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Duran Duran leads pack of celebrities heading to South Florida casinos


South Florida casinos keep pulling in big-name acts during tourist season. I’ve already mentioned lots of them, and now have some more.

Duran Duran will perform at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, on April 5 ($55-$235). The iconic British rockers (“Hungry Like the Wolf,” “Rio”) are on a world tour supporting their album “Paper Gods.” I’m betting they’ll play classics, too.

Country rocker Aaron Lewis (“That Ain’t Country”) — he’s also the lead singer of hard-rock group Staind — will give a free outdoor concert on Feb. 12 at the Hard Rock as part of the 2017 Seminole Tribal Fair. Lewis’ 2016 album, “Sinner” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Country Albums chart.

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons postponed their Jan. 27-28 shows ($40-$80) at the Hard Rock to May 26-27. Valli, according to a statement, felt “under the weather.”

Standup comic and “SNL” alum Chris Kattan “and friends” (David Angelo, Sam Jay and Matteo Lane) will perform April 8 ($20-$30) at the Casino at Dania Beach (301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., 954-920-1511,

The Drifters (“Under the Boardwalk”) and the Crystals (“Da Doo Ron Ron”) will perform in Dania Beach on March 4 ($15-$45).

Chazz Palminteri will star in the play “A Bronx Tale” ($65-$100) on March 24 at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 N.W. 40th St., 954-977-6700,

On Feb. 17, Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, will host longtime game-show host and music promoter Bob Eubanks. Among other topics, he’s scheduled to share photos and behind-the-scenes stories about the Beatles, whose Los Angeles concerts he promoted. The event is free for Krewe Club members, with tickets being handed out daily.


From Feb. 9 to Feb. 20, Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, will host the World Series of Poker Circuit’s “12 Rings in 12 Days.” The tournament will feature a variety of games, including monster stack no-limit hold ’em, pot-limit Omaha 8 or better, ladies no-limit hold ’em and seniors no-limit hold ’em. The lowest buy-in is $135.

The main event, Feb. 17-18, has a $1,675 buy-in.

The last WSOPC event at PBKC was in November. In the main event, West Palm Beach’s Maurice Hawkins won $95,921 plus a gold ring with diamonds.


Except for having Super Bowl-related promotions, most local casinos will operate as usual on Sunday, since betting on sports is illegal here (except for jai alai and horse and dog racing).

But if you’re a yachtie or other boater and want to cruise 50 miles off Fort Lauderdale, you can experience Vegas-style sports wagering at Resorts World Bimini (888-930-8688, Its Sports Book allows straight bets, parlays and teasers.

On Super Bowl Sunday, the resort will throw an all-day casino party with seaplane flights, room nights and free play being raffled off.

There’s also the First Annual Wahoo Challenge, a fishing tournament with a guaranteed payout of $35,000. Fishing’s the same as gambling, right?

If you don’t have a boat, you can take the ferry or a commercial flight to Bimini.

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