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102-year-old bingo player at Classic

As the oldest casino in South Florida, Seminole Classic Casino is known as the place for longtime loyal gamblers. But this one even pushes Classic's boundaries.

Rose Fazzini, who has played bingo at Seminole Classic for 26 years and who will turn 102 on Saturday, will be honored with 102 days of free bingo, a red-carpet entrance and other gifts. The celebration will take place Monday.

Fazzini moved from Pennsylvania to Florida in 1987 to be with her son, Bill.

“Guests like Rose Fazzini are truly inspirational,” says Larry Buck, general manager of Seminole Classic Casino. “Over 100 and still going strong, with a zest for the present and a player's passion for an even bigger bingo jackpot in the future. Her support for and dedication of Seminole Classic Casino is truly appreciated, and we hope she enjoys many more prosperous days, both here and with her family.”

For more than two decades, three times a week, Fazzini grabbed her lucky teddy bear and waited for her son to accompany her to bingo outings. She recalls winning a few jackpots along the way at Seminole Classic Casino, topping out at $2,000, which she used to pay for dental work, and, of course, more bingo.

In the past few years, she's had to scale back her visits to once a week due to her son's schedule.

Fazzini's best advice to new — and seasoned — players?

“Don't drink, don't smoke and please don't yell, ‘Bingo' before me!”

Copyright © 2015, South Florida
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