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Fat Tuesday begins Friday at Mardi Gras


Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, is celebrating its 10th annual Mardi Gras Mania, which is being promoted as a “free four-day nonstop party” starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.

An announcement also says, “Every hour of every day will bring live music, jugglers, mimes, showgirls, psychics and tattoo artists.”

They had me at showgirls. I’m in.

On Tuesday, Orleans (“Dance With Me,” “Still the One”) along with Gary Wright (“Dream Weaver”) will perform ($20-$60) outside as part of the big finale, which will culminate with a fireworks display.

Oh, yeah. Mardi Gras has gambling, too: slots, the Big Easy Poker Room, virtual blackjack and roulette and greyhound racing.


The Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, wrapped up its World Series of Poker Circuit’s 12 Rings in 12 Days tournament. Raminder Singh won the Main Event on Monday, Feb. 20, pocketing $168,995 and a gold ring. The event had a buy-in of $1,675 and prize pool of $786,000. Singh, 42 and a Delray Beach resident, defeated 523 entries.

In the tournament’s Event 12, a $365 no-limit hold ’em also ending on Monday, West Palm Beach’s Maurice Hawkins won, taking home $13,527 and a gold ring. The ring is his ninth, which ties a record for the most in the WSOP Circuit’s 13-year history.


The 2017 
Isle Battles at the Beach is taking place until March 7 at Isle Casino Racing (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000,

Event 1 was a no-limit hold ’em with a $175 buy-in and payout guaranteed at $125,000. Lighthouse Point’s Evan Braunstein bested 1,300 entrants to take first and $22,251 on Sunday, Feb. 19.

In Event 2, which had a $100 buy-in, Weston’s Mark Carattini won $2,367 after defeating 123 entrants.


On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Heavy Hitter Poker Tournament will take place at Lago Mar Country Club (500 NW 27th Ave., Plantation, 954-472-7044, Proceeds will go to the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, which supports the UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The event is being held in honor of Frank Watkins, a local heavy-metal bassist who died of lymphoma in 2015 at the age of 47. It starts at 6 p.m. and features Texas hold ’em after a $150 donation (with $100 rebuys). The top three winners will take home prizes valued at $3,000, including a helmet signed by Ryan Tannehill, a football signed by Jordan Cameron and two preseason tickets to a Miami Dolphins game.

Register at or take your chances at the door. There’s a limit of 120 players. For more info, contact organizer Tim Nigro at 954-600-5764 or Wear cocktail attire.

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