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LAKE HAVASU CONCERT ASSOCIATION CONCERT SERIES

LAKE HAVASU CONCERT ASSOCIATION CONCERT SERIES
2016-2017 Season
Next one is Friday, January 27
What: The Lake Havasu Concert Association presents their 2013-2014 concert series. The schedule of concerts include:
•Fri, Jan 27: Tenore—see box above
•Fri, Feb 17: The Kat Trio—this trio was formed in Russia where they were known as the Ekaterinburg Classical Trio, a.k.a., The Kat Trio in the U.S.; members are Victoria Gorbich (violin), Vladislav Gorbich (clarinet) and Joseph Ross (piano) present a unique repertoire that features Russian arrangements and transcriptions of classical works, well-known inspirational songs and American pop standards, including Scott Joplin rags; for more, go to thekatrio.net;
•Wed, March 15: Kubecca—Kuba Kawnik and Rebecca Lowe combine for an amalgam of musical expression, that is, they pull on classical and jazz strains mixed with musical theater to touch upon country, jazz, show tunes and more with unique instrumentation including the marimba, kalimba, flute and theremin; for more, go to kubecca.com;
•Wed, March 29: Equinox Little Big Band—Big Band music for a new generation featuring Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson and their 17-piece big band; not only do they do the standard big band and pop hits but they add touches of Motown, Johnny Cash, Elvis and more given the big band treatment; for more, go to equinoxorchestra.com;
Where: All concerts/shows at the Performing Arts Center at Lake Havasu City High School, 2675 Palo Verde Blvd. S, Lake Havasu City
When: All shows start at 7:30 p.m. AZ
Cost: $70 for season tickets; $25 for each individual show; students under 18 with school ID admitted free
Info: Visit lhcca.com or call Bob Ketner at 928-706-0779 or Conny Erlenbaugh at 928-208-5143

Laughlin Nevada Concert

These are details for the upcoming CONCERT

Thursday, January 26

A free concert by pianist/guitarist/musician John Nilsen, founder of the Magic Wing recording. His newest release is Local Ocean (Aug ’16), a blend of fundamental folk/rock, tinged with classic rock. He recently added banjo to his repertoire and was selected to be a Deering Banjo Artist. His solo piano release Places I Go highlights his distinct piano sound combined with elements of folk, jazz and classical music. For more on John Nilsen go to johnnilsen.com or magicwing.com

Where: Hope United Methodist Church, 1325 Ramar Rd, Bullhead City
When: Thurs, Jan 26 (7 p.m. AZ)
Cost: free; open to the public
Info: Call Hilary Williams at 928-763-3166

Laughlin River Run Update

The Laughlin River Run celebrates its 34th Anniversary on Wed-Saturday, April 27-30, with a full slate of events, music and riding. The event started as a small “run” organized by enthusiasts from Southern California—the San Bernardino area more specifically and spearheaded by Harley Davidson store owner Dale Marschke. Marschke and friends thought it would be fun to ride across the desert to a little casino on the Colorado River called Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort. Kind of a weekend getaway with some gambling thrown in for spice.

Well, the ride went well and they decided to “do it again next year”…and next year…and next year. So the first few years after that initial run, it was simply more and more riders joining the fun. Then, as it appeared there was more to this thing than just Southern California involved, a promotion company was formed by Marschke and Joe O’Day called Dal-Con Promotions to see if this growing thing could be organized into a Sturgis type event.

Well, it could and did. During the headiest days of the River Run, when the Baby Boomers bought into the whole motorcycle thing with full wallets, the Laughlin River Run was the West Coast’s biggest motorcycle run.

Today, the River Run is still a big deal and one of the biggest motorcycle events on the West Coast, though other big runs have sprung up over the intervening years. There have been a couple of casinos who have backed off as far as complete participation in the Laughlin River Run, but for the most part it is still a town-wide event with shows, music, vendors, motorcycles, motorcycles and motorcycles.

