Author: Nick Sortal

Criss Cross poker new table game at Hard Rock

New Criss Cross poker at Seminole Hard Rock Another table game that could attract poker players has made its South Florida debut at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This one is called Criss Cross Poker, created by Las Vegas based AGS. Players plunk down two bets (minimum $5 each), receive two cards and the dealer places five cards in a cross, so they are three across and three down. Players then can either fold or bet one to three times their ante. The payout is based on a paytable. A pair of 6s through 10s yields a...

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Sports action year-round: Make baseball picks at Calder

Make baseball picks at Calder Many casinos offer contests for weekly football predictions, but at Calder Casino sports fans have something going the entire year. Which means it’s currently baseball season at the Miami Gardens casino. Visitors have from 9 a.m. Sunday through 5 p.m. Thursday to select winners of a slate of games. The casino divides $1,000 free slot play and other prizes to the best 20 of the week. There’s also prizes for the best cumulative scores: The top 100 get a piece of $5,000 in free play. Director of Marketing Matt Harper notes that Calder goes...

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Dania’s Roasters closes; Bol coming to Coconut Creek

Dania’s Roasters closes; Bol coming to Coconut Creek Roasters ‘n’ Toasters, the deli on the first floor at the Casino @ Dania Beach, has closed. Dania CEO Scott Savin says a successful burger and sandwich shop from Naples, The Orange Bear Grill, will take over the space. The menu will start small but within about two weeks should be at full speed. (I often took friends to Roasters ‘n’ Toasters; we enjoyed the food, but about half the time we waited way too long for it. They just didn’t seem like they had it together. As they sometimes say...

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In light of $100K dispute, some slot tips

$100K slot dispute can provide lessons I wrote in The Miami Herald about a dispute involving Jan Flato, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and Flato’s former friend, Marina Medvedeva Navarro. Flato claims he provided money to Navarro, who pushed the button on a slot machine to win a $100,000 slot jackpot. (Navarro saysshe fed the machine her own cash.) Here are some lessons to be learned: If you’re providing gambling money to someone else, spell out the rules beforehand. There’s nothing wrong with saying, “Here’s $100 to play with. If you lose it, fine. If you win,...

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Easter brunch at Council Oak and other casino choices

Council Oak, other Easter plans ▪ Council Oak Steaks & Seafood will feature unlimited Taittinger Brut La Francaise with upgraded menu items for Easter Brunch, with seatings at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $89. Call 954-327-7501 or go to ▪ Mardi Gras’ Easter Buffet runs from noon to 9 p.m. and is $35. The menu: assorted salads, cheeses, hoisin glazed salmon, basil chicken, potatoes, pasta station, carving board prime rib, ham and desserts ▪ NYY Steak at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek will host a Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery pairing dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The...

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