Author: Nick Sortal

Bingo Bonanza at Magic City, other promotions

Bingo Bonanza at Magic City, other promotions Magic City Casino offers Bingo Bonanza at 3 p.m. Sundays. Slot players who accumulate 50 points between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. receive a free card for 10 games of Bingo. Miccosukee Resort & Gaming calls it “Friends With Benefits.” Patrons with players’ club cards who bring a new signup to the venue receive $10 in free play. The new guest gets $30 in free slot play. Frankey’s Sports Bar at The Village at Gulfstream Park is showing the Floyd Mayweather-Connor McGregor fight at 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $25. Food and...

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WQAM’s Joe Rose hosts fund-raising poker event tonight at Mardi Gras

Charity poker event at Mardi Gras features Joe Rose WQAM 560 AM radio hosts Joe Rose and Zach Krantz are among the players at the seventh annual Thomas A. Magill Texas Hold-em Tournament Saturday at the Big Easy Poker Room at Mardi Gras Casino. The event is in honor of former Police Chief Thomas A. Magill, who died suddenly in 2010. The Hallandale Beach Police Athletic League and the casino worked together to establish a scholarship fund in his name, and proceeds also help pay for sports equipment, uniforms and officials. Entry is $100, and includes a buffet in...

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Hialeah celebrates 4-year anniversary

Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti Sr. visualized his 200-acre property as a gathering place – not just a place to play slots – and that shows in the scheduling of the casino’s fourth anniversary party. The celebration runs from Thursday through Sunday,  and includes Gente de Zona and Tito Puente Jr. Lucy Grau is up first, with a free show at 9 p.m. Thursday. Another free show is Friday, with Danny Daniel and Amaury Gutierrez booked for the Paddock Garden at 9 p.m. Foot trucks and DJ El Russo will be on hand at 7 p.m. Patrons are encouraged...

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Casinos can learn from lottery

Casinos can learn lessons from lotteries Two simultaneous lottery jackpots of over $350 million would have drawn widespread national attention ten years ago. Not any longer. Last week the top jackpots of both Powerball and MegaMillions crossed that dollar threshold. It was the first time that the two national lottery games simultaneously had such big payouts. Big jackpots used to be news. But lagging ticket sales mean that the top jackpot prizes don’t escalate as quickly as they once did, and other factors seem to be at play as well when it comes to free publicity. Rather than gloat...

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Seminole casinos rake in big money

Hard Rock Hollywood collects $579 million, more than the 8 local racinos 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. My recent calculations illustrate why. The Seminole Hard Rock’s haul for the 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 using two state documents, I computed the figures. The starting...

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