Gambling & Games

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

'Batman: Arkham Knight' Will Feature Batmobile Gameplay

Posted By on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Holy special effects, Batman! The final Batman 'Arkham' game trailer debuted today, and it doesn't disappoint. The caped crusader will have to go toe-to-toe with The Scarecrow, Two-Face, Harley Quinn and Penguin for what's left of Gotham City after all hell has broke loose. The Batmobile gameplay makes up for the fact that Kevin Conroy wasn't casted to portray Bruce Wayne/Batman, again.

The game is set to released in 2014 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

(via: Mashable)

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Friday, February 28, 2014

The Retro Room is Bringing Back Old School Games and Arcades

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

The Retro Room is located on 337 E. Ft. Lowell Road.
  • Courtesy of The Retro Room.
  • The Retro Room is located on 337 E. Ft. Lowell Road.

Remember the good old Atari days? Do you miss smacking the small white dot from the left to the right side of your tube television. Do you miss games like Flappy Bird? The world is moving from big screen television sets to smart phones and tablets, but some are going back to the arcades.

Christopher and Michelle Hall decided to leave the medical field to pursue their passions: video games, clothing and jewelry.

The 33-year-old couple will celebrate the grand opening of their new business venture this Saturday, March 1. "We have a huge library of games," Christopher said. "These are the classics people don't usually have anymore." Christopher says gamers will be able to play their old favorite Atari, NES, SNES, N64, Playstation, PS2 and Xbox games on the televisions from the era the console was popular. There's a gaming room for large parties and gatherings, and a full snack bar.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tucson Poker Folks Representing

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

It's a good week to be a professional poker player with connections to Tucson.

Two of the region's most successful players, both of whom have moved on to greener (get it?) pastures, are making headlines for their feats in parts abroad.

Late Sunday night saw the biggest online poker tournament of the weekend go to Sean Getzwiller, who topped a field of more than 7,700 people in Poker Stars' Sunday Million event. The victory earned Getzwiller, who spends part of the year outside of the country (thus being able to play online poker under the moniker "wormnorton"), earned $232,000 for his troubles.

The haul actually isn't even close to the biggest win for Getzwiller, 36, who in 2011 bested a field of nearly 4,200 players to win a $1,000 buy-in World Series of Poker event for $611,000.

Sean Getzwiller
  • ESPN
  • Sean Getzwiller

While Getzwiller is taking it down at the tables, another player with local ties is trying to win big in a completely different arena: the reality television world.

Garrett Adelstein, a Mountain View High School graduate who splits his time between Scottsdale and Los Angeles cash games, is one of 18 contestants on the 28th (!!!) edition of Survivor. Set in Cagayan, Phillipines, the 27-year-old will attempt to overcome a field that includes lots of muscly and buxom competitors — as well as former NBA player Cliff Robinson — for whatever prize the show gives out. I don't know, if it's not King of the Nerds it's not something I pay attention to.

Garrett Adelstein
  • Adelstein's Facebook page
  • Garrett Adelstein

Adelstein hasn't made any big splashes in the poker world, but he's had some close calls. The most notable was in 2010 when he was among the chip leaders late in the WSOP Main Event, only to see him overplay some hands and finish 222nd to win about $48,000.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Arcade Showdown at Maker House

Posted By on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

20 contestants. 10 arcade cabinets. 5 minute rounds. 1 winner to rule them all!
  • Photo courtesy of Generation Cool and Maker House
  • 20 contestants. 10 arcade cabinets. 5 minute rounds. 1 winner to rule them all!

Maker House and Generation Cool are teaming up to bring an exciting Arcade Showdown from 5 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Maker House mansion, 283 N. Stone Ave. 20 contestants will battle it out on 10 separate gaming cabinets. The winner will take home an arcade machine, and runner-ups will get gift certificates and schwag. This event feels like the the sequel to a campy post-'80s indie film starring Fred Savage.

Maker House will teach you how to be the poor man's Neo and show you how to hack your Wii console at 5 p.m. There will also be a Gamer Swap Meet:

Swap video games, card games, board games, miniatures, comic books, or anything else game related! Swappers can get a 6×6 foot table space for $5, table not included. Space is limited and is first come, first served.

Click here to sign up for vendor space.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Take Genghis Grill's Health Kwest to Win $10K

Posted By on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 5:02 PM

  • Image courtesy of Genghis Grill.

Do you want to lose weight and win $10,000?

