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YEAR IN REVIEW A look back at 2011 Page 7

HAPPY NEW YEAR Ring in the New Year with Colorado casinos Page 9

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Publisher’s Column By Robert Sweeney

Let us help

Newspaper print leads the way in 2012

The holidays give me a few days to sort of people move around and addresses change catch up on cleaning up the office, closet and often, which just means further delays. mind. In between phone calls, writing, makTo catch a fish, one must use some bait, ing New Year’s Eve plans and contemplating otherwise one can fish all day with nary a bite. future resolutions, I went through a pile of To attract new and regular customers, casinos casino direct mail pieces I recently received. Here’s what I discovered, and, of course, must provide great service, great food and this comes from a busy, biased newspaper timely promotional events. publisher point-of-view. All of this direct mail We believe after 20 years of being a part seems to me to be expensive and, for the most of the gaming experience that newspapers are part, expired before I have a chance to even the very best way to reach the gaming public read it. Let me explain: The United States Postal on a consistent, timely basis. Events are timeService is in a state of meltdown and junk ly and important, and gaming towns need to mail sometimes takes two weeks at least to publicize upcoming events well in advance. make it through the mail mumbo, jumbo. My I will go play cards where parking is easy, Saturday mail now comes Saturday night, a the food is good and the dealers are friendly. little late for Saturday bargains. Turns out it is actually a week late, so I already missed the That frankly describes just about every casino event that was “last” Saturday. In other words still standing in our three mountain towns. Timely, supportive, creative and consistent snail mail is very slow and getting worse. Casino marketing people are busy folks, are just a few adjectives to describe this newsthey have to think up the promotions, get paper that you’re reading right now. bosses to agree to ideas and budgets, and then Print is good if used properly. get graphic artists and printers involved. After the idea – the printing, the mailing and the mail process takes over. Days, sometimes weeks later, I get the promotion at my office address. Usually I don’t rush to open the envelope because it is clearly marked from the casino so I set it aside with the other junk mail to read. Sometime it might even, mistakenly or not, end up in the recycle bin unopened where most third class junk mail is deposited. I looked at the special offers received during the month and most of the meal and point deals have expired. I lost my $5 in cash because I wasn’t at the casino on that special day. Now, I’m certain there are people who get those specials and show up for the drawings, the cash and the point prizes. Direct mail can work, does work, but it has a very long trail from original thought to execution. I’ve stood in line with folks seeking the promotional coupon benefits. The Colorado Gaming Commission recently has allowed casinos to place bonus benefits on casino player’s cards. This may kill most of the direct mail and save casinos millions in postage and printing. The newspapers can inform people about these perks, events and prizes – that’s us folks. We can produce a promotion in a twoweek turnaround, from the concept of the promotion, the design, the Gambler newspaper is on the street at many, many locations quickly and we’re the paper that get’s read, directly delivered to stands and locations. Coupons can’t get results if the envelope is never opened or arrives far too late. We know our coupons work because casino marketing people report great results from placing their coupons in the Colorado Gambler. www.coloradogambler.com coloradogambler cogambler The mail supports the postal service, the newspaper ads support free enterprise and are read by people who like to travel to the mountains, dine and play games. We also know that

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THE COLORADO GAMBLER – Celebrating 20 Years

December 27, 2011 - January 2, 2012


www.canyoncasino.com $5.99 Prime Rib Dinner In December, the Canyon Grille will feature a Prime Rib Dinner for $5.99 with your Canyon Club card. Served all day every day.

7 Minute Madness Play at the Canyon Casino Monday, Dec. 26 through Thursday, Dec. 29 between 2 – 4 p.m daily. Winners will be selected every 7 minutes to win up to $250! New Year’s Eve Spend New Year’s Eve with your friend at Canyon Casino. Cash winners will be selected every 15 minutes to win $250$2012! Just simply play on your Canyon Club card between 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. to be entered.

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

What’s Rockin’

Win fabulous prizes Dec. 30 Play your favorite table games daily in December and earn entries to win a 55-inch 3D LED TV, 3D Blu-ray player and four pairs of 3D glasses. Plus we will also be giving away four pairs of pro hockey tickets. Prize drawing will be held on Dec. 30, 9 – 11 p.m. www.black-hawk. isleofcapricasinos.com Wheel of Cash Also while playing table games New Year’s Eve Cash Spree between Dec. 20-29, be a Hot Ring in the New Year at the Seat winner to spin the Wheel Isle and win your share of the of Cash and a chance to win New Year’s Eve Cash Spree. up to $250. Spinning will take Drawings will take place every place every half hour, 5 – 8 half hour from 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. p.m. for $500. One name will be

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drawn every half hour. If the person is not present, the cash rolls over to the next drawing. Begin earning entries at 8 a.m. with each set of 15 unadjusted points. $2,012 Power Hour drawings Be at the Isle on New Year’s Day and each Friday in January for the $2,012 Power Hour Drawings. Each hour from noon – 6 p.m. hourly drawings will take place for $2,012. Receive one free entry daily and earn additional entries for every 15 unadjusted bonus points earned each giveaway day. Ski in and cash out with $1,000 Ski in and cash out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in January, 8 a.m. – midnight. Guests will receive one free swipe each promotion day to win cash prizes up to $1,000. There is a guaranteed cash prize with each swipe. $10,000 Jackpot Sweepstakes Qualify Jan. 9 – March 24 to win up to $10,000 in the

Fortune Valley Hotel Black Hawk 321 Gregory St., Central City • 303.582.0800

Dec. 29: Something Underground Dec. 30: Hot Posse Dec. 31: Romeo Delight Jan. 6 – 7: Steve Thomas Band Jan. 13: Live music Jan. 14: Elizabeth Cook Jan. 19: Comedy Works presents Kevin Fitzgerald (doors open at 7 p.m.) Jan. 20: Hazel Miller Jan. 27: Live music Jan. 28: UFC fight

slots, a free soft serve ice cream and a free Calypso’s Buffet after earning five unadjusted points. For complete details, please visit the IsleOne club. Point multiplier is not valid on video poker games.

