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

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

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

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

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

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

Seminole Classic promotions for October

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John Dolan wins Coco Poker Open

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$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

  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.

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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

 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

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

 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

 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 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

 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 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

 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 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

 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

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

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 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!

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

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.

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.

Dania closing for a year, with $50 million in remodeling plans

Dania closing for a year, with $50 million in remodeling plans

The casino saying is "the house always wins," but in this case, the house is still rolling the dice.

'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...

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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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