Author: Nick Sortal

Magic City mega-giveaways mark 20 years of poker

Magic City takes lead for cash poker revenues at racinos Ileana Zamora remembers opening the poker room at Flagler Dog Track back in 1997. Players bet quarters, the pot was capped at $10 and the game was 7-card stud. To celebrate 20 years of poker at the dog track, now called Magic City Casino, management has raised those stakes exponentially. Poker room promotions for July will total about $400,000. “Well, you don’t turn 20 every day,” said Zamora, the cardroom manager. It starts Saturday, with $1,000 high hands every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. through 5 a.m. There’s also...

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Sea Star Beachwear makes my feet happy

Sea Star Beachwear: When style, comfort and function intersect I’m not much of a fan of flip-flops at the beach – I want more support – and old tennis shoes just flat-out lack style. So I was happy to try a pair of beachcomber espadrilles that came to me in the mail from Sea Star Beachwear. The shoes combine fashion and function, transitioning in style from water sports to walks on the sand while staying comfortable and cool. Designed with a neoprene upper and a protective rubber sole bottom, the espadrilles dry out in the sunshine in 15 minutes....

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SHRPO set for Aug. 3-15

Big Four format returns to SHRPO in August Details of this year’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open were released last week, and, like previous years, there are four big tournaments, which organizers call the Big Four. The overall series consists of 18 events and runs Aug. 3-15, with CBS Sports and Poker Night in America filming the four simultaneous final tables on Aug. 15 and live-streaming via The four are: An $1,100 (re-entry) with a $500,000 guarantee that starts at 11 a.m. on Aug. 9; the $5,250 SHRPO Championship (single re-entry) with a $3 million guarantee that starts...

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Wall Street experts say like outlook for gambling

Wall Street execs talk slots, Isle sale, Caesars’ next move Money talks, and when those who handle the money talk, casino leaders listen. Such was the case earlier this month when four experts gave Wall Street’s perspective of the gaming market during GameOn, a two-day conference for casino gaming operations executives across the country, presented by AGS at the MGM National Harbor near Washington, D.C. The news was mostly good. They say casino fundamentals are strong, with a boost from table games. Some more mergers and acquisitions are forthcoming. And even though skill-based games have yet to provide a...

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Special Deepstacker tourney Sunday at Gulfstream Park

$80, 16K chips Sunday at Gulfstream Park Gulfstream Park has a poker tournament it is calling the Deepstacker at 2 p.m. Sunday. Entry is $80 and players receive 16,000 chips. There is a $5,000 prize money guarantee. The poker room also has $500 high hands every 30 minutes from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It’s $300 from 1-10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesday. Miccosukee Resort & Casino gives away a new GMC SUV at midnight on Friday and on June 30. Those who don’t want the ride can take $12,000 plus a stay at the resort....

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