Jackpot Sweepstakes on Saturday, March 24. Guests of the Isle will receive one free drawing entry with each handpaid taxable jackpot of $1,200 Play $30 - $60 or more. $30 - $60 players can get a discounted buy-in or play for Bus fare refund free in the $25,000 Hi-Roller Do you ride the bus to Black Poker Tournament on Jan. 8 by Hawk? The Isle will refund your playing at the Isle in December. bus fare up to $20. Simply earn Play 30 hours of $30-$60 and 35 unadjusted points on your receive a voucher for $270 IsleOne card and present your toward the tournament buy-in. return bus ticket to the guest Play 60 hours of $30-$60 and service center or the IsleOne get a free $540 buy-in to the club. Table games players will tournament. In addition, $30receive their bus fare back with $60 players earn a free hotel four hours of consecutive play. room Sunday through Thursday or a $59 Friday-Saturday rate New Year’s Eve and Day menu for just 3 hours of play. A special holiday menu will be served at Calypso’s New Year’s New members receive free Eve from 3:30 p.m. – 12:30 buffet a.m. for just $24.99. Then on All new members of the New Year’s Day the menu will IsleOne club will receive a free be served from 11 a.m. – 9:30 Calypso’s Buffet after playing p.m. and will include brunch just 30 minutes on their new items until 2 p.m. IsleOne card. Once you have played the 30 minutes, just Paradise 50 Plus present your new card to the All guests age 50 or better can hostess in Calypso’s to receive. join the NEW Paradise 50 Plus club Sundays and Mondays. Play and Stay You will receive 3X points on all 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 Guest Services or the IsleOne club once you have earned your points to receive your hotel offer. This offer is valid only on the day the points are earned. Fantastic 40 Plus All guests age 40 or better can participate in the Fantastic 40 Plus club on Thursdays. Guests will receive 4X points on their favorite slots, a free buffet after earning five unadjusted points or earn 50 unadjusted points and receive $40 to Farraddays’. Point multiplier is not valid on video poker games. New menu at Tradewinds Tradewinds at the Isle has a new menu that features what we believe to be the best hamburgers in Black Hawk. Whether you try the classics, a green chile and chipotle, the black and 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 Casino Hotel Black Hawk 401 Main Street, Black Hawk, CO 80422 1-800-THE-ISLE

Chase N the Dream Something Underground

The Lava Room entertainment – all concerts are free, from 9 – 11 p.m. doors open at 8:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Beginning Jan. 13, entertainment will begin at 8 p.m.

www.fortunevalleycasino.com

Dec. 30-31: Chase N the Dream Jan. 20 – 21: Boogie Machine (1970s) (R&B, Dance & Blues) Jan. 6 – 7: Delicious Point (Variety) Jan. 27 – 28: Phat Daddy (R&B Jan. 13 – 14: Back in the Day (Soul) and Dance) Relax to live entertainment on the Caribbean Cove bar stage Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. & Sunday from 5 – 9 p.m.

www.black-hawk.isleofcapricasinos.com

THE COLORADO GAMBLER – Celebrating 20 Years

December 27, 2011 - January 2, 2012


Hourly drawings for $2,012! New Year’s DaY aND FriDaYs iN JaNuarY From NooN To 6:00pm Receive one free entry daily. Earn additional entries for every 15 unadjusted points on promotion days.

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Biggest and best in Black Hawk Sunday through Thursday 3:30pm to 9:30pm Friday and Saturday 3:30pm to 11:00pm 1-800-THE-ISLE • www.theisleblackhawk.com © 2011 Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. Must be 21 or older. Promotions subject to change or cancellation without notice. Please visit IsleOne or guest services for details. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-522-4700.


2011 Year In Review

A Look Back at By Linda Jones

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any things remained unchanged in the year now ending, but in Central City, some major strides toward financial stability were made. Black Hawk continues to dominate the gambling market and even gained one new casino, but that growth was possible only because one large casino downsized. When Bullwhackers vacated the historic hardware building, the owner of that building created Sasquatch Casino in the space. Ed and Shirley Smith already operated two small but successful casinos nearby, the Wild Card and Black Hawk Station, and added Sasquatch to their stable. Black Hawk continued to contribute the greatest share of the nearly $23 million in gaming taxes paid in Colorado in the first four months of the 2011-12 fiscal year, but Central City showed new signs of life. Johnny Z’s, the newest casino in what was historically called The Richest Square Mile on Earth, continued to contribute significantly to the city coffers and expanded into the adjacent Granite Building (1874). Johnny Z’s casino plans to add a hotel above the Granite Building. A new casino owner in Central City promises competition for the Main Street casinos of Black Hawk. The remodeled, refurbished and rebranded, as of Jan. 3, 2012, created from the former Fortune Valley, offers a needed choice of vibes in Central City. When Fortune Valley sold at auction, Luna Entertainment, a nationally-known business because of its Hard Rock brand, purchased the complex and transformed the tired old dowager into a vibrant player. The Guitar Bar promises fun, the restaurants have been gutted and remade and live bands play on weekends. The Central City economy staggered in the last half of 2011 because of the construction on – and destruction of – Main Street. This vital artery was virtually unavailable for more than five months. Thankfully the streetscape project has ended and walking or driving along Main Street is

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Johnny Z’s expanded to the adjacent Granite Building and plans to add a hotel in 2012.

now easy and pleasant. Central City is determined to lure back the heritage tourist and to that end has partnered with the Gilpin County Historical Society, the Central City Opera and the art gallery to increase and diversify the events in the city. The goal is to keep the city’s casinos healthy while also bringing back the 20th century allure of the city for heritage tourists, now the fastest growing segment of the travel business. The ultimate goal of the Black Hawk city fathers is to create a total destination resort. Ameristar Casino & Hotel is a vital partner in that goal; the new Ameristar Hotel draws a constant stream of business meetings and small conventions, whose attendees visit all the casinos in Black Hawk, gambling and eating. The groups who’ve convened at the Ameristar are unanimous in

declaring they’d like to return. All in all, the past year was not a roaring success for the casino business but neither was it a huge disappointment. Onward – and hopefully – upward to 2012! The “Sasquatch” is all decked out for the Christmas season. The casino is the newest casino in Black Hawk and owners Ed and Shirley Smith also operate two small but successful casinos nearby, the Wild Card and Black Hawk Station. The Guitar Bar at Fortune Valley Casino is part of the revamping the casino has gone through to get ready for its rebranding on Jan. 3, 2012.