For many of those heading to Laughlin for the River Run, a favorite way to enjoy things is simply people watching and soaking up the atmosphere of all those bikes and all those colorful characters. But the hotel casinos and Dal-Con Promotions have concerts and live music at many of the resorts; a wide array of vendors and trade show exhibits featuring motorcycle manufacturers; factory demo rides, custom accessories and motorcycle lifestyle merchandise.

What you may need to help you navigate this array can be found in the following pages of the Laughlin entertainer (changes will occur so please cut us some slack, if you can). Read on and have a good run of things.

OFFICIAL LAUGHLIN RIVER RUN REGISTRATION…

Many of those coming to Laughlin for the “River Run” will do so without officially registering for the event. But they are missing out on more than a few bonuses. The $25 per person River Run event pass from Dal-Con Promotions includes the following:

•A commemorative 34th Laughlin River Run ride pin and official 2016 Laughlin River Run T-shirt (various designs; two shown above right);

•Qualification for entry into the custom bike show in the Center Circle adjacent to the Colorado Belle Main Casino Entrance on Saturday with $1,500 in cash and merchandise certificates as prizes (see page 18);

•The chance to be a contestant in the Miss Laughlin River Run Contest to be held at the Riverside Resort’s Bodies Bar & Nightclub in the South Parking Lot on Saturday (4 p.m.) with $1,500 in cash awarded to the winners (see page 8);

•Free entry into the self-guided Early Bird Poker Run that starts at the Riverside Resort and ends at the Colorado Belle (see page 8)

Also, by officially registering, you will be giving to many good causes because Dal-Con Promotions donates part of registration fees to the local community in the form of the Laughlin River Run Foundation—a foundation that has raised more than $400,000 for several charities over the past decade and a half.

WHERE DO I REGISTER?

The official registration site for the Laughlin River Run is in the Starview Room within the Riverside Resort (at the top of the escalator near the entrance to the Losers’ Lounge). Registration takes place Thurs (9 a.m.-9 p.m.); Fri (8 a.m.-8 p.m.); Sat (8 a.m.-2 p.m.). You can also register online at laughlinriverrun.com, click “Event Pass”.

PARKING

One of the biggest problems facing those in cars is where to park. Bikers can find parking spots at reserved parking sites at all the casinos—some of it secured and with a fee. But with vendors taking up the remainder of the parking lot space, parking for cars is at a premium.

The main rule of thumb is—have patience and when you find a spot in a casino garage or manage to find valet parking that isn’t full, then forget the car and walk your way around Casino Drive, taking in the sights and sounds on foot.

NOTE ON BUSES

Silver Rider Transit’s fixed route buses 777 and 888 and bus stops at the Regional Government Center on Civic Drive will be affected by the River Run. For complete details, call 702-298-4435. The short buses will still be picking up riders on regular Casino Drive stops on a continuous loop during the event.

RULES?

Yep. There are a few

A few rules should be noted…especially if you want to keep your “Run” fun. These include:

• There is a “No Colors” policy in effect at all Laughlin casinos and the Laughlin Outlet Center. Check with each property for specific rules or the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Laughlin Substation at 702-298-2223.

For general information call the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce, 702-298-2214, extension 0. Also visit the official River Run website at www.laughlinriverrun.com

•Helmets? They are required in Nevada and California. Helmets are not required in Arizona nor at the Avi and its surrounding Fort Mojave Indian Reservation.

•Footwear? This one may catch a few people unawares but appropriate footwear is required when riding a motorcycle, ie., no flip-flops or sandals.

• No public nudity will be allowed, a.k.a., the “no flash” rule.

• A curfew for minors will be enforced and in effect on Casino Drive on Wed-Sun, April 27-30 (6 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day). Anyone 17 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Laughlin Nevada Events January 2017

January Events Are Listed Below for Laughlin Nevada. Please note that events are courtesy of the Laughlin, Nevada Chamber of Commerce.

