South Florida casinos will remain open around the clock on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and all of them have added festivities, even if it’s only handing out party favors and serving drink specials.
My favorite of these events is a concert by the Village People (“Y.M.C.A.,” “Macho Man”), featuring the return of original lead singer Victor Willis, at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., 954-977-6700, CasinoCoco.com).
The party runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., with the concert starting at 11 p.m. General-admission tickets are available for $95 and, according to promoters, include “two complimentary drinks, delectable desserts and a New Year’s Eve countdown complete with party favors and a champagne toast.”
A family-friendly event is Party at the Park, which runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com). A couple of years ago, my wife and I took our then 10-year-old twin daughters to it. It was fun and safe.
Scheduled for this year are a laser light show, theatrical performers, a performance by Gipsy Band, drink specials (for adults), etc. Admission is free.
And if you’re up for a quick jaunt to the Bahamas, Resorts World Bimini (888-930-8688, RWBimini.com) has NYE options 50 miles off Fort Lauderdale’s coast. “The Rooftop Package” ($50) gives you access to the Hilton’s roof, where a DJ will be spinning hits until the early morning, and there’s a five-night “Sail & Stay VIP Package” that runs $1,299 per person.
RWB also has a casino for you to party in. It has 160 slot machines, live-action blackjack, baccarat, roulette and craps.
BIGGER PURSES AT ISLE
On Dec. 16, the harness-racing track at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com) increased purses.
Stacy Cahill, director of racing, tells me the increases are at least 10 percent in all classes. “We had a few less races so there’s a little bit more money to give to the races that we have.”
Races take place from Saturdays to Wednesdays, with a 7:20 p.m. post time.
Cahill says the Pick 4 is a great bet: “You pick four consecutive winners in four races, and on Sunday it’s a guaranteed $10,000 payout.”
Then again, it’s hard to beat the payout from the Super Hi-5. In April, someone wagered 20 cents and won $110,680.24.
FEWER RACES AT PBKC
Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com) is cutting back on its greyhound racing. It’s currently open seven days a week for matinees, with the first races starting at 1 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays for evenings with the first races starting at 7 p.m.
But the Tuesday matinees will be canceled as of Jan. 1.
Simulcasting and poker will still be available.
In recent live action, Eyesappealing won the $20,000 Dick Andrews Futurity on Dec. 26, racing 545 yards in 29.50 seconds to defeat seven other greyhounds.