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Prize: 'Big Bang Theory' taping

Sure, you could win a car. Or cash. Or free play. But how close to fame does that place you? Calder Casino and Race Course (21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, 305-625-1311, is giving away a trip to a taping of "The Big Bang Theory" at 9 p.m. Saturday. It's a three-day, two-night trip for two to Los Angeles. Slot players accumulated drawing entries throughout July, so if that promotion didn't work for you, it will start all over again in August. The big prize to be given away at 9 p.m. Aug. 30 is a trip to see "Live With Kelly and Michael."

No drawing needed for this one: Just earn 250 points, and a beverage dispenser is yours. The giveaway will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the Isle Casino and Racing (1800 SW Third St., Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000,

Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, links to the lottery on Wednesdays in August. The first 250 players who earn two slot points (that's just a couple of spins) will receive a free lottery ticket. What happens after that is beyond their control.

Saturday morning may be a time to chill for some folks, but at Dania Casino and Jai-Alai (301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., 954-927-2841,, the competitive juices will be flowing in August. Every Saturday, the casino will hold a slot tournament from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Players must earn 100 slot points to enter, and registration will be on Wednesdays. The highest score of each 15-minute session will win $50 on Saturdays, and the top five scores of the day will split $2,000.

The rhythm will flow 10 p.m. Saturday at Casino Miami Jai-Alai (3500 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-633-6400 or during a performance by the band TumbaoSon. The group's style is called guaguanco montuno son — that's from the rumba family — and the musicians, mostly from New York and South Florida, put a Caribbean-Cuba spin on things. Hey, you know, everything kind of runs together down here.

Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, continues its popular Golden Jesters Sunday promotion. Players who earn 10 slot points between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. receive $10 in bonus play.

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