically designed for poker players who want to take their game to the next level. Serious players want rare insight into the emotional and psychological dynamics of the game. That’s where Special Agent Navarro comes in. “Non-verbal behaviors don’t change,” he maintains. “It doesn’t matter if you’re playing poker or you’re interviewing a terrorist. We

combine the theoretical with the practical, and give insight into the science of how the brain works and how that translates into non-verbal behavior.” Navarro, who acknowledges that everyone exhibits readable behaviors, cautions that in the world of poker, “pros have mastered the ability to mask some of those behaviors”. As an example, he described a technique that Phil Helmuth is using and many more pros are emulating: “You sit at the table in a sort of ‘perched’ position from which you bring your hands together in front of your mouth and your thumbs hold up your chin. Your elbows are on the table and you’re looking down. It is from that position you make all your decisions and is the position you use to view others. It makes for a very tough read because you’re blocking most of your face, you’re blocking your neck, and you’re controlling your hands.” The behavior techniques do work in a majority of cases, especially playing against less experienced players.

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Trail’s End

Hooray for the Fire Laddies ladder boys” competed against each During Colorado’s other and against the first decades, the U.S. neighboring towns was a robust young na– the Idaho Hose tion still intoxicated Company and Silver with the revolutionPlume Company, as ary concepts of liberty well as the Everett and freedom. ProspecHooks and the Lovetors and pioneers had land Hose Company scrambled into our rugwho rode the train up ged mountains, while from Golden. ranches and farmers had Typical contests spread across our prom- By Cathleen Norman in Georgetown and ising plains. People who elsewhere included populated Colorado’s country villages, mining camps, small the Hook and Ladder Race (500 feet), towns and blossoming cities enthusi- Hose Race (400 feet to hydrant, 200 astically celebrated America’s demo- feet of hose), Hose Straightaway (600 cratic concept. Patriotic fervor surged feet) and Single Dash (600 feet). Prizwith red-white-and-blue bunting es ranged from $100 to $450. Many hung everywhere, parades marching companies had a juvenile division down every Main Street and patriotic with youthful fire lads also joining in the race competitions. tunes filling the air. These races were festive and merry. Independence Day also became an “The Hook & Ladder boys were important opportunity for firefighters, who solicited financial support often drunk,” one newspaper editor and honed their skills of strength, winked slyly. Georgetown’s Fourth of July also speed and agility. Well into the 1900s, most firefighting took place purely on included an annual inspection of the a volunteer basis with festive events firefighting equipment. The town’s that helped raise funds to build the firefighting companies fancied up firehouse and purchase equipment. their equipment as described thus by And in towns large and small, the “fire the local newspaper: “The Apparatus laddies” practiced their running and of the Alpine Co. was profusely and firefighting skills throughout the sum- handsomely decorated with our counmer but especially over the Fourth of try’s emblem, both in the way of flags July holiday. Who knew when they and bunting. The other companies would need to dash to the firehouse, decorated to some extent, but the Alhand-pull the hose and pumper carts pines took the biscuit.” Colorado’s longest and most festo a fire, and unreel the long and tive Fourth of July tradition is most heavy fire hose? Fire laddies ran foot races and likely Ouray’s Water Fight. For more competed in team races that flexed than a century, the hose competition their muscles in cart-pulling and has gathered an enormous crowd on hose-unreeling competitions. In the town’s major intersection immethe 1880s, Georgetown’s four fire diately after the parade. Two firecompanies – the Star Hook & Lad- fighters, or two teams of two “water der, the Georgetown Fire and Hose, gladiators,” turn the full force of a fire the Hope Hose and the Alpine Hose hose on each other. The typical hose– had a combined total of 70 men. to-hose combat lasts less than three Over Fourth of July, these “hook and minutes.

