Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) is hosting big events in the next couple of months.
First up is a book signing on Thursday, April 12, with Phil Hellmuth Jr., who has won 14 World Series of Poker championships and more than $22 million, and been nicknamed Poker Brat for his cocky personality. The signing is from 7 to 8 p.m. and is free, but you have to buy his $20 book “#Positivity: You Are Always in the Right Place at the Right Time.”
Pop and R&B group Fifth Harmony (“Worth It,” “Sledgehammer”), who recently announced they’ll take a break at the end of this year, will sing and dance May 11 at the casino ($50-$90).
Legendary R&B group Kool & the Gang (“Celebration,” “Get Down on It”) will groove there May 16 ($50-$130).
The multitalented Harry Connick Jr. (“One Fine Thing,” “It Had To Be You”) will perform “A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration” June 3 ($50-$180).
Pro wrestling hall of famers Hulk Hogan and “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, with emcee Jimmy Hart and host Eric Bischoff, will appear onstage June 9 ($155) for a show titled “Legends of the Ring.” The show will highlight the wrestlers’ careers and include a Q and A session with the audience. A meet and greet ($280) will take place before the show.
Seventies superstars Donny and Marie Osmond (“Puppy Love,” “A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock ’n Roll”) will perform June 28 ($40-$90).
And Poison (“Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Nothing but a Good Time”) and Cheap Trick (“Surrender,” “I Want You To Want Me”) will rock out on July 1 ($70-$130).
Huey Lewis and the News canceled their April 20 concert due to health issues Lewis is dealing with.
SHOWDOWN HEATS UP
Deerfield Beach’s Steven Bennett won $186,308 in the $570 deep-stack no-limit hold ’em that last week opened the Poker Showdown at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Bennett defeated 3,029 entries. His victory was part of a deal in which the four top players each walked with more than $133,000.
The prize pool reached $1.5 million, with the final 300 players getting paid.
The tournament runs until April 18. Upcoming events include a $25,500 high roller NLH guaranteed to pay out $1 million and a championship with $3,500 buy-ins and at least $3 million to be paid out.
EVEN THE LOSERS ...
On Wednesday, April 4, a loser in the poker room at Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com) won half of the $217,905 bad-beat jackpot.
House rules say that a poker player who loses with four 10s or higher gets half the jackpot. The hand’s winner pockets a quarter, and the other players at the table split the rest.
The lucky loser requested anonymity, so I couldn’t find out his or her name. The dealer of the $2-$4 limit hold ’em was Luca Brucato of Jupiter.
The kennel club’s record bad-beat jackpot is $504,833, which was paid out Sept. 23, 2012.
LETTING THE DOGS OUT
Last week, I reported that Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com) will trade greyhound racing for jai alai on July 1. A couple of readers asked what will happen to the dogs, so I checked with track officials.
Spokeswoman Sandra Rodriguez says the dogs and kennel owners will likely go to Iowa or other Florida tracks and then to Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track in December.