Genghis Grill, home of the build your own stir fry, is issuing a nationwide challenge called Healthy Kwest. The chain restaurant's appointed judges will pick 110 finalist by noon on Monday, Jan. 27, and one of those lucky applicants could be in Tucson. The finalist have to eat one free daily meal from Genghis Grill for 60 days ($599 retail value) and will get a free gym membership during the challenge. The progress will be documented and promoted on various GG social media outlets. The grand prize winner will win $10,000 on (approximately)  April 16th. There are cash prizes for the second and third place winners.

There are qualifications and an extensive survey you must fill out, but the potential benefits outweigh the vigorous screening process. The criteria to win, aside from losing weight, will rely on application completion (50%) and social media presence (50%).

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Are You Tough Enough for the Ms. PAC-MAN Tournament?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Do you have four quarters and know how to operate a joystick?

There will be a Ms. PAC-MAN tournament from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4 at Generation Cool, 404 N. Fourth Ave. The Facebook event page says the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be rewarded with gift cards and prizes. It's free to enter, so bring your coin purse.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wow, Arizonans Really Love the Lottery

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 12:30 PM

The Arizona Lottery announced yesterday that the state's tax on those with largely hopeless dreams of instant wealth hit record numbers for the fiscal year of 2013, continuing a run of six consecutive years of new highs. $692.9 million in tickets were sold in whatever made up version of 2013 the Lottery uses, which based on 2012 Arizona population numbers would mean that $140.55 in tickets were sold per adult in our state*, although since my wife an I bought a total of $6 in tickets last year, someone (likely standing in a line at the customer service desk at a Safeway right now) is clearly making up the $275 the Gibsons aren't buying.

According to the Lottery's press release, the two largest jackpots in Powerball history contributed to this astounding numbers, plus they added some contests.

For what it's worth, while the Lottery didn't mention the total in prizes given out to winners, $176.5 million went back to the state in funding and $47.1 million in commissions were paid to retailers. So, thanks for playing, lottery aficionados?

* This is at least a little off, since the numbers I'm using were for the number of Arizonans 18 and over and you need to be 21 to buy a lottery ticket. Either way, people buy a lot of tickets.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Football And Gambling: Kissing Cousins

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 10:30 AM

As much as the National Football League and the NCAA would like you to believe otherwise, there's no denying the unofficial — some would say unavoidable — link between college and professional football and the concept of wagering on said sports.

Go to any sports book in Las Vegas, and football is far and wide the most active sport in terms of bets placed. And though sports betting isn't "legal" anywhere else in the U.S., ambitious bettors who shall not be named specifically know there are plenty of offshore-based online sites that will gladly take your bets.

Such betting exists for any and all sports, but football is by far the king.

There is no official form of sports gambling in Arizona, but thanks to the promotions people at Tucson's local casinos, you've essentially got the next best thing: the prospect of free money that is loosely linked to college and pro football. And to spending time in the casinos.

Both Casino del Sol and Desert Diamond Casino have football-based promos that begin this week, and some of them even come with the "no purchase necessary" tag, if you can believe it.

At DDC, you've got two options: you can test your skill at picking the winners of NFL games, for the chance of winning free play in the slot machines; or you can just be a UA football ticket holder and rake in the free play for simply going to games.

DDC has enhanced its Cats Play, We Play promo this fall, putting a premium on the UA winning its games. Present a ticket stub from a Wildcats home game within three days of the contest and get at least $10 in slot play. If Arizona won the game, though, it's upped to $20.

(Writer's note: I might be swayed to sell my second ticket to each game for $9 or $17 in cash, depending on the outcome each week.)

The Pick The Pros campaign begins Friday, even though the first NFL game isn't until Sept. 4. Picks are made via kiosks inside the casino, and if you're among the top 20 in that week's rankings, you get $100 in slot play. Somehow correctly pick 197 of more (!) of the 239 games included in the contest and you'll get a $1 million prize that's paid in 20 annual installments.

Del Sol also has a picks contest, dubbed the Kickoff Pickoff, but unlike last year's similar promo this time around you're not limited to just one entry per NFL week. You can enter a seemingly infinite number of times, and make different picks, as you get one entry per day that you swipe your player's card at the casino kiosk. You can also get additional entries if you collect enough points on your card in a day.

Del Sol's weekly prizes are tiered, with $2,500 in free play given out each week and $1,000 of that going to the top picker. There's also $1,500 free play "quarterly" performance prizes, and the season's overall winner is guaranteed $5,000 in cash. If that winner gets 210 (!!) of the 239 games right, though, the prize jumps to a milly.

Del Sol also has brought back its uber-popular scratch-off game for NFL and college games that are broadcast in the poker room. If you're in a live game, you get a ticket, and if the last digit of each team's scores matches what's on your card you can win straight cash homey for each quarter.

Expect both casinos to bring forth similar promotions come college basketball season, too.

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