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The Kingston Trio LIVE at The Riverside Resort
Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Bead Show
Cruisin’ for the Cause Car & Bike Show
Desert Outlaws LIVE at the River Bar Lounge
Laughlin Chili Cook-Off’s
St. John the Basptist Weekend Masses
Karaoke with Chris & Susie of Earthbound at The Riverside Resort
Sue Hanson at the Piano
Worship at The Salvation Army
Petty vs Eagles LIVE at The Fiesta Showroom
Orchard Fire LIVE at The Tropicana
Ray Allen LIVE at The Laughlin River Lodge
Comedy on the Edge
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Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Bead Show
Petty vs Eagles LIVE at The Fiesta Showroom
Orchard Fire LIVE at The Tropicana
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Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Bead Show
Special Nights at Losers Lounge
Area Blood Drive
Dry Heat LIVE at The Tropicana
Ken Cooper LIVE at Laughlin River Lodge
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Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Bead Show
Special Nights at Losers Lounge
Area Blood Drive
Dry Heat LIVE at The Tropicana
Ken Cooper LIVE at Laughlin River Lodge
Top 40/dance/rock and roll bands and DJs at Losers Lounge
Partyoke with DJ Loke
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Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Bead Show
Special Nights at Losers Lounge
Ken Cooper LIVE at Laughlin River Lodge
Top 40/dance/rock and roll bands and DJs at Losers Lounge
Partyoke with DJ Loke
Bullhead/Laughlin Senior Games
The Bob Gulley Band LIVE At The Tropicana
CHIP Nutrition & Lifestyle Transformational Health Improvement Program – 18 Workshop Seminars
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Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Bead Show
Top 40/dance/rock and roll bands and DJs at Losers Lounge
Bullhead/Laughlin Senior Games
The Bob Gulley Band LIVE At The Tropicana
Karaoke with Chris & Susie of Earthbound at The Riverside Resort
Tower of Power LIVE in the Fiesta Showroom
The Kid ‘n’ Nic Show LIVE at The Tropicana
Friday Night Fish Fry
Bruce Stewart LIVE at Laughlin River Lodge
Comedy on the Edge
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Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Bead Show
Top 40/dance/rock and roll bands and DJs at Losers Lounge
Bullhead/Laughlin Senior Games
The Bob Gulley Band LIVE At The Tropicana
The Kid ‘n’ Nic Show LIVE at The Tropicana
Bruce Stewart LIVE at Laughlin River Lodge
St. John the Basptist Weekend Masses
Karaoke with Chris & Susie of Earthbound at The Riverside Resort
The Diamonds LIVE at The Riverside Resort
W.O.W. Produce On Wheels Market – up to 60-lbs for $15
Comedy on the Edge
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Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Bead Show
Bullhead/Laughlin Senior Games
The Kid ‘n’ Nic Show LIVE at The Tropicana
The Diamonds LIVE at The Riverside Resort
St. John the Basptist Weekend Masses
Karaoke with Chris & Susie of Earthbound at The Riverside Resort
Sue Hanson at the Piano
Worship at The Salvation Army
Petty vs Eagles LIVE at The Fiesta Showroom
Ray Allen LIVE at The Laughlin River Lodge
Comedy on the Edge
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Bullhead/Laughlin Senior Games
The Diamonds LIVE at The Riverside Resort
Petty vs Eagles LIVE at The Fiesta Showroom
Lil Elmo and the Cosmos
Area Blood Drive
Dry Heat LIVE at The Tropicana
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Bullhead/Laughlin Senior Games
The Diamonds LIVE at The Riverside Resort
Lil Elmo and the Cosmos
Special Nights at Losers Lounge
Orchard Fire LIVE at The Tropicana
Leonard Interior LIVE at Laughlin River Lodge
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Bullhead/Laughlin Senior Games
Lil Elmo and the Cosmos
Special Nights at Losers Lounge
Leonard Interior LIVE at Laughlin River Lodge
FREE Buffet for Veterans!
Top 40/dance/rock and roll bands and DJs at Losers Lounge
Dry Heat LIVE at The Tropicana
Partyoke with DJ Loke
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Bullhead/Laughlin Senior Games
Special Nights at Losers Lounge
Leonard Interior LIVE at Laughlin River Lodge
Top 40/dance/rock and roll bands and DJs at Losers Lounge
Partyoke with DJ Loke
Kyss & The Xrossover LIVE at The Tropicana
CHIP Nutrition & Lifestyle Transformational Health Improvement Program – 18 Workshop Seminars
Nutrition MOVIE NIGHT
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Top 40/dance/rock and roll bands and DJs at Losers Lounge
Kyss & The Xrossover LIVE at The Tropicana
Karaoke with Chris & Susie of Earthbound at The Riverside Resort
The Rat Pack Is Back
Area Blood Drive
Friday Night Fish Fry
Bruce Stewart LIVE at Laughlin River Lodge
Comedy on the Edge
Tyriq & Jamestown LIVE at The Tropicana
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Top 40/dance/rock and roll bands and DJs at Losers Lounge
Kyss & The Xrossover LIVE at The Tropicana
The Rat Pack Is Back
Area Blood Drive
Bruce Stewart LIVE at Laughlin River Lodge
Tyriq & Jamestown LIVE at The Tropicana
St. John the Basptist Weekend Masses
Karaoke with Chris & Susie of Earthbound at The Riverside Resort
The Pack LIVE at The Tropicana
Comedy on the Edge
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The Rat Pack Is Back
St. John the Basptist Weekend Masses
Karaoke with Chris & Susie of Earthbound at The Riverside Resort
Sue Hanson at the Piano
Worship at The Salvation Army
Petty vs Eagles LIVE at The Fiesta Showroom
The Bob Gulley Band LIVE At The Tropicana
$2,500 River Fund Free Play Slot Tournament
Ray Allen LIVE at The Laughlin River Lodge
Comedy on the Edge
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The Rat Pack Is Back
Petty vs Eagles LIVE at The Fiesta Showroom
The Bob Gulley Band LIVE At The Tropicana
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The Bob Gulley Band LIVE At The Tropicana
Special Nights at Losers Lounge
Ken Cooper LIVE at Laughlin River Lodge

