Super Bowl ticket giveaway part of 'Pooch Predictor' at P.B. Kennel

Super Bowl ticket giveaway part of 'Pooch Predictor' at P.B. Kennel

The Palm Beach Kennel Club and the West Palm Beach ESPN radio affiliate (106.3 FM) are offering a trip for two to the Super Bowl.

Frankey's sports bar opens at The Village at Gulfstream Park

Frankey's sports bar opens at The Village at Gulfstream Park

The owner of The Village at Gulfstream Park and of a 90,000-acre farm in Ocala has opened a sports bar in Hallandale Beach called Frankey's.

Camera giveaway at Creek

Camera giveaway at Creek

Cameras are banned in most casinos, because many patrons like to keep their privacy (although the selfie craze has allowed for some rules relaxation among willing friends). But a camera is the prize Friday at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St.,...

Miss Universe present and future at Seminole Coconut Creek

Miss Universe present and future at Seminole Coconut Creek

Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, and 29 contestants in the upcoming pageant were featured during a $50,000 blackjack tournament at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Friday.

Only 6 entrants at Alpha8 $100K buy-in event, but...

Only 6 entrants at Alpha8 $100K buy-in event, but...

 Paradise Live was full of activity over the weekend, with a half-dozen security guards, a handful of camera operators, a couple of poker dealers, countless TV technical crew, a station of reporters writing for online and updating via social media, local and national poker directors, all...

Miss Universe, current and future at Seminole Coconut Creek

Miss Universe, current and future at Seminole Coconut Creek

 Casinos like to put out the glamorous vibe as much as possible, and beautiful women are often a welcome accessory.

Celebrate Capone's 115th at NYY Steak

Celebrate Capone's 115th at NYY Steak

Al Capone would be 115 years old on Saturday, a fact not lost upon those at NYY Steak at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

Gulfstream poker events raises $8,500 for jockeys' fund

Gulfstream poker events raises $8,500 for jockeys' fund

 The Eclipse Awards Charity Poker tournament, held Wednesday evening at Gulfstream Park, raised more than $8,500 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

Gulfstream marks MLK day with pillow giveaway

Gulfstream marks MLK day with pillow giveaway

We all know Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. And we all know Monday commemorates the man. So Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, GulfstreamPark.com), playing off the "dream" line, is giving away … pillows. The promotion will begin...

Hollywood poker player wins $641K in Atlantis tournament

Hollywood poker player wins $641K in Atlantis tournament

 South Florida poker pro Chance Kornuth registered the biggest score of his career Wednesday, earning $641,140 for finishing third in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

PPC comes to Isle in February

PPC comes to Isle in February

The PPC Poker Tour (PPC), which hosts U.S. and destination poker events, is heading to the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park for the 2015 PPC Isle Casino Winter Series Feb. 16-22.

Casino recruits 'Coco Girls' for table games

Casino recruits 'Coco Girls' for table games

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek will hold a recruiting event Wednesday, Jan. 14, to hire "Coco Girls"  for the casino.

Look out for flying cards

Look out for flying cards

South Florida poker players are fickle. They'll choose the card room with the best tournament, the most generous promotions or some perk they like.

Latin Night Saturday at Seminole Classic

Latin Night Saturday at Seminole Classic

Seminole Classic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, 954-961-3220, SeminoleClassicCasino.com) will host Latin night at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hollywood Hall (the tent next to the casino). The casino's very own host, Jose "El Zorro," will emcee, with the Puerto Rican band Son D' Panderos...

Mardi Gras Big Easy: "Anything Goes"

Mardi Gras Big Easy: "Anything Goes"

 Well, this stops high hands from rolling over.

Isle poker series starts today

Isle poker series starts today

 The Isle Classic, a series of nine poker tournaments, starts today and runs through Jan. 27.

I left my money at Seminole Hard Rock

I left my money at Seminole Hard Rock

I love to talk poker, and because I play in all the South Florida rooms, I love to compare notes about where I can make the most money.

RV show at Isle Casino

RV show at Isle Casino

 You know, we haven't had a good movie featuring an RV lately. And I get too sad thinking of Robin Williams in "RV" and "Meet the Fockers" is tainted by "Little Fockers."

Poker series starts Wednesday in Coconut Creek

Poker series starts Wednesday in Coconut Creek

The first big poker series of the year in South Florida begins at noon Wednesday, Jan. 7. It's the Coco Poker Showdown, and it'll be a 12-day run at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek in the STAX Poker Lounge.

Blinko at Mardi Gras

Blinko at Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Casino has launched "Blinko Drop Zone," which runs through Feb. 11. It's very much like the Plinko game you'll see on "The Price is Right," with winners along the way at Mardi Gras (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasinoFL.com). Daily...

Casinos bet big on Colossal Diamond slot machine

Casinos bet big on Colossal Diamond slot machine

Some people frequent casinos to live large, and casino gaming doesn't get much larger than the Colossal Diamonds slot machine.

Top 10 South Florida gambling stories for 2014

Top 10 South Florida gambling stories for 2014

Lessons from 2014: A guarantee is a guarantee, the tournament isn't always over even after the last card has been played and other things we learned this year.

Big party at Classic

Big party at Classic

Seminole Classic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, 954-961-3220, SeminoleClassicCasino.com) celebrates New Year's Eve with promotions and music. At 8 p.m., the giveaway is free play for a year ($26,000 in 2015). Afterward, five players will receive $2,015 in free play at midnight. Steph...

Seminole Coconut Creek has special holiday dining

Seminole Coconut Creek has special holiday dining

Sorrisi Italian restaurant at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and will feature several specials, notably a seven-fish seafood salad (scallop, shrimp, calamari, mussels, clams, lump crab, octopus if you're counting) for $19. They’ll also serve...

'Bronx Tale" coming to Coconut Creek; tickets on sale Friday

'Bronx Tale" coming to Coconut Creek; tickets on sale Friday

 “A Bronx Tale,” starring actor Chazz Palminteri, is coming to The Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26.

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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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