Action Gambling in South Florida with Nick Sortal
Scratch-off tickets push lottery to record sales

Floridians with dreams of instant payoffs are generating record scratch for the Florida Lottery.

Lottery revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30 are up $180 million over last year, reaching a record $5.58 billion, with two-thirds of that money via scratch-offs.

The state sold $3.7 billion in scratch-off tickets this year, compared with $3.4 billion in 2013-14. That more than offset a drop of about...

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July 4 weekend: Booms, tunes and free poker

You could catch two casino fireworks shows in two days, or stay inside for a dance and karaoke contest and a free poker tournament.

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek starts its festivities on Friday, with a 9 p.m. show. (Rain date is Saturday.) The Seminoles' sister property, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, begins a July 4 celebration at 6 p.m., with live music, rock climbing, a...

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Summer gear at Isle

Stock up on summer gear in July by earning 250 slot points at the Isle Casino and Racing (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com). Those who hit that mark between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesdays receive: a beach towel on July 8, a bladeless fan on July 22 and a beach camp chair on July 29.

Hard Rockin' Sevens runs from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Seminole Hard...

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Big win for popular Fort Lauderdale poker player

A Fort Lauderdale Realtor made a nice acquisition herself Sunday night: Jacquelyn Scott won a World Series of Poker Bracelet and $153,876.

For those counting, that makes seven (!) locals with bracelets so far.

Scott, a popular player in South Florida poker rooms, prevailed in a field of 795 to win the Ladies Poker Championship, which concluded at about 1 a.m. Monday Las Vegas time at the Rio All-Suites...

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Choice of cars at Isle

It's either a Camaro 2LS Coupe, a Mustang V6 Convertible or a Mini Cooper S Convertible: Isle Casino and Racing (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com) caps off its Summer Joy Ridin' promotion at 7 p.m. Sunday. The winner picks from the Camaro, the Mustang or the Mini Cooper. Coincidentally, the Isle has a Summer Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday,...

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Seminoles, three-card poker and the compact

 I started my Wednesday by calling an upset three-card poker player, who had emailed me earlier in the week. He had wanted to be what the racetrack casinos are calling a "designated player," but what regular casinos would call the house or the banker.

 But such terms are taboo in racino three-card poker, because that would make it a table game. And we all know that the Seminole Tribe of Florida has...

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