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THE COLORADO GAMBLER – Celebrating 20 Years

December 27, 2011 - January 2, 2012


Central City Nuggets 4X points

Earn 4X points, Monday – Thursday, in January, 10 a.m. – noon and 8 – 9:45 p.m. Must have a players card to earn the points.

2012 point giveaway

Monday through Thursday in January, one guest between 1 – 2 p.m., one guest between 4 – 5 p.m., and one guest between 7 – 8 p.m. will be randomly be selected to receive 2,012 points to be added to their players card account. Must have and play with your card to qualify.

Progressive cash drawings

Progressive cash drawings on Friday, 6 – 11:45 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 6 – 11:45 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Drawings will take place every half-hour and you will need a players card to get an entry.

Seniors day every Tuesday Join us on your birthday In January on Tuesday, seniors 50 years and older will receive 2X points. They will also get a half sandwich and bowl of soup for only 99 cents.

Entertainment

Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday, 6 – 10 p.m., by our “one-man band” Greg Richards.

www.famousbonanza.com

2X Mondays

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

40 & Getting Better

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.

December 27, 2011 - January 2, 2012

Come celebrate your birthday and receive 500 free points. Players older than 55 will receive 800 free points.

New Players Points earned on your first visit will lead to great benefits on your next visit: • 125 points earned = $5 cash back • 250 points earned = $10 cash back • 500 points earned = $15 cash back • 1,000 points earned = $20 cash back

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

2X Mondays

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.

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

40 & Getting Better

www.fortunevalleycasino.com

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.

Bingo

Join us on your Birthday

Enjoy free slot tournaments every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Win cash at 5 p.m.

Come celebrate your birthday and receive 500 free points. Players older than 55 will receive 800 free points.

New Players

Points earned on your first visit will lead to great benefits on your next visit: • 125 points earned = $5 cash back • 250 points earned = $10 cash back • 500 points earned = $15 cash back • 1,000 points earned = $20 cash back

THE COLORADO GAMBLER – Celebrating 20 Years

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

 Slot tournaments

 Major January promotion –

$100,000 Cash Reserve From Jan. 2 - April 1, 2012, drawings every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. Forty-two winners will be drawn every weekend. More than $5,000 in cash will be awarded every weekend. There will be a $25,000 cash winner on Sunday, April 1. See complete rules and details at Player’s Club

