Author: Nick Sortal

That dreaded word — “uncertainty” — dominates Florida gambling

Fear of the unknown is legit in Florida The most feared word for Florida operators isn’t “taxes.” It’s not even “competition” or “Seminoles.” It’s “uncertainty.” And that’s what we have after Florida legislators battled through multiple facets of the state’s gambling laws in recent weeks, trying to find a way to update the existing laws. They gave it a pretty good try, but were unable to reach a consensus. Which means we’re now waiting on the courts. “When you don’t have certainty, particularly around the Seminole Tribe’s compact and what is legal and what is illegal gambling in Florida,...

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Tribute to ‘Father of Miami Sound’ at Hialeah

Tribute to ‘Father of Miami Sound’ at Hialeah Hialeah Park has a tribute at 9 p.m. Saturday to percussionist and vocalist Carlos Oliva outdoors in the Paddock Gardens. Oliva is credited by Time magazine as being “the Father of The Miami Sound.” Lucy Grau, Hansel y Raul, Roberto Torres and Willy Chirino will perform. The Cuban Guys Mobile Unit and other food trucks will be on site. Champion Simulcast Center and Sport Center will be awarding two $50 betting vouchers as part of its Kentucky Derby simulcast presentation. Live jai-alai has returned to The Casino @ Dania Beach. Sessions are at...

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Color wheel at Magic City Casino

Magic City gives promotion a new spin It’s one of Magic City Casino’s more colorful giveaways, and slot players are crowding around the promotions area each weekday afternoon and evening. As the casino’s Samhara Davila spins the wheel, the patrons exhort: “Red!” “Blue!” “Green!” Each eligible casino visitor is holding a ticket with a color. If their color appears on the wheel, Davila spins a second wheel, with the numbers 1 through 12. A suitcase corresponds to each box, and everyone holding the winning color receives the prize — which is often cash or free slot play. The new...

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Food, drink specials for May at Mardi Gras Casino

  Mardi Gras food, beverage and Abba tribute act Mardi Gras Casino specials this month include a $5 “Voulez-Vous.” That’s rum, triple sec, a dash of lime juice, ginger ale and a splash of strawberry mix. The Burger of the Month is a Quesadilla Burger ($10.50), which features Chipotle sauce, bacon, salsa, in a cheddar jack quesadilla. Served with chips and salsa, of course. The Big Easy Poker room has $1 draft beer, $2 well drinks and $3 for two hot dogs to those seated at the tables or the bar. Two other items of note: Mother’ Day Buffet:  Noon...

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Kentucky Derby: Gulfstream events; pick Nos. 1-20, win $100K

Kentucky Derby week: Hats, vouchers and $100K Saturday is Kentucky Derby Day and Gulfstream Park offers a Derby Day buffet, a chance to win betting vouchers, and the second annual Derby Divas & Darlings Hat Contest. There’s also a contest for the super-degenerates, with a payoff of $100,000. (I’ll get to that at the bottom.) Fans who purchase a Gulfstream Park program at the south entrance on Derby Day will get an official 143rd Kentucky Derby T-shirt while supplies last from noon to 3 p.m. Ten Palms will offer a Derby buffet for $59. XBRewards@Gulfstream Members may enter to...

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