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                                                                                20 Dean Martin – Maybe Frank –
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                                                                                    We take a journey back to the
                                                                                                                        50   Banking options and their benefits

                                              All the Prestige… again               glitz and glamour of early 1960s              envy
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10   Marilyn Monroe: the ultimate
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                                  37 – 23 – 36       Marilyn Monroe, Angie Dickinson, Juliet
                                                     Prowse, and Shirley MacLaine were often
                                                                                          ,
                                                     referred to as the “Rat Pack Mascots” a
                                                     title which reportedly made these ladies
                                                                               .
                                                     feel like “one of the boys” However, the
                                                     star, who will always be remembered for
                                                     her sensual rendition of Happy Birthday
                                                     Mr President, could never be mistaken for
                                                     one of the boys.




                                       A
                                                  nd Marilyn Monroe’s popularity has extended beyond
                                                  her life from star status to icon. While she made 30 films
                                                  during her career, she was more than just a movie star or
                                                  glamour queen and more of a brand – synonymous with
                                                  beauty, sensuality and effervescence. And it has far more
                                                  to do with just being an alluring beauty with voluptuous
                                                  curves (37-23-36) and a generous pout.

                                       Decades following her tragic death, the most famous cover girl of
                                       all time showed that she can still make the headlines as Vanity Fair’s
                                       chose to use the blue-eyed blonde as cover girl for its 25th celebra-
                                       tion in 2008.

                                       The fact is that her untimely death in 1962, at only 36 years old, left
                                       the world stunned. Ironically the woman who wanted to grow old
                                       without facelifts died at the height of her career, leaving her no
                                       choice, but to “have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made”   .
                                       At a mere 5 feet 5 ½ inches, weighing 115 lbs, Marilyn had a sense
                                       of innocence and naiveto. Was it her apparent vulnerability and in-
                                       nocence, or that innate sensuality or a combination of the two that
                                       endeared her to millions?

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Her first husband described her as: “a sweet, generous        she signed her first studio contract with Twentieth
and religious girl. She liked to be cuddled” A far cry from
                                           .                  Century Fox and earning a whopping US$125 a week.
the exhibitionist who probably had an affair with more        She quickly became a blonde and changed her name
than one Kennedy. She was also said to be consumed            to Marilyn Monroe, which was her grandmother’s last
by insecurity. So who was the real Marilyn? We will never     name. In 1956 she legally changed her name.
know, but fascination with her convoluted private life
has been exacerbated by her death and has led to four         At the start of her career she played smaller roles and
decades of murder conspiracy theories.                        although she did not make the credits, her appearance
                                                              generated a huge amount of fan mail. Her reputation as
Generations and generations just cannot seem to let           a blond bombshell was quickly established. All about Eve
her go. Described once as: “a genuine ethereal, magical,      (starring Bette Davis) earned her further praise, as did
muse quality” fans are still captivated by the mystery and
             ,                                                Let’s make it Legal, As young as you Feel, Monkey Business
complexity of Monroe’s character. To use the old cliché:      and Don’t bother to Knock.
Men loved and adored her; women wanted to be her.
                                                              The turning point in her career was Niagara in 1953 and
”I knew I belonged to the public and to the                   lead roles followed quickly. Who does not remember, or
                                                              has not seen Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry
world, not because I was talented or even                     a Millionaire.

beautiful, but because I had never belonged                   At 27 she married baseball superstar Joe DiMaggio.
                                                              He was, however, so uncomfortable with thousands
to anything or anyone else.”                                  of men ogling her that they were divorced nine
                                                              months later.
But a look beneath the surface reveals a different story.
One of self-doubt, depression and unhappiness. Perhaps        But life carried on. Marilyn did what was to become one
it is this underlying unhappiness that caused the public to   of the most famous photographic stunts of all time. To
cling to the image of this beautiful, but sad woman.          advertise the 1955 movie, The Seven Year Itch, Marilyn
                                                              posed, in a white halter dress, with her skirt blown up
Born Norma Jeane Mortenson on 1 June 1926, in                 by a draft from a sidewalk grate, leaning down to catch
Los Angeles, California, she never knew her father and        her dress so that her cleavage showed. This iconic image
her mother spent most of Marilyn’s childhood years in a       became Marilyn Monroe.
mental institution. No surprise that, after years in foster
homes and orphanages, she married Jimmy Dougherty at          However, this picture of Marilyn shows only one side
the tender age of 16.                                         of her. After playing the prototypical “dumb blond,” so
                                                              many times she moved to New York to study at the
The marriage lasted only four years when Marilyn was          Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg for a year. A year later
discovered by photographer, David Conover, while hubby,       she started her own motion picture company, Marilyn
a Merchant Marine, was in the South.                          Monroe Productions, and produced Bus Stop and The
                                                              Prince and the Showgirl (co-starring Sir Laurence Olivier).
Marilyn was a “photographer’s dream”… and within              These allowed her to demonstrate her talent and
two years she was a popular model. This led to dreams         versatility as an actress. In 1959 she won a Golden Globe
of stardom and she enrolled in drama classes. Soon            for Best Actress in the comedy, Some like it Hot.


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On 29 June 1956, Marilyn wed playwright
Arthur Miller. This marriage lasted longer
than her others – five years. Of him she
said: “He wouldn’t have married me if I had
been nothing but a dumb blonde.”

He wrote the part of Roslyn Taber in 1961s
The Misfits especially for Marilyn, co-star-
ring Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift.
The Misfits was to be Marilyn’s (and Gable’s)
last completed film.

It was during her marriage to Miller, for
whom she converted to Juduism, and
after several miscarriages that she caved
in to self-doubt, depression, drugs, alcohol
and especially sleeping pills. Maybe it was
genetic as her mother and grandparents
all struggled with mental illness.

While filming her last movie, Something’s
got to Give, Marilyn’s lateness and
addictions led to her dismissal after a
month and she was committed to a
mental hospital. Although she proved
fit later, she never resumed filming.

Two months later, she was found dead
by her housekeeper, in her home in Los
Angeles, with an empty bottle of sleeping
pills next to her body. The coroner found
her death was caused by an overdose of
barbiturates.

Despite this tragic ending, Marilyn Monroe
had, and still has an impact on popular
culture. She is the most famous woman
of the 20th century. But with a line like: “I
have too many fantasies to be a housewife.
I guess I am a fantasy.” How could she not
be.



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                                                                                                               Whiskey or Scotch Whiskey
                                                                                                                                                                        •       Stir well
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           he Rat Pack was
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           alcohol, cigars, and                                     is no reason we cannot host our
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           of the pack was the                                Sinatra, Dean Martin and the rest of the
cocktail. The story goes that Old Blue                      rats, including the ladies such as Marilyn                                               •       Fill bar glass with 3 or 4 pieces of cracked ice and white of one egg
Eyes himself would grab a cocktail                         Monroe.                                                                                   •       1/4 jigger Apple Jack
out of the hands of fellow party-goes.                                                                                                               •       1 jigger Distilled Dry Gin
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larity of the cocktail – think Casablanca               smooth Rat Pack music in the stereo such as                                                  •       Strain into a cocktail glass
and All About Eve – with the men in suits               “Luck be a Lady,” light up that cigar and sip on
and the women in little black dresses, the              some vintage cocktails and play the casino.                                                  NOTE: A jigger is one and a quarter ounces. A Pony is 3/4 of an ounce.
air thick with cigar smoke.                             Welcome to the Rat Pack.                                                                     (Source: http://www.retrovintagecollectibles.com)


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                                                                           With a resurgence of the Rat        when Sinatra joined Martin for
                                                                           Pack, acts with impersonators       the first time on the stage of the
                                                                           are today as much a part of the     Sands. The show reviews said it
                                                                           Las Vegas landscape as the origi-   was the best show ever, so much
                                                                           nal Rat Pack performances were      so that the Sands agreed to
                                                                           in the 60s.                         cater for the “impromptu” shows.

                                                                           The 60s was a time when Vegas       Headlines advertising a Rat Pack
                                                                           was the centre of the universe      member performance would
                                                                           and the Rat Pack its biggest        often feature:“DEAN MARTIN
                                                                           light. Swank was king and these     — MAYBE FRANK — MAYBE
                                                                           cats (or rats) were hip. Their      SAMMY” as this famous Sand
                                                                           popularity was at its pinnacle,     Hotel advertisement read.
                                                                           playing to packed houses every
                                                                           night.                              And it all added to the excite-
                                                                                                               ment that was Vegas. In fact
                                                                           Their upbeat entertainment          their legendary off the cuff per-
                                                                           style, smooth comedy (often         formances were instrumental
                                                                           ad-libbed) and superstar status     in the rise of Vegas as a popular
                                                                           drew high rollers, VIPs, celebri-   entertainment destination.
                                                                           ties, and entertainment buffs       Audiences would flock to the
                                                                           to Vegas.                           city, often not finding bed space
                                                                                                               and ending up sleeping in their



               Dean Martin
                                                                           Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin,         cars or hotel lobbies, just to see
                                                                           Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford     the Rat Pack.
                                                                           and Joey Bishop made up the
                                                                           Rat Pack and performed songs        The nickname Rat Pack for these



               Maybe Frank
                                                                           that are classics today such        iconic stars is even said to stem
                                                                           as Luck be a Lady,The Lady is a     from Vegas. When the group
                                                                           Tramp,I’ve Got You Under My         returned to Humphrey Bogart’s
                                                                           Skin,That’s Amore,and Ain’t That    home from a five night party
                                                                           a Kick in the Head.                 at Vegas his wife, Lauren Bacall



               Maybe Sammy
                                                                                                               is said to have used words to
                                                                           Their routine was everything        the effect of “You look like a rat
                                                                           but routine. If one member was            .
                                                                                                               pack” Another story is that the
                                                                           performing in Vegas, you could      name is a shortened version of
                        “Return to the glitz and glamour of early 60s      be sure that the rest of the Pack   “Holmby Hills Rat Pack,” a refer-
                                                                           would appear at one point or        ence to the home of Bogart and
                       Las Vegas, when a trio of friends, Frank Sinatra,   another. They would all end up      Bacall, which served as a regular
                       Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., teamed up to      on stage doing an impromptu         hangout for the group. Which is
                       perform together at the luxurious Sands Hotel.”     show. This format for Rat Pack      true – one, both, none? No-one
                                                                           shows started in January 1959       really knows.