Roger Boomer Returns To Laughlin Peohe’s Restaurant

by David Axelson

On the off chance there was ever a Jeopardy quiz category entitled, ‘Coronado Restaurants,’ Roger Boomer would be your guy. He would run the entire topic and not even the incomparable Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings could stop him. As we will discover later, except for a six-year sabbatical at a local real estate firm, Boomer is a restaurant lifer.
Born in Modesto, a graduate of Turlock High School where he played tennis for four years and was team captain, Boomer went on to graduate from California State University Stanislaus with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. But it wasn’t so much what he was studying, as what Boomer was doing away from class. “I worked through college in the industry as a server and a bartender and so on. It was just in my blood and what I like to do. I did go through some standard campus recruiting seminars and nothing grabbed my attention like the restaurant business had. No one in my family has a background in the business and I got hooked at an early age. When you have cash in your pocket in college, you’re a rich kid.”
After college Boomer went straight into the Chart House Management Program in La Jolla and from there his first assignment was in Baltimore, followed soon by his first general manager position at the Chart House in Melbourne, Florida. For a total of 20 years Boomer ran Chart House properties in San Francisco, Cardiff, Redondo Beach and from 1994-2002 he ran Peohe’s Restaurant in Coronado.
Boomer joined Coronado resident Jim Rowe in the Help-U-Sell portion of Simcal Properties in 2002 and had a six-year run with the company, working as chief operating officer. Boomer said of the position, “I had an opportunity to get into business for myself and I helped Jim sell real estate. We’re still good friends.” The recession of 2008 created a dramatic downturn in the real estate industry. Boomer explaining his return to the restaurant business smiled and said simply, “I needed a job.”
Shortly afterwards, Boomer joined Alberto Mestre as the general manager of Candela’s. “It took six months to get Candela’s open,” Boomer said of his stint with the Mestre Restaurant Group. “Then in July of 2008 I joined Red Robin and was there for four years and learned a lot. I had a lot of fun and met a lot of great people. I was the opening general manager for their Plaza Bonita location.” Then it was on to the Firehouse Restaurant in Coronado, where he served as the operating partner for 10 months.
Then in 2012 life took a right turn, as Boomer explains. “From there I put everything in storage and bought a one-way ticket to South Carolina. I was divorced and the kids were grown. I met Christine Dulin, who is now my wife, at the Hotel Del that August and we developed a long-distance relationship. There was nothing to tie me here and I decided to make a go of it in South Carolina. All the while Christine was working feverishly to get a job in San Diego with her company, which is AbbVie Pharmaceuticals. I was only in Greenville, South Carolina for a total of five weeks. I was planning on finding work had she not found a job here. I helped load a three-bedroom house into the biggest truck and trailer we could find. Christine, her seven-year-old son Sam and I drove across the country to Coronado to get here by April 1 when she had to report to work. In May 2012, I went to work for Marty Jensen during the transition to 1887 on the Bay. Marty and I go all the way back to 1980 in Tahoe when I was a broiler assistant and prep cook and Marty was an assistant manager.”
