Author: Nick Sortal

Conine has personal reason for clubhouse, poker event

For Jeff Conine, clubhouse and poker tournament are personal Jeff Conine’s interest in providing comfort to parents of hospitalized children is personal: He’s been there. In 2000, his son, Tucker, was born three months premature and contracted a virus. Conine, the former Marlins baseball player, and his wife, stayed in a facility on the grounds of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, now known as Conine’s Clubhouse. “Cindy and I know firsthand the importance of being close to the hospital,” said Conine. “It provides all the amenities of a three-star hotel but, more importantly, gives families a temporary...

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Fifth Dimension at Dania; Ladies night at Calder

South Florida casino action for early August Gulfstream Park gives away up to $250 in free slot play to its most active patrons each Wednesday in August. It’s called “Progressive Power Play” because the prizes increase: You get $10 in free play for earning 30 points, then an additional $15 for 75 points, with prizes at 100 points ($30), 250 points ($70) and 500 points ($125). Mardi Gras Casino runs “Krewe Kash” from 2-7 p.m. Sundays. One person every 15 minutes wins $250 in free play. The prize rolls over if not claimed. The 5th Dimension performs at the...

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Soap stars to dish at Seminole Coconut Creek

‘Young and Restless’ cast members at Creek Aug. 12 I have my own set of daytime drama plot guidelines: 1.) If a person dies via accident, say a plane crash, and the body is not found, it’s very likely that actor will return to the show, with a stunning story of miraculous survival. 2.) If a man and a woman spend only one night making love, the woman will become pregnant. 3.) If a couple wants to have children and sleep together every night, the woman will never get pregnant. You probably have yours, too, and you can test...

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Current poker events prime pump for SHRPO

Hard Rock poker events include bonus shots at SHRPO  The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open continues to get love via the card room’s poker promotions. A $25,000 guaranteed, $350 buy-in tournament at 4 p.m. Friday, for example, also awards the top 10 finishers a spot in Step 2 main event satellite, set for 6 p.m. Monday. Those seats are normally worth $300. Hialeah Park has added $1-$3 no-limit hold ’em to its menu of poker games. I’m a normal $1-$2 no-limit player, and found that the pots build a little quicker, meaning that bets after the flop, turn and...

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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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