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When Bogart died, Sinatra became
the head rat, and the Rat Pack origi-
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                                           Apart from being political reformists,
                                           they were also social reformists and
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                                                                                     But what happens in Vegas does not
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performed the Star Spangled Banner         “Dullsville, Ohio” the average Joe
                                                            ,                                             ,
                                                                                     from the “Big Casino” puffing on their                                    against, what other gamers are doing and how far
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                                                                         1. Name your poison:
                                                                         a. Martini
                                                                         b. Bourbon/whiskey                                       6. What career would you have been
                                                                         c. Anything really                                          if you could have?
                                                                         d. Gin and tonic                                         a. Boxer
                                                                         e. A cocktail                                            b. A delivery boy
                                                                                                                                  c. A dancer
                                                                                                                                  d. An actor
                                                                         2. Your favourite gambling game:                         e. Stand-up comedian
                                                                         a. Roulette
                                                                         b. Blackjack
                                                                         c. Poker                                                 7. In your free time you like to:
                                                                         d. Bacarat                                               a. Watch westerns
                                                                         e. Slots                                                 b. Play electric toy trains
                                                                                                                                  c. Watching television soap operas
                                                                                                                                  d. Travel the world




     What’s your
                                                                                                                                  e. Laugh
                                                                         3. When is your best time for gambling?
                                                                         a. Always
                                                                         b. Whenever the opportunity arises
                                                                         c. Occasionally
                                                                         d. At teatime
                                                                         e. Late at night


                                                                         4. What reflects your philosophy
                                                                            the most?
                                                                         a. A world without rules or consequences




                       gambling style?
                                                                         b. The best is yet to come
                                                                         c. My talent is my weapon, the power, way for me to
                                                                            fight
                                                                         d. God save the Queen
                                                                         e. I am a rock


                                                                         5. What describes you best?
                                                                         a. The eternal essence of cool
Are you hipsville or dullsville? Are you a rat or a mouse?               b. The (crooning) voice
Check out which member of the Rat Pack you would have been by            c. The icon of cool
                                                                         d. Brother-in-Lawford
simply filling in our Rat Pack quiz. The answers are on the last page…   e. Son of a gun
no cheating now.

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                                     ANSWERS:
If you answered mostly a’s:                                entertainers who rose to fame during the time of the
Dean Martin: an icon more                                  color bar in the US. However he overcame this. You are
than an entertainer, he was                                a devil at the tables, overcoming whatever adversity to
the essence of cool and lived                              win, while staring your critics in the face. Take a look at
the high life of booze, broads                             our new games as introduced by Adrienne our resident
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are an accomplished gambler                                Mostly d’s:
who faces any situation with                               Peter Lawford: A great actor,
calmness. You are cool and                                 born in the United Kingdom,
collected. We suggest you                                  he literally made 100s of
cruise our casinos and try your luck just about any-       movies. He was also mar-
where. But with your attitude, take a look at our online   ried to JFK’s sister for many
magazine competitions page.                                years. However, eventually
It is made for cool.                                       they were divorced because
                                                           of his roaming eye. So watch
Mostly b’s:                                                yourself when you gamble.
Frank Sinatra: Known as the                                You want to be everywhere at
chairman of the board. He                                  once, playing everything at the same time. We suggest
was the boss and took charge                               you watch our top games and play these. It will give you
no matter where he was. He                                 some focus.
rose from being a delivery
boy to one of the world’s best                             Mostly e’s:
loved entertainers. You are an                             Joey Bishop: A born come-
entertainer for whom gam-                                  dian, he was the anchor of
bling is just one part of a fun                            the Rat Pack (called the Hub
evening out. You like to live                              of the Big Wheel by Sinatra).
it up. Enjoy! Join our loyalty                             People don’t realise that you
club if you have not already.                              are serious when you gamble
You are a leader and that will                             as they are so busy listening
soon be clear as you rise up                               to your wisecracks and jokes.
the loyalty ranks.                                         However you are very consis-
                                                           tent. We suggest you enter our
Mostly c’s:                                                weekly competitions – you should do well – like Bishop
Sammy Davis Jr: One of                                     who guest-hosted on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny
the world’s greatest                                       Carson more times than anyone else.




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                                                                                                                                                     ”Few if any people know
                                                                                                                                                           more about



     Aces high
                                                                                                                                                           the world of
                                                                                                                                                         gambling than,
                                                                                                                                                        Frank Rosenthal.”
                                                                                                                                                                              - Nicholas Pileggi,
                                                                                                                                                       author and Hollywood screenwriter of Wiseguy,
                                                                                                                                                                              Goodfellas and Casino.
Think Stardust Casino and Frank “Ace” Rosenthal springs to mind
instantly. Rosenthal ran the Stardust, along with three other
Las Vegas casinos, in the late 70s and early 80s. In fact it is said
few people on this planet knew as much about gambling as
Rosenthal did.                                                         B       orn in Chicago, Rosenthal became the US’s top
                                                                               handicapper, setting the line for thousands of
                                                                               bookmakers across America. He is also seen as
                                                                       a true visionary for bringing the first Race and Sportsbook
                                                                                                                                       De Niro as the character Sam Ace Rothstein while Sharon
                                                                                                                                       Stone portrayed Ginger the character based on Geri.

                                                                                                                                       According to Rosenthal Casino, both the book and movie,
                                                                       to Las Vegas, despite resistance from the traditional           were on target. “When Pileggi set out to write his book he
                                                                       table bosses.                                                   interviewed hundreds of people, reviewed court proceed-
                                                                                                                                       ings, transcripts, television news footage and such. Most of
                                                                       As a child Rosenthal was interested in sports, but not          the information he published is right on target.”
                                                                       in a way that would make a parent proud. No, while his
                                                                       interest began young, so did his arrest and indictments for     To add to the authenticity of the movie, De Niro insisted
                                                                       gambling crimes such as bribing players. He described it        that his entire wardrobe come from the same manufac-
                                                                       as ” I was studying all phases of gambling in my late teens.    turers that Rosenthal had dealt with. Despite Rosenthal
                                                                       It’s no different than anything else, like a doctor, a lawyer   saying that there was a certain amount of “Hollywood” in
                                                                       or a writer.”                                                   the movie – for example he did not juggle on his televi-
                                                                                                                                       sion show – and while some of the timelines are askew
                                                                       He also hosted a popular TV variety show, The Frank             and events portrayed in the film were written for The Big
                                                                       Rosenthal Show, in the 1970s in which he was joined by Las      Screen, the film does give a fact-based snapshot of events
                                                                       Vegas’ brightest stars, celebrities as well as sports cham-     and people behind the scenes from the Good Old Days in
                                                                       pions and handicappers, such as Frank Sinatra and Bob           Las Vegas.”
                                                                       Hope. He was married to Geri, who was a beautiful, blond
                                                                       showgirl.                                                       What were Rosenthal’s good old days in Las Vegas? As long
                                                                                                                                       as you were on his side they were good. But if not…
                                                                       In the national bestseller, Casino, by Nicholas Pileggi, also
                                                                       the author and Hollywood screenwriter of Wiseguy and            Rosenthal actually ran the Stardust as well as the Fremont,
                                                                       Goodfellas, his character’s name is fictional, but the man      Marina and Hacienda casinos while they were controlled
                                                                       himself is based on Rosenthal. In the 1995 movie by Martin      by the Mafia. While he had various titles – from food and
                                                                       Scorsese based on the book, he is portrayed by Robert           beverage director to entertainment director – it was no

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secret he was concerned with more than how many blue-          While his death left many nostalgic, the fact was that
berries were in a blueberry muffin and how tall the show       Rosenthal was no angel and also represented a time in
girls were…                                                    Las Vegas that was hard, tough and even bloody. Com-
                                                               ments on his death include: “I hope it is true and it’s been
In 1976, the authorities found out that Rosenthal was run-     said you should never speak ill of the dead. There are
ning the casinos without the required Nevada Licence. This     exceptions to the rule. Frank Rosenthal is one of those
led to a hearing by the board to determine his legal ability   exceptions. He was an awful human being.”
to obtain a licence. He was denied a licence. He appealed to
judge Joseph Pavlikowski and he avoided having his name        Considering that many felt like this about him, he got off
put into the Black Book which would have seen him banned       lightly. Of his wife, his friend from childhood, Tony Spi-
from Nevada casinos forever. Before his death Rosenthal ad-    lotro, whose affair with Geri destroyed their friendship, he
mitted to having sneaked into Las Vegas on many occasion,      was the only one who died a natural death. (Spiltro was
in disguise over the years.                                    murdered and dumped in an Indiana cornfield in 1986,
                                                               courtesy of his mob bosses.)
In 1982, Rosenthal survived an assassination attempt. It
is said that a metal plate under the driver’s seat is what     Once called “the greatest living expert on sports gam-
saved him. The plate had been placed in his 1981 Cadillac      bling” by Sports Illustrated, Rosenthal is credited with
Eldorado to correct a balancing problem. However, it was       bringing sports betting to Las Vegas casinos in the 70s,
a sign that the end was near. His wife had left him, tak-      but the same man also fixed games, allowed past-posting
ing a significant part of his savings with her. She died in    illegal booksmakers and skimming casino profits.
1982, at age 46, of an apparent drug overdose in a motel in    Gambler Lem Banker, who knew Rosenthal well, admits
California. In 1988, he was forced to leave Las Vegas as his   that Rosenthal would cheat “a blind pencil salesmen if
name was entered into the Black Book. He retired to Laguna     given the chance”   .
Niguel, California then to Boca Raton, Florida, and then to
Miami Beach. From there he ran his website,                    Banker sums up Rosenthal: "He was an egomaniac. But
frankrosenthal.com until his death in 2008. He was 79          he was a smart sonofabitch." Either way, his legacy in
years old.                                                     Las Vegas will always be talked about.

