Action Gambling in South Florida with Nick Sortal
Isle gives away Lexus

The March promotion will conclude Saturday night at the Isle Casino and Racing (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, At 9 p.m., the casino will give away a Lexus ES 350. Three finalists were picked the past three Sundays, but there's still time to be a finalist on Saturday by swiping your player's club card. The promotion will run 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, with up to $20,000 in cash and free play also to be given away.

Seminole Classic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, 954-961-3220, offers the $32,000 Progressive Cash Giveaway 6-10 p.m. Tuesday. That's when 15 players split the loot via drawings.

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., will give away up to $75,000 from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday. Ten patrons every hour will win from $250 up to $5,000 in cash or free play. Then, from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, it's a Spring Fling giveaway. Ten patrons an hour will be picked, and three will...

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$10,000 free tournament at Mardi Gras

Get ready for a big, free poker tournament at Mardi Gras Casino. But make sure you have a player's club card.

The Big Easy Poker Room at the Hallandale Beach casino will hold a free tournament at 7 p.m. April 18 that guarantees $10,000 in prize money, the most ever for a tournament at Mardi Gras, according to director of poker operations David Litvin.

Meanwhile, the poker room now requires players to use player's club cards to enroll, which makes the process more orderly and thwarts those who try to snag extra tickets, Litvin says. The card room presents free tournaments seven days a week with guarantees up to $2,500.

The card room also offers regular high hands every 30 minutes from noon to 10 p.m. daily. The jackpot pays $1,000 if won in a $2-$5 no-limit or higher game, $599 if won in a $3-$6 limit or higher game and $500 if won in any other jackpot-qualified game.

High hands pay $100 every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to noon and from 10 p.m. to midnight.

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Racetrack casino operators want equal chance

South Florida's racetrack casino operators have a history of disagreeing among themselves, but they spoke in unison Tuesday: Give them the right business environment and they can be a big contributor to the state's economy.

"Right now, we are handcuffed," said Dan Adkins, president of Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach, comparing his operation to the Seminole Tribe of Florida. "We feel we are in a race but started 40 yards behind."

Operators representing seven of Broward and Miami-Dade County's horse tracks, dog tracks and jai-alai frontons met with the SunSentinel's editorial board Tuesday. Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach is not part of the coalition, which visited with Gov. Rick Scott earlier this year and will be in Tallahassee on Thursday for the first discussion of a wide-ranging gambling bill proposed by Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa.

The Seminoles, the pari-mutuels, resort-hotel casino interests and those opposed to gambling expansion all are working Tallahassee and the media...

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Coconut Creek gives away up to $200K this weekend

It's another big giveaway weekend, with prizes of up to $200,000, at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., From 2 to 11 p.m. Friday and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, five patrons will be picked every 30 minutes to win up to $1,000 in free play. At 11 p.m. Friday and 9 p.m. Sunday, the casino will award the grand prize: $15,000 in cash. Five players will be selected for the drawing, and four will walk away with a consolation prize of up to $500 in free play. In between, from noon to midnight Saturday, three patrons every 15 minutes will win $555 in free play.

Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, runs a Jackpot Jubilee from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. One slot player wins $500 in free play every 30 minutes from 6 to 8 p.m. The prizes increase to $1,000 in cash at 8:30 p.m. and $1,500 in cash at 9 p.m.

Casino Miami (3500 NW 37th Ave., 305-633-6400, will give away a Fiat...

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Gimbel loses chip lead, finishes fourth in WPT event

 Harrison Gimbel of Jupiter, who won major two events before he turned 21, had a shot at another victory on Wednesday, but the final day didn't go his way.

 Gimbel, now about 25, finished fourth in the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder tournament in Sacramento, earning $83,818.

Ravee Mathi Sundar outlasting 379  entries to win $266,857.

  Gimbel (photo/courtesy WPT) entered the final table as the chip leader, but was unable to retain his lead and exited in fourth place. Gimbel attempted to run a semi-bluff on Sundar, holding both flush and straight draws on the turn of a paired board, and Sundar called with a single pair of queens. The river was a blank, and Gimbel was eliminated.

  In 2011, Gimbel, a graduate of the Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, won the World Poker Tour/Fall Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. He earned $330,000. Before that he won $2.2 million in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. He has been playing since then, but his biggest cash from...

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Charity poker tourney at PB Kennel

More than six years ago, 15-year-old Tyler McLellan accompanied a friend on a flight from West Palm Beach to Tampa, but was killed in a plane crash on the return.

McLellan, who was traveling with a girl who was undergoing cancer treatment, died July 17, 2008, when the plane struck an antenna and plunged into Tampa Bay.

After his death, his family formed Tyler’s Team to help children pay registration fees for youth sports. Among the fundraisers is the fifth annual Tyler’s Team Charity Poker Classic, which will take place Sunday, March 29, at the Palm Beach Kennel Club.

Buy-in is $60 with $20 re-buys and $10 add-ons. Entry includes a free buffet and soft drinks from noon to 1 p.m. along with a 50-50 raffle, celebrity bounties with prizes and a silent auction.

The winner gets a seat to a WSOP event and a 1-ounce silver coin designed by Miracle Jewelry Exchange.

Call Tyler’s father, Kevin McLellan, at 561-215-3717 or visit

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