Action Gambling in South Florida with Nick Sortal
Isle gives away speedboat on Sunday

Isle Casino and Racing (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com) caps off its Smooth Sailing Summer promotion with something that will make quite a few waves: a Yamaha AR 190 speedboat (retail: $29,499). The drawing is at 7 p.m. Sunday. One free drawing entry is issued daily to Isle visitors. Meanwhile, keeping with the summer fun theme, players who hit 250 slot...

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Big weekend of poker, at the usual places

 It's a big weekend in South Florida poker, with two large tournaments in north Broward County and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino building up to next month's SHRPO.

 The main event of the Florida State Poker Championship has Day 1A, 1B and 1C at noon Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Buy-in is $1,500, and the tournament guarantees $500,000 in total prize money. News of an earlier win: On Monday,...

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Conine tourney raises $101,500

Sam Brandwein, of Boca Raton, emerged as the winner in the Jeff Conine Poker Classic July 13 at the Isle Casino, and got a nice hug from his wife, Maria afterward.

Brandwein’s prize was $10,000, which he can use however he wants. (It just so happens that the entry into next year’s World Series of Poker main event is $10K.) Mark Press of Miami was second, winning a five-day vacation at Punta Gabriela...

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$50K guarantee for $80 buy-in at Coconut Creek's Stax this week

 Stax poker Lounge at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek has a $50,000 guarantee tournament for an $80 buy-in. Players can enter either at 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, or the Friday or Saturday.

 Day 2 is at 1 p.m. Sunday.

 Meanwhile, the card room's high hands are: $150 every 30 minutes with rollovers from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, $199 every 30 minutes with rollover every day except Tuesday...

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Slot business up at South Florida's casinos

South Florida's slot business was up about 5 percent this year, mainly because the area's largest racetrack casino has tightened up its payouts.

The eight pari-mutuels took in $521.6 million in slot revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30, compared with $497 million in 2013-14.

The Isle Casino in Pompano Beach again led horse tracks, dog tracks and jai-alai frontons in slot revenues, garnering...

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Magic City's 3-card poker could yield trip to Vegas

Shuffle Master, which created the three-card poker game offered at Magic City Casino, is awarding trips to Las Vegas.

Those who hit the six-card straight flush (the player's three cards combined with the designated player's three) get a $1,000 travel voucher and are entered in the Sept. 28 Shuffle Master Classic tournament at The Venetian Las Vegas. The winner gets $100,000; $250,000 overall will...

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