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                                                “Play it again, Sam. Play.” Who hasn’t heard those immortal words from the movie,
                                                whispered by Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) in Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)’s
                                                nightclub and gambling joint? Immortal words, an unforgettable movie, and
                                                Casablanca itself, an enduringly fascinating city. Across the Atlantic, another city
                                                is starting to shoot into the high life: Atlanta, in the United States headquarters
                                                of many big businesses, a growing party town and a potential rival for Las Vegas.
                                                Read on...

                                                The white house                                              husband, a Czech Resistance leader fighting the Nazis.
                                                Casablanca is the economic powerhouse of Morocco,            Love, power, drama, trickery, intrigue... all set against the




       Two sides of a
       (glinting) coin
                                                a glitzy center of business and entertainment on the         background of this glamorous cosmopolitan city.
                                                warm west coast of North Africa, a city with a popula-
                                                tion of four million hopefuls who have flocked from all      Perhaps it was such an iconic movie because it had an
                                                corners to do business, bargain, gamble – and win –          A-list cast. As well as Bogart and Bergman, we see the
                                                their fortunes. It’s known as a place where some bite the    other greats of the era: Claude Rains, Sydney Green-
                                                dust while others bathe in gold dust, where dreams can       street and Peter Lorre. They were stars of the screen, of
                                                come true... but only if you’re smart or lucky enough.

                                                The name Casablanca means ‘white house’, but most
                                                buildings are striking blends of art deco and Moor-
                                                ish architecture. Amid the bustling crowds and bright
                                                lights are the exotic sights and scents of Arab culture:
                                                the spicy street food, crowded markets, and gorgeous
                                                fabrics. It’s a fascinating blend of tradition and moder-
                                                nity, a true hotbed of culture and history. Ruled by the
                                                French from 1910 to 1956, it has dash of both Arabic
                                                and French in its culture and customs. It’s also the coun-
                                                try’s most important port and was home to a crucial
                                                American air base in World War II.

                                                You must have seen the movie Casablanca, the black-
                                                and-white classic from way back in 1942. It won three
                                                awards at the 1944 Oscars and has remained one of the
                                                most enduringly popular films of all time. Humphrey
                                                Bogart and Ingrid Bergman played the starring roles:
                                                he as Rick Blaine, an American expatriate owner of an
                                                upmarket nightclub and gambling den, she a Swedish
                                                beauty by the name of Ilsa Lund. She was one of Rick’s
                                                former lovers, now trying to escape to America with her

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course, but also real men and women who revelled in        theme song As Time Goes By. The Anfaplace Living Resort
the pleasures of the flesh, who lived the high life, but   is underway, a US$240 million project for a 93 000 square
liked to let loose with their cronies. The group were      meter luxury development. It’s being carved right into
predecessors of the infamous Rat Pack who caroused         the cliffside of the Boulevard de la Corniche, and com-
through Las Vegas’ casinos and clubs causing scandals      prises a 5-star hotel, luxury apartments, shops galore,
left, right and center. Their motto was “they never let    and hot places to eat, drink and party the night away.
business get in the way of having fun”   .                 Stroll further down the coast and you’ll come across the
                                                           Morocco Mall, a 10 hectare mall project which will open
Fun then business                                          in 2010 as the largest shopping and leisure complex in
All the more comical in the movie, then, when Captain      North Africa. Watch this space.
Louis Renault enters Rick’s Café American gambling
joint with a theatrical cry: “I am shocked, shocked to     Across the ocean
find that gambling is going on in here!”                   If Casablanca reflects the golden era of the 50s and 60s,
                                                           the new era blinds us with its shiny modern steel, bright
Modern-day Casablancans don’t let business get in          lights and towering buildings. Cross the ocean from
the way of having fun either. Party central is along the   Casablanca to the beta-world city of Atlanta, capital of
Boulevard de la Corniche, which stretches all the way      Georgia and one of the fastest growing urban centers
from Hassan II Mosque to El Hank lighthouse on a           in the US. It is home to Coca-Cola, CNN, AT&T Mobility
rocky sea-swept promontory west of the city. Beaches,      and Delta Air Lines and it boasts one of the US’s largest
pools, hotels, cafés, bars, line the coastal road, which   concentrations of Fortune 500 companies.
heaves with locals and visitors out for some ritz and
razzmatazz. Morocco’s millionaires live in Anfa, just      You’ll land at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Air-
behind the Corniche and a short limo drive away.           port – one of the world’s busiest – and cruise into the city
Casablanca may be a classic, but its heyday isn’t over.    past towering glass-and-steel constructions. The Bank of
Luxury hotels and entertainment complexes are              America Plaza is the tallest building in the US outside of
springing up faster than you can hum the movie’s           New York and Chicago. More than 60 new high rises have
                                                                                                                          sprung up in the last three years, and counting.              shopping extravaganza and trendy vibe, and Downtown
                                                                                                                          Clearly, Atlanta has moved fast from its former life as a     with its famous Underground Atlanta shopping and
                                                                                                                          Native American village called Standing Peachtree. It’s a     entertainment mall. Atlanta has the fastest-growing
                                                                                                                          city on the unstoppable up, up, up.                           population of millionaires in the US, so expect to see
                                                                                                                                                                                        some cash flashed in the clubs and party-goers dressed
                                                                                                                          Like Casablanca, Atlanta is a melting pot of cultures with    to impress.
                                                                                                                          Latinos and Asians coming to find their fortunes in this
                                                                                                                          city of free-flowing wealth. Tourists are flocking too – up   The Underground Atlanta is currently bidding for a
                                                                                                                          to 40 million a year. Hand-in-hand with a vibrant cultural    contract to open a half billion-dollar casino and hotel
                                                                                                                          scene and burgeoning tourism industry is the city’s hap-      complex on its premises. Las Vegas beware.
                                                                                                                          pening nightlife.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Casablanca and Atlanta are two sides of a glinting coin.
                                                                                                                          A lot of the fun takes place in the Buckhead, Midtown         The newspapers may be full of doom and gloom, but
                                                                                                                          and Downtown districts, all of which ooze money: Buck-        it’s a comfort that there are cities where the money still
                                                                                                                          head with its millionaires’ pads and seriously upscale        flows, and where euphoria reigns and the partying goes
                                                                                                                          nightlife, Midtown with its shiny new ‘Midtown Mile’          on through the night. So: Play it again, Sam. Play.

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                                            With helicopter flips over the mighty Zambezi River, a full-time               prepare for its sequel and we are     second installment of The Prestige promises to bring you a symphony
     portunity to experience Southern       GrandPrivé.com manager on duty to ensure that absolutely every
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       and glittering excess that would
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       like a camping trip in the woods.

           GrandPrivé.com casino
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     proportions that it be talked about
     for years to come – mentioned only
      when the very finest promotions
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                                                                                                                Delighted players                                              Over 170 winners with Cruise to Riches
                                                                                                                Many of our players play certain games for months              Besides winning on games, many players also
                                                                                                                before they pay out huge sums of money and others              claimed a huge chunk of money with our highly
Ever asked someone why they don’t Dream, Dare and Play online and their                                         bounce around between games while they wait for the            successful Cruise to Riches competition.
                                      .
answer is “Nah, the house always wins” We’re always dumbstruck about                                            loot to roll in.
this train of thought because at GrandPrivé.com, we’ve got a 97% payout                                                                                                        GrandPrivé.com dished out over $100 000 in cash,
                                                                                                                Over the past few months, Michael W won $52 060 on             bonuses and prizes between March and July to
rate and we celebrate our huge winners with more gusto, bravado and                                             Curry in a hurry Video Slot, Lisa B won $34 100 on             celebrate Casino Grand Bay’s eighth birthday.
high-fives than other casinos deem necessary.                                                                   Fighting Fish Video Slot, France B won $26 000 on Tally        What made this promotion unique was the fact that
                                                                                                                Ho Video Slot and Nancy G won Gopher Gold Video Slot.          players could compete against other players in their
                                                                                                                “There are so many players who have called in to let us        Loyalty Tier. There were four leader boards repre-
Our winners come in all shapes and sizes, from all four    Getting festive                                      know that they hit a jackpot on one of our games,” says        senting each tier, so Jacks no longer had to sit back
corners of the world and the winning happens in vari-      Richard R is another gamer who struck it rich on     Jason, one of the VIP managers at GrandPrivé.com.              and see Ace players firing away on the leader board
ous forms. Some people are online, spending only a few     our games recently. During the course of one week,                                                                  – they could actively play at their own level and still
bucks, when they suddenly strike it rich. Other players    Richard won $11 000 on Halloweenies Video Slot,      “It’s so rewarding when you hear how delighted players         claim top prizes.
are extremely ambitious, sign up for tournaments and       $3 500 on Deck the Halls Video Slot and $8 000 on    are and find out what they want to do with their earn-
rejoice in seeing their name move up the competition       Lucky Eggsplorer Video Slot.                         ings,” he said.                                                At the end of every round, the top 10 players in each
leader board.                                                                                                                                                                  group walked away with massive prizes, which gave
                                                           “I had such a lucky streak on your holiday themed    Huge rewards                                                   us a grand total of over 170 winners!
Wedding bells                                              video slots!” exclaimed Richard. “Now I only play    Whether you’re a regular player at our group of casinos
Judi C is one of our players who plays (and wins) regu-    games that have a festive theme, this is obviously   or you only come in once in a while to earn some extra
larly at our group of casinos. She won over US$90 000      my niche.”                                           cash, it’s always worth your while to sign up for tourna-
between May and June this year.“I’m planning on                                                                 ments and competitions.
throwing an extravagant wedding for my son!” said          Richard is planning on renovating his home with
Judi. Most of her winnings were won on Age of Discovery    the cash that he won. “There are lots of things I    Our goal is to give all our players huge rewards when
video slot, Little Chief Big Cash video slot and Days of   want to fix and improve around the house and this    they Dream, Dare and Play – make sure you’re trying
Tsar bonus slot. We hope that we’ll be able to see some    cash will come in handy when I start to revamp the   your luck and claiming your share of the pool of money
pictures of her son’s lavish wedding celebration!          place.”                                              that has to go around!


