Honda Classic charity poker event is Sunday at PBKC

 The second annual poker tournament to benefit the charity arm of the Honda Classic is set for 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, 1111 S. Congress Ave. West Palm Beach.

Make plans: PPC Aruba is next month

Make plans: PPC Aruba is next month

 The PPC Aruba World Championship runs Oct. 15-21 at the Radisson Aruba Resort and features a $2,200 buy-in, $200,000 guarantee main event.

$24K Fantasy 5 ticket sold in Boca expires Saturday

$24K Fantasy 5 ticket sold in Boca expires Saturday

 A Fantasy 5 winning ticket worth $24,978.42 sold in Boca Raton is about to go to waste. No one has claimed the prize, and the ticket expires at midnight Saturday.

2 Mustangs and a Honda are giveaways

2 Mustangs and a Honda are giveaways

If winning transportation is your goal, you'll have three opportunities to reach it this week.

Seminole Hard Rock awash in Pinktober events

Seminole Hard Rock awash in Pinktober events

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood sent out word of the Hard Rock’s 15th annual PINKTOBER campaign and they will benefit the American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”, Memorial Hospital Breast Cancer Imaging Center and the Susan G. Komen...

Culpepper, Byars highlight Sunday SuperFast cruise

Culpepper, Byars highlight Sunday SuperFast cruise

 You've heard of swimming with the dolphins, but Sunday you can bet with the Dolphins.

Playmate plays at Seminole Coconut Creek

Playmate plays at Seminole Coconut Creek

Audrey Allen, Playboy's Playmate of the Month for June 2013, visited Seminole Casino Coconut Creek last Friday night to play in a private blackjack tournament and sample the casino's Playboy slot machine. The Colorado native is also the October 2014 Playmate of the Month. Note:...

Mardi Gras adds seventh nightly free-roll

Mardi Gras adds seventh nightly free-roll

 Mardi Gras Casino has been offering free poker tournaments six nights a week, with Tuesday nights being the lone holdout.

Lester Feinberg passes away at age 97

Lester Feinberg passes away at age 97

 I got news about one of my favorite love stories this week, hearing that Lester Feinberg passed away. He was 97.

Coco Poker Open starts Thursday

Coco Poker Open starts Thursday

The Coco Poker Open will begin a 12-day run at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on Thursday in the Pavilion.

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.

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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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