Jackpots hit, celebrities play at South Florida casinos

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South Florida casinos paid out some huge slots jackpots in December.

On Dec. 30, a Miami Beach man won $233,572.25 off a $100 bet at Seminole Classic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, Hollywood, 954-961-3220, SeminoleClassicCasino.com). He was playing Diamond Lotto, spokesman Gary Bitner says.

On Christmas Day, a lucky slots player at Calder Casino (21001 N.W. 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, 305-625-1311, CalderCasino.com) won $14,987.01 after placing a 50-cent bet.

He or she — Calder, like most local casinos, doesn’t typically release winners’ names — was playing Dragon Link’s Golden Century, says Matt Harper, senior director of marketing.

“In the last week, we had three pretty large [jackpots], all on 1-cent machines,” Harper adds.

On Dec. 29, someone wagered $3, spun and won $23,550.20 on a Quick Hits game. And on Dec. 22, another player turned an $8.80-bet into a jackpot win of $14,070.72 on an 88 Fortunes game.

88 Fortunes has been hitting big. On Dec. 4 at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com), slots operations manager Lisa Siples says, “We had a lucky winner of $130,000 on 88 Fortunes.” He or she bet $4.40.

And a Royal Reels player at Gulfstream walked with $10,000 after betting $25 on Dec. 28.

“We gave away a stunning total of over $3.5 million in jackpots in the month of December,” Siples says.

On Dec. 11 at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com), a Cleopatra II player wagered $45 and then pushed a button to win $113,721, spokeswoman Sandra Rodriguez says.

LATER DAYS

The monthly Andy Slater “See You Later” Poker Tournament will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 9, starting at 6 p.m. at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., 954-977-6700, CasinoCoco.com). It has $20,000 in guaranteed payouts with a $94 buy-in.

The no-limit Texas hold ’em tournament is hosted by Slater, a 940 WINZ-AM sports personality who also plays in it. He’ll be joined by about 300 people, including at least two celebrities. The bounty for knocking out the celebrities is free entry into next month’s tournament. Bounty for knocking out Slater is free entry next month plus $200.

Although Slater has never won the tournament named after him, he remains optimistic.

I asked him if anything will be new or different in the upcoming tournament. He replied, “Yes, I will win this month.”

In February, Slater’s tournament will be part of the World Series of Poker Circuit at the casino.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

I have more big acts performing at local casinos to report.

Comedian Frank Caliendo, an alum of “MADtv” and a famed impressionist, will do standup ($40-$100) Feb. 24 at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

Rocker Peter Cetera (“Glory of Love,” “You’re the Inspiration”), the lead singer of Chicago until going off on his own in 1985, will perform ($20-$125) March 24 at Magic City Casino.

david@davidraterman.com

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