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Big events at Hard Rock, Isle; Free-roll at Mardi Gras

The two largest poker rooms in South Florida will have 11 a.m. tournaments on Memorial Day and then there's a free event at Mardi Gras Casino.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's Holiday Deep Stack event guarantees $30,000 in total prize money. Buy-in is $250, and players start with 20,000 in chips. That gives you enough to lose a hand or two without having to panic.

The Isle Casino and Racing in Pompano Beach's $100 buy-in tournament spreads some of the cash around. It's a $25 bounty tournament, meaning every player you knock out earns you $25 no matter how you fare in the tournament. There's also a $20,000 guarantee. Players start with 15,000 in chips.

Meanwhile, another $10,000 free-poker tournament is set for 7 p.m. Sunday at Mardi Gras Casino. The first such tourney, held April 18, drew 179 total players.

Those wishing to enter May 24 can pick up tickets starting at 10 a.m. the day of the tournament. They must have a player's club card.

Nsortal@SouthFlorida.com

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