While Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MGFLA.com) remains closed indefinitely after damage from Hurricane Irma in September, two local casinos are expanding.
At a big media event last week — which included a drum solo by Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain and a short speech by Stevie Van Zandt of the E Street Band, plus fireworks and guitar smashing — casino executives and tribal leaders gave updates on the $1.5 billion construction at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com).
Building the 450-foot-high hotel tower in the shape of an electric guitar and a tower surrounding a pool complex is going great, said Jim Allen, the CEO of Seminole Gaming. It’s scheduled to open in the summer of 2019.
This will take the hotel’s capacity from 469 rooms to more than 1,300. Pools, restaurants and a whole lot of other fun amenities are also being built.
PR manager Teresa Shum later told me, “The casino will nearly double its current size with 3,267 slot machines and 178 table games such as blackjack and baccarat, plus a new 18,000-square-foot poker room.”
By Feb. 24, Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com) will open a craft beer court and double the capacity of its outdoor amphitheater from 2,000 to 4,000 guests. It will also add more food trucks and snack carts offering gourmet fare.
Shout at the relish
Classic rockers Great White (“Rock Me”) and Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe (“Shout at the Devil”) will play at Magic City Casino on Saturday, Nov. 4, as part of Wiener Bash. Tickets cost from $60 to $100 and include all the hot dogs and sausages you can eat. Food sampling is from 5 to 8 p.m. Great White goes onstage at 6 p.m., and Neil starts at 8:15.
The casino recently announced that pop rocker Rick Springfield (“Jessie’s Girl”) and the Romantics will perform on April 14. Tickets for that show cost from $20 to $110.
Saturday was a big night for slots at Isle Casino Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com). Says director of marketing operations Jen Swope: “We had 80 jackpot winners and awarded over $341,000 in jackpots.”
Among them were New York’s Stephen Zachensky, who won a $40,000 and a $20,000 jackpot, Swope says. And Hollywood’s Debra Baumel won $1,877.45 on a penny Cash Explosion slot machine.
An unnamed Miami resident won a $144,000 jackpot with a $200 bet on Triple Double Diamond.
Open and shut
Paul Balzano, of Sunrise, won $112,075 in the championship of the month-long Isle Open Poker Tournament at Isle Casino Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com). He defeated 403 entries who bought in at $1,500.
Michael Aron, of Palm Beach, came in second, pocketing $78,510.
Bad beat it
The poker room at Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com) had a bad-beat loser on Friday.
According to customer service manager Jeff Price, William Wygant II of Savannah, Ga., had 10-10-10-10-Q to take home $31,069 in $1-$2 no-limit hold ’em.
Rocco Laso, of Boynton Beach, was the hand’s winner. With 8-9-10-J-Q of hearts, he pocketed $15,534. Each of the other seven players at the table walked with $2,219.
PBKC’s previous bad-beat loss occurred on Sept. 26.