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Casino•Guide Casino

Table Games

Slots

Lodging

Food

Parking

Contact

Ameristar - 24/7

BJ, P, C, R, VP

over 1400 536 rooms

B, D, SD, Starbucks

free valet and self parking

720-946-4000/.ameristar.com/Black_Hawk.aspx

Black Hawk Station

VP

120

No

SD,SB

city lot

303-582-5582/ blackhawkstationcasino.net

Bull Durham

VP

188

No

SB

city lot

303-582-0810/.bulldurhamcasino.com

Bullwhackers - 24/7 Fri/Sat

VP

400

No

SD

free valet and self parking

1-800-GAM-BULL/bullwhackers.com

Canyon - 24/7 Fri/Sat

BJ, C, R, VP

415

No

SD, SB

free valet and self parking

303-777-1111/canyoncasino.com

Fitzgeralds - 24/7 Fri/Sat

BJ, C, R, VP

700

No

SD, SB on weekends free covered valet

303-582-6100 (1-800-538-LUCK)/fitzgeraldsbh.com

Gilpin - 24/7

BJ, C, R, P, VP

460

No

SD

free valet across the street

303-582-1133/thegilpincasino.com

Golden Gates - 24/7

BJ, P, C, VP

280

No

D

free valet and covered self parking

303-582-5600/thegoldengatescasino.com

Golden Gulch

VP

140

No

V

free self/free valet

303-582-5600/thegoldengatescasino.com

Golden Mardi Gras - 24/7

BJ, C, R, VP

680

No

SD,SB,D

free valet and covered self parking

303-582-5600/goldenmardigras.com

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

1308

238

B,D,SD

free valet and self parking

1-800-The-Isle/theisleblackhawk.com

Lady Luck - 24/7

BJ, P,C, R, VP

500

164

SD,SB

free covered valet and self parking

1-888-Lady-Luck/ladyluckblackhawk.com

Lodge - 24/7

BJ, C, R, P, VP

975

50

B, D, SD, SB

free valet parking

303-582-1771/thelodgecasino.com

Red Dolly

VP

149

No

SD

free self parking

303-582-1100/reddollycasino.net

Riviera - 24/7

BJ, C, R, VP

766

No

B

free valet and self parking

303-582-1000/rivierablackhawk.com

Sasquatch

No

70

No

D

No

720-880-1616

Wildcard

VP

220

No

D

city lot

303-582-3412/thewildcardsaloon.com

BLACK HAWK

CENTRAL CITY Century Casino - 24/7

BJ, P, C, R, VP

520

26

SD,D

free covered self parking

303-582-5050/cnty.com

Crystal Palace

VP

101

No

D

free city lot

720-253-1669

Doc Holliday

VP

178

No

SD

free city lot

303-582-1400/dochollidaycasino.net

Dostal Alley - 24/7

VP

64

No

SD

free self parking

303-582-1610/dostalalley.net

Easy Street

VP

205

No

SD

free self parking

303-582-5914/famousbonanza.com

Famous Bonanza

BJ, P, R, VP

244

No

SD , D

free self parking

303-582-5914/famousbonanza.com

Fortune Valley - 24/7

BJ, P, C, R, VP

665

118

SD

free valet and self parking

1-800-924-6646/fortunevalleycasino.com

Johnny Z’s

BJ, C, R, VP

288

No

SD, D

free covered parking

303-582-5623/johnnyzscasino.com

CRIPPLE CREEK The Brass Ass - 24/7

BJ, P, C, R, VP

250

No

SD

free covered self parking

800-635-LUCK/triplecrowncasino.com

Bronco & Buffalo Billy’s - 24/7

BJ, P, C, R, VP

750

23

SD

free self parking

877-989-2142/broncobillyscasino.com

Century Casino - 24/7

BJ, C, R, VP

437

21

SD

free self parking

719-689-0333/cnty.com/casinos/cripplecreek

Colorado Grande - 24/7

BJ, R, VP

211

5

SD, SB

free self parking

877-244-9469/coloradogrande.com

Double Eagle & Gold Creek - 24/7

BJ, P ,C, R, VP

700+

158

SD, SB

free valet and covered self parking

800-711-7234/decasino.com

Johnny Nolon’s - 24/7

VP

255

No

SD

free self parking w/validation

719-689-2080/johnnynolons.com

J.P. McGill’s - 24/7 Fri/Sat

VP

300

40

SD

validated self parking

800-635-LUCK/triplecrowncasinos.com

Midnight Rose - 24/7

P, VP

400

19

SD, B

validated self parking

800-635-LUCK/triplecrowncasinos.com

Wildwood Casino- 24/7

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

68

SD, D

Climate controlled self parking

877-945-3963/playwildwood.com

Table Games Key

Food Key

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

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

This information is subject to change without notice.


Happy New Year

BLACK HAWK Canyon Casino

131 Main St., 303-777-1111, www.canyoncasino.com

Spend New Year’s Eve with your friends at Canyon Casino. Cash winners will be selected every 15 minutes to win $250-$2012. Just simply play on your Canyon Club card between 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. to be entered. Also table game players can earn entries all month to win a 55-inch 3D, HDTV bundle on Dec. 30 from 9-11 p.m.; and special New Year’s Eve drawing will give patrons a chance to win a share of $10,000. The Canyon Grille offers breakfast, soup and salads, sandwiches and burgers. It also features Mexican items like chile relleños, tacos and burritos, as well as chicken fried steak, salmon and a New York strip steak. On New Year’s, there are no plans to offer a different menu.

Isle Hotel Casino Black Hawk

401 Main St., 303-998-7777, www.black-hawkladyluck.isleofcapricasinos.com

Ring in the New Year at the Isle and win your share of the New Year’s Eve Cash Spree. Drawings will take place every half hour, 6 p.m. – 1 a.m., for $500. One name will be drawn every half hour. If the person is not present, the cash rolls over to the next drawing. Begin earning entries at 8 a.m. with each set of 15 unadjusted points. Be at the Isle on New Year’s Day and each Friday in January for the $2,012 Power Hour Drawings. Each hour, noon – 6 p.m. hourly drawings will take place for $2,012. Receive one free entry daily and earn additional entries for every 15 unadjusted bonus points earned each giveaway day. Calypso’s will be offering a special holiday menu that will be served New Year’s Eve from 3:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. for just $24.99. Then on New Year’s Day the menu will be served from 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. and will include brunch items until 2 p.m.

Crystal Palace Casino

118 Main St., 720-253-1669, www.crystalpalacecasinocolorado.com

The “Winter Winnerland Slot Marathon” runs through Dec. 30 featuring a weekly winner – revealed at 7 p.m. on Fridays – that takes home $250, and grand prize winners that can win up to $500 more. Participants must be present to win.

December 27, 2011 - January 2, 2012

On Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., the casino holds its first New Year’s Eve Party, featuring a midnight countdown and Champagne toast. During the event, progressive cash drawings are held every half-hour. Player’s cardholders get a free entry and all “hand-pay, machine lock-ups” get a bonus entry. Also in December during Avalanche games, including games on Dec. 27, 29 and 31, player’s club members get an entry into drawings at the end of each period to spin a wheel for cash and prizes.

with Colorado casinos

CENTRAL CITY Easy Street/Famous Bonanza

120 Main St. & 107 Main St., 303-582-5914, www.famousbonanza.com

On New Year’s Eve, the Famous Bonanza and Easy Street casinos will offer patrons hors d’oeuvres and a Champagne toast at midnight. It is also giving away more than $2,000 in cash and prizes. Cash drawings are held 9 p.m. – midnight. The first day of the year, Famous Bonanza is again offering a promotion that gives guests point multipliers every time the Broncos score. There is also a Champagne and dessert toast at noon planned. On New Year’s Eve, local favorite Millie’s Restaurant, will offer a surf and turf special for $12.99.

Fortune Valley Hotel and Casino 321 Gregory St., 303-582-0800, www.fortunevalleycasino.com

The Fortune Valley Hotel and Casio is offering its guests a chance to with the “Holiday Car & Cash Giveaway.” There are 21 winners every Friday and Saturday night in December at 8 p.m. Winners receive their share of $15,000 in cash prizes, and a qualifying entry for the car giveaway. The grand prize winner will drive home in a 2012 Dodge Durango. There is a “Last Chance Drawing,” Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and the final car drawing is 8 p.m. on Jan. 2.