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                                                                                                                                                                                               Problems with UIGEA
                                                                                                                           I have an account, but             GrandPrivé.com is keeping a
                                                                                                                                                                                               The main problem with this piece of
                                                                                                                           sometimes struggle to              hawk-like eye on UIGEA and
                                                                                                                                                                                               legislation is that it is difficult to enforce
                                                                                                                           make a deposit                     we’ll be the first to send out
                                                                                                                                                                                               with a sceptical market loathe to move on
                                                                                                                           As a result of UIGEA, US           victory mails letting everyone
                                                                                                                                                                                               implementation.




          What UIGEA
                                                                                                                           players sometimes find it more     caught outside our winner’s
                                                                                                                           difficult to deposit funds into    circle know when they too can    “Unlawful Internet Gambling” is not clearly
                                                                                                                           their casino accounts (this also   play at our famous casinos.      defined in US law and this makes it very dif-
                                                                                                                           relates to other sports betting                                     ficult to create a set of rules restricting money
                                                                                                                           sights and poker rooms). Many      As for the rest of the gaming    transfers to websites.




         means to you
                                                                                                                           of the large banking solutions     population: keep having more
                                                                                                                           that facilitated deposits and      fun, having more thrills and     Owing to the lack of clarity, UIGEA relies on
                                                                                                                           withdrawals from US players        winning more at the most         Federal and State laws to determine which
                                                                                                                           have stopped taking busi-          secure casinos in online         types of internet gaming are restricted.
                                                                                                                           ness from the US market, but       gaming.                          It seems that “skill games” (such as poker)
                                                                                                                           there are still several ways for   Let’s play!                      could possibly fall into a different set of rules
                                                                                                                           American players to deposit                                         which will allow players to play for money on-
                                                                                                                           and withdraw funds from their                                       line. Many states view “gambling” as winning
                                                                                                                           casino accounts:                                                    by chance (not skill).
In October 2006, the United States Senate passed the Unlawful Internet
Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) and since then the informa-                                                                                          Unlucky 13                       If the law were to differentiate between pure
                                                                                                                           Purchase options for US
tion on the Act has led to rumors, wild forum posts and other contradicting                                                players:                            Michigan                        chance and skill games, banks and purchasing
                                                                                                                           Credit/Debit cards                                                  processors would have to determine what is
information on the web. To assist you with the ins and outs of gaming in the                                               Click2Pay
                                                                                                                                                               Illinois                        legal and illegal.
US, Adrienne Brookbanks examines the UIGEA and how it affects you.                                                         Moneybookers                        Louisiana
                                                                                                                                                                                               Although banks do have rules and
                                                                                                                                                               Oregon                          regulations on what transactions they
The low down                              set by our software provider,            rewards! However if your State has      Withdrawal options for US
The aim of this Act is to prevent         Microgaming, GrandPrivé.com |            banned gaming online then your          players:                            Wisconsin                       process, they only have to report on what
US banks and financial intermediar-       cannot accept wagers from players        account is null and void regardless     Direct bank/Swift/Wire transfer                                     they find (UIGEA will have to force them to
                                                                                                                                                               Washington                      ban the transaction, which would cripple their
ies from accepting and processing         in the 13 States that have chosen to     of when you opened it.                  Check payment
certain online gaming-related trans-      ban all forms of online betting.                                                 UseMy Wallet                        Indiana                         processing systems).
actions. What has confused most                                                    Also, if you have never had an
                                                                                                                                                               Nevada                          Banks and America’s payment systems should
players is that the Act does not make     What if I had an account before          account at any GrandPrive.com
                                                                                                                                                                                               not have to fill a judicial role by determining
online casinos illegal (hey, we’re        the UIGEA was passed?                    casino, and you are a resident of the   Watch this space                    South Dekota
                                                                                                                                                                                               what transactions they will allow.
still here!), although it does have an    If you opened an account at one of       US, you will be unable to register a    It is going to take manpower,       New York
impact on certain players from select     our casinos before the UIGEA was         new account with us at this time –      money and time to successfully                                      Government acknowledges that the
States (see block).                       passed (and you reside in a State that   regardless of which State you reside    implement UIGEA. Many indus-        Kentucky
                                                                                                                                                                                               enforceability of UIGEA is debatable as it is
                                          hasn’t been banned from gaming           in. (However watch this space for       try experts actually expecting      Utah                            extremely difficult to shut off payment
Yes, unfortunately owing to the           online), then you are still free to      exciting developments on this           the legislation to be repealed                                      systems and internet gambling.
existence of UIGEA and conditions         Dream, Dare, Play and claim huge         front).                                 within the next 12 months.          New Jersey


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                                                  Introducing
                                                                                                                                According to Kia, many of the play-          “With online gambling, people can
                                                                                                                                ers she meets can’t believe how              click away and play anywhere they
                                                                                                                                much she can eat. “I’ve out-eaten so         want to. Our players game with us
                                                                                                                                many of our players during lunch             because they like our brands, the
                                                                                                                                and dinner dates,” Kia exclaims.             player support department and the
                                                                                                                                “They’re always shocked that a               promotions. Most of the players I
                                                                                                                                small girl like me can eat so much!          met said that even if they play at
                                                                                                                                One of our players even called the           other casinos, they will always come
                                                                                                                                player support centre to let them            back to GrandPrivé.com.”
                                                                                                                                know how impressed he was that I
                                                                                                                                could actually eat more than him.”           One of the downfalls of Kia’s job is
                                                                                                                                                                             not being able to get to all the play-
                                                                                                                                The goal of her travels, however,            ers she wants to meet. “People are
                                                                                                                                isn’t to out-eat players, but to find        really security conscious – especially
                                                     “GrandPrivé.com always acknowledges                                        out what makes you, as a gambler,            in the United States.
                                                                                                                                tick. “We want to know who you are,
                                                      loyalty and this is just one of the ways                                  what games you like, what types of           When they hear that I want to take
                                                     in which we reward ambition. You don’t                                     promotions you enjoy. I mean, so             them to lunch or treat them to a
                                                                                                                                many land- based casinos are able            drink, some of them become
                                                      have to be the biggest spender for me                                     to treat their players because they          suspicious because they aren’t
                                                                   to visit you.”                                               come in and game – why should an             sure if playing at our group of
                                                                                                                                online casino be any different?”             casinos is legal or not.” (Be sure to
                                                                                                                                                                             check out the article on the Unlaw-
                                                                                                                                As she explains: “Gaining player in-         ful Internet Gambling Enforcement
Kia Del Fava GrandPrivé.com’s ener-         is always so amazing to see where       explains: “I don’t only meet up with        sights and finding out more about            Act in this edition of Magazine
getic VIP manager of our customer           our VIP players live, what they do      company owners and hotshot busi-            our players is GrandPrivé.com’s way          to get all the facts about gaming
services department jet sets the            and what they think about gaming.”      nessmen. Many of our players have           of creating the ultimate gambling            online!).
world for one reason and one reason         One thing that always surprises Kia     normal eight to five jobs, and these        experience for you.
only: YOU.                                  is that the players she meets don’t     jobs range from chefs to fishermen,                                                      “It’s such a pity that people miss
                                            realise that they are GrandPrivé.com    IT technicians, neo natal nurses and        “I’ve discovered that many of our            out on the opportunity to meet
Her role entails traveling by whatever      VIPs.                                   accountants.”                               players love spot prizes and mystery         me because of this!” Kia exclaims.
means necessary (be it wheelbarrow,                                                                                             prizes. A lot of them also tell me what      “This is the fun part of being a
hovercraft, airplane or hot air             “So many players don’t even know        Meeting and interacting with them is        types of prizes they would like to           gamer at GrandPrivé.com –
balloon) to the four corners of the         they’re the VIPs who receive bonuses    the best part of her job. “I really enjoy   receive – I found out that cash and          it’s about us giving back to you.”
earth to meet GrandPrivé.com’s              and promotion invites because of        being able to put a face to people’s        travel is very high up on the prize list!”
much appreciated players.                   that from us. When I meet these play-   names. It takes quite a long time to                                                     And where will Kia be in the near
                                            ers – who we value so much – they’re    contact people, set up an appoint-          Kia also says that GrandPrivé.com            future? “I’m planning on going to
“It’s been a hectic couple of months        taken aback by it,” she exclaims.       ment and travel across the world, so        players are different to other online        Canada before the festive season
during which I’ve been visiting play-                                               when I finally get to meet them I kind      gamers. “The characteristic that truly       and am also going to try to go to
ers in Orlando, Miami, Cleveland,           Many of our VIP players are just        of just exhale and think – finally,” she    sets our players apart from other            California, Florida and Texas before
Ohio and San Francisco,” she says, “It      normal people like you and me as Kia    laughs.                                     players is loyalty and commitment.           2010.”

