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Florida State Poker Championship underway at Isle Casino

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The Florida State Poker Championship runs until July 31 at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com), with $1.1 million in guaranteed payouts.

Event 1, which had a $175 buy-in, ended on July 9 with a 13-person chop of the remaining prize pool. Each walked with $9,923.

There are 21 other events, including the FSPC No-limit Hold ’em Championship July 27-31. Buy-in is $1,500 with $500,000 up for grabs.

JACKPOT!

On Friday, July 7, at Isle, a slots player turned a $2.75 bet on Dragon Rising into a $30,985.64 progressive jackpot win, says Jen Swope, director of marketing operations.

And on June 29, another player hit big.

“We had a patron who won a $30,964 progressive jackpot,” Swope says. “He was playing a $5 denomination Royal Reel slot machine with a five-coin bet ($25 total bet) to generate the $30,964.40 jackpot.”

Swope says she can’t share the winners’ names because they didn’t give the casino permission.

Meanwhile, down at Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasinoFL.com), “Glenn S.” of North Miami Beach won a $22,047.55 jackpot on Fusion Blackjack on July 2, marketing director Ashley Foster says. The bet was $71.

MEET MARIO

Local casinos have more big-name acts coming up.

Mario Lopez, actor and television host extraordinaire, will be at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., 954-977-6700, CasinoCoco.com) from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 27. He’ll host “Ladies’ Fun Night Out.”

For $250, you can have “the Mario Lopez Lounge Experience,” which includes Veuve Clicquot champagne, a Lord & Taylor swag bag valued at $125 and, according to a press release, “an exclusive 30-minute ‘Meet & Greet’ with Lopez.” Oh, and a signed photograph.

All proceeds will fund nonprofit initiatives through Impact 100 of Palm Beach County.

Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) will host Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton on Friday, July 14. (You can read Ben Crandell’s interview with Frampton at SouthFlorida.com.)

New Kids on the Block will sing and dance on Sunday, July 16, as will Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men. Rocking onstage Saturday, July 22, will be Ratt and Ace Frehley.

Tickets are still available for the shows.

Announced this week is a Sept. 2 performance by comedian Chris Tucker, who will tell jokes and do impressions. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 14.

Bill Burr will perform standup comedy on Dec. 14.

The Coasters will sing classics such as “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown” at the Casino at Dania Beach (301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., CasinoDaniaBeach.com) on Oct. 7. The original members are deceased, so it’s pretty much a tribute band.

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