Fans of classic rock and pop and standup comics have lots to look forward to at South Florida casinos, in addition to what I’ve already reported.
The various organizers must have had my sister Lisa in mind. Rick Springfield and Barry Manilow were her early crushes.
Springfield will perform April 14 at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com). Lisa’s favorite Springfield songs are “Jessie’s Girl” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers.”
Also onstage that night will be Night Ranger — Lisa’s favorites are “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” and “When You Close Your Eyes” — and the Romantics (“What I Like about You” and “Talking in Your Sleep”).
Tickets cost from $20 for standing room only to $125 for VIP.
Billy Ocean (“Caribbean Queen,” “Suddenly”) will sing at Magic City on March 3, as will Christopher Cross (“Sailing,” “Ride Like the Wind”) and ex-Eagle Don Felder, who wrote the music to “Hotel California.”
Air Supply (“All Out of Love,” “Here I Am”) plays the casino on Jan. 27 ($20-$164).
Comedian Paul Rodriguez will tell jokes on March 17 ($30-$50).
Barry Manilow will perform at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) on Feb. 21. Lisa loves all his songs, but her favorites are “Looks Like We Made It” and “Even Now.” Tickets cost from $65 to $180.
And the Hard Rock is hosting Mary J. Blige (“Family Affair,” “Not Gon’ Cry”) on Feb. 19 ($45-$120).
Comedian Dane Cook will appear on May 12 ($55-$125). And a second show was added to Trevor Noah’s standup appearance on Jan. 26 ($40-$90).
But first up is Alan Cumming with Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida this Sunday at 7 p.m. ($35-$150).
The Pointer Sisters (“I’m So Excited,” “He’s So Shy”) will perform Jan. 20 at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., 954-977-6700, CasinoCoco.com). The current group consists of Ruth Pointer, her daughter Issa and her granddaughter Sadako. Tickets cost from $40 to $80.
Finally, international tenor Ghaleb will perform a Valentine’s show ($35-$125) on Feb. 10 at the Casino at Dania Beach (301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., 954-920-1511, CasinoDaniaBeach.com).
The three-week Isle Classic at Isle Casino Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com) ends on Wednesday, Dec. 20, with Day 2 of a no-limit hold ’em that costs $100 to play and pays out at least $50,000.
The poker tournament has 20 events. In earlier action, the NLH that had a guaranteed payout of $200,000, with a $360 buy-in, ended in a five-way chop among visiting out-of-staters. Chris Lawson, of Caddo Mills, Texas, was declared the winner. He pocketed $26,293. The other four walked with between $25,114 and $15,478. The event had 679 entries.
The semifinals of the $20,000 Dick Andrews Futurity will take place on Monday, Dec. 18, at Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com). The championship is scheduled as Race 12 on Tuesday, Dec. 26, when eight greyhounds will sprint 545 yards around the course.
Post positions will be drawn on Dec. 19 or 20. Betting odds will be available afterward.