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    It’s autumn, the leaves are colorful and so are
    the Video Slots! Find out which game will get
  you into jet pilot mode, what precious metal will
   boost your bank account and what game show
   themed video slot leads to big prizes. Sit back,
   relax and get all the video slot news you need.


                                         Adrienne Brookbanks is our ruthless video
                                               slot reviewer. She’s got a keen eye for
                                        entertainment and refuses to stop spinning
                                         reels until she’s reached the free spins and
                                        gamble feature on every game. Read about
                                        her hottest picks for the quarter and play it
                                                        your way at GrandPrivé.com!
                                                                                               When the fat lady sings, the player wins! I’m trying to        4 or 5 Thespian Masks across your reels, you will be taken
                                                                                               come up with some politically correct euphemisms for           into three bonus screens, each overseen by one of the
                                                                                               the word “fat” to describe the look of the opera sopranos      three horizontally challenged sopranos.
                                                                                               in this video slot. Maybe beefy, bosomy or chubby would
                                                Tips for playing online video slots            work…                                                          The first screen decides the number of Free Spins that
                                                Play the games that are hot. If you’re                                                                        you will be getting (you can win between five and 30
                                                playing video slots you might as well          Whichever synonym you use, these singing ladies have           free spins). The second screen determines the Multiplier
                                                play the games that are performing well!       definitely reached maximum density and this game has           level between 1 x and 5 x during free spins and the third
                                                Every Friday, you can find a list of the top   also taken feature options to the limit.                       screens delivers a bonus win value.
                                                performing games (plus a short game
                                                review) on www.emag.grandprive.com!            The Fat Lady Sings logo is the Wild symbol that substitutes    Fat Lady Sings also offers an extra way to win with the
                                                                                               for everything except the Thespian Mask (the Thespian          Gamble bonus. You can choose to Gamble your win with
                                                                                               Mask symbol is the Scatter). Get five Fat Lady Sings sym-      a double-up feature where you can double your wins by
                                                                                               bols on a line and you’ll be reeling in a jackpot of 3 000     choosing between red or black, or quadruple your win
                                                                                               coins multiplied by your line bet. If you bet the maximum      with the suits.
                                                                                               coin size you will win a nice 15 000 coin jackpot with this
                                                                                               feature. There are 25 paylines and players have to enable      This Video Slot offers high quality graphics, a fun theme
                                                                                               the paylines (using the +/- signs) to make sure they cash in   and a lot of different options to up your chances of win-
                                                                                               on winning combinations on their enabled lines.                ning. High rollers might get a bit bored (the maximum
                                                                                                                                                              bet is $31.25) but the rest of the gamers can easily get
                                                                                               The innovative bonus system is what sets Fat Lady Sings        hours of entertainment along with some great payouts
                                                                                               apart from other Video Slot games. If you are able to get 3,   when the Fat Lady Sings!


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 Calling all Top Gun and airplane fanat-                                            Getting into the Free Spins is            Games that go into a bonus feature before you’ve even         The two show hosts act as Scatters and getting them
 ics! Strap yourself into the cockpit of                                             your first mission because this          checked out all the symbols always score major points         on your reels will take you to the second screen bonus
 expertly crafted graphics that                                                      re-triggering feature carries a 2        in my book. I was still giving this game the once over        feature. If you get the lady host on reels 1 and 5, you will
 display jet fighters, helicopters and                                                x Multiplier and more chances           and suddenly I was picking boxes and getting my bet           enter the Hi-Lo bonus game and the male host opens the
 military pilots with this entertaining                                               to access a second screen – a           multiplied. Nice.                                             door to the Lucky Money bonus game where you get to
 5 reel, 25 payline Video Slot.                                                        two level bonus. The first level                                                                     pick from 18 screens and win up to 60 x the stake.
                                                                                       gives you three picks of 10 to         Your Lucky Day is based on an 80s type of game show.
 What I liked about this game (be-                                                    find three atomic fuel symbols.         You remember these TV shows – many screens featuring          The Your Lucky Day logo is the Wild symbol (is anyone
 sides the Gamble feature, Scatters,                                                 The second level is more                 prizes that contestants can win, like cars wrapped in red     else starting to notice a pattern with this – why is the
 Wilds and Free Spins) are the graph-                                               intense because you have to get           ribbons, luxury travel and high-tech kitchen appliances       game logo almost always the Wild symbol these days?)
 ics. The screen is set up to look as                                             the main bad guy from a pick of             from the 80s, like an egg beater or spatula.                  and the Free Spins Television symbol opens the free spins
 if you’re flying a jet that’s mid-air.                                        five mean looking blokes.                                                                                    game. If you get two Free Spins Television symbols on
 The different shades of blue and red                                                                                         Well Your Lucky Day has that                                            your reels, you will get a 1 x boost for the total
 give it a military feel and the pilot that salutes you                 The Flight Zone symbol is Wild and the Missile        type of theme (minus the irritat-                                       bet staked and if three of these symbols appear
 makes you involuntarily sit up straight. Whether you’re     is the Scatter Symbol. If you’re lucky enough to get the         ing game show host voice that                                           on your reels you will get a 2 x boost along with
 taking on the mothership or a gaggle of geese – you         Missile Scatter on reels 1 and 5, you will be awarded 10         repeats the same thing over and                                         10 Free Spins. All payouts are doubled during
 feel determined, in control, and ready to use army lingo    Free Spins where your wins are doubled. The Mission              over again). The betting range                                          Free Spins and even more freebies can be retrig-
 that forces you to say “over” after every statement.        symbol is also a Scatter and if you get this symbol on           of his game will suit all pockets,                                      gered during the Free Spins feature.
                                                             reels 2, 3 and 4 you will also be catapulted to the two          from as little as 0.01 to 0.50, with
 The wagering range on this game lets you bet as little      level bonus mission.                                             200.00 maximum bet that could                                          This game is fun, quick and everyone from high
 as 0.01 a line up to 0.20. You can win up to 47 600.00 in                                                                    give you up to 57 240.00 in the                                        rollers to just-for-fun players have an opportu-
 the base game, 95 200.00 on Free Spins and 3 400.00         Flight Zone Video Slot is a unique game that keeps you           base game and a massive                                                nity to win. I enjoyed the 80s theme as well as
 on the Bonus feature.                                       interested for hours on end – check it out!                      114 480.00 in Free Spins.                                              the different bonus features.

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        We never get tired of                                                       (25.00), you could
        Alien themed Video                                                          win 6 515.00 in the
        Games and players                                                           base game,
        never get tired of play-                                                    97 725.00 on
        ing them! For some                                                          Free Spins and up
        reason, outer space                                                         to 10 000.00 on a
        themed slots are always                                                     Gamble feature.
        a hit and the graphics                                                                             Ever thought that silver was a second rate metal             present during Free Spin cycles (which definitely
        (plus payouts) keep get-                                                     Look out for the      compared to gold? I think we all have, but Sterling          makes the Sterling Silver Wild something to look
        ting better.                                                                 blazing meteors       Silver Video Slot proves that this precious metal is         out for).
                                                                                     which will send you   dripping with lucrative winnings.
        Monster Meteors Video Slot is a 5 reel, 25 pay-   to a bonus game within this game. If you get                                                                  You will also get 15 re-triggering Free Spins if you
        line game with imaginative creatures and lots     three or more blazing meteors, you’ll get five   Sterling Silver is a 5 reel, 25 payline Video Slot with      find three Sterling Silver Scatters anywhere on reels
        of rewards. You can get up to 15 x on Multipli-   Free Spins and this feature can lead you to a    a betting range between 0.01 and 0.25 (maximum               2, 3 and 4.
        ers, 35 Free Spins and the Wild symbol is all     screen where you get to zap the extrater-        bet is 62.50). You can win up to 80 000.00 in the base
        over the show.                                    restrial monsters. If you manage to zap the      game and another 80 000.00 in Free Spins.                    Make sure you double or quadruple your winnings
                                                          winning monsters, you could be rewarded                                                                       with the Gamble Feature in this game where you will
        You can expect to see some squiggly letters       with extra Free Spins and 15 x Multipliers.      What adds to the entertainment and suspense of               be prompted to guess the correct suit and color of
        and numbers, cute looking furry monsters, a                                                        this game is the different ways in which you can win.        a card!
        space trooper, green blob-looking monsters        Experienced players will definitely appreciate   Getting the Sterling Silver Wild symbol on the center
        and other little creatures on your reels when     the special features in this game, but begin-    reel will reward you with a multiplier between               All that glistens isn’t gold, but in this case, silver is a
        you start playing.                                ners will also enjoy the betting range (you      2 x and 10 x. I like the fact that this multiplier is also   great alternative!
                                                          can play with from as
                              The Space Trooper is        little as 0.01 up to 0.10)
                              the Wild symbol that        that Monster Meteors
                              will help you make the      offers. Sit back, enjoy
                              winning combinations        the dramatic symbols
                              you need to earn some       and some serious win-
                              winnings. If you play       ning with this creatively
                              the maximum coin size       themed slot game!




