Isle gives away Volt Sunday

Isle gives away Volt Sunday

Isle Casino and Racing (1800 SW Third St., Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com) gives away a Chevy Volt at 8 p.m. Sunday, wrapping up its big promotion for November. Slot players have been earning entries for the drawing all month. To warm things up, five patrons...

Hard Rock to open $12 million Japanese restaurant

Hard Rock to open $12 million Japanese restaurant

The Seminole Hard Rock will up its culinary game with the January opening of a $12 million Japanese restaurant, called Kuro.

Classic employees raise $12,216 for breast cancer awareness

Classic employees raise $12,216 for breast cancer awareness

 

Island Breeze casino boat operator files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Island Breeze casino boat operator files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The operator of the Island Breeze II day-casino boat out of Port of Palm Beach has filed for protection from its creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

The bustout that never happened

Dad shows up to take son to celebrate No. 21 but the cards said otherwise

Ryan van Sanford's father lives in Colorado, but he happened to be in central Florida on business, with three days off.

Mercedes giveaway at Coconut Creek

Mercedes giveaway at Coconut Creek

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., SeminoleCasinoCoconutCreek.com) will give away a Mercedes CLA at 11 p.m. Saturday, but the winner could be holding the goods as early as 7 p.m. That's when the casino will begin picking five hourly finalists, and give them a random...

With casinos everywhere, South Florida owners seek help

With casinos everywhere, South Florida owners seek help

Wall Street analysts fear the South Florida gambling market is saturated, and it's easy to see why: South Broward County has five casinos within 15 minutes of each other, and Miami-Dade has a pocket with three.

Swede wins Scandinavian showdown at WSOP

Swede wins Scandinavian showdown at WSOP

Martin Jacobson won $10 million at the World Series of Poker. His winning hand? Three 10s.

Florida gambling's next step: Seminole compact

Florida gambling's next step: Seminole compact

The question of who will govern Florida is settled and there's a consensus on the next step in planning Florida's gambling future.

Legal Services tournament at Hard Rock nets $7K

Legal Services tournament at Hard Rock nets $7K

 

Bimini SuperFast abandons Fort Lauderdale

Bimini SuperFast abandons Fort Lauderdale

Less than a month after cruising into Port Everglades as a midweek vacation option, the Bimini SuperFast is leaving Fort Lauderdale.

Mardi Gras Comedy Challenge is over, but the laughing is not

Mardi Gras Comedy Challenge is over, but the laughing is not

Headlining an eight-week-long comedy challenge is like coming full circle for John Heffron. He won NBC's "Last Comic Standing" in 2004.

WSOP finals: Watch and learn

WSOP finals: Watch and learn

Let's look at how TV poker has changed. First, there were telecasts without a hole-card camera, so we didn't know what cards were being played. And it was on tape. We might as well have been watching bowling, except with a big sheet blocking our view of the pins.

$100K giveaway at Seminole Hard Rock coming up

$100K giveaway at Seminole Hard Rock coming up

This isn't a grand prize. It's a 100 grand prize. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 866-502-7529, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) will hand out $100,000 to someone at 6 p.m. Nov. 16, via a drawing. You can start accumulating drawing entries now. As...

Mardi Gras promotions for November

Mardi Gras promotions for November

This November,  Mardi Gras Casino offers cash and bonus play, and a share of $80,000.

Seminole Hard Rock promotions for November

Seminole Hard Rock promotions for November

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Seminole Coconut Creek promotions for November

Seminole Coconut Creek promotions for November

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek's promotions for November:

Isle main event draws 557

Isle main event draws 557

Luke Brereton, of Manchester, England, took home the big loot in the Isle Poker Open on Monday.

Charity poker tourney helps legal service

Charity poker tourney helps legal service

A charity poker tournament to help provide legal aid for those who can't afford it is at noon Sunday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.

Seminole Hard Rock giveaways, contests

Seminole Hard Rock giveaways, contests

You're not going to be able to avoid Halloween if you walk around the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 866-502-7529, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com), with slot giveaways and more than one nightclub costume contest. Start in the casino, where Hard Rock...

Free cruise on SuperFast

Free cruise on SuperFast

The Bimini SuperFast is looking for gamblers, to the point that anyone with a casino player's club card gets a free cruise from Fort Lauderdale through Nov. 24.

Charity tournament at Weston home

Charity tournament at Weston home

An annual tournament for an autism charity has become a home game.

Barbecue war at the Isle

Barbecue war at the Isle

This will be in earnest. Not just a few guys hanging out, slapping some meat on a grill and leaving it while they throw a football around. I'm talking about the Inglorious Basters, Green Eggs and Bam, and the Isle Stud Porkers.

Mardi Gras costume contest

Mardi Gras costume contest

For one night, it will take only creativity — not the gambling gods — to produce some loot. Mardi Gras Casino's annual Halloween costume contest will take place at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, with a $1,000 cash prize for best couple ($500 per person), and a $500 free-...

Seminole Tribe lauded for gambling practices

Seminole Tribe lauded for gambling practices

The organization in charge of Indian gaming approves of the way the Seminoles are doing business.

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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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