CELEBRATE New Year’s Eve AT CRysTAL PALACE

Live entertainment 8 pm - 1 am Champagne Toast at Noon & Midnight

118 Main St. • 720-253-1669

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Thomas Allen’s system of railroads leaves a legacy By Anna Lee Ames Frohlich

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fter retiring f r o m politics and railroading in 1854, my great-great grandfather Thomas Allen tried the life of “otium cum dignitate,” leisure with dignity, but found it not to his liking. Missouri was a divided state during the war. Allen was a Union sympathizer. In 1860, he funded the Allen Guard from Pittsfield, Mass., his second home and birthplace. In 1866, while the country was trying to heal, he presented a plan (how little things change ...) “for the liquidation of the national debt, by a grand patriotic subscription, in commutation of taxes, and also based, in part, on repayment in public lands.” In 1867 an irresistible opportunity presented itself, and he once again turned his focus to railroads. The Iron Mountain Road, meant to open for market the richest mineral lands in Missouri, had not been completed due to the war and was handed back to the state and to St. Louis from which it had received large subsidies. Thomas Allen was able to purchase the Iron Mountain along with the Cairo and Fulton Railroad, which extended to the border of Arkansas. The state threw in the stipulation that the Iron Mountain be complete in five years. After much political maneuvering that made the task more difficult, Allen completed the project in less than half the time required in the contract. In 1871, he purchased with his associates the Cairo & Fulton Railroad of Arkansas, an extension of the road in Missouri. He now had the control of about 700 miles of track, the most important railroad line with its center in St. Louis. This road also connected them in the new town of Texarkana with railroad lines in Texas and routes to Galveston and other important locations in Texas. Thomas Allen renamed his entire system of railroads the Saint Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern. A look back now at the railroad that first brought recognition to Allen, the Pacific Railroad,

Bust of Thomas Allen in the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.

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which by now was often being expanding westward, and referred to as the Pacific in 1879, to keep it from Railroad of Missouri. becoming a threat to It had even gone the Union Pacific, into the steamGould bought a boat business. controlling inA fleet of 12 terest in and steamboats became the was availpresident of able at Jefthat railway. ferson City, He orgathe western nized his terminus railroad sysof the railtem around road, to take the Missouri passengers Pacific, once and freight up the Pacific the Missouri Railroad and the River to Kansas first railroad west City and beyond. of the Mississippi. By 1865, the railroad In 1881 Thomas Alitself had crossed Mislen and his associates souri and reached Kansas sold the St. Louis, Iron City. Missouri Pacific Lines Railroad Mountain and Southern During the Civil War, China, from an Allen family to Jay Gould. Thus both raids against Missouri collection. railroads were common. railroads that were nurOne of the most damaging raids was led by tured and developed by Allen became part of Sterling Price, a Confederate Army major Jay Gould’s enormous network. general, against the Pacific Railroad. Then sometime in the early 1870s, the railroad had the dubious distinction of being robbed by the James brothers, Jesse and Frank, at Otterville. They only got away with a few thousand dollars. This was indicative of the lawlessness and terror holding sway in border regions. Outlaw gangs became bold after the rapid removal of Union troops. The year 1872 brought financial woes and forced reorganization to the Pacific Railroad. It came out of receivership with the name Missouri Pacific Railway. Not long after, financier Jay Gould of New York developed an interest in western railroads after purchasing a large block of stock in the Union Pacific Railroad. Next he acquired control of the Central Pacific, the Kansas Pacific and the Denver Pacific. The Missouri Pacific Railway was

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“I have sometimes felt compelled to admit the truth of a remark made by one of my attorneys, that I am condemned by the Almighty to hard labor for the term of my natural life. What caused the sentence I do not know, but I admit its justice and submit to it, and that certainly not merely to amass the goods of this world, for I have long since had a sufficiency of them.” - Thomas Allen Allen had other goals to reach for, mostly of a civic nature. He donated funds for the Berkshire Athenaeum in his beloved town of Pittsfield. The athenaeum still exists and is still “devoted to promoting education, culture and refinement and diffusing knowledge.” He donated funds for the State of Missouri Building at the Centennial Exposition in 1876, and he rebuilt the gracious Southern Hotel in St. Louis (1879-1881). He was also the principal founder of the University Club of St. Louis. He gave a speech in 1878 pertaining to the character of our government. His words ring true even today, “Can we not have,” he demanded, “a higher degree of prosperity and better government at a less cost? This is one of the constantly recurring problems.” Thomas Allen was elected in 1880 as a U.S. Representative to the 47th Congress. On April 8, 1882, he died in Washington, D.C., feeling that “he had left a portion of his work unaccomplished.” He left a respected legacy as a part of our nation’s westward advance. His son, Thomas Allen, Jr., left a legacy to the West of an entirely different type... Map of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway from “A Tour of St. Louis,” 1878. Photos courtesy of Anna Lee Ames Frolich

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Gaming First tourney back played every hand with no regrets

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BY LARRY JOHNSON

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to play the noon Deep Stack Tournament at The Golden Gates Poker Parlour. I sure love that poker fraternity – with all the “Hello’s” “Where ya been’s” and “Good to see you” it was like I hadn’t missed a day. Truth be told it’s been more than three months since my last tournament. A few years ago I was playing tournaments 4 – 5 nights a week. Whew. Who remembers the nightly tournaments at the Colorado Central Station – $110 and they used to provide pizza. How about the all-day smorgasbord of tournaments The Gilpin Poker Room offered ranging from $40 to $500? Fitzgerald’s used to have a poker room with awesome morning tournaments that were packed – due to the breakfast spread they put out (sausage, pancakes….yum.) When this poker room moved downstairs they had a unique promotion for a while; winning a hand with a 7 – 2 off suit would pay you $25. How about the morning tournaments at The Glory Hole Casino up in Central City? These were the rustic old days – the poker area was just a few tables stuffed in a room behind the bar and the entire room was decorated with an old western theme. Back to the tournament. It was a $200 deep stack and started with 99 players. Let’s play cards. Each round was 30 minutes (rather than the usual 20) and there was additional $10 optional add on for the dealers with all players pitching in. This is a good idea - keeps the dealers dealing. With the add on, we all started with 35K in chips – I was up to 39K after the first three hands when my pocket J’s held up against pocket 10’s. The play was fast with many big bets early on. Within the first 10 minutes we had 2 all in’s (one being a bluff) and were minus two players. For me, it was a slow grind to the first break. After the pocket J’s, it was quite a