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More bank for
                                                                                                        Benefits of having a web wallet                                Find out which eCash option suits you
                                                                                                        • You can transfer money between your credit card,             Not all web wallets are functional in all countries and you




your bucks
                                                                                                          savings account, check account and more                      need to find out which eCash option suites your currency.
                                                                                                        • These options are safer than credit cards because            Hamdy shared some of his favorite web wallets with us.
                                                                                                          nobody can hack into your account (identity veri-
                                                                                                          fication services ensure that only you can use your          “Neteller and Moneybookers are great web wallets all
                                                                                                          account)                                                     round and they offer top security and very quick cash-ins.
                                                                                                        • You can use your money for buying anything online so
                                                                                                          you are not limited to online gaming purchases. Buy          “But this also depends what country you are in. I would
                                                                                                          a boat on eBay, a book on Amazon.com or a one-way            advise American players to sign up with Quicktender
                                                                                                          ticket to Hawaii with your web wallet money!                 because it is definitely the strongest web wallet company
         There’s a flurry of                                                                            • Cash-ins are much quicker. With web wallets, you will        in the United States. Canadian players, who would like to
      information on online                                                                               wait a maximum of 48 hours for your money (as                shift to web wallets should try out UseMyBank – many
     banking options on the                 We cornered Hamdy Ashour, the Fraud and Risk Supervi-         opposed to 21 business days with a check, for                of our Canadian players have been pleased with their
                                            sor at GrandPrivé.com to find out exactly what players        example)                                                     services,” says Hamdy.
  internet. What should you be                                                                          • Web wallets use industry leading encryption to make
                                            need to know about new types of banking options that
doing? You’ve got a casino account          are available for GrandPrivé.com players.                     sure that your money is moved to the exact destina-          How do you switch to eCash?
 and a credit card, so the obvious                                                                        tion you want it to go                                       “Switching to eCash is easy,” says Hamdy. “You can set up
 train of thought is to fund your           “eCash, also known as web wallets, is such a secure         • The web wallets are usually much cheaper than other          a web wallet at any of the above mentioned company
                                            and convenient way of managing your online                    online banking options                                       websites, or you can simply do it on your banking page at
 online entertainment with your                                                                         • There are no credit card rejections. Web wallets have        any of the GrandPrivé.com casinos.”
                                            banking funds – not only for gaming, but for all your
   credit card – but eCash (web             online transactions,” says Hamdy.                             no bias towards online gaming – it’s your money and
   wallets) is a global shift that                                                                        you can do with it as you please.                            If it’s so safe and simple, why aren’t more players
                                                                                                                                                                       using eCash?
    accommodates all types of               “It’s surprising that so many of our players are still
                                                                                                        What types of web wallets are available?                       “People like sticking to what they know,” says Hamdy.
                                            using credit card and other forms of banking options
          players’ needs.                   when they have great, new, processing options that are      There are quite a lot of eCash options available to people     “They feel more in control using their credit cards, but
                                            quicker, cheaper and less of a hassle.”                     who want to spend money online. These are the best:            the truth is that web wallets give you all the transparency
                                                                                                                                                                       you need – with more flexibility, guaranteed purchasing
                                            Not all of us are computer whizzes and not all of us are                                                                   acceptance and quicker cash-ins.”
                                            paranoid. But it’s important for everyone to know that
                                            their hard-earned money is where they want it to be.                                                                       Does this mean that credit cards aren’t safe
                                                                                                                                                                       anymore?
                                            “In the end, we want our players to be able to play safe-                                                                  “Not at all!” exclaims Hamdy, “Many of our players still
                                            ly,” says Hamdy. “GrandPrivé.com casinos are guarded                                                                       use credit cards and we work round the clock to protect
                                            by more firewalls than any hacker would want to tackle                                                                     player details. But if you want a cheaper banking option
                                            and our Fraud and Risk Team are the type of folk that                                                                      that provides optimal security and ease of use – then
                                            sleep with one eye open.”                                                                                                  eCash is the way to go. It really is the future of online
                                                                                                                                                                       gaming and banking.”




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        envy                                                                                                                                 Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony –
by Danette Breitenbach and Leani Thomson                                                                                                     drive an Aston Martin DB7 & Lotus Elise
                                                                                                                                             Janet Jackson –
                                                                                                                                             drives an Aston Martin Vanquish.




                                            The car
                                                                                                                                             Simon Cowell –
                                                                                                                                             drive a million dollar Bugatti Veyron.
                                                                                                                                             Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie –
                                                                                                                                             drive a BMW Hydrogen 7.
                                                                                           Pierce Brosnan –                                  Jessica Simpson –
                                                                                           owns an Aston                                     drives a white Escalade.
                                                                                           Martin Vanquish                                   Julia Roberts –
                                                                                                                                             drives a Toyota Prius.
                                                                                                                                             Kevin Costner –
                                                                                                                                             drives an Audi Q7 and Audi S8.




     of your dreams
                                                                                                                                             Matthew McConaughey –
                                                                                                                                             drives a Lincoln MKX
                                                                                                                                             Amy Winehouse –
                                                                                                                                             drives a BMW 7 Series.
                                                                                                                                             Nicole Richie and Joel Madden –
                                                                                                                                             drive a Bentley Continental.
                                                                                                                                             Jerry Seinfeld –
                                                                                                                                             owns a whole bunch of Porches.
                                                                                                                                             Samuel Jackson –
                                Think of Herbie the little Beetle, the Dukes of Hazard’s                                                     drives a Maybach 57 S.
                               modified charger R/T and Miami Vice’s 1972 Ferrari 365
                                 GTS/4, and you are thinking of some of the greatest
                              automobiles in the world. So here to envy and drool over
                               are some of the truly iconomic automotives of our time,
                                                                                                              George Clooney –
                                   more often than not driven by icons of our time.                           drives the two seater
                                                                                                              electric Tango 600




                                                                                                              Frank Sinatra’s 1955
                                 Paris Hilton – owns a Mercedes Benz SLR!                                     Ford Thunderbird
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                                                                                                                                                                                    Hook me up, Scotty
                                                                                                                                                                                    This might just be the ultimate geek device.
                                                                                                                                                                                    It’s a VoIP phone that is an exact replica of the



                                             Yesterday
                                                                                                                                                                                    1960s Star Trek Communicator. It connects by
                                                                                                                                                                                    USB and has a variety of sound effects from
                                                                                                                                                                                    the TV series to amuse the user, while still
                                                                                                                                                                                    being a completely functional handset for
                                                                                                                                                                                    use with VoIP services on your computer such


                                             and today
                                                                                                                                                                                    as Skype or MSN Messenger. Just over $40 to
                                                                                                                                                                                    boldly go where no phone has gone before.
                                                                                                                                                                                    http://usb.brando.com.hk/star-trek-usb-c
                                                                                                                                                                                    ommunicator-internet-phone_
                                              Not everything new is necessarily good, and the old stuff often                                                                       p00908c038d15.html
                                              was not good to start with. Sometimes, however, by mixing the
                                             two you can have the best of both worlds: new technology with a                                                                                                                                 Jukebox
                                               retro look. We chose some gadgets that will leave you with a                   Spinning wheel
                                                                                                                              Quite a few of us still have collections of LP                             It’s not only filmmakers who are hooked on
                                               nostalgic feeling as they bring back memories of good times.                                                                                         jukeboxes. They are a cultural icon right up there
                                              Some are the real thing while others are a mixture of what was                  records – or even singles. Even if you still have
                                                                                                                              a turntable, connecting that to a computer system                 with boat-sized cars with tailfins. They are still being
                                                             good yesterday and is great today.                                                                                                       manufactured today and are not cheap (about
Record coasters                                                                                                               to save the old music requires a technical diploma.
                                                                                                                              From ion you can get a turntable with audio USB                      $11 000) – but they are the quintessential center-
Quite apart from actually having a
                                                                          Robot clocks                                        output. It works for LPs or singles. At about $120,               piece for the right setting. This fine example is the Xi
collection of old LPs, there are always
                                                                          There is one company that specializes in all        it’s a cheap way to save your music                               and you don’t have to worry about being trapped in
a few favorite albums where the cover
                                                                          things robot and they have a range of clocks that   collection for replay on modern devices –                             a time-warp regarding your music selection. This
pictures bring back happy memories.
                                                                          take us back to the days when robots were walk-     compared to replacing everything with CDs.                             machine plays whatever you have on your iPod,
You might have the music now on CD
                                                                          ing boxes with spanners for hands – or so we        www.ionaudio.com                                                                 while still retaining that authentic look.
or digital, but there’s always something
                                                                          assumed. These are made of steel – what else?                                                                                                          www.soundleisure.com
missing if the floor isn’t littered with
album sleeves and half-empty wine                                         – and covered with amusingly antique graphics.
glasses. Get these drink coasters with                                    They are definitely worth UK£30 ($50).
original album artwork and you can                                        www.whippetgrey.co.uk
take a practical walk down memory
lane. A nice touch is that they really are
recycled and the company offers other
products to match.                                                                  Pin art clock
http://www.recycledlprecords.com/                        The real fascination with pin art was the
                                                      hands-on experience. The results were not
                                                                                                                                          In-your-face retro
                                                                                                                                          This handset from Thinkgeek looks just like an old phone. But
                                                 always good, however, and the fascination was
                                                                                                                                          look – no wires! It connects to your mobile via Bluetooth and will
                                                      short-lived. A happy reminder comes in the
                                                                                                                                          work up to about 10 meters away from the phone. It really makes
                                                form of this digital clock with a pin-art display. It
                                                                                                                                          a statement for those of us who object to phones that look like
                                                 also puts a whole new spin on the phrase “clock
                                                                                                                                          makeup kits or are tired of earpieces that look like something the
                                                               .
                                                    watching” For US$60, you can get this 1980s-
                                                                                                                                          Borg dreamed up to enslave humanity. This is $40 well invested for
                                                                               style time machine.
                                                                                                                                          a conversation piece.
                                                                 http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/
                                                                                                                                          www.thinkgeek.com
                                                 archives/2006/03/daka_design_pin_clock.html


