The 14-day Poker Showdown, with the final table of the $3 million World Poker Tour championship scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, had plenty of action. Hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com), the tournament included 22 primary events and dozens of secondary events.
Brandon Adams won the High Roller No-Limit Hold ’Em, which cost $25,500 to play, on Sunday, April 15. He defeated 39 entries to walk with $370,000. Runner-up Pablo Fernandez took home $240,000 after heads-up battling with Adams for the final half-hour.
And Brian Altman won $26,108 in the $570 Big-Stack No-Limit Hold ’Em on Monday, April 16, besting 218 entries. Altman also won the Hard Rock’s 2015 Lucky Hearts Poker Open main event.
WIN FOR LOSING
The poker room at Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com) has had some big losers lately.
Just 11 days after the last time, someone won the bad-beat jackpot.
On Sunday, April 15, Damion Dominic Loli was playing a hand of $2/$5 no-limit hold ’em. At showdown, he had 56789 spades. The hand’s winner, Roger C. Zehner, had 789TJ spades.
According to house rules, if a player with at least four 10s loses, he or she keeps half the bad-beat jackpot, which totaled $62,088. For Loli, who lives in Lake Worth, that meant $31,044.
Zehner took home a quarter of the jackpot. And each of the remaining six players at the table split the final quarter, pocketing $2,587.
Jorge Villaron was the dealer.
ODDS AND ENDS
The Back to the Nineties Comedy Tour will be presented Saturday, April 21, in the Sports of Kings Theater at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com). The show ($35-$60) will begin at 9 p.m. and will be hosted by Carl Payne (“Cole” from the TV show “Martin”).
Performing standup will be Reginald Ballard (“Brother Man” from “Martin”), Christopher Reid (“Kid” of Kid ’n Play) and Juan Villareal, who has appeared numerous times on “BET’s Comic View.”
Added this week to the Hard Rock’s list of upcoming performers are the Scorpions (“Rock You Like a Hurricane,” “Still Loving You”) and Queensryche (“Silent Liquidity”). Tickets for their Sept. 12 concert cost from $70 to $160 and go on sale Friday, April 20.
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., 954-977-6700, CasinoCoco.com) will hold a wine-pairing dinner on May 17. Tickets cost $200 (plus tax and tip) and are good for a cocktail party starting at 6:30 p.m. in Legends Lounge, followed by a five-course dinner starting at 7 p.m. in NYY Steak. You’ll be offered wines from Stags’ Leap.
To keep its assortment fresh, Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com) has brought in new games, including two “The Voice Video Slots” (with bets costing from 75 cents to $6) and one Harley-Davidson Motorcycles slot machine (80 cents to $4).