Seminole Hard Rock poker room goes deep

Seminole Hard Rock poker room goes deep

 The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino poker room is muscling up its deep-stack offerings, with a series set for next month and a regular tournament on Monday holidays.

Powerball hits for $148.8M in Florida

Powerball hits for $148.8M in Florida

 Maybe those new I-595 Express Lanes led you to Naples in the past few days, and maybe you stopped in a convenience store and bought a Powerball ticket.

Jamie Gold opens poker room on cruise ship

Jamie Gold opens poker room on cruise ship

 The person who drew the most attention during the Island Breeze's opening hasn't won a poker tournament in eight years, and got criticized and sued after he did take home the bracelet.

Decoupling surfaces again in legislature, then tanks

Decoupling surfaces again in legislature, then tanks

 For a minute there, it looked as though decoupling might still make it.

Council Oak open for Saturday lunch

Council Oak open for Saturday lunch

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood restaurant at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has expanded to offer lunch from noon-3 p.m. Saturdays and extended bar hours from 3 – 5 p.m.

3 Pompano stories permanently lose Lottery business

3 Pompano stories permanently lose Lottery business

 The investigation is still ongoing -- so the public still doesn't know the details of what happened -- but we know this: You won't be buying any more lottery tickets at three Pompano Beach stores that were busted on April 2.

A big lead disappears into vapor

A big lead disappears into vapor

  How many chances does a poker player get to win a tournament? How bad does it hurt when you miss out, not because of bad luck, but just because you got flat-out outplayed?

Nissan Leaf at Gulfstream

Nissan Leaf at Gulfstream

Tuesday is Earth Day, and Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com) is trying to make the world better by giving away an environmentally friendly car, a Nissan Leaf. The promotion runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Player's...

Mardi Gras Casino displays poker dealer's art

Mardi Gras Casino displays poker dealer's art

Before you focus on the cards or the slots at Mardi Gras Casino, take a look at the poker-themed paintings in the entryway.

Solitaire moves into Mardi Gras

Solitaire moves into Mardi Gras

Even though people play solitaire on their phones, their computers and with real cards on their kitchen tables, it's not usually found in casinos.

Lucky numbers yield 11 Fantasy 5 winners -- and small jackpot

Lucky numbers yield 11 Fantasy 5 winners -- and small jackpot

 OK, we're saying this one more time: If you're going to pick lottery numbers, don't go for the obvious. Or else you'll be unhappy with the payout.

Happy Passover for Montreal man, who wins $1M at Seminole Hard Rock

Happy Passover for Montreal man, who wins $1M at Seminole Hard Rock

 Why is this night different from all other nights for Eric Afriat?

Miramar man quick to claim $500K win

Miramar man quick to claim $500K win

 Big lottery winners usually take their time getting their affairs in order before snagging their loot, either celebrating their first few days or lining up their money with some kind of planner.

WPT event at Seminole Hard Rock draws record entrants

WPT event at Seminole Hard Rock draws record entrants

 Three years ago Tuesday the federal government shut down online poker in the United States, accompanied by projections the game's popularity would quickly fold.

Casino Miami Jai-Alai reports jackpot flurry

Casino Miami Jai-Alai reports jackpot flurry

Casino Miami Jai Alai officials report a flurry of jackpots so far in April, totalling more than $1 million just 12 days into the month. Casino Miami’s Executive Director of Marketing Stephen Blank says a big one is hitting about every...

Tilly no boob at poker

Tilly no boob at poker

There may be more successful poker players vying for $5 million in prize money in Hollywood this week, but none carries the glamour of Jennifer Tilly.

Make a deal at Classic

Make a deal at Classic

Seminole Classic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, Hollywood, 954-961-3220, SeminoleClassicCasino.com) will present "Take It or Leave It," a version of "Deal or No Deal," from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. One person will be called onstage every 30 minutes, with the top prize being $5,000 in...

DeYoung's Styx show canceled due to flu

DeYoung's Styx show canceled due to flu

The performance by Dennis DeYoung of Styx and his band, set for Saturday, has been canceled.

Sen. Lee: "Let's just eliminate dog racing"

Sen. Lee: "Let's just eliminate dog racing"

During Tuesday’s Senate Committee on Gaming meeting, Sen. Tom Lee, R-Bradenton, asked pointed questions of track representatives, and I wondered where he was going with it.

Broward man hits scratch-off for $500K

Broward man hits scratch-off for $500K

Luis Ruiz Diaz, of Coconut Creek, claimed a $500,000 prize in the Gold Rush Tripler Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Ruiz Diaz purchased his ticket at M & S Food Store, located at 4400 W Sample Road in Coconut Creek.

Panel in Miami to discuss gambling April 10

Panel in Miami to discuss gambling April 10

HistoryMiami and the 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society will host a panel discussion on Thursday about Florida’s gambling industry, although the topic surely is...

The Zombies: Sometimes, they come back

The Zombies: Sometimes, they come back

The Zombies were cool way before "The Walking Dead."

Island Breeze casino cruise ship gets flowing

Island Breeze casino cruise ship gets flowing

Island Breeze executives hope the gambling winds blow favorably. Owners of the refurbished ship, which sails out of the Port of Palm Beach, launched a soft opening March 15 but are now ready to go full-sail.

Seminole Hard Rock hires new poker tournament director

Seminole Hard Rock hires new poker tournament director

 He has been on the job only about a month, but right away, there's a big event for David Grub.

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek promotions for April

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek promotions for April

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek offers a $10,000 giveaway on April 13 and gives away $555 in free play every five minutes on April 14.

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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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