while until I found another playable hand (or the spot to play one). Nearly two hours into the tournament, I picked up Ad – Jd near the button with the blinds at $200 - $400 and raised to $1,600 with three callers in front of me. The flop came Kd – 4d – Jc / a good flop for me with the nut flush draw and second pair. The player in first position bet out 5K immediately with one player calling. I had already decided this was my hand (only had 25K left) and pushed all in dramatically. The first player thought and thought. He slowly said fold, but held onto his cards (wanted to show them). The middle player folded quickly and the first player turned over his Kc – Jh. He had tossed the top two pair. In reality, with him having 2 pair I only had the 9 outs (while hoping he didn’t hit one of his pair for a full house.) I believe my table image had something to do with the fold … and nope, I didn’t show my hand. So, I dragged the pot and was feeling great about my play. At this point we took the first break, I had nearly $50K in chips and I was ready to go. But alas – the poker gods were fickle and didn’t give me a chance after that. I simply had no cards for the next hour until I was in the blind (unraised and with 5 way action) with the 4c – 5c. The flop came 6c – 7c – Kh. I flopped a huge draw (flush and straight – 15 outs) and quickly bet my last $31K and was called by a player who had slow played an Ad – Kd, giving him top pair. While I missed the draw when the 2h came on the turn and was joined by the 2s on the river – I feel good about the play I made. I could have won it with the bet or I could have drawn out to win the hand, but instead went out in 42nd place. I played for nearly four hours and as Ozzy said in the recently concluded TV reality show Survivor when he got knocked out, “I’m going out on my terms at least, not someone else’s.” Overall, I had a great time, some great conversation and played well – yet a bit conservative. I played my big hands well (only had a few) and stayed out of trouble. As I reflect, there was no real hand I could have played differently to make more, unless it was to make a big bluff (and I never felt timing was right). So, I headed back down the mountain and spent some time Christmas shopping with the thought, “I’ll get them next time.” Remember – play your game.

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Thinking About Poker: Merry Christmas to me

FULLHOUSE By Drew Chitiea

As we usually do this time of year, my sweetie and I flew South for the holidays. We’re not quite snowbirds…yet… but she’s from Dixie and a dose of the South every now and again keeps things smooth. Since she knows – and actively supports, bless her – my passion for poker, I enjoy a stop on the way to ply my avocation at the tables. As long as we’ve been doing this, I’ve been able to pay for the entire trip roughly two out of three times. This time we stopped in Tunica, Miss., just 16 miles south of Memphis, Tenn., and right on the “Big Muddy” – the Mississippi River. Not much else around Tunica, however, lots of farming and some of the flattest land I’ve ever seen. But the folks are friendly and helpful. We chose to stay at Binion’s Horseshoe and were not disappointed. They have a clean, well-lit poker room of 12 – 14 tables and spread games from $1-2 and up No Limit, $4-8 Limit up to $2040 Limit, as well. There are tournaments every day, however, what was offered during our stay was different than what I read in Card Player magazine. We arrived on a Friday and after the bag-drag from the airport and up to our hotel room (they have friendly and quick bell service, btw) we decided to celebrate the beginnings of our vacation at the steakhouse restaurant inside the casino. This restaurant is truly fine dining – the steaks were perfectly done and the accompaniments were delicious. With drinks and a generous tip we got out of there for a C-note; but again we were beginning our vacation and – but of course - we’re worth it. The next morning around 11 a.m., I wandered down to the poker room for a little live action before the 4 p.m. tournament. We had just opened up a table in a $4-8 Limit game while I waited for a $2-5 No Limit to open up when the following hand came down. I’m in the cutoff seat – 1 seat to the right of the but-

ton – and had folded some rags when the button raised before the flop, getting two callers. The flop came down 3-45 of hearts; the player in the 3-seat bet out, the 5-seat folded and the button reraised, getting a call from the 3-seat. The turn did not coordinate the board any further…and then the war began. Bet, raise, reraise, re-reraise and back and forth it went. The fellow sitting to my right stood up and said “This is gonna be interestin’” and it was only then I realized just what was possibly occurring. When the 3-seat ran out of chips the war was over and the river card was displayed. Doesn’t matter what it was and we didn’t care when the 3-seat turned over his Ace-Deuce of hearts for a straight flush and the button revealed his 6-7 of hearts for a higher straight flush. The table erupted, action at other tables ceased temporarily as others came to look at the hands, the dealer began to count the deck down and surveillance was called to verify the badbeat. That all took about 20 minutes, so when the word came down it was indeed a legitimate jackpot, the cheering began anew…and the calculators came out of nowhere to figure out who got what. At the Horseshoe, it seems as when a jackpot occurs, the losing hand gets 30 percent, the winner receives 20 percent – and the pot, of course – and the rest of the room playing the same game all get a table share. After some mighty mathematical “figgerin’ an’ such,” it turned out that each of us playing the same game received $1,278 just for being at the right place at the right time. I was given $278 in assorted regular chips and one oversized $1,000 chip. Now, I’ve handled chips of various denominations right up to $100,000, but they were tournament chips – poker points chips – not for real actual cash money chips, so this was a thrill. Most of the other players cashed right in after receiving theirs but I wanted to enjoy the rich feeling for a while. I keep it in my pocket the entire day, cashing out only when headed back to my room. Kind of a neat feeling AND right then and there the trip was paid for. Happy Holidays to all the Colorado poker players, families and friends! May 2012 be a safe and prosperous one for all!

