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Pegasus World Cup ready to fly at Gulfstream Park

Correspondent

Getting excited for the Pegasus World Cup Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com)?

With 12 Thoroughbreds competing for $16 million, it’s billed as the world’s richest horserace.

And it has spectacular parties. This year, Gulfstream’s owners have partnered with David Grutman, owner of Liv and Story nightclubs in Miami Beach, to present Liv Boardwalk Village, which will be trackside on race day.

Rap sensation Post Malone (“Rockstar,” “Congratulations”) will perform, and rapper-actor Ludacris will host and perform.

Gene Simmons, Karolina Kurkova, Aaron Paul, Bobby Flay, Juanes, Maria Menounos, Usher and other celebrities attended last year’s Pegasus.

Restaurants at Gulfstream are offering special meals and views for the race. A window table for six people at Ten Palms will cost you $6,000. Franky’s Sports Bar seats go for $125.

Grandstand finish-line tickets cost $225 per person and can be purchased at PegasusWorldCup.com. The Liv Boardwalk Village opens at 2 p.m. with a $75 admission charge.

Post time for the day’s first race is 11:30 a.m. and for the big race is 5:40 p.m. It will be broadcast live on NBC.

DEEPSTACKS ENDS

Scott Baumstein, of New York, won $220,238 in the six-day WPT DeepStacks No-Limit Hold ’Em that ended on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com).

The prize pool reached $1.3 million after 1,366 entries paid $1,100 to play. The second- and third-place finishers also pocketed six figures.

The event was part of the tribe’s Lucky Hearts Poker Open, which runs until Jan. 24.

Ira Schwartz won the Seniors 50+ No-Limit Hold ’Em last Friday in a five-way chop. He walked with $6,624 and the trophy.

And Sebastian Kos won $7,557 in a four-way deal at the end of the Pot-Limit Omaha on Monday.

NEW MARDI GRAS OWNER

Word’s out that Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MGFLA.com) is being sold to real-estate magnate Jeffrey Soffer, whose portfolio includes the historic Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach.

Gambling licenses can’t be transferred, according to state law. But laws can be changed, so this could be interesting. I’ll keep you posted when I hear more.

Mardi Gras closed in September after Hurricane Irma ripped through it. On Dec. 1, the poker room reopened and greyhound races resumed, but the slots area remains closed.

NEW HOURS FOR DANIA CASINO

“Carlos J” won first place and $12,500 in the $25K Guarantee Royal Flush Tournament on Jan. 2 at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com). Poker players who held a royal flush in December were eligible to play.

The Casino at Dania Beach (301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., 954-920-1511, CasinoDaniaBeach.com) is now open 24 hours on weekends, from 9 a.m. Fridays to 3 a.m. Mondays. It used to close for five hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Weekdays, the casino will remain open from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Schedules for the poker room and jai alai fronton are also not affected.

david@davidraterman.com

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