Mardi Gras offers cash, bonus play in September

Mardi Gras offers cash, bonus play in September

 Cash, bonus play and other prizes are featured in September at Mardi Gras Casino.

Seminole Hard Rock kicks in $2.5M to make guarantee

 The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino guaranteed $10 million in prize money for the 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, and the resulting 2,384 entries pushed the prize pool to $11.9 mllion.

Shannon Elizabeth puts down her cards, picks up a mic

Shannon Elizabeth puts down her cards, picks up a mic

 Shannon Elizabeth has often displayed her poker skills, and she's certainly comfortable in front of a camera, so her gig this week makes perfect sense: interviewing players and reporting on the action at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

Seminole Hard Rock's revenue equals 8 local racinos combined

Seminole Hard Rock's revenue equals 8 local racinos combined

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has been the king of South Florida casinos since opening in 2004, and recent state revenue figures show exactly how dominant.

Bimini SuperFast offers Saturday rides from Fort Lauderdale

Bimini SuperFast offers Saturday rides from Fort Lauderdale

 Resorts World Bimini proudly announces the launch of their new line run service. Just in time for Labor Day weekend, this service conveniently provides transportation from Fort Lauderdale to Port Miami, where guests will board Bimini SuperFast for the ultimate “daycation” escape to...

Big names, big money at Seminole Hard Rock poker

Vanessa Selbst, the world's No. 2 poker player, doesn't like giving up chips to opponents. So when she folded her cards to a big bet on Thursday, she glared across the table at her foe.

4 car giveaways at South Florida casinos

4 car giveaways at South Florida casinos

Four casinos are giving away cars this weekend to conclude their August promotions.

Dania embraces casino renovation plan

Dania embraces casino renovation plan

Dania Casino and Jai-Alai will come back bigger and better, but the casino will need to close for a year to shave six months off construction time, its owners say.

Boca man wins $1 million guarantee event

Boca man wins $1 million guarantee event

 The $1 million guarantee tournament that's part of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open drew 2,767 entrants, creating a prize pool of $1,383,500 in the $560 buy-in event.

You can play against Heat player Udonis Haslem

You can play against Heat player Udonis Haslem

NBA players Norris Cole and Udonis Haslem, singers Ryan Cabrera and Boyz II Men's Nathan Morris and Real Housewives' Joanna Krupa and Dr. Karent Sierra are among the celebs in the Charity Series of Poker (“CSOP”) tournament at 6 p.m....

Pictures: Adriana De Moura at Seminole Coconut Creek

Pictures: Adriana De Moura at Seminole Coconut Creek

Adriana De Moura of "The Real Housewives of Miami" joined the champagne crowd at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Friday, first enjoying the Laurent-Perrier Champagne event at NYY Steak, then the Brazilian model hit the casino for blackjack and baccarat. The photos captured here, I'd say, pretty much...

Superfast has Labor Day specials

Superfast has Labor Day specials

  The Bimini SuperFast cruise ship is offering up to 75 percent off all roundtrip day cruises during Labor Day weekend, with those 16 and under sailing for only $20 with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Slot payoff at Calder

Slot payoff at Calder

The TournEvent of Champions Slot Tournament series climaxes this weekend at Calder Casino and Race Course (21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, 305-625-1311, CalderRaceCourse.com). The slot player with the highest cumulative score on Friday will win a trip to the Wynn Las Vegas to...

New chef highlights Sorrisi makeover

New chef highlights Sorrisi makeover

 The casino's signature restaurant right next door is tied to America's greatest sports franchise, so you can understand why chef and sports fan Jacob Perego goes for the metaphor in explaining how things should be different at Sorrisi.

Rolling Stones slot at Coconut Creek

Rolling Stones slot at Coconut Creek

 For Rolling Stones fans, this would could be a gas, gas, gas...

$1M guarantee at Seminole Hard Rock Thursday

$1M guarantee at Seminole Hard Rock Thursday

The second large event in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker open begins Thursday, with $1 million in prize money guaranteed to be distributed among the top finishers.

