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Seventeen years ago, Mike Bernard started out as a bar back and bus boy in the restaurant business at the age of 15. Now he’s a night bartender and manager at Tailgaters Grill in Gilbert.
Tailgaters is a neighborhood sports bar, he says, heavily visited by regulars and “pretty much like Cheers.” Regulars are even given placards to denote their usual seats.
“(It’s) definitely a place where you can come hang out with some good people,” says Bernard.
Professional paintball is what made him stay with bartending initially, since a flexible barkeep’s schedule allowed Bernard to travel for games and tournaments. He eventually played in the National Professional Paintball League.
But family life is what he says keeps him tending bar. His wife works a nine-to-five, and working nights allows Bernard to be at home with their children during the day.
He also owns a small casino company and hosts charity poker and gold tournaments around the area, as well as a weekly poker league at the bar.
Ashley Bulka at Prima Pizza
3611 E. Baseline Road
(480) 503-4444 or PrimaPizzaAZ.com
Duke Wizner at Cantina Laredo
2150 E. Williams Field Road
(480) 782-6777 or CantinaLaredo.com
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Prophecy loves signs from the heavens, and they will deliver Tuesday night with a moonlight spectacle.
Flancer’s Incredible Sandwiches & Pizzeria
1902 N. Higley Road
(480) 396-0077 or flancers.com
Aside from the legend of its chill, guitar-wielding goat mascot, Flancer’s has a reputation in the East Valley for incredible sandwiches with a twist (try the prickly pear chicken or chile verde turkey), peppered with friendly service and all wrapped up in a quaint neighborhood eatery with a penchant for rock’n’roll. Flancer’s often hosts special events, like beer-pairing dinners, pizza-eating contests, catered cigar parties and poker tournaments — some of whose proceeds benefit Mesa’s Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, and Warfighter Sports for injured war veterans.
Dolce Vita Italian Grocer
5251 E. Brown Road, Suite 103
(480) 641-8482 or dolcevitaitaliangrocer.com
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The fourth annual Spring Training Poker Classic benefiting the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund returns to West Scottsdale on March 1. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 seat to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. with the tournament starting at 8 p.m. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.
In 2006, I came up against a holiday deadline crunch, so I turned my column over to Turpy, the beloved 8-year-old golden retriever/chow mix who had turned up at our doorstep as a puppy.
FILE- In this undated file image provided by The Act nightclub, patrons enjoy a performance at the club at the Palazzo hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The loudest, shiniest thing at the gambling trade show in Las Vegas last week was not a flashy new slot machine or a novel brand of touchscreen poker but a humble confetti cannon. A poll conducted this year by the national gambling lobby found that 26 percent of casino-goers now eschew gambling. Many of them are heading to the mega-clubs that are indispensable for any self-respecting casino on the Las Vegas Strip. These clubs are competing to offer partiers novelties they’d never see at their local dance spot. (AP Photo/The Act Nightclub, Denise Truscello, File)
“So, they had a nasty shooting in D.C. on Monday. I wonder how that can happen. I thought the liberals banned owning guns there. Another ‘gun free’ zone! Yeah the law abiding are disarmed while the criminals are free to mow them down. The liberal mind set baffles me!”
“If you think Obama is weak on Syria and Russia, just remember Assad and Putin were the ones who came a knockin’. Obama has a poker face that would make McCain throw his phone away.”
The recent diatribe by Tom Patterson (Tribune, “Deferring Syria decision to Congress pure political masterstroke for the president”; Sept. 8) concerning recent events in Syria is typical of the arrogant, duplicitous, attitude exhibited by him and his ilk toward any plans by the president.
“So they decided to bomb Syria. Uh, I think too much time has passed since the initial incident for this to have its intended effect. It’s kind of like training a dog. When the dog misbehaves, you have to correct the behavior immediately (and I don’t mean by violence), or the dog doesn’t know what the punishment is for.”
Referees gather together (to play poker?) before the Valley Christian vs. Arizona Lutheran Academy football game on Sept. 6, 2013.
An author who saw his self-help business crash after he led a sweat lodge ceremony that left three people dead was paroled from prison on Friday after serving nearly two years for negligent homicide convictions.
A family fundraising event will be from 1 to 7 p.m. on May 19 at the parking lot at Foothills Park Plaza, Desert Foothills Parkway and Chandler Boulevard. This is a chance for the community to come out and support all levels of Blue and Gold football.
The final tally is in, and the third annual Indians/Reds Celebrity Golf Classic raised $21,586.40, an increase of about $7,000 over last year, according to tournament officials.
The joy of home entertaining at the holidays often comes with a challenge: How do you provide enough seating for a roomful of holiday revelers with just a sofa and a few chairs? Are there creative options besides resorting to folding chairs?
Chandler’s Gangplank, a creative hub for entrepreneurs, will host a casino night beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday to raise funds for the youth program, Gangplank Jr.
Chandler’s Gangplank, a creative business hub for entrepreneurs, will host a casino night beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday to raise funds for its youth program, Gangplank Jr.
Congress did not act illegally in allowing a tribe to create reservation land on the edge of Glendale, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Before you even say it, “Bachelorette” is not the wannabe, comedic sister to last summer’s smash hit “Bridesmaids”. Instead, think of it as a raunchier, older cousin that gets polite acknowledgment at family reunions before it snorts some cocaine in the bathroom.
For the last three years, Jacob Balsiger has known when to hold ’em and fold ’em. And when the time comes, he’ll hopefully know when to walk away.
Jacob Balsiger, 21, a senior at Arizona State University, will be competing in the Arizona State Poker championships this weekend at Casino Arizona at Talking Stick Resort. Balsiger, who grew up in Ahwatukee, also will be playing in the Final Table of Nine Oct. 28 at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, where he has a shot at winning $8.5 million. [Jacob Balsiger]
An East Valley-based home health-care organization wants to help out a generation of residents who are “sandwiched” between raising their children and caring for aging parents.
If any film should be redone in 3-D, it's "Titanic." And if any filmmaker should be the one doing the redoing, it's James Cameron.