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 by Madelaine Page


                                                                                                                        The next step is to attach the relevant lucky color to a specific number:

                                                                                                                        1 = Yellow (Gold)                                             6 = Green
                                                                                                                        You are ambitious, optimistic and generous. You               Green people are conservative people who do not like
                                                                                                                        also like to impress others. Everyone knows when              extreme change and need to be secluded from others to
                                                                                                                        you have arrived at the table. But it’s not a problem,        contemplate their deep thoughts. The color represents




                                          The
                                                                                                                        because like gold you are a winner.                           luck, renewal and fertility – it is also the color of money.
                                                                                                                                                                                      While many gamblers don’t really like this color, it works




          color
                                                                                                                        2 = Blue                                                      for you. Wear it and get ready to start growing your
                                                                                                                        Blue people love peace and tranquillity around them.          wealth.
                                                                                                                        They have relatively small aspirations and are easy
                                                                                                                        to satisfy. This color is also the favorite color of more     7 = White, Pale Grey
                                                                                                                        than half the people in the world. You like to gamble         Number 7 people will constantly seek protection from
                                                                                                                        bit by bit – in no hurry – in a calm manner as you            the outside world. You know how to hide your feelings
                                                                                                                        know where you are going and that you will get                and do not share your thoughts with others. A cold and
                                                                                                                        there.                                                        sterile color, but individualistic. Use this to give you the
                                                                                                                                                                                      confidence to play with your gut instinct. No-one will




          of winning
                                                                                                                        3 = Purple                                                    know what you are thinking as you come across as
                                                                                                                        Purple people have strong personalities with a                professional and unfazed.
                                                                                                                        prominent personal magnetism and create a secure
                                                                                                                        and peaceful atmosphere around them. They are                 8 = Light Blue
                                                                                                                        self confident and have high self esteem. You are an          Close to blue (2) this lucky color will assist you in your
                                                                                                                        intuitive gambler who believes in him/herself (in the         life more than you realize. When you wear this color you
                                                                                                                        tradition of royalty and nobility). You know your path        feel ready to take on the world and nothing will fluster
                                                                                                                        is to success and good fortune with purple.                   you whether you are playing slots or the tables. You are
Color is an amazing tool to use as it is visual and it can create a                                                                                                                   comfortable, and because it is light blue, you will also feel
                                                                                                                        4 = Red                                                       that you are not troubled and therefore can focus
specific mood or setting. Color has an undeniable effect on how                                                         Red spells competitiveness. If this is your color then
we perceive ourselves and the world around us. Creating                                                                 you have the ability to succeed and to move forward           9 = Brown
                                                                                                                        with no support. You have a dominant personality              No. 9 people are materialistic; they find security in
different energy fields and frequencies, it can be an important                                                         and are strong, physically and mentally. In terms of          earthly matters. They have a tendency to be rebellious
tool to help you to get what you want.                                                                                  gambling nothing spells winning better than red.              and need to prove their rightness. While to others this is
                                                                                                                        Need we say more?!                                            a dull and uninspiring color, this color grounds you tam-
                                                                                                                                                                                      ing your rebellious streak while gambling.
Working out your lucky color                               Add all digits of the birth date. Now, minimize the result   5 = Orange
In the previous issue of Magazine we learnt about          number to a one digit’s number. This lucky number            You have a strong character, are smart, sharp and             Just remember, no matter what your favorite color, red
lucky numbers. Now that you have worked out your           refers to the person in question.                            have a great sense of humor. This color is warm               is the ultimate color of success so make sure to add
lucky number, the next step is to find your lucky color.   Example: Birth date is 5.3.1977                              and makes you a favorite with others. Perhaps you             something red when gambling. Nothing spells winning
                                                           Calculation: 5 + 3 + 1 + 9 + 7 + 7 = 32                      are a cautious gambler as this is a careful                   better than RED! When gambling at home you also
In case you have forgotten or misplaced your previous      Last step: 3 + 2 = 5                                         color. Not a problem, as you are the kind of                  have the advantage of the home turf where you can
issue of Magazine, here is the formula to work out         5 is the luck number.                                        person who likes to stick to a budget when                    surround yourself with colors that are conducive
your lucky number again:                                   If the result is 10, the luck number will be 1 + 0 = 1.      gambling.                                                     to winning.


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                               REMEMBER:
                              Each Sudoku
                             puzzle has only
                               one correct
                                answer!
                           (See this editions’
                            solution below!)



 5       3                        2        1               9        4




                                                                             SUDOKU
         9        7                                1                5
                          5                9                        8
 7                1       2       9                6
         5        3       4                                8        1
                  2       1                3       4                9
                  4               1                5       3
 1       6                8                                         7
 3                9       7                5       8       1
Fill the grid so that each column, each row, and each of the nine
3x3 boxes contains the digits from 1 to 9.

The puzzle setter provides a partially completed grid. When you insert
a new number it should be unique in that particular region (block)
and also in that particular row and column.
                                                                         6   1   8   5   4   7   9   2   3
                                                                         7   4   9   2   3   8   5   6   1
                                                                         2   3   5   6   1   9   4   7   8
                                                                                                             SOLUTION

                                                                         9   7   4   3   5   1   2   8   6
                                                                         1   8   2   7   6   4   3   5   9
                                                                         3   5   6   8   9   2   1   4   7
                                                                         8   2   3   9   7   5   6   1   4
                                                                         5   6   1   4   8   3   7   9   2
                                                                         4   9   7   1   2   6   8   3   5




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  by Linda Shaw



                                                                      GEMINI 21 May – 20 June                                     how you throw money about when the discipline goes


Your gambling horoscope                                               It’s a question of ego. Successful moments (August          south. So listen carefully: you’re attracting astonishing
                                                                      and early October ) are to be harnessed and treasured       good fortune through the medium of love. In which
                                                                      – not taken for granted. Because as you know, nothing       case, here are your options: play only games you truly
                                                                      lasts forever. Not even for you. So try not to wander off   love; play with a partner you adore; let someone who
August – October 2009                                                 after the first tiny win. And don’t say you won’t. That’s   loves you choose your plays; have wild passionate sex
                                                                                                                                  before
                                                                      exactly the kind of thing you do – lose interest just
                                                                      when things start going well. Why not get a partner         every gambling session. Use September to play with
                                                                      to keep track? Failing that, the planets will drag you      other people’s ideas. August invites creativity and
ARIES 21 March – 19 April                                                                                                         instinct – working alone. October wants impulsive
Friends are letting you down while conmen talk you into un-           back to sanity in October, demanding regular hours
                                                                      and honest work. Not what you had in mind at all.           action and inner trust. Use the energies to explore your
healthy deals. Although it’s not your style to play alone, you’d be
                                                                      Even so, throughout August gamble after hours. When         massive potential.
wise to do so until 13 October when the planets pull themselves
                                                                      you’re really wealthy at the end of October (provided       Lucky numbers: 1, 3, 5, 7, 22
back on track. If love is the
                                                                      you haven’t spent all the profits), you can go back to      Lucky colors: amber, pink, orange, red
answer, pay special attention to 5, 20 August and
anytime after 15 October. September is hopeless for                   behaving like a five year old. If you like.
                                                                      Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 6, 14, 23                              VIRGO 23 August – 22 September
relationships between 7 and 29 – so you’ll need to rely on your
                                                                      Lucky colors: sky blue, silver, yellow-orange               The planetary shifts on 7 September demand an added
gut then. Preferably alone. The career’s going well too, so you’ll
                                                                                                                                  dimension. Suddenly gambling takes on a serious tone –
have extra cash to experiment. From mid-October you’re back
on form, taking chances and amusing yourself with your success.       CANCER 21 June – 22 July                                    with a commitment on your part to donate part of your
                                                                      There’s something funny going on here – and the             winnings to worthy causes. Not only that. If someone
September brings different kinds of changes – when those care-
                                                                      source is financial. If you think something is dodgy,       offers you anything – time, money, assistance – accept
fully laid plans can be tossed aside. Mostly, though, look forward
                                                                      check it out. And if you’re involved in a syndicate or      with thanks. A refusal tells the universe that you don’t
to adventure and suprises. Make a pact with yourself to cram the
                                                                      partnership, pull back and operate alone. From 7 to         want any of its gifts. October is a lucky month for you.
most fun possible into every extraordinary moment.
                                                                      29 September it is mildly chaotic. But after that, you      August is more earnest, demanding discipline and
Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 6, 11
                                                                      can make your fortune – but only if you’re also mak-        schedules not to mention generosity. Share what you
Lucky colors: gold, scarlet, black, green
                                                                      ing your own decisions. Meanwhile, your personal            have and it will be returned a hundredfold. One more
                                                                      value system needs work. And just to prove the point,       thing: get an accountant. Your money management
TAURUS 20 April – 20 May                                                                                                          skills will need work for a while.
This is a tumultuous time for you, despite the fact that every-       finances take a sudden dive in late August – just long
                                                                      enough to shock you into transformation. No need            Lucky numbers: 3, 5, 6, 9, 18
thing around you seems to be standing still. You’ll feel hesitant
                                                                      to fret excessively. Just stay honest and get generous.     Lucky colors: earth tones, ochre, jade, light blue
about your decisions – and so you should, from 7 to 29 Sep-
tember. Even so, don’t allow yourself to be manoeuvred into           The rough edges will very soon sort themselves out.
                                                                      You’ll have more to play with by October. Meanwhile,        LIBRA 23 September – 22 October
changing your arrangements. Just play safe and keep a low
                                                                      be good to the family, no matter how much they’re           Between 7 and 19 September stay away from the casi-
profile throughout August and September – after which your
                                                                      annoying you. You’d be lost without them.                   nos – unless you’re playing for fun. For the rest, you’re
luck returns and the money starts to fall out of the sky. Choose
                                                                      Lucky numbers: 7, 8, 9, 14, 16, 20                          on a roll, making fabulous choices. As always you’re
familiar routines and strategies. You’re a traditionalist at heart,
                                                                      Lucky colors: blue, silver, orange, white                   luck works better in groups. Find a gambling partner,
so be traditional. Oh, and don’t let your mildly wobbly love life
                                                                                                                                  or form a syndicate and keep in touch. You were never
distract. One thing at a time. Gambling and love are, as you
know, two separate deals.                                             LEO 23 July – 22 August                                     meant to be a loner. From 26 to 31 August and 11 to 28
                                                                      Passions are high, sending you on an emotional roller       October are your can’t-lose moments. Maximize your
Lucky numbers: 6, 7, 12, 23, 30
                                                                      coaster ride. Get off at once. There’s powerful energy      gifts by dressing carefully (you’re always more success-
Lucky colors: earth tones, yellow, orange, emerald green, violet
                                                                      in your corner – bringing abundance and adoration.          ful when you feel delicious) and gambling in beautiful
                                                                      Try not to make this about hormones – you know              environments. Your soul shrivels in ugliness – so budget

