Action Gambling in South Florida with Nick Sortal
Bad Beat returns to Casino Miami, but someone needs a Royal Flush

Bad beats used to be the prevalent promotion at all the card rooms, and now Casino Miami has brought it back.

The jackpot starts at $50,000 and grows daily. But there’s only one way it is paid out: A royal flush has to beat a queen-high straight flush. That means Player A must have A-K (suited), a Q-J-10 of the same suit must hit the board and Player B must have 9-8 suited.

The loser gets 50 percent...

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Don't play slot percentages; play where you like

The state released the slot revenue figures for the fiscal year ending June 30, which makes now a decent time to stop and count the cash.

The Isle Casino in Pompano Beach clearly is the most popular racetrack casino in South Florida, doing basically double the business of any other of the six active venues in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. That said, players at the Isle are winning less: They got...

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Isle gives away speedboat on Sunday

Isle Casino and Racing (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com) caps off its Smooth Sailing Summer promotion with something that will make quite a few waves: a Yamaha AR 190 speedboat (retail: $29,499). The drawing is at 7 p.m. Sunday. One free drawing entry is issued daily to Isle visitors. Meanwhile, keeping with the summer fun theme, players who hit 250 slot...

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Big weekend of poker, at the usual places

 It's a big weekend in South Florida poker, with two large tournaments in north Broward County and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino building up to next month's SHRPO.

 The main event of the Florida State Poker Championship has Day 1A, 1B and 1C at noon Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Buy-in is $1,500, and the tournament guarantees $500,000 in total prize money. News of an earlier win: On Monday,...

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Conine tourney raises $101,500

Sam Brandwein, of Boca Raton, emerged as the winner in the Jeff Conine Poker Classic July 13 at the Isle Casino, and got a nice hug from his wife, Maria afterward.

Brandwein’s prize was $10,000, which he can use however he wants. (It just so happens that the entry into next year’s World Series of Poker main event is $10K.) Mark Press of Miami was second, winning a five-day vacation at Punta Gabriela...

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$50K guarantee for $80 buy-in at Coconut Creek's Stax this week

 Stax poker Lounge at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek has a $50,000 guarantee tournament for an $80 buy-in. Players can enter either at 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, or the Friday or Saturday.

 Day 2 is at 1 p.m. Sunday.

 Meanwhile, the card room's high hands are: $150 every 30 minutes with rollovers from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, $199 every 30 minutes with rollover every day except Tuesday...

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