Three Dog Night at Isle

Three Dog Night at Isle

This is not just another classic rock band with new members capitalizing on an old name: Three Dog Night formed in 1964, and singers Danny Hutton and Cory Wells still remain in the lineup, as do guitarist Michael Allsup and keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon, both of whom joined in 1968. The band, known...

Seminoles launch 30-second pro-compact ad

Seminoles launch 30-second pro-compact ad

 So with the Florida Legislature meeting now, the Seminoles' blackjack portion of the compact about to expire and now a bill that would bring hotel casinos to South Florida, the...

Gambling bill proposal with Palm Beach slots, destination casinos comes out later today

Gambling bill proposal with Palm Beach slots, destination casinos comes out later today

Well, it looks like the gambling legislative wars are starting -- with talk of slots in Palm Beach County and a destination casino in South Florida -- even though this year's session in Tallahassee doesn't begin until Tuesday.

Bonus cash at Seminole Hard Rock

Bonus cash at Seminole Hard Rock

If you hit a jackpot of $1,200 or more at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, you may not be done winning. The casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 866-502-7529, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) gives away $10,000 in cash Monday. Every jackpot won in February earns slot players a...

$44K slot winner at Mardi Gras

$44K slot winner at Mardi Gras

 The slots were kind to a woman identified as Denise B. on Wednesday.

'Crappy' promotion returns to Mardi Gras Casino

'Crappy' promotion returns to Mardi Gras Casino

 Mardi Gras Casino plays off college basketball and St. Patrick's Day for some of its promotions, but the big news, in my opinion, is the return of "The Crappiest Promotion ever."

Mourning, Wade appearing at $10,000 buy-in charity poker tourney

Mourning, Wade appearing at $10,000 buy-in charity poker tourney

To attract entries, charity poker tournaments often are low-stakes affairs. But an event Sunday for the Galbut Family Miami Beach Jewish Community Center carries a $10,000 buy-in.

Gambling debate in Orlando: Some very good quotes

Gambling debate in Orlando: Some very good quotes

Our sister paper, the Orlando Sentinel, hosted a debate Tuesday on gambling in Florida. My thinking is the destination casino issue is way dead going into the legislative session next week. Too many anti-gambling interests, too much opposition from...

Randee and Randy: One Potter hits $165K jackpot at Coconut Creek

Randee and Randy: One Potter hits $165K jackpot at Coconut Creek

 They're known as Randy and Randee, and recently the female Potter saw an extra-large slot payoff come in.

Ricky Valido at Hialeah, other casino promotions

Ricky Valido at Hialeah, other casino promotions

Hialeah isn't known for country music, but one of their own will take center stage on Saturday. Country singer-songwriter Ricky Valido and the Hialeah Hillbillies will play a free concert at 5 p.m. at the Paddock Garden at Hialeah Park (2200 E. Fourth Ave., HialeahPark.com, 305-885-...

PPC main event at Isle

PPC main event at Isle

The main event of the PPC Poker Tour (PPC) has begun at the Isle Casino and Racing Pompano Beach, but there’s still time to enter. The tournament features a $350 buy-in, $250,000 guarantee that began Wednesday, but has eight Day 1 flights, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. through Saturday.

Darryll Fish wins WSOP Circuit

Darryll Fish wins WSOP Circuit

He wore a shirt that said "People over Politics" but this week it was Darryll Fish over everybody else at the poker table. Fish, a part-time South Floridian, won the WSOP Circuit main event Monday at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, the first tournament win for a popular player.

Photos: Models, new Coco Girls at Seminole Coconut Creek

Photos: Models, new Coco Girls at Seminole Coconut Creek

After scouring South Florida for women with a flair for modeling, Seminole Coconut Creek rolls out new dealers. Casino patrons saw the new outfits during a fashion show Friday, Feb. 13.

American Gaming Association eyes 2016 election, promotes job growth

American Gaming Association eyes 2016 election, promotes job growth

 The American Gaming Association is digging deeper into politics, with eyes toward lobbying 2016 presidential candidates and working key states -- including Florida.

Bet on Frankey's Sports Bar

Bet on Frankey's Sports Bar

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$275,000 giveaway at Creek

$275,000 giveaway at Creek

If you combine Valentine's Day and a three-day weekend, you'll potentially have some free time. Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., SeminoleCasinoCoconutCreek.com) has put it all together in its $275,000 Presidents' Day Weekend. First off is the $75,000 Tunnel of Love...

Coral Springs 'recreational player' turns $100 into $220K at WPT

Coral Springs 'recreational player' turns $100 into $220K at WPT

 It was the holidays and Greg Rosen's security alarm and fire alarm business was slow.

Mardi Gras at Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras at Mardi Gras

It's that time of year in New Orleans, and it's that time of year again at Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach.

The Nick-pact: A gambling compromise for Florida

The Nick-pact: A gambling compromise for Florida

The Seminoles don't want the majority of the dollars, they want EVERY dollar.

WSOP Circuit heats up at Palm Beach Kennel Club

WSOP Circuit heats up at Palm Beach Kennel Club

 Palm Beach Kennel Club poker players are getting pretty familiar with World Seris of Poker Circuit Events. Another 12 tournaments are running from Feb. 4-16.

Cars at Isle, Gulfstream

Cars at Isle, Gulfstream

Isle Casino and Racing (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com) is giving away two Acura ILX Sedans this month. The giveaways will take place 6 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 22. Casino patrons get free entries daily with bonus entries on the day of...

Calder celebrates 5 years

Calder celebrates 5 years

What slot machine hit the first major jackpot at Calder Casino?

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts main event starts Thursday

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts main event starts Thursday

The $3 million guaranteed World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship kicks off on Thursday at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, capping off the  21-event poker series.

Mardi Gras: $1,000 high hands for $2-$5 players

Mardi Gras: $1,000 high hands for $2-$5 players

 Mardi Gras Casino has upped its usual high-hand payouts to $1,000 every 30 minutes -- if you're playing a bigger game.

He didn't know when to fold 'em

He didn't know when to fold 'em

Arnie Wexler placed his last bet 47 years ago, but he remembers all the pain he caused his wife, by lying about money and where he was. He was often unreachable, once while his wife was suffering a miscarriage.

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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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