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Jackpot! Slot machines pay big across South Florida

Correspondent

Local casinos have been paying out some serious cash for slots jackpots.

Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com) reported the biggest.

“$165,675.86 was paid out on Wednesday [March 29] at 5:30 p.m.,” spokeswoman Sandra Rodriguez says. “The lucky machine was Power Shift [Racing].”

Rodriguez won’t divulge the winner’s name, saying he or she wants to remain anonymous. (None of the casinos lets me know winners’ names.)

The biggest recent jackpot win at Isle Casino Racing (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com) was for $20,286 on March 15. It was with a $3 bet on the Quick Hit Platinum slot machine, director of marketing operations Jen Swope says.

At Calder Casino (21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, 305-625-1311, CalderCasino.com), Lightning Link slots had three jackpot winners pocket more than $10,000 over five days, director of marketing Matt Harper says. The amounts were $11,468 on March 9, $10,543 on March 11 and $10,558 on March 14.

“The Lightning Link games are very popular among our guests,” Harper says. “After seeing their popularity increase in late 2016, we doubled our number of games in January.”

In March, Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com) had five big jackpot winners, on five different games, according to marketing database analyst Danny Onate.

The highest was the $29,268 that Diamond Lotto paid out on March 19, he says. The lowest was $17,887 from Lightning Link on March 24.

Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasinoFL.com) also had a big slots jackpot last month.

“We had one for $46,319 on March 5,” says Ashley Foster, senior marketing manager.

She says that the game was Lightning Lotto, and the winner would only divulge part of his name: “David R.”

It was not me.

I asked spokespeople for the Seminoles’ three Broward County casinos about slots jackpots and they said they have no info to share.

But according to Gary Bitner, spokesman for Seminole Gaming, on Friday, March 31, a Fort Lauderdale man won $98,650 in a bingo jackpot at Seminole Classic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, Hollywood, 954-961-3220, SeminoleClassicCasino.com). It was during the evening session’s Do It Yourself game.

SHOWDOWN SHOWCASE

The three-week Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) ends on Sunday, April 9.

Winners of recent events include Germany’s Dietrich Fast, who took home $483,793 in the Super High Roller, which had a $50,000 buy-in, and Myrtle Beach’s Barry Boardwine, who won the Jason Taylor/WPT Foundation Charity Event, which cost $300. He walked with $4,830.

840 WINZ-AM’s Andy Slater, who hosts a popular monthly poker tournament, was runner-up with $2,832.

SPIN ZONE

The Spin Doctors (“Two Princes,” “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”) will play a free concert outside the Casino at Dania Beach (301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., 954-920-1511, CasinoDaniaBeach.com) on Saturday April 8, at 6:30 p.m.

david@davidraterman.com

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