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Small bets pay big at Hard Rock

Correspondent

A slots player at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) on Nov. 14 bet $3 on Twin Fire Featuring Quick Hit and Hot Spot, spun and won $2,302,052.55. Not a bad start to the holiday season.

It was the highest slots payout in the Hard Rock’s history.

The winner’s name is not being released, but the casino’s marketing folks say he or she is a regular.

From August to October, the casino claims to have paid out an average of more than $54.5 million in jackpots each month.

CHIPPING IN

The Rock ’N’ Roll Poker Open started last week at the Hard Rock. In early action, Francois Zayas won the Ultimate Re-entry $360 No-limit Hold ’Em in a seven-way deal that left him with $107,973 plus the trophy. He bested 3,569 entries in the event, which had a prize pool of $1,071,000.

In Event 2, a $300 Omaha 8 or Better (Re-Entry), John Binns defeated 73 entries to win $6,605.

Brad Ruben won the $360 Pot-limit Omaha (Re-Entry), pocketing $8,471, and Roberto Bendeck won the $360 Turbo Black Chip Bounty No-Limit Hold ’Em (Re-entry) in a chop. He walked with $7,747, while runner-up Nicholas Egarhos kept $7,629.

Beginning Friday is the six-day $3,500 Championship No-limit Hold ’Em with $2 million guaranteed to be paid out.

Overall, the open has 17 events and 30 secondary events, with the lowest buy-in being $90. It ends Nov. 29.

READY FOR A SPIN

Isle Casino Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com) is installing four new video slot machines this week, including the renowned Fu Nan Fu Nu, featuring traditional Chinese art and sounds.

Says director of marketing operations Jen Swope: “The additions are an effort to provide the greatest/latest slot product to our customers.”

And debuting at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com) on Nov. 8 were six games on two new Dragon Link machines. The themes are Happy & Prosperous, Golden Century and Panda Magic.

’TIS THE SEASON

Local casinos are getting into the giving spirit. until Dec. 22, visitors to Calder Casino (21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, 305-625-1311, CalderCasino.com) who donate at least $5 worth of toys will receive $5 in free play. The toys, which must be new and unopened, will go to the Center for Family and Child Enrichment.

On Friday, Nov. 17, Hard Rock employees donated more than a ton of food and household products to Harvest Drive Florida at Western High School in Davie.

Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com) is celebrating the holiday season with its annual Symphony of Lights, which starts 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24. Festivities include Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting, train rides, lots of lights and a 50-foot Christmas tree.

Symphony of Lights is nightly from 6 to 11 p.m. until Dec. 31. Each hour has synchronized light shows.

david@davidraterman.com

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