South Florida casinos get into the Halloween spirit

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Local casinos and pari-mutuels are offering lots of Halloween fun for adults and kids.

Casino Miami (3500 NW 37th Ave., 305-633-6400, PlayCasinoMiami.com) will host Fiesta de Halloween con Carlos Manuel 10-11:30 p.m. Saturday. The Cuban sensation will sing and play music. Admission is free.

The person chosen for best costume wins $500 in free play.

Hialeah Park Racing and Casino (100 E. 32nd St., 305-885-8000, HialeahPark.com) will throw a costume party on Saturday, with $1,000 in cash prizes. It starts at 8 p.m., and will be hosted by El Zol 106.7’s La Gatita. You must be at least 21 to attend.

Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com) hosts its annual costume contest on Saturday. It’s for kids and adults as well as greyhounds. Contestants need to report to the first-floor information center by 12:45 p.m. Winners in various categories will receive cash prizes after Race 2.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., kids can pick up goody bags at the information centers. The track will also have a balloon artist and hot dog and beer specials.

Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com) will present a Not So Spooky Halloween 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Kids can trick-or-treat at venues throughout the complex of restaurants and shops, and they can get their faces painted and enjoy magic shows.

There will also be a costume party at Barker Animation Art Galleries and Collectibles from 4 to 8 p.m., with winners being announced at 9.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) will serve “spooktacular cocktail specials” from Oct. 30 through Nov. 6 at Center Bar and L Bar.

JACKPOT!

On Thursday, Oct. 19, at Casino Miami, a slots player won $98,672 off a $45 spin on a Liberty 7’s machine. Citing privacy concerns, marketing manager Francesca Costa says she won’t disclose the jackpot winner’s name. But she says he or she lives in Miami.

WINNERS’ ISLE

The Isle Open Poker Tournament continues at Isle Casino Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com). Event 15, a no-limit hold ’em with a buy-in of $1,100, ended with an unscheduled Day 3 on Monday. Lantana’s Noel Atherley came in first, winning $44,916. Runner-up Brian Hastings of Ithaca, N.Y., pocketed $30,128.

Las Vegas’ George Wheeler won $3,188 in Event 17, an NLH that cost $175 to play.

Event 21, the tournament’s championship with $500,000 at stake, runs from Oct. 26 to Monday.

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