Author: Nick Sortal

Annual slot revenues up 2 percent over last year

Racetrack casino annual revenues tilt slightly upward Slot revenues at South Florida racetrack casinos rose by more than 2 percent this fiscal year compared to last, according to figures released this month by the state’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. The eight dog tracks, horse tracks and jai-alai frontons with slots collected $549 million from gamblers in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The revenues are taxed at 35 percent, so that means the state collected $192 million this year, a $4 million increase. The growth in Florida gambling slightly outpaced the national growth rate, which saw an overall...

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‘Poker Night’ app can get you spot on the show

Download Poker Night app, get a shot at TV fame Poker Night in America, the high stakes poker series that airs every Monday and Sunday on CBS Sports Network, is heating up the social poker market with its new Poker Night in America app based on its TV show. And if you play your cards right (hah!) you can end up on the show. The app features prizes, including private poker lessons from pros, playing in live streamed poker games, and a VIP grand prize package that guarantees players $5,000 in playing cash to play on Poker Night. “We...

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Marvin Dixon leads comedy show at Dania

Marvin Dixon at Casino Dania Beach Saturday Comic Marvin Dixon returns to the Casino @ Dania Beach at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Dixon, known for his appearances on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and BET’s Comic View, will serve as part-performer, part-emcee to his newest show, “Fifty Shades of Comedy - The All White Edition.” Smokey Suarez, Darren “DS” Sanders and Big Sean Larkin also will perform. Tickets start at $15 via Magic City Casino is hosting possibly its biggest tournament ever at 6 p.m. July 31, but you’ll have to get lucky to earn an entry. To qualify,...

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Seminoles, Scott use court cases to meet their objective

Court cases again provide stimulus for Florida gambling Once again, it took the courts, not the Florida legislature, to generate some progress regarding the state’s gambling landscape. Last week, Governor Rick Scott announced an extended deal between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, an agreement that will allow the tribe to conduct blackjack and other table games at its casinos in the state through 2030. The tribe had been part of a complicated attempt to solidify gambling policy in the state, trying to balance the business interests of racetracks and the concerns of some about gambling infiltrating...

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Jon Lovitz at Dania Saturday; freestyle at Hialeah

Comic Jon Lovitz performs at the Casino @ Dania Beach at  8 p.m. Saturday. The “Saturday Night Live” veteran is known for his characters “Master Thespian,” “Hanukkah Harry,” and “the Devil.” Lovitz has also found success on the big screen with roles in blockbuster hits, including “Big,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Rat Race,” “The Producers,” and “Grown Ups 2.” The comedy show is 21 and over. Tickets start at $20. VIP tables are available for $500 and include seating for four. For more details, visit or call 844.234.SHOW. A free freestyle show is set for 9 p.m. Saturday at Hialeah...

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