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," with a drawing at 9:30 p.m. for a $500 Best Buy gift card. Tuesdays are "Teacher's Pet," with up to $40,000 given away from 7 to 11 p.m. On Thursdays, the casino gives away a letterman jacket to patrons who earn 35 points. On Saturdays, the casino gives away a "Back to School Dress To Impress" $500 Macy's Gift Card at 3, 4, 9 and 10 p.m. Ironic note: Patrons must be at least 21 to play slots, so this strikes me as an opportunity for parents and grandparents to commiserate.

Seminole Classic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, 954-961-3220, SeminoleClassicCasino.com) offers Classicopoly, a giveaway based on Monopoly, from 1 to 6 p.m. the next three Saturdays. One patron will be selected every 30 minutes, with a top prize of $10,000 cash.

Dania Casino and Jai-Alai (301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., 954-927-2841, DaniaCasino.com) holds a slot tournament from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Players must earn 100 slot points to enter, and registration is on Wednesdays. The highest score of each 15-minute session wins $50 on Saturdays, and the top five scores of the day split $2,000.

Continuing a promotion that the casino has offered almost every month, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., 954-977-6700, SeminoleCasinoCoconutCreek.com) gives away $555 in free play an average of every five minutes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and on Aug. 23. During "Coco's Lucky Fives," three winners will be called every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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Calder Casino and Race Course (21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, 305-625-1311, CalderRaceCourse.com) offers yet another month of its popular Over-55 Slot tournament from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. People in that age group who place in the top 55 (there's a theme here) win a share of $2,500 in free play. Those who earn at least 10 slot points on Tuesdays or 20 points on Wednesday are eligible.