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South Florida casinos flash the green on St. Patrick's Day


Local casinos and pari-mutuels are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 17. If you don’t have the luck of the Irish while betting, you can still participate.

Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, will host a $2 beer crawl from 6 to 10 p.m. Stop by Champions Plaza to receive a “passport” that gives you the discount for one beer at Frankey’s Sports Bar, PlugIN Karaoke and half a dozen other locations. Champions Plaza and the Walking Ring will have live music and giveaways.

You can “Shamrock ’n Roll” at Calder Casino (21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, 305-625-1311, with live music from Fusion band from 9 p.m. to midnight and drink specials: $3 green beer, $5 Guinness and $3 Jameson Irish Whiskey shots.

If you earn six comp dollars while playing slots at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010,, between midnight and 8 p.m., you can pick up a bottle of Jameson between 2 and 9 p.m. in the ballroom.

Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, will feature live Irish dancing performed by Tir na Greine on the outdoor stage from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Irish food and Rooney’s Beer specials will be served in the Paddock and Terrace restaurants.

Race 12 of the 15-race card will be the $50,000 Arthur J. Rooney Sr. St. Patrick’s Invitational, one of the track’s Big 3 stakes every year.


The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot ballooned to $3.1 million for Wednesday, March 14, at Gulfstream Park. No one has won the pick-6 since Jan. 28, a span of 31 programs. The bet costs 20 cents.

The Battle at the Beach poker tournament at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park (777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, 954-972-2000, opened Sunday, March 11, with a no-limit hold ’em event guaranteed to pay out $100,000. Buy-ins cost $175. The tournament, closing March 18, has 18 events.

Pompano Park’s management announced last week a 20 percent increase for purses in harness races from now until the season ends in May. In December, I reported a 10 percent increase.

According to a statement from the racing office, “The increase reflects management's appreciation of horsemen and their support of the racing at South Florida's only pari-mutuel harness racing track.”

Steppenwolf (“Born To Be Wild,” “Magic Carpet Ride”), with frontman John Kay, will perform May 12 at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St., 954-977-6700, Tickets cost from $45 to $65.

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