Lexus giveaway at Coconut Creek

Lexus giveaway at Coconut Creek

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., SeminoleCasinoCoconutCreek.com) will give away a Lexus IS250 Saturday, as well as a bunch of free play. Five people every hour from 7 to 11 p.m. will be selected, and they will pick a random puzzle piece of a depiction of the Lexus...

Isle adds outdoor bar

Isle adds outdoor bar

  Those who like to watch racing or slip outside of the Isle Casino for fresh air now have a handy bar: the Pompano Beach casino has built and outdoor area outside of the simulcast area and poker room.

Video: Dusty Rhodes promos Joe DiMaggio charity event

Video: Dusty Rhodes promos Joe DiMaggio charity event

Casino Miami opens 'Club Rio'

Casino Miami opens 'Club Rio'

Seeking to entice patrons who like a little bit of South Beach when they gamble, Casino Miami management has opened Club Rio, which will be part of a planned larger expansion.

$5 cheeseburgers mark special day at Isle

$5 cheeseburgers mark special day at Isle

 I personally have not heard of it, but I'm certainly for it: The Isle Casino and Racing in Pompano Beach celebrates National Cheeseburger Day on Thursday.

Breast cancer event at Seminole Classic Wednesday

Breast cancer event at Seminole Classic Wednesday

Seminole Classic Casino and the American Cancer Society are teaming up to host a celebration for 140 local breast cancer survivors at the casino’s Hollywood Hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Job fair, expansion at Seminole Hard Rock

Job fair, expansion at Seminole Hard Rock

 If you've recently walked the casino floor at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, you're aware that there's some construction going on. And in this case, there are some job openings to go with it.

Happy $20K birthday for Mardi Gras player

Happy $20K birthday for Mardi Gras player

 Donald Schaefer, whose birthday is Saturday, got an early start on celebrating. He hit a $20,000 jackpot Friday at Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach.

Brazil party at Coconut Creek

Brazil party at Coconut Creek

Brazil native Adriana De Moura, of the TV show "Real Housewives of Miami," will headline the Party Brazil event 7 p.m. Friday at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., SeminoleCasinoCoconutCreek.com)....

Isle poker room has September leader board

Isle poker room has September leader board

 The Isle Casino and Racing poker room is rewarding tournament players this month with entries into their big event in October. The top five atop the leader board (points are accrued by playing in daily tournaments) get a $1,090 seat in the Isle Open championship event Oct. 23-27.

The gambling debate: Five viewpoints

The gambling debate: Five viewpoints

The debate over Florida's gambling landscape has raged for years, with several points of view. As Florida's leaders continue to discuss what's best for the state and what's best for those involved in the gambling industry, here are five points of view that are represented in many discussions:

Comedian Ralphie May at Magic City Saturday

Comedian Ralphie May at Magic City Saturday

 People go to casinos to get big green but Saturday, it'll be big and blue: Comic heavy-weight Ralphie May performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Stage 305 at Magic City Casino.

Casino Miami opens Club Rio, accompanied by gambling

Casino Miami opens Club Rio, accompanied by gambling

 Casino Miami is opening up Club Rio this weekend, a mix of entertainment and new table games such as electronic blackjack and roulette and live poker -- while offering the area’s favorite DJ’s and bottle service.

Mardi Gras kicks off another Comedy Challenge

Mardi Gras kicks off another Comedy Challenge

 If your luck at the casino makes you cry, at least Mardi Gras Casino has a way to make your laugh.

Bimini gambling cruises to sail from Fort Lauderdale

Bimini gambling cruises to sail from Fort Lauderdale

Soon you'll be able to day-cruise to the Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale and gamble on the way.

Party Brazil at Coconut Creek Friday

Party Brazil at Coconut Creek Friday

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek will help celebrate Brazil’s Independence Day with “Party Brazil” at 7 p.m. Friday at Nectar Lounge.

Calder hosting Joe DiMaggio charity slot event

Calder hosting Joe DiMaggio charity slot event

 Calder Casino and Race Course and the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Conine Clubhouse charity arm  having a casino night this year at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Miami Gardens casino.

My high hand drought is over!

My high hand drought is over!

After going almost three years since winning one of these arbitrary jackpots that have little to do with poker skill, my number finally came up Aug. 31 at the Seminole Hard Rock, where my pair of 8s was blessed with a flop of K-8-8.

Coconut Creek promotions for September

Coconut Creek promotions for September

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek has a slot tournament, their usual $555 free play giveaway and other promotions in September:

Mardi Gras giveaways, casino football promotions

Mardi Gras giveaways, casino football promotions

Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasinoFL.com) has been pushing Tuesdays as big giveaway days, and this month is no exception. The casino has a $2,500 cash drawing at 3 and 7 p.m., and a $10,000 cash drawing at 9 p.m. Players must...

23-year-old pushes 2014 scores to $21M after Seminole Hard Rock win

23-year-old pushes 2014 scores to $21M after Seminole Hard Rock win

A quite unusual week of poker ended with a quite unusual champion: A 23-year-old who doesn't do interviews, has won $21 million this year and wore a T-shirt at a final table last month saying "Free Palestine." 

Council Oak opens for lunch on Fridays

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood at the  Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood will begin offering lunch from noon-3 p.m. on Fridays.

Mardi Gras offers cash, bonus play in September

Mardi Gras offers cash, bonus play in September

 Cash, bonus play and other prizes are featured in September at Mardi Gras Casino.

Seminole Hard Rock kicks in $2.5M to make guarantee

 The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino guaranteed $10 million in prize money for the 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, and the resulting 2,384 entries pushed the prize pool to $11.9 mllion.

Shannon Elizabeth puts down her cards, picks up a mic

Shannon Elizabeth puts down her cards, picks up a mic

 Shannon Elizabeth has often displayed her poker skills, and she's certainly comfortable in front of a camera, so her gig this week makes perfect sense: interviewing players and reporting on the action at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

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Maybe you've made the right play, maybe you haven't. Your heart speeds up, your stomach rumbles. That's why it's called gambling. Action is a sure bet, offering a view of the numbers, the psychology and the flavor of gambling here in South Florida, through our lens.

Nick Sortal began playing 3-card "gut" and "Indian poker" on high school band trips, moved on to "night baseball" and "pass the trash" during a Dr Pepper-infused midnight game in the 1980s at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and now play in a regular neighborhood hold 'em game in Plantation. He's been writing about gambling life in South Florida casinos since 2007, which means sitting around watching poker on TV counts as research.

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