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No limit to winning at area poker tournaments


On Monday, the $1 Million Guarantee Main Event ended the World Series of Poker Circuit that started on Sept. 21 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010,

Out of 904 entries who paid $1,675 to play, Hollywood resident Joseph Gotlieb took first, winning $257,638 in cash plus a WSOP gold ring and entry into the WSOP Circuit Global Casino Championship.

Runner-up was Brooklyn’s Asher Conniff ($159,357). Third to fifth places went to South Floridians: Miami’s Mauricio Ameller ($117,619), Fort Lauderdale’s Brian Hastings ($88,004) and Boca Raton’s Brett Bader ($66,675)

The main entry’s final prize pool hit $1.3 million.

Also on Monday, Sweden’s Anton Wigg won the tournament’s high-roller no-limit hold ’em, which had a buy-in of $3,250. He defeated 133 entries to pocket $111,719 and a gold ring.


Action at the Isle Open Poker Tournament, at Isle Casino Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000,, runs until Oct. 31. It features 24 events plus a dozen secondary ones, with prizes totaling $1.1 million.

Event 1 is a no-limit hold ’em (NLH) with a $175 buy-in and payout guaranteed at $100,000.

Other big events are the NLH that starts Oct. 12 with a $360 buy-in and $200,000 being paid out; the $1,100 NLH that starts on Oct. 20 and pays out $150,000; and the $1,500 NLH Isle Open Championship paying $500,000.

Events also include a seniors NLH with a $175 buy-in, a $150-limit Omaha 8B hi/lo and a Goliath stack that gives players a starting stack of 35,000 units.


Marlon Wayans will perform standup comedy on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Casino at Dania Beach (301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., 954-920-1511, The show starts at 8 p.m., with tickets going for $40.

Also on Oct. 7, comedians Artie Lange and Richard Lewis will be onstage at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., 954-977-6700, Good luck getting tickets, since the show is sold out.

Comedian Carlos Mencia will perform in Coconut Creek on Friday, Oct. 20 ($40-$80), as will singer Neil Sedaka (“Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” “Oh Carol”) on Friday, Oct. 27 ($50-$80).

And then, on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000,, will be a return of the greatest concert concept ever: Wiener Bash, featuring all the hot dogs and sausages you can eat plus live performances by hard-rock legends.

At this year’s event ($60 for general admission), which is being billed as a “celebration of cylindrical meats” and a “family-friendly frankfurter festival,” Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil (“Dr. Feelgood,” “Wild Side”) and Great White (“Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” “Rock Me”) will perform.

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