This is a huge week for gambling in South Florida.
On Tuesday, Jan. 23, poker players won almost $1.9 million in a high-roller tournament that drew 75 entries at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com). Each paid $25,500 to play. And on Friday, Jan. 19, began the six-day WPT No-Limit Hold ’Em Championship, with a purse guaranteed at $2 million.
The Hard Rock has hosted the Lucky Hearts Poker Open since Jan. 11. In other recent action, Brad Albrinck won $6,100 on Jan. 20 in the $360 Black Chip Bounty No-Limit Hold ’Em. The next day, Michael Tureniec won $33,600 in the $1,100 Turbo No-Limit Hold ’Em.
Justin Bonomo won $556,873 for taking first in the high roller. Runner-up Adrian Mateos pocketed $403,125.
On Saturday, Jan. 27, $16 million will be paid out in one horserace at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com).
The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, the world’s richest Thoroughbred race, features 12 horses galloping 1 1/8 mile in less than two minutes. The fastest wins $7 million.
“Gun Runner will be the favorite as he won the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar in November,” marketing director Michael Nyman told me.
NBC will broadcast nationally from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Post time for the Pegasus is 5:40 p.m., with the undercard’s first race starting at 11:30 a.m. Seven of the day’s races are stakes with purses totaling $1.25 million.
Also on Saturday, but at Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com), eight greyhounds will sprint around the track for $50,000 in the He’s My Man Classic. It will be Race 12 on the program. Tip Top and Grand Azul are two of the main contenders, according to customer information manager Jeff Prince.
Finally, there have been lots of jackpot wins at local casinos recently.
“Gulfstream Park casino paid out a total of just under $800,000 in jackpots just in the past week,” slot operations manager Lisa Siples told me on Tuesday.
Our gambling industry is booming.
BRITNEY AND GOAT BOY
The Hard Rock announced on Tuesday that Britney Spears (“Oops! ... I Did It Again,” “ … Baby One More Time”) will sing and dance July 27-29. Tickets, costing from $105 to $330, go on sale Friday morning.
And March 10 at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., 954-977-6700, CasinoCoco.com), comedian Jim Breuer, who came to fame on “Saturday Night Live” in the late 1990s, will perform ($35-$150).