This high hand stuff is getting even more serious, with The Isle and Seminole Hard Rock having days with $1,000 payouts. Dania and others are also upping their promotions. Player rental reigns. But I can hardly complain, having hit a straight flush to the king last month at Seminole Coconut Creek (I held 9-J of clubs, K-10 on the flop, a 5C for my flush on the turn and the magic card, Q clubs, on the river.) The payout had been $250 every 30 minutes but had rolled over twice, making for a $750 score for me and fodder for an article that I still need to finish.
The April South Florida poker details:
The Isle Casino & Racing in Pompano Beach has $1,000 high hands every 30 minutes from 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and 5-10 p.m. on Saturdays (except April 23), $500 high hands every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and $750 every 30 minutes from 3-7 p.m. Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays (except April 23). It’s also $500 on Mondays April 4 and 18 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free rolls: $5,000 at 10 a.m. April 2 and 18 and at 6 p.m. April 12; $2,000 at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. April 11 has a $40, $6K event at 6 p.m., and the big event is a $170 buy-in with $50 bounties April 21-24.
The Casino @ Dania has dropped its prices for tournaments and upped its payouts for high hands. Tournaments are at 1 p.m. Sunday for $45 and 7 p.m. Wednesday for $80. High hands are $500 every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., $900 every hour from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Royal flushes pay $500 (two cards in hand).
Hialeah Park’s big event is a $75,000 guarantee that players can enter for $100 at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. April 23-29. There also are $25 satellites (one seat for every five entries) at noon and 7 p.m. Sundays April 3, 10 and 17. Meanwhile, there $10K guarantees for $100 is at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, April 6, 13 and 20. High hands include $500 every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
Mardi Gras has free-roll tournaments at 7 p.m. nightly. Weeknights, there’s a $1,500 total prize money guarantee, with a $100 high hand paid out. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it’s $2,500 with a $200 high hand. The big event is the weekly 1 p.m. Sunday free-roll, with a $10K guarantee. The high hands (aces full of anything) are still $500 in $1-$2 to $1,000 in $2-$5 no-limit and run every 30 minutes with rollover from noon to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and noon to midnight on weekends.
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek has a $130 buy-in $20K guarantee at 6 p.m. April 4 and the Andy Slater “See You Later” tournament at 6 p.m. April 12, with a buy-in of $94 and a $20K guarantee. Then comes the Coco Poker Spring Series April 20-May 2. The big events are a $100,000 guaranteed Thursday, April 21 (with $130 buy in and 10,000 starting chips) and $250,000 guaranteed starting Wednesday, April 27 (with $350 buy in and 16,000 starting chips).
Eleven other events are also on the schedule with guarantees ranging from $2,500 to $25,000.
Go to CasinoCoco.com/Poker. High hand bonus days are $500 every 20 minutes from 6:20 p.m. to 2 a.m. April 5, 11 and 19. High hands are $150 every 30 minutes with rollover from 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, aces full or better pay $130 and royal flushes pay $500 immediately, from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday high hands are $199 every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to noon, $250 every 20 minutes from 12:20 p.m. to 6 p.m. and $500 on the half-hour, $1,000 on the hour (with rollover) from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Weekly tournaments are at noon and 6 p.m. except for Monday and Saturday mornings, with entries $60-$80 at noon (except $110 for a Wednesday Omaha Hi-Lo), $80-$130 at night.
At Magic City Casino, it’s $1,500 high hands from 10 a.m. to noon on weekdays, $250 every 30 minutes from 1-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, $400 every 30 minutes from noon to 2 a.m. On weekends, it’s $1,000 from 10 a.m. to noon, $400 every 30 minutes from noon to 4 p.m., $250 every 30 minutes from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and $400 again every 30 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight. A big slick heart royal flush pays $20K, with everyone else in the hand getting $500. Other big slick royals pay $1,000 and all other royals are $500. Tournaments are at 8 p.m. Monday ($80) and 2 p.m. Thursday ($50).
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has big high hand money: Monday, April 11, the high hand will take place every 30 minutes from 6 p.m. to midnight with qualifying beginning at 5:30 p.m. and payouts of $1,000 with rollovers. Every Thursday in April, the high hand will take place every 30 minutes from 6 p.m. to midnight with qualifying beginning at 5:30 p.m. and payouts of $1,000 with rollovers. The Tuesday Special No Limit Hold’Em tournament at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, features a $20,000 guaranteed prize pool with a $150 buy-in. A seat into the $5,250 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship will be awarded to the winner. The 4 p.m. Friday, April 29, Special Deep Stack offers a $25,000 guaranteed prize pool featuring a $350 buy-in. A seat into the $1,650 May Deep Stack will be awarded to the first and second place winners. SHRPO Satellites are at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 21, Tuesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 28. The step satellites include a five-seat guarantee into the $570 buy-in Mega Satellites and feature a $135 buy-in. Deep Stack Saturdays are at 11 a.m. April 23 and 30. The tournament offers a $15,000 guaranteed prize pool featuring a $150 buy-in. A seat into the $1,650 May Deep Stack will be awarded to the first and second place winners of the April 30 tournament.
A SHRPO Mega Satellite Step Satellites are at 6 pm. Sunday, April 24. The mega satellite includes a two-seat guarantee into the $5,250 buy-in August 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship and features a $570 buy-in.
Gulfstream Park has $500 high hands every 30 minutes from 1-10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and $250 for the same time Mondays through Wednesdays. (If you hit it with only one card in hand, you get half.) There’s also a consolation prize if you score quads but it’s not a high hand: they give you $100 on the spot. Tournaments are at 7 p.m. and cost $70 Monday, $90 Tuesday, $50 Wednesday (PLO), $110 Thursday, $70 Friday, $50 Saturday (with $10 rebuys), and $110 Sunday. The tournaments are now high-hand eligible and those who register before 7 p.m. receive 1,000 bonus units.
Miccosukee Resort & Gaming has “Progressive Mania,” where quads and straight flushes are paid according to a chart. From 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays, it’s “Spin for Cash,” where the hourly high hand spins the wheel and wins $50 to $1,000. The weekend high hand is 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and is $100 every 15 minutes. Free roll tournaments: Sunday @ 2pm H/L, Tuesday @7pm H/L Bounty,
Thursday @7pm H/L, Saturday@2pm Crazy Pineapple. There’s a $10 jackpot fee and a $2,150 prize pool. On April 15 and 29 is a $125 tournament, with a $10K guarantee starting at 5 p.m.
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