Action Gambling in South Florida with Nick Sortal
Isle has $5K free-roll Saturday

 The Isle casino has a free poker tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, paying out $5,000 in prize money.

 Players start with 2,500 in chips and can add 2,500 if they tip the dealer $10. The first 200 players will be seated, then alternates.

 As usual, there's an advantage if you spend some money. Players who are eliminated may rebuy for $20 during the first two hours, or they can add 5,000 chips any time they are at or below 5,000. They also may add 10,000 chips for $20 at the end of the rebuy period.

 The top 20 players get paid.

 For those who are knocked out, there's some nice cash promos: $1,000 high hands every 20 minutes every 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, the card room also has other promotions in April:

 From 2:30-11 p.m. on Sundays, there will be $10,000 in drawings.

 From 4 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays, April 1, 15 and 29, there will be $500 high hands every 20 minutes.

 From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 6 and 20, it's $500 high hands every 20 minutes.

 The promotions come after one...

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Mardi Gras: Holiday gift certificates, money machines and dog-racing promo

Mardi Gras Casino has dueling money machines on Tuesdays, an opporunity for those unlucky at dog racing and other promotions in April:

Dueling Money Machines: Noon to 3 p.m.;  7 p.m.-10 p.m. hourly on Tuesdays. Earn 50 points for a chance to compete with another guest to grab as many $20 bills as you can in 30 seconds. $50 cash to the guest who grabs the most bills.

April 1-2-3-4 – Holiday Gift Certificates. 9 a.m.-while supplies last. Earn 30 points and receive a ham/turkey/brisket certificate, valued at $15. Limit one per promotion day.

April 8 & 29 – Spring Spruce Up. 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m. Earn 25 points to receive an entry for a chance to win a $250 Home Depot gift card.

April 15 – Tax Refund Drawing. 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.. Earn 15 points to receive an entry for a chance to win $599 cash tax-free.

April 22 – Happy Earth Day Progressive Play and Earn. Noon- to while supplies last. Earn 25 points and receive a Mardi Gras bag. Earn 50 points and...

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Isle gives away Lexus

The March promotion will conclude Saturday night at the Isle Casino and Racing (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com). At 9 p.m., the casino will give away a Lexus ES 350. Three finalists were picked the past three Sundays, but there's still time to be a finalist on Saturday by swiping your player's club card. The promotion will run 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, with up to $20,000 in cash and free play also to be given away.

Seminole Classic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, 954-961-3220, SeminoleClassicCasino.com) offers the $32,000 Progressive Cash Giveaway 6-10 p.m. Tuesday. That's when 15 players split the loot via drawings.

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., SeminoleCasinoCoconutCreek.com) will give away up to $75,000 from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday. Ten patrons every hour will win from $250 up to $5,000 in cash or free play. Then, from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, it's a Spring Fling giveaway. Ten patrons an hour will be picked, and three will...

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$10,000 free tournament at Mardi Gras

Get ready for a big, free poker tournament at Mardi Gras Casino. But make sure you have a player's club card.

The Big Easy Poker Room at the Hallandale Beach casino will hold a free tournament at 7 p.m. April 18 that guarantees $10,000 in prize money, the most ever for a tournament at Mardi Gras, according to director of poker operations David Litvin.

Meanwhile, the poker room now requires players to use player's club cards to enroll, which makes the process more orderly and thwarts those who try to snag extra tickets, Litvin says. The card room presents free tournaments seven days a week with guarantees up to $2,500.

The card room also offers regular high hands every 30 minutes from noon to 10 p.m. daily. The jackpot pays $1,000 if won in a $2-$5 no-limit or higher game, $599 if won in a $3-$6 limit or higher game and $500 if won in any other jackpot-qualified game.

High hands pay $100 every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to noon and from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Nsortal@SouthFlorida.com

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Racetrack casino operators want equal chance

South Florida's racetrack casino operators have a history of disagreeing among themselves, but they spoke in unison Tuesday: Give them the right business environment and they can be a big contributor to the state's economy.

"Right now, we are handcuffed," said Dan Adkins, president of Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach, comparing his operation to the Seminole Tribe of Florida. "We feel we are in a race but started 40 yards behind."

Operators representing seven of Broward and Miami-Dade County's horse tracks, dog tracks and jai-alai frontons met with the SunSentinel's editorial board Tuesday. Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach is not part of the coalition, which visited with Gov. Rick Scott earlier this year and will be in Tallahassee on Thursday for the first discussion of a wide-ranging gambling bill proposed by Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa.

The Seminoles, the pari-mutuels, resort-hotel casino interests and those opposed to gambling expansion all are working Tallahassee and the media...

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Coconut Creek gives away up to $200K this weekend

It's another big giveaway weekend, with prizes of up to $200,000, at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., SeminoleCasinoCoconutCreek.com). From 2 to 11 p.m. Friday and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, five patrons will be picked every 30 minutes to win up to $1,000 in free play. At 11 p.m. Friday and 9 p.m. Sunday, the casino will award the grand prize: $15,000 in cash. Five players will be selected for the drawing, and four will walk away with a consolation prize of up to $500 in free play. In between, from noon to midnight Saturday, three patrons every 15 minutes will win $555 in free play.

Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, GulfstreamPark.com) runs a Jackpot Jubilee from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. One slot player wins $500 in free play every 30 minutes from 6 to 8 p.m. The prizes increase to $1,000 in cash at 8:30 p.m. and $1,500 in cash at 9 p.m.

Casino Miami (3500 NW 37th Ave., 305-633-6400, CasinoMiamiJaiAlai.com) will give away a Fiat...

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