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.

Council Oak offers prix fixe lunch

There's now a prix fixe menu at Council Oak Steaks and Seafood at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). It's now $19 for a two-course menu and $23 for a three-course lunch, which is offered only from noon to 3 p.m. Fridays. Appetizers include lobster...

Davie man wins Joe Rose poker event

 The 560 WQAM Joe Rose poker tournament drew 170 entries at the Mardi Gras Casino Big Easy Poker Room on Friday.

Fortini wins at Isle; More big events this month

 The Isle Poker Open is gaining momentum, with 1,213 entering a $350 buy-in over the weekend and Hayden Fortini of Boca Raton winning the event at the Isle Casino and Racing in Pompano Beach. Fortini, who has won at least two other large events at the Isle, earned $81,876. See the top 10 below.

Bimini SuperFast ships out of Fort Lauderdale

The Bimini SuperFast began another chapter Tuesday, Oct. 14, when it shipped out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale for the first time.

Hard Rock music game

If you know your music and can pick out a tune quickly, you can make some loot Friday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 866-502-7529, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com). The casino will hold the Rock 'N' Roll Challenge from 7 to 11 p.m. Four...

Seminole Classic promotions for October

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John Dolan wins Coco Poker Open

 John Dolan, who finished sixth in the 2010 World Series of Poker, took home the big prize in the $1 million guarantee Coco Poker Open Monday in Coconut Creek.

Flying Cow opens at Seminole Classic

Two months after rolling out a new food court, Seminole Classic Casino officials unveiled the final restaurant in their makeover: It's called Flying Cow and features burgers, wings and chicken fingers.

Big Seminole Hard Rock giveaway starts today

The Seminole Hard Rock $100,000 Cash Giveaway starts Monday and continues through Thursday.

Scott, Seminoles were close, AP report says

 So I'm a little bit behind here, but this word is worth sharing. Apparently Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminoles had a deal together that would have brought them craps and roulette and would have extended the compact -- shutting out destination casinos.

Revised: Dania speeds up jai-alai schedule as remodeling date nears

 The jai-alai courts are plenty busy at Dania Casino and Jai-Alai as the property speeds up its schedule in order to maintain its eligibility for its slot license.

Pow! Batman 1966 hits town

Forget those dark Batman movies of recent years. The slot recently installed at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is called Batman 1966.

Mardi Gras for October

This October, Mardi Gras Casino offers patrons a share of up to $100,000 playing the Great Pumpkin Trade.

Update: Coco Poker Open starts main event

 Now's the time for the big money: The $1 million guarantee main event of the Coco Poker Open starts today, with two more starting days following.

Cash giveaway at Seminole Hard Rock starts Monday

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 866-502-7529, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) has a big cash giveaway from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Five players will win $1,000 cash every hour. That makes for a total of $100,000. Registration for...

Honda Classic charity poker event is Sunday at PBKC

 The second annual poker tournament to benefit the charity arm of the Honda Classic is set for 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, 1111 S. Congress Ave. West Palm Beach.

Make plans: PPC Aruba is next month

 The PPC Aruba World Championship runs Oct. 15-21 at the Radisson Aruba Resort and features a $2,200 buy-in, $200,000 guarantee main event.

$24K Fantasy 5 ticket sold in Boca expires Saturday

 A Fantasy 5 winning ticket worth $24,978.42 sold in Boca Raton is about to go to waste. No one has claimed the prize, and the ticket expires at midnight Saturday.

2 Mustangs and a Honda are giveaways

If winning transportation is your goal, you'll have three opportunities to reach it this week.

Seminole Hard Rock awash in Pinktober events

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood sent out word of the Hard Rock’s 15th annual PINKTOBER campaign and they will benefit the American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”, Memorial Hospital Breast Cancer Imaging Center and the Susan G. Komen...

Culpepper, Byars highlight Sunday SuperFast cruise

 You've heard of swimming with the dolphins, but Sunday you can bet with the Dolphins.

Playmate plays at Seminole Coconut Creek

Audrey Allen, Playboy's Playmate of the Month for June 2013, visited Seminole Casino Coconut Creek last Friday night to play in a private blackjack tournament and sample the casino's Playboy slot machine. The Colorado native is also the October 2014 Playmate of the Month. Note:...

Mardi Gras adds seventh nightly free-roll

 Mardi Gras Casino has been offering free poker tournaments six nights a week, with Tuesday nights being the lone holdout.

Lester Feinberg passes away at age 97

 I got news about one of my favorite love stories this week, hearing that Lester Feinberg passed away. He was 97.

Lexus giveaway at Coconut Creek

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., SeminoleCasinoCoconutCreek.com) will give away a Lexus IS250 Saturday, as well as a bunch of free play. Five people every hour from 7 to 11 p.m. will be selected, and they will pick a random puzzle piece of a depiction of the Lexus...