Then it was on to the Coronado Brewing Company for a two-year run from February 2013 to February 2015. “I was the general manager and oversaw all of their hospitality operations, from the original restaurant in Coronado to their tasting room at the brewery location in San Diego,” Boomer said. “The majority of my time was spent with design and construction oversight for their Imperial Beach location, which was originally a 7-11 store and then three different restaurants. We added interior seating and the location now seats 105. It’s a fast casual concept where you walk in and order at the counter. It was a great experience and from what I hear, they are doing well. It’s been well-received in the community for sure. I first met Rick and Ron Chapman in 1994. When we finished opening the IB location, Ron and I sat down in February and he said they had decided not to expand their restaurant division. It was best for them to eliminate my position and move on. We parted on very good terms and I still have a Coronado Brewing Company logo on my truck. They have a great brand.”
Peohe’s means ‘Gathering of Friends’ in Hawaiian and by now you have followed the narrative and picked up on Boomer returning to Peohe’s and Chart House Inc. as Managing Director. Chart House, Inc. is in turn owned by Landry’s, Inc. from Houston. Boomer explained, “Landry’s bought Chart House shortly after I left in 2002.” Other Landry’s holdings include the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company locations, Claim Jumper, McCormick & Schmick’s, Morton’s The Steakhouse and the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casinos in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada.
It’s like old home week for Boomer as Landry’s Regional Vice President Peter Wagle joined the management ranks at Peohe’s when Boomer was general manager; Landry’s Regional Director Michael Richardson was a waiter for Boomer at Peohe’s; and Rich Penny, who hails from Imperial Beach and was executive chef under Boomer, is now Concept Executive Chef at Landry’s/Chart House. “I still get to work with the Chart House crew,” Boomer said. “They are all great guys.”
Boomer addressed his goals at Peohe’s and said, “In the short term I want to restore the connection between the restaurant and the local community. Long term my goal is to remain as the Managing Director until Sam graduates from high school in eight years. He’s a fourth grader at Village Elementary now. Christine and I were married Nov. 25 at Dog Beach. The ceremony included the three of us and our 80-pound Malamute Gracie and her mutt sidekick Piper. It was a lot of fun.”
Honesty compels me to report that even though I live a non-brisk, five-minute walk away from Peohe’s, my last dining experience there was probably during Boomer’s first tenure at the establishment. Since I was there last, the rain forest motif which originally occupied the middle portion of the restaurant has been removed and a 120-seat wrap-around deck has been added to the Bayside front of the location. “It’s the preferred seating area for lunch during the day, weather permitting,” said Boomer. “This month, until yesterday, we were serving lunch outside every day. To sit outside in December and be comfortable and look at the ships go by is always entertaining. Also, the parking in the lot in front of the restaurant is now free. The total seating capacity of Peohe’s is 500 seats including the outside. I’m thrilled to be back.”
My wife and co-dining enthusiast Sharon and I ate at Peohe’s Saturday. For the most part I stayed with Boomer’s recommendations and I opened with the Kim Chee Calamari, which is lightly fried and served with a sweet and slightly spicy sauce. I admit to being a calamari enthusiast and if the dish appears on a menu, there is a 90 percent probability that I’ll order it. Sharon and I both agreed the Peohe’s version is the best we’ve ever had. The truth of the matter is it was so good, I went to lunch with a friend Monday at Peohe’s and ordered it for my entrée.
Sharon’s appetizer was the Crab, Avocado and Mango Stack, which as the name implies is a vertical stack from top to bottom of crab, mango and avocado. It is served with Parmesan cheese topped toastettes and the chilled combination of the ingredients was refreshing and worth revisiting.
We shared a cup of the lobster bisque, which comes with an optional splash of sherry and contains large chunks of lobster. I would suppose we have all experienced lobster bisque where the seafood ingredient was largely missing, but not here. It’s not a classic version of lobster bisque, but definitely should be experienced.