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Trail’s End By Rosemary Fetter

he observance of Kwanzaa (or Kwanza) is a relatively recent addition to the holiday season that has roots in African traditions and culture. Although there is no comparable celebration in Africa, the observance from Dec. 26 – Jan. 1 combines several different year-end African harvest festivals, including the Ashanti and Zulu, to create a new, non-religious event. The name, derived from the Kiswahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” means first fruits of the harvest. Kiswahili (or Swahili) was chosen because it is a non-tribal language spoken in many parts of the country. Kwanzaa focuses on paying tribute to the rich cultural roots of the African Diaspora, a.k.a. people who have left the ancestral homeland. The celebration began in the United States, shortly after the fiveday Watts riots in Los Angeles in August 1965, in which 34 people were killed. The riots were precipitated by efforts of certain states to circumvent the Civil Rights of 1964, when several states, including California, moved to block the fair housing section of the act. The most violent episode of racial tension up to that point, Watts symbolized the struggle for racial equality that was still central to the American scene. The following year, a California State University professor named Maulana Karenga, a professor of Black Studies, created Kwanzaa in order to bring African-Americans together to celebrate their heritage, culture and community and inspire those who were working toward progress. Karenga also founded the organization Us as an alternative to the more radical Black Panthers. During the week of Kwanzaa, participants focus on seven principles, or Nguzo Saba, created by Karenga. They include Unity: Umoja (oo–MO–jah); Self-determination: Kujichagulia (koo–gee–cha–goo– LEE–yah); Collective Work and Responsibility: Ujima (oo–GEE– mah); Cooperative Economics: Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah;) Purpose: Nia (nee–YAH); Creativity: Kuumba (koo–OOM–bah) and Faith: Imani

(ee–MAH–nee). On the first night, of Kwanzaa, someone in the family, usually a child, lights the black candle in the center of the Kinara (candle holder) and a discussion of the first principle ensues. On subsequent evenings the six other principles are discussed. Families celebrate differently, sometimes with parties, singing, dancing, crafts projects and games and activities for children. Each of the p r i n ciples has a symbol. For example, Mazo, (fruits, nuts and vegetables) on the first night symbolizes work and the basis of the holiday, in which joy and thanksgiving are the fruits of collective work. Celebrants drink from kikombe cha umoja, or the unity cup, to honor their ancestors. The symbols of Kwanzaa are arranged on the mkeka, or mat, to honor the foundation upon which communities are built. On Dec. 31, a feast or gathering of many families, called karamu, is usually held at a church or community center. Participants enjoy traditional dishes from various regions in Africa, many of them made with ingredients Africans brought to the United States, such as sweet potatoes, sesame seeds and peanuts. During the feast, the Kwanza colors of red, black and green are prominent, important symbols in ancient Africa. Green stands for the fertile African land, black stands for the color of the people and red symbolizes blood that was shed in the struggle for freedom. On Jan. 1, the last day of Kwanzaa, children receive educational and cultural gifts, or zawadi.

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The popularity of Kwanzaa has increased substantially since its 1966 founding. An estimated 18 million people celebrate in the United States, and many more around the world. Although Kwanzaa has its critics (some have called the holiday “socially divisive and toot recently invented” and question Karenga’s motives) the celebration of community is a universal that everyone can appreciate. And the food is fabulous, from sweet potato pie and fritters to benne cakes, peanut soup and potato biscuits.

On the first night, of Kwanzaa, someone in the family lights the black candle in the center of the Kinara (candle holder) and a discussion of the first principle ensues. On subsequent evenings the six other principles are discussed and candles are lit.

Celebrants of Kwanzaa drink from kikombe cha umoja, or the unity cup, to honor their ancestors.

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Gemstone & Minerals

Legends and history of birthstones Do you know the Israelites erected their your birthstone? Tabernacle in the WilderFor early man, gems ness, the Lord gave Moses were more than colexplicit rules for making orful adornments. the Vestments of Aaron, Early man believed the brother of Moses and gems possessed the High Priest of Israel. magical qualities The most interesting porand repelled evil tion of the vestments was spirits. Such are the the Breastplate of Judglegends associated ment set with 12 precious with birthstones. By Ray Lundin stones, each engraved with Their history is as Gemologist the name of one of the 12 colorful as their tribes of Israel. Unforcolors and as varied as their names. tunately, it is difficult for contemTheir names are associated with porary translators to determine a certain months. What stone goes certain or absolute interpretation with what month? What is your of which modern gemstone name birthstone? You’re about to find out. equates to the ancient biblical deThis is a series of articles explaining scriptions of the stones of the high the background and legends sur- priest’s breastplate. Therefore, the rounding birthstones. list of gems used varies dependent In spite of early evidence on the on the translation that is cited. The importance of precious stones in- New International Version list the fluencing the destiny of individuals, 12 stones as ruby, topaz, beryl, turthere is no proof they were worn as quoise, sapphire, emerald, jacinth, birthstones until a comparatively agate, amethyst, chrysolite, onyx late date. In fact, the custom seems and jasper. (Note the number 12 asto have started in Germany, others sociation in this article.) say in Poland, about 1562. This may During the Middle Ages and not be entirely correct, however, Renaissance, the study of astrology since the idea can be found in an- became very popular. Certain jewels cient writings. were considered lucky or unlucky According to the Bible, when for each person, so the astrologer

recommended one or more stones to an individual and warned others against wearing them. Pearls w e r e considered unlucky for Elizabeth of England and Mary Queen of Scots. Ruby was a lucky stone for Henry VIII, according to his horoscope. Certain stones soon became associated with certain times of the year. The traditional list was based on the Foundation Stones of the New Testament. The Foundation Stones, in turn, can be traced to the stones of the High Priest’s Breastplate. Early man wore gems not only for his personal adornment, but because he believed they possessed magical qualities and thus served to ward off evil influences. As civilization advanced, certain gems

were associated with the religion and customs of the time. Certain gems were associated with the 12 tribes of Israel, 12 signs of the zodiac, the planets, 12 guardian angels, 12 apostles, and many customs and religions of different countries. The Jewelry Association of the United States gathered all the information about birthstones from all over the world and presented a list in 1938. In 1952, the Jewelry Industrial Council revised the list so that it would reflect the stones most popular for those months and provide a standard, uniform list that everyone could use to associate a gemstone with their month of birth. The birthstones for each month are as follows: January – Garnet