Isle adds outdoor bar

Isle adds outdoor bar

  Those who like to watch racing or slip outside of the Isle Casino for fresh air now have a handy bar: the Pompano Beach casino has built and outdoor area outside of the simulcast area and poker room.

Video: Dusty Rhodes promos Joe DiMaggio charity event

Video: Dusty Rhodes promos Joe DiMaggio charity event

Casino Miami opens 'Club Rio'

Casino Miami opens 'Club Rio'

Seeking to entice patrons who like a little bit of South Beach when they gamble, Casino Miami management has opened Club Rio, which will be part of a planned larger expansion.

$5 cheeseburgers mark special day at Isle

$5 cheeseburgers mark special day at Isle

 I personally have not heard of it, but I'm certainly for it: The Isle Casino and Racing in Pompano Beach celebrates National Cheeseburger Day on Thursday.

Breast cancer event at Seminole Classic Wednesday

Breast cancer event at Seminole Classic Wednesday

Seminole Classic Casino and the American Cancer Society are teaming up to host a celebration for 140 local breast cancer survivors at the casino’s Hollywood Hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Job fair, expansion at Seminole Hard Rock

Job fair, expansion at Seminole Hard Rock

 If you've recently walked the casino floor at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, you're aware that there's some construction going on. And in this case, there are some job openings to go with it.

Happy $20K birthday for Mardi Gras player

Happy $20K birthday for Mardi Gras player

 Donald Schaefer, whose birthday is Saturday, got an early start on celebrating. He hit a $20,000 jackpot Friday at Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach.

Brazil party at Coconut Creek

Brazil party at Coconut Creek

Brazil native Adriana De Moura, of the TV show "Real Housewives of Miami," will headline the Party Brazil event 7 p.m. Friday at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., SeminoleCasinoCoconutCreek.com)....

Isle poker room has September leader board

Isle poker room has September leader board

 The Isle Casino and Racing poker room is rewarding tournament players this month with entries into their big event in October. The top five atop the leader board (points are accrued by playing in daily tournaments) get a $1,090 seat in the Isle Open championship event Oct. 23-27.

The gambling debate: Five viewpoints

The gambling debate: Five viewpoints

The debate over Florida's gambling landscape has raged for years, with several points of view. As Florida's leaders continue to discuss what's best for the state and what's best for those involved in the gambling industry, here are five points of view that are represented in many discussions:

Comedian Ralphie May at Magic City Saturday

Comedian Ralphie May at Magic City Saturday

 People go to casinos to get big green but Saturday, it'll be big and blue: Comic heavy-weight Ralphie May performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Stage 305 at Magic City Casino.

Casino Miami opens Club Rio, accompanied by gambling

Casino Miami opens Club Rio, accompanied by gambling

 Casino Miami is opening up Club Rio this weekend, a mix of entertainment and new table games such as electronic blackjack and roulette and live poker -- while offering the area’s favorite DJ’s and bottle service.

Mardi Gras kicks off another Comedy Challenge

Mardi Gras kicks off another Comedy Challenge

 If your luck at the casino makes you cry, at least Mardi Gras Casino has a way to make your laugh.

Bimini gambling cruises to sail from Fort Lauderdale

Bimini gambling cruises to sail from Fort Lauderdale

Soon you'll be able to day-cruise to the Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale and gamble on the way.

Party Brazil at Coconut Creek Friday

Party Brazil at Coconut Creek Friday

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek will help celebrate Brazil’s Independence Day with “Party Brazil” at 7 p.m. Friday at Nectar Lounge.

Calder hosting Joe DiMaggio charity slot event

Calder hosting Joe DiMaggio charity slot event

 Calder Casino and Race Course and the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Conine Clubhouse charity arm  having a casino night this year at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Miami Gardens casino.

My high hand drought is over!

My high hand drought is over!

After going almost three years since winning one of these arbitrary jackpots that have little to do with poker skill, my number finally came up Aug. 31 at the Seminole Hard Rock, where my pair of 8s was blessed with a flop of K-8-8.

Coconut Creek promotions for September

Coconut Creek promotions for September

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek has a slot tournament, their usual $555 free play giveaway and other promotions in September:

Mardi Gras giveaways, casino football promotions

Mardi Gras giveaways, casino football promotions

Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasinoFL.com) has been pushing Tuesdays as big giveaway days, and this month is no exception. The casino has a $2,500 cash drawing at 3 and 7 p.m., and a $10,000 cash drawing at 9 p.m. Players must...

23-year-old pushes 2014 scores to $21M after Seminole Hard Rock win

23-year-old pushes 2014 scores to $21M after Seminole Hard Rock win

A quite unusual week of poker ended with a quite unusual champion: A 23-year-old who doesn't do interviews, has won $21 million this year and wore a T-shirt at a final table last month saying "Free Palestine." 

Council Oak opens for lunch on Fridays

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood at the  Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood will begin offering lunch from noon-3 p.m. on Fridays.

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.

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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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