Chinese auction at Isle; Belmont special at Gulfstream

Some local casino promotions I want to get out there but don't have time to do individually:

If you’re picky about prizes, there’s a good promotion tonight at the Isle Casino and Racing (1800 SW Third St., Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePompanoPark.com). The casino is running a Chinese Auction, in which patrons place tickets in a drum corresponding to a particular prize. It’s from 5 to 11 p.m., and prizes include cash, watches and designer bags. So place your tickets where you want, and ignore what you don’t want.

The Kentucky Derby attracts all the hat contests and mint julep specials, but Saturday’s Belmont Stakes is also worth celebrating. Ten Palms at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com) will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and serve a $40 buffet from noon to 5 p.m.

Forget cars and jewelry. Casino Miami Jai-Alai (3500 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-633-6400 or CasinoMiamiJaiAlai.com) is giving away more practical stuff. Every 30 minutes from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, a slot player selected at random will win a Dyson vacuum cleaner. Then, from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, the prize every 30 minutes is outdoor furniture. So don’t drive that compact to the casino.


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Mondays are good days for slot players 55 and older at Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardigrasCasinoFL.com). Players who earn 10 points in the Golden Jesters Promotion from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. receive a card to win a prize from the Golden Jester’s Vault.

If you don’t win, just wait 10 minutes. That’s the theme Thursdays at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek, 954-977-6700, SeminoleCasinoCoconutCreek.com). The casino gives away $1,000 in free play every 10 minutes from 6 p.m. to midnight Thursdays.