Editor’s note: This is a series of articles about birthstones the gems associated with the months of the year. The author, Ray Lundin, is a Lakewood resident and has worked in the Colorado casinos for 15 years. He is a certified gemologist, one “licensed” by schooling and testing to identify gems and minerals. He has been in the opal mines of Andamooka, Australia, was an officer in gem and mineral clubs in California and Colorado, was the superintendent of the Gem and Mineral Building at the Ventura County Fair in California for 10 years, and was the president of the Colorado Federation of Gem and Mineral Societies for five years. In 2012, articles about each month’s birthstone will be presented along with the history, legends and other information concerning that particular birthstone.

February – Amethyst March – Aquamarine or bloodstone April – Diamond May – Emerald June – Pearl, moonstone or alexandrite July – Ruby August – Peridot or sardonyx September – Sapphire October – Opal or pink tourmaline November – Topaz or topaz quartz December – Turquoise or zircon

Horoscope CAPRICORN - (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) With the recent New Moon in Capricorn you can look forward to blazing a new path ahead, especially for those born before the 25. You may have new leads or ideas when it comes to generating money, and female friends that can assist. Look for more travel on your calendar with the New Year ahead. Nothing can hold you down. Lucky Numbers: 1, 2, 3, 19, 21, 22   AQUARIUS - (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) Any legal situations may still be holding you down, at least until after the New Year. You can look forward to an easier and more productive year for yourself. Work will increase and so will the recognition you so well deserve. You may feel as if something has been holding you down and you’re about to be set free. Lucky Numbers: 4, 7, 11, 14, 17, 46   PISCES (Feb 20 - March 20) You may be tempted to withdraw and keep your feelings to yourself. Truly consider sharing what it is you are feeling, as there is a lot of personal growth that can occur from this. Explore the mystical or spiritual side of life. Before too long you will be finding opportunities that increase your contacts and perception of the world. Seek truth. Lucky Numbers: 11, 12, 17, 28, 29, 32 ARIES - (March 21 - April 20) The Holidays have been a very energetic time for you. You can still accomplish a great amount of work. Assert yourself in a healthy manner. Avoid quick responses and aggressive reactions. A great relationship requires mutual energy exchange. Create a fabulous night for you and your partner to celebrate the New Year. Lucky Numbers: 1, 4, 14, 16, 20, 24

 TAURUS - (April 21 - May 21) You are more inclined to experience the feelings of love and beauty in your life right now. Take a drive to view the holiday light displays, visit an art museum or take a pleasurable trip. Avoid doing anything in excess. You feelings are grand and you may want to go above and beyond doing something wonderful for your sweetie. Know you are appreciated. Lucky Numbers: 2, 14, 32, 37, 51   GEMINI - (May 22 - June 21) The prior New Moon may take you on a new path concerning finances. You have been use to doing things one way and now you are being asked to change paths and move in another direction. You have angelic protection with you at all times. Listen to your intuition. Consult a specialist in any matter that concerns you. Avoid bad habits. Lucky Numbers: 12, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28   CANCER - (June 22 - July 22) You could develop a strong attachment to something in your life, or be less willing to part with something. Not the best time to spend money, as you might over due it without any thoughts about it until later. Make a list before leaving the house to avoid any blunders. You may be restless with life. Find something to feed your soul. Avoid chaos. Lucky Numbers: 3, 8, 9, 33, 38, 39   LEO - (July 23 - Aug 22) Now is the time to focus on how you should manage your life and what responsibilities involved to get this done. The structure of Saturn is moving into your surrounding dwelling. You may consider moving, remodeling or at least changing the furniture and colors. Health is a focus as well as your daily activities. Your spirit is upbeat and generous. Keep Positive. Lucky Numbers: 5, 13, 25, 26, 39, 44  

VIRGO - (Aug. 23 - Sept. 23) You are fired up and full of energy, and becoming more serious about what is important to you and how you go about to getting it. You may develop a hunger for knowledge and want to learn a new trade or stimulate an interest. Seek out others who share the same interests. Risk taking is something new for you. Proceed with caution. Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 8, 33, 34, 38   LIBRA - (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) There is a grace and elegance about you this week. Maybe even a little teary eyed at times. You may be considering a New Years resolution that you can stick to. Something wants to change and you have the motivation now to take yourself to new heights. The past is the past and you are ready to move on. Lucky Numbers: 3, 6, 20, 35, 36, 56   SCORPIO - (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) If you are living away from home you may be feeling a bit nostalgic. Pick up the phone to make true connections with those that pull at your heart strings. Bring in the New Year knowing you’ve shared what you are feeling in your heart. On a business level, financial decisions don’t fall like they should; view both sides of the situation. Be persistent in your goals. Lucky Numbers: 2, 5, 15, 24, 25, 40   SAGITTARIUS - (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21) Someone close by is falling sweet on you - maybe a new neighbor or co-worker. Your charm can be an amazing aphrodisiac. You may be asked to help out with a community event. Something you’ve done before. Children never seize to amaze us and yours may come up with a new twist into your daily affairs. Patience is a virtue. Lucky Numbers: 7, 9, 16, 17, 24, 33

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