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South Florida casinos announce Thanksgiving hours

Correspondent

Several casinos are extending hours for Thanksgiving.

Both Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasinoFL.com) and Hialeah Park Racing and Casino (2200 E. Fourth Ave., 305-885-8000, HialeahPark.com) will open at 9 a.m. on turkey day and not close until 3 a.m. Monday.

And Casino Miami (3500 NW 37th Ave., 305-633-6400, CasinoMiamiJaiAlai.com) will operate 24 hours.

The Seminoles' three locations will be open regular hours, as will Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com), Isle Casino Racing and Calder Casino (21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, 305-625-1311, CalderCasino.com). The Casino at Dania Beach (301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., 954-920-1511, CasinoDaniaBeach.com) will be open as usual, though jai alai will be canceled.

Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com) will not have greyhound races, but its poker room will deal cards from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.

Big winners

Matthew Wright beat 322 players in the first event of the World Series of Poker Circuit that opened Nov. 10 at Palm Beach Kennel Club. The North Florida resident won $22,705 and a gold ring in the no-limit hold 'em monster stack, which had a buy-in of $365.

But it took almost five hours of head-to-head play to defeat Boynton Beach's Vicki Holmes.

In the second event, Carlos Loving beat 854 players to take home $50,017 plus a ring. The top 90 players won money.

The 12-event tournament finishes on Nov. 21.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) has another big-time poker tournament taking place. Its Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open started on Wednesday, Nov. 16, with a deep-stack, no-limit hold 'em reentry that had a $360 buy-in and $1 million in guaranteed payouts. Including 14 tournaments, the open goes until Nov. 30.

Safe From Terror wins

On Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com), Safe From Terror won the $10,000 open pace for the mares in 1:52.1. It was her first win of the fall season, says the track's John Berry, and 10th of the year. The 4-year-old's lifetime earnings are $630,257.

As a 3-to-5 favorite, Safe From Terror paid $3.20 to win.

"Racing continues on Sunday night," Berry says in a press release, "with the lucrative Melvyn Aylor Memorial events for Florida breds and open pacers in action coupled with a $2,258 carryover in Pompano Park's Pentafecta fourth and yet another carryover in the Pick-6."

Post time is 7:20 p.m.

Go Team ...

The jai alai schedule at the Casino at Dania Beach has been tweaked. From Friday, Nov. 18, to the end of the season, post times for all evening performances (Mondays to Saturdays) will be 8 p.m. The matinees (Tuesdays and Saturdays) will still start at 4 p.m.

The fall season, which ends Dec. 15, is the first to have team play as well as individual play. Team Fort Lauderdale led the past couple of months until last weekend, when Team Hollywood moved ahead in points. Team Dania Beach is in the cellar.

Jai alai is the only pari-mutuel in which you can bet on humans. And you can bet on the teams on Saturdays. They collect five points for a win, three if they place and one if they show.

david@davidraterman.com

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