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Florida State Poker Championship continues; Hard Rock Poker Open approaches


The month-long Florida State Poker Championship at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, ends on July 31.

In the biggest event of the past week, a $360 no-limit hold ’em with a prize pool of $348,920, Diane Linke, of Delray Beach, came in first, taking home $32,500 and the trophy. There were 1,144 entries. Six players won seats into Event 14.

Event 14, running from Thursday, July 20, to Sunday, July 23, has a $1,100 buy-in and a guaranteed payout of $150,000.


The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open will take place Aug. 3-15 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, The Big 4 final events have guaranteed payouts totaling $6.5 million. The open has 18 events and 35 satellites.

The Seminoles host all South Florida’s multimillion-dollar poker tournaments. There is no fixed schedule, but in recent years, the Hard Rock has hosted the Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open in November, the Lucky Hearts Poker Open in January and the Poker Showdown in March and April.

The Hard Rock will also host a World Series of Poker Circuit tournament Sept. 21-Oct. 2.

A second WSOP Circuit tournament will take place Feb. 8-19 at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., 954-977-6700,

Also at the Coconut Creek casino in the past year have been the Coco Poker Showdown in January and the Coco Poker Open in September.

Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park hosts big poker tournaments, too. Three of theirs have guaranteed payouts of $1 million, and a fourth pays about $500,000. In addition to the current Florida State Poker Championship, the casino’s premier tournaments include the Isle Open in October, the Isle Classic in January and Battles at the Beach in February and March.


If you’re an advanced scuba diver, you can watch the Lady Luck Underwater Poker Tournament’s final in person on Sunday, July 23. Six players will battle it out on the deck of the Lady Luck, a 325-foot tanker that was sunk off Pompano Beach last year to create an artificial reef. They’ll play with special cards and chips.

The winner will take home a trophy and prizes.

Qualifying rounds for the Texas hold ’em tournament were held online.

The Lady Luck was sunk in a partnership of the city and Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Its deck, which sits in 125 feet of water, has a marine “casino” with sculptures of sharks playing poker, an octopus running a craps table, slot machines and giant dice.

South Florida Diving Headquarters has a boat departing at 8:30 a.m. Tickets cost $60.

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