Author: Nick Sortal

Mardi Gras working on hurricane cleanup

No poker for at least 2 weeks and slots will be ‘months’ at Mardi Gras The poker room at Mardi Gras Casino could reopen within two weeks, but the slots area suffered water damage from Hurricane Irma and will take longer, according to Dan Adkins, the casino’s president. Irma struck the casino, in Hallandale Beach, late Sunday, Sept. 10, and a mini-tornado lifted the roof of the four-story building, Adkins said. “Then a lot of water came in and worked its way down,” Adkins said. Water drained throughout the building, including onto the first floor, where the slots are...

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Timbalive at Casino Miami, other promotions

Timbalive at Casino Miami The Cuban group Timbalive at 10 p.m. Saturday at Casino Miami. The show is free. Deon Cole, who plays Charlie Telphy on ABC’s “Black-ish,” and Tiffany Haddish, from the movie “Girls Trip,” are booked for comedy at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday at the Casino @ Dania Beach. Go to CasinoDaniaBeach.com. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino gives away Grey Goose vodka from 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Slot players who earn 10 comp dollars on Saturday before 5 p.m. qualify. Gulfstream Park gives away a $10 Macy’s gift card from noon to 6 p.m....

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Labor Day weekend means casino car giveaways

The calendar is flipping from August to September. Football is starting and the kids are heading back to school. And that also means Labor Day weekend car giveaways. “You always want to end the summer with a bang, whether you work in a casino or work anywhere else,” said Steve Bonner, general manager of Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. “They see that weekend as a last hurrah, so you try to put together something that plays to that emotion.” Down here in South Florida, there are four casinos with promotions. Many have been building up the interest by offering entries...

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Magic City poker marks 20 years

Magic City poker: $25K free tourney and Quad Squad The Magic City Casino poker room wrapped up its 20-year anniversary celebration with a $25,000 tournament and big awards for players who frequently hit four-of-a-kind in July. The Royal Flush tournament, limited to those players who hit a royal flush in July, drew 17 players on July 31. Javier Bustamante (pictured) won first prize and $12,500, followed by Oscar Salinas ($7,500) and Robert C ($5,000). Bustamante won the final hand in unusual fashion: He held a King-4 against Salinas’ pocket 10s. The flop included a 4 and a 10, giving...

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The numbers: $579 million at Seminole Hard Rock

Hard Rock $579 million, eight racetrack casinos $578M South Florida racetrack casino owners merely shake their head when they asked how they can “compete” with the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, and my recent calculations explain why. It’s because the Seminole Hard Rock’s haul for the past fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, totaled more than $579 million. That’s more than all eight pari-mutuel casinos earned combined. Talk about an uphill battle… The tribe is not required to release its per-casino revenue figures but by criss-crossing two state documents, I computed the figures. The Seminoles reported...

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