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A pretty good bad beat

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Another loser won big at Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com). On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Leo Markarian had the second-best hand in a game of no-limit hold ’em. The winner, Steven Knudsen, had four kings. Markarian had four 10s.

According to house rules, any poker player who loses with four 10s or better wins half the bad-beat jackpot. The hand’s winner gets a quarter of the jackpot, and the remaining players split the rest. Markarian pocketed $64,486, and Knudsen took home $32,243. Both are Lake Worth residents.

The Kennel Club’s previous bad-beat winner won $140,194 on Aug. 4 in $2-$4 limit hold ’em.

WSOP TOURNAMENT ENDING AT HARD ROCK

The World Series of Poker Circuit at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) ends on Monday, Oct. 2. In the tournament’s final days are the main event, which will cost $1,675 to play — with a prize pool guaranteed at $1 million — and a high-roller no-limit hold ’em, which has a buy-in of $3,250 and a guaranteed payout of $250,000.

Highlights of earlier competition include Niovel Chirino Alvarez defeating 1,611 entries to win $135,022 and a gold ring in Event 1, and Ron Levy winning $21,238 in Event 2. Both events were no-limit hold ’ems.

ALL IN FOR A GOOD CAUSE

On Tuesday, Oct. 3, the Hard Rock will host a charity poker tournament to raise funds for Feeding South Florida’s hurricane relief. There’s a $300 buy-in with a prize pool valued at $50,000 in cash and prizes.

So far, Team PokerStars “Pros” Jason Mercier, Jeff Gross and Jennifer Shahade are scheduled to play.

A players’ party kicks off the evening at 6 p.m., and the tournament starts at 7 p.m. Register in person.

RESORTS WORLD REOPENING

The casino at Resorts World Bimini (888-930-8688, RWBimini.com), 50 miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, escaped most of the damage that Hurricane Irma created in the region a couple of weeks ago.

Still, it’s remained closed due to heavy storm surge at the marina, which needed some repairs.

“Resorts World Bimini fared well during Hurricane Irma, and there was no major structural damage to the property, including the casino,” says Patricia Lawrence, president of RWB. “Efforts have been made to clean up the landscape and grounds in preparation of welcoming guests beginning [Wednesday] Sept. 27.”

From Oct. 1 to Oct. 26, Florida residents can stay at the resort for $1 their first night. After that, the rate is $100, with $1 going to hurricane relief. The discounted rates are being billed as stress relievers.

SADDLE UP

After the summer break, harness racing season resumes on Sunday, Oct. 1, at Isle Casino Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com). The Standardbred horseraces have been held there since 1964.

Races take place every Sunday and Monday throughout October, with Race 1 starting at 7:20 p.m. The season ends May 28.

If you’re feeling lucky, try the Super Hi-5 jackpot. To win, you have to guess the correct order of the first five horses in the last race.

In April, someone placed a 20-cent bet on the Super Hi-5 and won $110,680.24.

david@davidraterman.com

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