Supporting your local fire department still a Fourth of July tradition

By Cathleen Norman

Fire trucks are showcased in many small-town Fourth of July parades. Photo by Cathleen Norman,

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These “fire laddies,” posing in Old Colorado City in 1901, demonstrate the speed, strength and agility that firefighters needed to reach a blaze. Photo courtesy of Denver Public Library Western History Collection,

A hose-cart team dashes down the street in Canon City in 1895. Their outfits, suited for speed, were scanty compared to the crowd of onlookers. Photo courtesy of Denver Public Library Western History Collection Water fighters wear multiple layers: wetsuits, dirt-bike chest protectors and gloves, firefighting coats and helmets and facemasks. Water fighters compete in Senior Men, Junior Men, Women and Coed divisions. Senior Men use a 2.5” nozzle; all others use a 1.75” nozzle. The thunderous pressure sometimes leaves contenders black and blue after the battle. Several Ouray families have had three generations in the water fight. Judges decide when the fight is finished and declare the winner or winning team: “We don’t want anyone to get hurt bad.” Since the earliest days, fire protection has been a community affair in most small towns. Firemen’s Auxiliaries raised money to build the first fire house or buy a hose cart by organizing balls, parades and picnics. Sometimes, a fire company chartered railroad cars, and firemen and guests rode from town to town. Fares col-

lected for the railroad was given to the fire company. Until motorized fire trucks, larger communities like Georgetown and Idaho Springs had a main firehouse with outlying hose houses. These multiple fire districts required using an organized code of alarms and fire signals. As the 1900s unfolded, equipment became more efficient and effective. One by one, small town fire departments purchased a modern 600-gallon-per-minute pumper truck with funds raised via bazaars, bake sales, bingo and dances. During the 1930s, several new firehouses were erected, using labor and funding from the WPA programs of the Great Depression. During the past half-century, volunteer fire efforts have interwoven with emergency rescue, especially in the Colorado counties thick with hiking trails, jeep roads, 14’ers and wilderness areas. Emergency Medi-

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cal Services and fire protection combine funding and other efforts for facilities, training and equipment that achieve a rapid response when needed. Now, as then, most small-town fire departments still rely upon volunteer efforts and locally raised funds. The Fire Department Pancake Breakfast is a standard event for most holidays, such as Crested Butte’s Fourth of July, Victor’s Gold Rush Days and even Easter morning in Palmer Lake. Fire trucks and Jeeps and other emergency equipment will highlight small-town Fourth of July parades, while various Fourth of July events will raise funds for their efforts. As we gather for this patriotic holiday, especially during this horrible fire season of 2012, please show your appreciation for the efforts of your local fire department by donating generously, volunteering or perhaps even joining.



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By Dorothy Rosby

I wear a parka when I go to the movies. I keep the air conditioning vents in my office closed all summer long. I’m quite comfortable with an indoor temperature of 78 or 80, unless I’m moving around a lot, which I seldom am, or trying to sleep, which I often am--though not in my office. Honest. But even I like air conditioning on my own terms. Mine is humming away happily today, but I have a bad memory of some very long days last summer when our air conditioner fell

little fur coat. The thermostat in my living room pegged at 90, which is as high as it goes. And while I’m more adapted to life without A/C than most people are, even I wouldn’t call that air conditioning “on my terms.” Naturally, at the time, we were in the midst of some 100-plus-degree days, because, as you know, if your air conditioner is going to fail you, it’s going to do it when it’s as hot as a jalapeno. This always feels like a perfect example of Murphy’s Law or just really bad luck, but I wonder if it might also be because we tend not to use air conditioning when it’s cold. At any rate, sleep was out of the question. If I can’t sleep, I think. And what I think about is usually fairly senseless. I remember late one night, lying there with the windows open,

the neighborhood dogs barking, and my new 20-inch, high-velocity, three-speed fan blowing magazines around my bedroom. And I asked myself, how did our ancestors survive without air conditioning? Their thermostats must have been pegged all summer long. They didn’t have 20-inch, highvelocity, three-speed fans, and even if they did, they couldn’t plug them in, what with not having electricity and all. They had no deep freezes to store their popsicles and ice

cream bars. And there were no convenience stores selling fountain drinks, so they had to use their 44-ounce Super Sippers to carry water from the well. As far as I know, my great grandparents didn’t wear tank tops or shorts, and sandals were probably out of the question on the homestead. They must have been so irritable – and sweaty. And I bet they didn’t even have deodorant. No wonder they never smiled for photographs. That got me thinking about all the other things they did without. For example, I don’t know about your ancestors, but mine crossed this great land without or GPS. They had no Internet where they could check the weather before they left and no DVD player to keep the kids occupied in the back of the wagon.  How did they make their