Hard rock poker charity

Hard rock poker charity

 A Charity Series of Poker (“CSOP”) tournament benefitting Habitat For Humanity International and Habitat for Humanity of Broward has been added to the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. The tournament will be at 6 p.m....

Air Supply coming to Mardi Gras Casino

Air Supply coming to Mardi Gras Casino

Australian soft rock duo Air Supply performs at Mardi Gras Casino at 8 p.m. Nov. 22.

Calder adds poker lounge, other August promotions

Calder adds poker lounge, other August promotions

In a month that already includes the conclusion to the TournEvent of Champions Slot Tournament, a Ford Escape giveaway, and a flyaway trip to Live with Kelly & Michael, Calder has announced the opening of a new video poker lounge with over 20 games.

'Latin Funk Kings' at Dania Friday

'Latin Funk Kings' at Dania Friday

Electric Piquete, Hialeah’s “Latin Funk Kings” perform at Dania Casino & Jai Alai (301 E Dania Beach Blvd, Dania Beach) at 8 p.m. Friday in the Cesta Lounge.

$1,000 slot monthly slot play at Isle

$1,000 slot monthly slot play at Isle

There's nothing like having a consistent flow of cash to spend at the casino, and the Isle Casino and Racing has a plan. At 10 p.m. each Saturday in August, the casino gives one person $1,000 in free slot play every month for a year. Preliminary drawings give away $100 in free...

Hialeah celebrates one year

Hialeah celebrates one year

 Hialeah Park Casino will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its opening over a three-day stretch starting Friday.

Lake Worth man claims $1M scratch-off win

Lake Worth man claims $1M scratch-off win

David Schneider, 44, of Lake Worth, claimed a $1 million prize in the 100X The Cash Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee Wednesday.

Gulfstream, patrons dispute over 'unlocking' car

Gulfstream, patrons dispute over 'unlocking' car

WTVJ reports that a woman said she won a luxury SUV, but Gulfstream Park SUV said not so fast.

Magic City continues $1,500 high hands weekday mornings

Magic City continues $1,500 high hands weekday mornings

The Magic City poker room offers $1,500 high-hand payouts from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays in July.

Hard Rock begins poker blitz

Hard Rock begins poker blitz

Its $10 million guaranteed main event won't start until Aug. 30, but the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will offer plenty of poker beginning Thursday.

Tristan Wade wins WSOP Circuit in West Palm

Tristan Wade wins WSOP Circuit in West Palm

Tristan Wade, a noted pro from Boynton Beach, won the first WSOP Circuit Main Event of the season, held at the Palm Beach Kennel Club.

Lawyers, state in showdown over dealers' tips

Lawyers, state in showdown over dealers' tips

State regulators are putting a new interpretation to a state statute and the results mean more taxes are being collected on tips to poker dealers.

Back to school giveaways

Back to school giveaways

Words that make many children frown — "back to school" — are the heartbeat of the promotion schedule this month at Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasinoFL.com). Mondays bring the "Back to School Electronics Giveaway,"...

Casino Miami Jai-Alai gives away a car each Saturday in August

Casino Miami Jai-Alai gives away a car each Saturday in August

Casino Miami gives guests a chance to drive home a winner with car drawings every Saturday and more.

The governorship and gambling: Always lots of action

The governorship and gambling: Always lots of action

Don’t look for gambling to be a hot topic in Florida’s race for governor.

Palm Beach Kennel Club refurbishes room

Palm Beach Kennel Club refurbishes room

There’s a fresh look at the Palm Beach Kennel Club poker room, with new carpet, paint, wallpaper, poker tables, TVs and chairs.

Isle main event draws 229

Isle main event draws 229

 The main event of the Florida State Poker Championship drew 229 players, and the Isle Casino and Racing easily surpassed its $500,000 guarantee. The prize pool was $526,000 as a field of 229 played in the $2,500 buy-in tournament.

