Author: Nick Sortal

Dania’s Stage 954 debut Saturday: Jefferson Starship

Jefferson Starship is debut act for Dania’s Stage 954 Saturday   Jefferson Starship launches Stage 954 Saturday at the Casino at Dania Beach. The casino opened last month and features Stage 954, a new concert hall with 850 seats. Foreigner and Air Supply are booked later this spring in what will be an experience similar to Stage 305 at Magic City Casino in Miami, operators say. The Havenick family owns one-fourth of what is officially titled the Casino @ Dania Beach, which they bought in 2014 after converting their Flagler Dog Track into Magic City Casino in Miami in...

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Gambling advice, 10 million times over

Steve Bourie’s ‘American Casino Guide’ YouTube channel passes 10 million No, casino operators don’t place high-paying machines near the entrance to attract customers, Steve Bourie says.  Yes, those flashy spinning reels are just symbols. The real work is inside the guts of the machine, powered by something called a random number generator. And, yes, there’s a method to winning at slots, says Bourie, of Hollywood, the author of The American Casino Guide. “You get really lucky,” he says, cautioning people that any slot “system” being marketed is basically fraudulent. This month marks a milestone in the American Casino Guide...

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Weekend promotions

$777 every 7 minutes at Seminole Hard Rock Sunday   Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood brings back its popular  “Hard Rockin’ Sevens” promotion from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. One slot player will be selected every seven minutes to win $777 free play. Mardi Gras Casino slot players can entries into a Leap Day drawing. Those who earn at least 100 points will be placed into an 8 p.m drawing Feb. 29 awarding $5,000 each to two patrons. Isle Casino has “Bankroll Maker” poker tournament with $100 Day 1s at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7...

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Melbourne couple cashes ticket in $1.5B Powerball

You won Powerball! Be happy! Hey, you, happy couple from Melbourne, you now have so much money you could fill a room with $100 bills and frolic in it. How do you feel? “Stressed,” said Maureen Smith, age 70, at a Tallahassee news conference, where the Florida winners of the historic $1.58 billion Powerball drawing were revealed on Wednesday. Smith and her husband, David Kaltschmidt, age 55, shared the jackpot with winners in Tennessee and California. C’mon. Stressed? “We’ve lost a lot of sleep, and I’ve lost more than 10 pounds,” Kaltschmidt said. If ever a couple looked uncomfortable telling everybody they were millionaires hundreds of times over, it was these two. While nobly stating that they want to apply some of the money to help charities and the underprivileged, they also used words such as “worried” and “scary.” “I’m afraid it’s going to make me less friendly,” Smith said. “And I know I’m going to be in a less quiet place.” This, after taking a lump-sum payment of $328 million and forming the Nickel 95 Trust (a good idea, keeping their names off of records from here on out.) “We’re not the type to go out and party,” Smith understated. She had the numbers, which she has played off and on for 30 years, in hand and saw the live drawing. He was at work as an airline...

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P.B. Kennel Club player wins $178K via Bad Beat

  $348K Bad Beat hits at PB Kennel Club Phillip Lee Clements’ straight flush lost out to a higher straight flush earlier this month at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, but he’s not complaining. He still took home $174,293 via the card room’s bad beat promotion. For those unfamiliar, bad beat promotions were the attraction as Florida poker rooms began blossoming in the middle of last decade. The kennel club is one of only a few rooms that still offers it. A player must have at least four 10s and lost to a better hand. On Feb. 11, nine...

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