Magic City Casino doubles capacity for amphitheater concerts

Correspondent

On Saturday, Feb. 24, Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com) hosted the first concert in its expanded amphitheater, where capacity was increased from 2,000 to 4,000 guests. Smash Mouth and Spin Doctors headlined the Rock 2K Music Festival.

Spokeswoman Sandra Rodriguez says, “From the lush lawn seating where guests brought blankets and enjoyed the nearby food trucks and craft beer court, to the floor section directly across from the stage that offered the feel of a live club, to the seated ticket area with great views of the stage and neighboring city skyline, Magic City Casino’s updated amphitheater is taking its place among South Florida’s top spots for live music.”

Upcoming concerts in the amphitheater include Billy Ocean, Don Felder and Christopher Cross on Saturday, March 3 ($30-$125), and Peter Cetera, Atlanta Rhythm Section and Ambrosia on March 24 ($20-$125).

The casino’s Stage 305, which has capacity for about 850 guests, continues to host indoor concerts. Comic Paul Rodriguez will tell jokes there on March 17 ($30-$50).

JACKPOT!

The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com) hit almost $1.8 million for the Wednesday, Feb. 28, card. That’s an increase of $600,000 from last week.

Only a unique ticket with the first-place finishers in the final six races can win. It hasn’t been won for 20 straight programs.

The pick-6 bet costs 20 cents.

JACKPOT PLUS!

A Boca Raton man won two jackpots at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com) on Feb. 24, director of marketing operations Jen Swope says. Justin — Swope wouldn’t divulge his last name — won $1,759 and $2,258 on penny slots, 3 1/2 hours apart.

And “Phyllis” from Neosho, Mo., won a $13,459 jackpot playing a penny slot machine the same day. She bet $1.50.

DO THE BARTS MAN

Barts Big Bang, an 8-5 favorite, won the 87th annual $50,000 James W. Paul 3/8ths Mile Derby on Feb. 24, at Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com). He defeated seven other greyhounds by sprinting the course in 37.90 seconds, earning $25,000 for his owners.

ANTE UP

It’s not too early to register for the following poker tournaments.

The Battle at the Beach at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com) runs March 11-29 and has 18 events. It opens with a no-limit hold ’em that has a buy-in of $175 and prize pool guaranteed at $100,000.

The 12-day Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown opens on April 5 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com). Event 1 is a $570 deep stack NLH with $1 million guaranteed to be paid out.

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