$88K win at Seminole Classic -- playing bingo

$88K win at Seminole Classic -- playing bingo

Joyce Duffy from Davie walked away with a huge win -- $88,450 -- at Seminole Classic Casino last week. And it was by playing bingo.

Seminole Hard Rock 'Power Hour' Aug. 17

Seminole Hard Rock 'Power Hour' Aug. 17

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood has a "Power Hour" from noon to 4 p.m. Other than the idea that their hour is really 240 minutes, this isn't such a bad thing.

Seminole Classic Casino dishes up new food court

Seminole Classic Casino dishes up new food court

Gamblers looking for a quick bite say they've hit the jackpot with the new food court at Seminole Classic Casino in Hollywood.

Seminole Coconut Creek August promotions

Seminole Coconut Creek August promotions

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Prize: 'Big Bang Theory' taping

Prize: 'Big Bang Theory' taping

Sure, you could win a car. Or cash. Or free play. But how close to fame does that place you? Calder Casino and Race Course (21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, 305-625-1311, CalderRaceCourse.com) is giving away a trip to a taping of "The Big Bang Theory" at 9 p.m. Saturday. It's a...

Dania poker drops rake to $2 in some cases

Dania poker drops rake to $2 in some cases

 Winning a big pot, then seeing $5 disappear via the house rake certainly can hack into a bankroll. Now, Dania Jai-Alai has cut its rake from 2-6 p.m. daily, calling it "Happy Hour."

Big-screen slot machines

Big-screen slot machines

Like movies, slot machines can provide an escape from our daily lives. So it follows that many slot machines have movie themes.

School theme in August at Mardi Gras

School theme in August at Mardi Gras

 Mardi Gras Casino has a back-to-school theme in August and awards cash, bonus play and prizes, including a Teacher's Pet promotion.

West Palm woman wins bet, dresses Hellmuth as baby

West Palm woman wins bet, dresses Hellmuth as baby

Casual poker fans who follow Phil Hellmuth might say his perfect outfit would be a baby bonnet, baby clothes and a rattle.

Vacation's over: Back to work

Vacation's over: Back to work

 Hey there, just want to let everyone know that I'm back in town after about 12 days off. I flew to Boston to check out a couple of colleges for my son, then saw my girl in New York City, then the lovely Mrs. Sortal and I flew to San Francisco for a week, staying with a cousin for a couple of...

Seminole Classic's Do It Yourself bingo promo tonight

Seminole Classic's Do It Yourself bingo promo tonight

Seminole Classic Casino is giving players a shot at a $86,950 jackpot during its popular Do It Yourself bingo tonight at 7 p.m.

World Series final 9 from six countries

World Series final 9 from six countries

The World Series of Poker winnowed down to its final nine players Monday night, and they represent six countries: Brazil, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United States. The players will return to the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino on Nov. 10 to vie for the $10 million first prize.  

Casino Miami Jai-Alai July promotions

Casino Miami Jai-Alai July promotions

Casino Miami announces cash prizes, including a chance to win $100,000 in cash, all month long.

$1,500 high hand mornings at Magic City

$1,500 high hand mornings at Magic City

The Magic City poker room offers $1,500 high-hand payouts from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays in July.

Calder to lay off up to 246 after reductions, closings

Calder to lay off up to 246 after reductions, closings

Calder Casino and Race Course has slashed its horse racing dates and eliminated its poker room, and with that comes a reduction in employees.

Gulfstream regular leads WSOP Main Event

Gulfstream regular leads WSOP Main Event

 Andrew Liporace, a regular at Gulfstream's card room, sits on a much larger stage today. He's the leader after three days of the main event at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Compulsive gambling conference in Orlando

Compulsive gambling conference in Orlando

The National Council on Problem Gambling is Friday and Saturday in Orlando, where experts in the treatment of problem gambling will gather from around the country and abroad.

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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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