popcorn without microwaves? How did they thaw their ground beef in time for dinner? How did they make their Tater Tot casserole without Googling the recipe? I must have been delirious from the heat, because now that I think about it, I bet they didn’t have Tater Tots. And I bet they had no self-cleaning ovens, no frost-free refrigerators, and no washers, dryers, or battery powered toothbrushes! How did they play solitaire without computers? And tell time without cell phones? And change channels without remotes? How did they LIVE? It finally cooled down a little. I put the magazines in the closet where the fan couldn’t blow them around. The neighborhood dogs settled down. And just before I dozed off, I realized that, after sleepless nights, my ancestors got to wake up the next morning without the alarm on their smartphones blasting away. Maybe it wasn’t so bad after all.  (Contact drosby@rushmore. com or see Follow on twitter @dorothyrosby.)

Horoscope CANCER - (June 22 - July 22) You may be inclined to express yourself in a much more emotional manner than usual. Conflicts with others may reach a point of cooperation or walking away from it totally. What ever it is, it will be brought to the surface. Avoid anything that may withdraw you from reality. Lucky Numbers: 3, 6, 7, 33, 36, 37

SCORPIO - (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Any feelings of frustration or uneasiness may be due to psychological repressed energies. Become aware of your selfdefeating acts; time to confront yourself. This is a great time for research on any new subjects or any kind of charitable activity will bring you into alignment. Lucky Numbers: 1, 4, 11, 14, 15, 26

PISCES (Feb. 20 - March 20) Being stubborn when you›re angry will drag a situation out and could lead to an unnecessary impasse. It›s ok to have angry feelings, just make sure you don›t trespass. Often hurt feelings come from being slighted but a family member really needs your support or insight. Lucky Numbers: 7, 13, 29, 37, 49, 72

LEO - (July 23 - Aug 22) Time to get in touch with your subconscious mind and how is it directing your life in ways you are not even aware of. Some of the ways in how you dealt with past situations are no longer useful and will need to be let lose. Air your grievances openly. Take precautions. Lucky Numbers: 2, 4, 8, 22, 24, 28

SAGITTARIUS - (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) Allowing events to unfold naturally, may give you great insight into yourself and the situation at hand. Strong feelings rise to the surface and you may feel overwhelmed the first week of July. Relief arrives to smooth over any difficulties in a relationship. Love and beauty take the lead. Lucky Numbers: 2, 6, 22, 26, 27, 29

ARIES - (March 21 - April 20) Turn any tension you are having into a creative project that requires endurance and focus. If you are experiencing harmony within your personal and business relationships, you may just find a power house in which to accomplish anything you put your mind to. Lucky Numbers: 1, 3, 4, 13, 14, 33

VIRGO - (Aug. 23 - Sept. 23) Avoiding gossip and secrets this month is recommended. Keep an open mind on others opinions. Great time for doing research; you may find you work better alone right now. Boredom will not be an issue. You may want to make notes on all the brilliant ideas you incur during the day. Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 8, 15, 16, 24

CAPRICORN - (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) You may be tempted to find seclusion and keep to yourself for a few days. Keep the channels of communication open for clarity. This is a great time for spiritual work. Money is tight and being frugal is your only way out. A long distant plan may begin to take shape. Lucky Numbers: 3, 8, 14, 37, 38, 52

TAURUS - (April 21 - May 21) You may be inclined to overindulge or take on a lazy approach the early part of the month. You may have a desire to be around others even though there is balance or compromise lacking. Use this time to learn about your personal relationships and your attitude towards them. Lucky Numbers: 4, 7, 14, 44, 47, 61

LIBRA - (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) This should be a time of great activity in your life. You may be able to apply yourself with a lot more vigor than usual and therefore make a great impression at this time. As long as you have the independence to truly be who you are around others, you should ruffle no feathers. Lucky Numbers: 3, 6, 33, 36, 37, 63

AQUARIUS - (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) View things from the other person’s side to break through a tense time. You don›t have to agree with a person to support them or their goals. You might even be more appreciated. Seek balance as Aquarians are frequently known as being rigid or extremists. Lucky Numbers: 5, 21, 27, 45, 54, 68

GEMINI - (May 22 - June 21) Actions and thoughts seem intensified. You feel charged much more strongly, more than usual. Intellectual activities are encouraged. Keep your mind flexible and new experiences will come along and time to practice speaking and listening skills. Discuss possibilities rather than final conclusions. Lucky Numbers: 1, 4, 14, 17, 20 27

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