For the entrée I had Peohe’s Mahi Mai’a, which is sautéed with macadamia nuts, bananas, topped with Frangelico and served on a bed of coconut ginger rice. Although I read the menu carefully, the ‘sautéed’ modifier for the Mahi Mai’a escaped my attention and I was expecting grilled fish. There is no one to blame on that front except me. The dish was nicely prepared and the macadamia nuts provided a nice crunch, but I would have love to have tried the same dish grilled.
Sharon countered with the Peohe’s Shrimp Trio, which consisted in part of coconut shrimp with a delicious crunch. Best of all the chef doesn’t overwhelm the seafood with excess coconut. The dynamite shrimp was very good, but the star of the show was the Pacific Fire shrimp, served in a small, baked pastry shell. It had a little spice kick and by our way of thinking was the best of the three options.
While we were waiting for dessert, we had an unobstructed panoramic view of Downtown San Diego. Living in Coronado, surrounded by scenic water views, we sometimes get jaded, but the view and close proximity to the Bay was stunning.
For the final course we opted for Mud Pie, a long-time family favorite. The concoction was served with macadamia nuts on the side, with the familiar chocolate crust on the bottom and garnished with chocolate covered bananas slices. The good, rich coffee we ordered was a nice counter balance to the additional chocolate sauce our fine waiter brought with the pie.
A quick plug for Peohe’s wine selection. The Axelson default setting is for white wine and I had the Bogle Sauvignon Blanc and Sharon ordered the Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio. Both were inexpensive by current dining standards and nicely complimented the meal.
Peohe’s is located at 1201 First Street in Coronado, in the Ferry Landing and their phone number is 619-437-4474. Reservations can be made through Open Table, online or by phone. Hours include: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, which includes an ala carte brunch offering. Happy hour runs from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and features appetizers (Kim Chee Calamari anyone?) priced from $5-$8. Well drinks are $4.50, beer is $3 and wine is $5. The appetizers are a cross section from dishes found on the regular menu.
The bottom line on our dining experience? Well, I returned two days later and plan to return often. Being originally from the Midwest, despite having lived in Coronado for 23 years, I’m still favorably disposed to water views and fresh, really fresh, and well-prepared seafood. That seems to me to be a great dining combination.

Man Wins A Million Dollars At Laughlin Nevada Casino

The casinos are good in Laughlin Nevada…they are very good. Some people say they have Laughlin slots are loser than any in the world. Now we see proof about how good Laughlin is. A San Antonio man is now a millionaire after hitting the jackpot on Monday at a slot machine in a Nevada Casino.

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Ernest Lopez and his girlfriend Linda Boelter chose Laughlin, Nevada as their vacation spot and stopped by the Golden Nugget, located at 2300 S. Casino Drive, for breakfast, according to a news release.
Lopez played the 1,000,000 Degrees game for just five minutes before hitting the winning slot machine pull at noon. He was placing the maximum bet of $3 on the game, which is a one cent per 300-coin game, according to a news release.
He ultimately won $1,824,943, an absolutely huge payout. I imagine Lopez has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.
When people play the 1,000,000 Degrees slot machine, they are able to win the jackpot by getting nine “1,000,000 Degrees” symbols appear while placing the max bet of $3. The machine features a top progressive jackpot award that resets at a base amount of just under $1 million. The game then increases how much the jackpot is as more people play the game, according to the release.