Casinos look for 'Ultimate' drag queens and comedians

Correspondent

After some intense poker tournaments and high-stakes horse races the past couple of months, this week I can report lots of fun at local gambling venues.

Slots players at Casino Miami (3500 NW 37th Ave., 305-633-6400, CasinoMiamiJaiAlai.com) are celebrating big jackpots. Marketing manager Francesca Costa told me one lucky player bet $25 and won $64,617.92 on Saturday, April 15. The next day, someone placed a $50 bet and won $45,372.30. And the day after that, someone won $27,215.47 after spinning for $25.

All were played on Royal Reels.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ULTIMATE

The sixth annual Ultimate Miami talent competitions are approaching. Most will take place at the Casino at Dania Beach (301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., 954-920-1511, CasinoDaniaBeach.com) and Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com).

First up are qualifying competitions in the comedian category. Standup comics will battle in front of live audiences on May 2 at Dania Beach and on May 4 at Magic City. On May 3, they’ll perform at Palm Beach Improv (550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-833-1812, PalmBeachImprov.com). All three start at 7 p.m.

If you want to participate, register at TheUltimateMiami.com.

Admission to watch the comedians is free and open to the public.

The Ultimate Miami Comedian Finals will take place June 8 at Magic City. The winner takes home $5,000 and will share the stage with headliner Carlos Mencia.

Finals for the drag queen and bartender categories will be held June 8-10 at Magic City. There’s no qualifying, but visit the website for details.

CUPS AND PLATTERS

The Dixie Cups (“Chapel of Love,” “Iko Iko”) were added to the Platters’ May 13 show at the Casino at Dania Beach. Tickets cost from $15 to $100. The singers in the Platters (“Only You (And You Alone),” “The Great Pretender”) are different from the group’s glory days, but the Dixie Cups still have sisters Barbara Ann and Rosa Lee Hawkins. The third original member, Joan Marie Johnson, died in October. She was replaced by Athelgra Neville, sister of the Neville Brothers.

The Dixie Cups will go onstage first.

OFFSHORE THING

Got a boat? Cruise 50 miles to watch what Resorts World Bimini (888-930-8688, RWBimini.com) is calling “the first-ever international offshore power boat racing event.” The Offshore Power Boat Grand Prix takes place April 28-29. The resort’s casino has 160 slot machines as well as table games to keep you occupied when you’re not outdoors.

NO LIMIT AT THE ISLE

Isle Casino Racing (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com) has a slew of poker tournaments planned for May.

The first is a no-limit hold ’em with a $150 buy-in and guaranteed prize pool of $100,000. Day 1 flights are May 4-6 with day 2 on Sunday, May 7.

On May 8 and 22, both Mondays, $130 buy-in no-limit hold ’ems will be played with $25,000 guaranteed to be paid out.

Every Tuesday sees a $60 buy-in NLH with $12,000 guaranteed. Other poker tournaments are on Thursdays and Saturdays.

david@davidraterman.com

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