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                                                                                                                              and enormous prizes. And take some risks – telling           PISCES 19 February – 20 March
                                                                                                                              yourself every15                                             Winning’s not a big deal. It’s the fun of the game that
                                                                                                                              seconds that you deserve the very best. October is           you like. Even more, gambling is something you can do
                                                                                                                              for sharing – both plays and wins. By the 17th, you’ll       alone, testing yourself, planning your moves. The result
                                                                                                                              be back on target, ready to sacrifice your own needs         is great success. Detachment, after all, is a vital part of
                                                                                                                              for everyone else. Unless, of course, you’ve learned a       triumph. The libido is up though, bringing romantic
                                                                                                                              thing or two by then. Hmmm. Interesting times.               encounters and assorted passions. Your tastes turn to
                                                                                                                              Lucky numbers: 1, 2, 8, 9, 10                                the extraordinary, as your determination to explore
                                                                                                                              Lucky colors: forest green, black, yellow                    finds its path. This is an exciting time for you. Try new
for a full-time decorator wherever you go. One more
thing: that generous streak is wonderful. But only                                                                                                                                         games, sites, venues, tricks. September’s planetary shifts
give that which you are happy to let go of. Resent-
                                                                                                                              AQUARIUS 20 January – 18 February                            demand a rethink of your life and loves. Your image is
                                                                                                                              The question is, where do you find your fun? Is it           changing and your needs along with it. August is hard
ment over unpaid debts damages your energies
                                                                                                                              online? In groups? By the sea? All things are possible,      work and a healthy bank balance. October is bumpy, but
– and your success. One more thing: look out for a
                                                                                                                              provided you can do something about that rage.               interesting. Your social network expands, until you’re
fascinating adventure on 18 October. Love is about            SAGITTARIUS 22 November –                                       Transform it. Truthfully, rage is a wonderfully creative     hardly at home anymore. Balance is the key. Try it.
to take a surprizing turn.                                    21 December                                                     energy. Use it to summon the magic – and let it fly.         Lucky numbers: 2, 4, 6, 12, 20
Lucky numbers: 7, 11, 14, 18, 26                              Make your decisions early. The planets are on your side,        One thing though. Sudden costs make a mockery                Lucky colors: blue-green, red, pearl, purple.
Lucky colors: blue, jade, burgundy, red-violet, cream         delivering assorted delights, urging you to indulge every       of your calculations in September, while at the
                                                              whim. Even so, your abundance planet is off-course until        same time ghosts from the past return for revenge
SCORPIO 23 October – 21 November                              13 October demanding care and thought before action.            or forgiveness. But what do you care? You have the
October is your lucky month, especially after the             The cosmic plan, of course, is to push you into more in-        force of 15. During August and October , you’re
13th. Take all the risks you like. September, mean-           stinctive, though disciplined, behaviors. It’s time to master   ready to take – and enjoy – whatever the world
while, works better for you than for most. The                the difference between impulsiveness and intuition. Be-         dishes out. But more important, you’re able
communication planet is on strike then, leaving you           sides, the planet of obedience and restriction is giving you    to make magic from mud. This is not a
with instincts and inner wisdom to rely on. Perfect.          a break, asking to see what else you’ve got. By October,        gift to ignore. Take it seriously. Get
You’re one of the few who understands the value               you’ve mastered the art of doing the best you can – and         rich before November. You can,
of intuition over intellect – and September offers a          allowing the universe to handle the rest. Good for you.         you know.
chance to prove your point. There’s one tiny problem          Health is your only other concern, as in, hang on to it.        Lucky numbers: 5, 6, 12,
though: you’ll have to accept that feeling out of             Lucky numbers: 1, 5, 8, 16, 17, 19, 22                          14, 19, 44
control is part of the magic. From 3 to 26 August, on         Lucky colors: dark blue, red, orange, indigo                    Lucky colors: elec-
the other hand, feeds your inner control freak. You
                                                                                                                              tric blue, grey,
get to make the rules – and watch the results. In fact,       CAPRICORN 22 December – 19 January                              turquoise,
you might use this opportunity to discover which              Differences of opinion may be exactly the spark you need        gold.
method works best. Love, meanwhile, is suffering              to reassess your worth. That tough, silent approach has
slightly as your judgements override your generos-            grown a little thin. So just for a change, why not actually
ity. Career, on the other hand, has never been better.        lose your temper? Or resolve to work alone – for a while.
You’ll have plenty of money to play with and win              That need for approval is holding you back. Use 7 to 29
with. Enjoy.                                                  September to find out what you’re really capable of. You’ll
Lucky numbers: 4, 5, 6, 8, 13, 16                             be amazed at how liberating it can be to behave with
Lucky colors: indigo blue, scarlet, green                     utter selfishness. Go for grand sites with huge promises


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by Giselle Willcox




                           Va-Va-Va-Vegas!
                               Giselle Willcox is going to get married in Sin City. Just not today.

                                          chance of hope when the tiara-           the same Vegas church seven times –
                                          wearing ring-bearer is Paris Hilton’s    and to seven different women!
                                          dog, right?                              From actors to singers, the Las Vegas
                                                                                   Strip has seen it all! Singer Bob
                                          And Angelina Jolie was also a Vegas      Geldof married Paula Yates in 1986.
                                          bride. With her ‘Billy Bob’ tattoo in    They parted ways in 1995. In 1967,
                                          tow, she married her man in 2000 in      Elvis Presley married Priscilla Anne
                                          the sultry and sizzling surrounds of     Beaulieu at Milton Prell's Aladdin
                                          Vegas. It was the fifth wedding for      Hotel. They divorced six years later.
                                          Thornton and Jolie’s second – and
                                          they called it a day in 2003. Another    So there you have it: Las Vegas, the
                                          beauty to walk down the aisle in Sin     city with the second highest divorce
                                          City only to walk up it again was su-    rate in the United States. And a list
If marrying with the rich and famous      permodel Cindy Crawford. Her Vegas       of nuptials as long as my arm for a
is what you’re into, then Vegas is for    marriage to actor Richard Gere lasted    place that has one operating slot
you, baby. Because 120 000 people         just four years.                         machine for every eight residents.
walk down the aisle every year in the                                              Which means it’s only fitting then
Mecca of Marriage that is Las Vegas –     It seems this tradition started in the   that a marriage made in Vegas is a bit
some of them stars.                       50s when The Sands Hotel/Casino in       of a gamble, then?
                                          Vegas, Nevada hosted the wedding
And a marriage made in Vegas is           of actress Rita Hayworth and singer      So get married in Vegas if you like.
meant to last. But as tradition will      Dick Haymes in 1953. Two years           Be my wedding guest.
prove: just not for very long.            later came their split. Actress Mia
I mean, Vegas is where actress            Farrow also got hitched at The Sands
Pamela Anderson tied the knot – to        – to Frank Sinatra in 1966. And they
Rick Solomon of Paris-Hilton-sex-         parted ways in 1968. Jane Fonda and
tape fame. This, her third marriage,      director/producer Roger Vadim took
lasted just two months.                   the plunge in Vegas in 1965, yes, only
                                          to divorce in 1973.
As did the marriage of famous-for-
being-famous Nicky Hilton to money        And actor Mickey Rooney
manager Todd Andrew Meister – at          really loved Vegas as a
the Vegas Wedding Chapel in 2004.         wedding venue. So much
But then what marriage has any            so that he got married at

66      Grand Edition 8     August 2009
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