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At South Florida casinos this weekend, horses race, men fight

Correspondent

Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com) will host the 2017 Clasico Internacional del Caribe this Saturday, Dec. 9. The program includes five stakes races with purses totaling $600,000, highlighted by the $300,000 Clasico del Caribe, which has lured Puerto Rico’s Triple Crown champ, Justiciero.

Since 1966, the Clasico has been the Caribbean region’s premier annual Thoroughbred race series, and this year marks the first time it’s being held in the United States.

“This is like their Kentucky Derby,” Gulfstream marketing director Michael Nyman says. “It’s big and unique.”

Post time for the first race is 11:50 a.m.

THE BIG PAYBACK

Steve Bourie, a gambling author and former marketing director at the old Dania Jai Alai, believes he’s worked out the payback percentages on slot machines at the Seminoles’ six casinos, including the three in Broward County. As with most U.S. tribes having gambling operations, the percentages are kept secret.

“It’s conjecture on my side, but I’m sure the percentages I found are pretty accurate,” Bourie says. “Within a quarter of a percent because the math works out.”

Once he had created the formula, after playing slots at various Seminole casinos over three years, he used it to test 10 machines in three denominations from August to November at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com). Because the casinos share a player’s club, he believes his formula applies to all of them.

For penny slots, he found the average theoretical return was 88.37 percent. For quarters, it was 90.89 percent, and for dollars it was 91.4 percent.

Gary Bitner, spokesman for Seminole Gaming, won’t comment on those specific numbers. He says, “Payback percentages at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood are competitive and comparable to casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.”

For non-Indian casinos in South Florida, the average payback on slots is about 92.5 percent, according to state gaming regulators.

You can read how Bourie created his formula at AmericanCasinoGuide.com/Seminole-Slots.

PUT ’EM UP

Professional boxing returns Friday, Dec. 8, to Hialeah Park Racing and Casino (100 E. 32nd St., 305-885-8000, HialeahPark.com).

Heavyweight fighter Luis “King Kong” Ortiz, ranked No. 4 in the world, will square off against Daniel “the Mountain” Martz. Undefeated light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali will fight ex-world champ Jean Pascal in the main event.

TV coverage on FS1 begins at 9 p.m. with an undercard match between featherweight prospects Stephen Fulton and Adam Lopez.

Tickets cost from $30 to $125.

GET DOWN

An elderly couple, Celina Fajardo and Filiberto Padron, who have been dating for years, was caught on camera dancing and twerking last Friday at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com). So far, the video has had 4.6 million views on Facebook. It also spawned the hashtag #abuelasgotgame.

david@davidraterman.com

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