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South Florida casinos catch jackpot fever

Correspondent

They’re not the Powerball lottery, which awarded a Massachusetts woman $758.7 million last week — leading her to quit her job and get police protection — but jackpots at local casinos are making winners’ wallets fatter.

At Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com), a slots player won $80,772.50 at Diamond Lotto on Aug. 24, spokeswoman Sandra Rodriguez says. The winner was playing four cards with a $10 bet on each.

An official at Hialeah Park Racing and Casino (2200 E. Fourth Ave., 305-885-8000, HialeahPark.com) told me one person won $45,789 on Aug. 7 and another won $43,801 on Aug. 20, both with $5 wagers at Royal Reels.

Neither casino will share the winners’ names, citing privacy concerns.

At Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasinoFL.com), “Brigitte P.,” of Hallandale Beach, won a $17,588.15 jackpot at 5 Treasures on Aug. 22, marketing director Ashley Foster says. And “Michael N.,” of Jacksonville, won $11,216.46 at Gold Gold Gold on Aug. 29.

Tamarac’s Karen Brennan won $15,606.18 playing Buffalo Grand with a $3.75 bet on Aug. 29 at Isle Casino Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com), director of marketing operations Jen Swope says.

And Boca Raton’s Joseph Greco won $13,468.46 at 5 Dragons after a $3 bet on Aug. 26.

Swope adds that a casinogoer from Lake Worth won $30,669.02 at a penny slot machine on Aug. 17, but that person wouldn’t agree to release his or her name.

As usual, the Seminoles’ three Indian casinos will not make jackpot winnings public.

And don’t forget the pari-mutuels. On Aug. 19 at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com), a 40-cent bet on horseracing turned into a $259,573.34 windfall for one lucky patron.

CHOP, CHOP

On Sunday, Aug. 27, Isle Casino wrapped up its “August $100,000” poker tournament, which ended in a six-person chop.

Ian Cohen walked with $13,555, followed by Jason Young ($12,174), Vitaly Shafran ($10,932), William Novotny ($10,126), Alan Munoz ($9,131) and Leroy Grant ($8,407).

The no-limit hold ’em tournament had 1,126 entries, a $129,490 prize pool and a $150 buy-in.

WORLD SERIES ON DECK

The World Series of Poker Circuit, after being hosted by Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com) in previous years, will be held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) from Sept. 21 to Oct 2.

The main event has a prize pool guaranteed at $1 million, with a $1,675 buy-in, but the tournament has 13 other events that are more affordable for most players.

david@davidraterman.com

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