Action Gambling in South Florida with Nick Sortal
BMW giveaway at Isle Casino on Sunday

Isle Casino and Racing (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com) will wrap up a month-long promotion 6 p.m. Sunday, giving away a BMW 320i. Patrons have been able to earn drawing entries all month, and can continue to do so until 2 p.m. Sunday.

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Big day at Hard Rock

With TV cameras everywhere, final-table action from four tournaments and commentary by poker's most famous name, there were plenty of storylines Tuesday, Aug. 18, the climactic day of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

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Celebs, pros vie for big money at Hard Rock Poker Open

Omar Benson Miller plays a retired athlete on HBO's new series Ballers, but he admits he doesn't have much game when it comes to the poker table.

"I can describe my abilities in one word: Suspect," said Miller, 36, one of almost 1,000 entrants in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open on Saturday in Hollywood. The casino guaranteed a total prize payout of $5 million; entry was $5,250.

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The lyrical life of Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer is reminded of Eminem's "Lose Yourself" everywhere he goes. Sometimes, he's reminded of the song even when he goes, as evidenced this past weekend at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.

As Phifer took a bathroom break from playing poker, a man in the adjacent urinal broke into the Oscar-winning song from "8 Mile."

"Damn food stamps don't buy diapers," the man rapped.

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Gulfstream poker: Rewarding loyalty

High-hand promotions have been a quick-fix way to fill South Florida poker rooms in recent years, with players flocking to the casino with the most lucrative giveaway.

Gulfstream Park is trying something different, card room manager Scott Poole says.

"We want to take care of our regular players," he says. "If we had a promo that ran until 10 p.m., the room would empty out at 10:01."

On Monday, Aug.

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Hialeah Park Casino celebrates second anniversary

Hialeah Park Casino (2200 E. Fourth Ave., 305-885-8000, HialeahPark.com) marks the second anniversary of its casino opening with a weekend of music. The group Viva will play music of the Beatles, the Four Seasons, and the Beach Boys 8 p.m. Friday at the Fountain Terrace. DJ El Russo will take over from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Locos por Juana will perform 8 p.m.

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