mid-1993, Governor Symington signed a compact with
the state's tribes which allowed them to offer slot
machines on their reservations, but after signing
sixteen compacts he refused to sign any more. As the
result of a state-wide referendum in November 1996,
however, the governor has been forced to sign contracts
with five additional tribes that want to open casinos.
The terms of
the contract permit electronic machines, but no table
games. All sixteen Arizona casinos (one tribe has
two casinos) offer slots, video online poker games,
and video keno. Some casinos also offer video versions
of online blackjack games, craps, or roulette.
There are four
casinos within a half-hour drive of Phoenix: Fort
McDowell (800-THE FORT) in Fountain Hills; Gila River
(800WIN GILA), which has two casinos in Chandler;
and Harrah's Ak Chin (800 HARRAHS), which is in Maricopa.
Tucson has two casinos located in the city: Casino
of the Sun (800-344-9435) and Desert Diamond (520-294-7777).
For Arizona tourism
information call (800) 842-8257. This number will
allow you to leave your name and address to receive
a package of information by mail. If you want to speak
to someone, call the Arizona State Office of Tourism
at (602) 230-7733.
Good Players Set Good Limits
hand" here does not mean a sure thing; it means
hand that is strong enough to win money in the long
run, but may lose from time to time. The question
of how much one would be comfortable betting on such
a hand not only will supply a better answer for the
appropriate limits for a player, but more importantly,
it is his first step in developing the mindset of
With this question in mind, the player is looking
at the game in terms of selected opportunities, not
random losses. He's thinking about how much he would
want to invest in good hands, not how much lie will
be forced to invest in bad hands. He now realizes
that if he's got an advantage, the higher the limit,
the better for him. Simultaneously, he realizes that
if he's in a weak position, the size of the bets doesn't
really matter, because he will fold. His outlook is
now offensive instead of defensive, and active instead
of passive. Because of the framing of this single
question, the player asking it now understands more
about poker than half of his home game opponents.