High hands, tournaments and options for March poker
The Isle has Battles at the Beach, big tournaments return to Hialeah Park and the Seminole Hard Rock preps for a big April. Meanwhile, there are plenty of other attractions this month in South Florida poker.
The Isle Casino’s Battles at the Beach series consists of 12 events, and began with a $75 tournament with Day 1s Monday and Tuesday, with the finals on Wednesday. The event carries a $50,000 guarantee. A $570 tournament has Day 1s at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. March 3-5 and guarantees $300,000.
Then comes a $350 tournament with a $300,000 guarantee with Day 1s at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. March 9-12. The main event is $1,500, guarantees $500,000 and has Day 1s at noon March 17, 18 and 19. Other events sprinkled in range from $80 to $570, as well as satellites and mega-satellites.
There’s also awards for player of the series. It’s $2,500 for first down to $250 for fifth.
Meanwhile, the Isle also has $1,000 high hands every 30 minutes from 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 26, as well as $500 high hands every 20 minutes on March 7, 21, and 28 and $500 every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays.
Tournaments set for after the series include a $2,000 free roll freeze-out at 10 a.m. March 23 and 30 and a $75 buy-in at 6 p.m. March 29. A $5,000 guaranteed free-roll is set for 6 p.m. March 8.
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Hialeah Park’s big event is a $50,000 guarantee that players can enter for $100 at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. March 21-25. Day 2 is March 26. There also are $25 satellites (one seat for every five entries) at noon and 7 p.m. Sundays March 6, 13 20 and Friday, March 28.
Meanwhile, there are $75 tournaments with $5,000 guarantees at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, 14, 28 and at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 12, 19. A $10K guarantee for $100 is at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16 and 30. (Basically, these are regular tournaments, but they are paused for the $50K event.)
Mardi Gras has free-roll tournaments at 7 p.m. nightly. Weeknights, there’s a $1,500 total prize money guarantee, with a $100 high hand paid out. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it’s $2,500 with a $200 high hand. The big event is the weekly 1 p.m. Sunday free-roll, with a whopping $10K guarantee. Meanwhile, the card room has lowered the minimum to qualify for a high hand. Now it’s aces full of deuces. The high hands are still $500 in $1-$2 to $1,000 in $2-$5 no-limit and run every 30 minutes from noon to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and noon to midnight on weekends. One other quick note from Mardi Gras: They are now seating only nine at a table instead of 10. That’s what the Seminoles and some other card rooms do. Why? Well, one easy point is that it boosts revenues. Ten tables of nine takes an extra rake each hand vs. nine tables of 10. As a tight player, it also means the blinds come around 10 percent quicker.
The Casino @ Dania’s has tournaments are at 1 p.m. Sunday for $50 and 7 p.m. Wednesday for $85. High hands are $200 every 30 minutes from noon to 7 p.m., $700 every hour from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and $500 hourly from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The high hand from opening until noon is $1,500. The bad beat starts at Quad 8s and is $20K. Royal flushes pay $500 (two cards in hand).
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek has three special tournaments this month: A $130 buy-in $20K guarantee at 6 p.m. March 14 and 30 and a big $100K guarantee that players can enter at 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. March 23-26, also for $130. Day 2 is March 27. The Andy Slater “See You Later” tournament at 6 p.m. March 8. Buy-in is $94 and the event carries a $20K guarantee. High hands are $100 every 30 minutes from 2:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., then $150 every 30 minutes Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. On Tuesdays, aces full or better pay $130 and royal flushes pay $500 immediately, from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday high hands are $199 every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to noon, $250 every 20 minutes from 12:20 p.m. to 6 p.m. and $500 on the half-hour, $1,000 on the hour (with rollover) from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. High hand bonus days are $500 every 20 minutes from 6:20 p.m. to 2 a.m. March 1, 22 and 28
Magic City Casino
At Magic City Casino, it’s $1,500 high hands from 10 a.m. to noon on weekdays, $250 every 30 minutes from 1-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, $400 every 30 minutes from noon to 2 a.m. On weekends, it’s $1,000 from 10 a.m. to noon, $400 every 30 minutes from noon to 4 p.m., $250 every 30 minutes from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and $400 again every 30 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight. A big slick heart royal flush pays $20K, with everyone else in the hand getting $500. Other big slick royals pay $1,000 and all other royals are $500. Tournaments are at 8 p.m. Monday ($80) and 2 p.m. Thursday ($50).
Seminole Hard Rock
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has a tournament at 3 p.m. March 30 for its most loyal players, and awards entries into upcoming events for those who place in the top 35. The first 250 players that log at least 60 hours from March 1 to March 28 qualify. Those with 60-74 hour start with 5,000 chips; 75-89 hours get $7,000 and those at 90 hours or above (that’s three hours a day!) get 9,000 chips. The first- and second-place winner of the tournament receive an entry into the WPT Hard Rock Showdown on April 17 (that event carries a $10,000 buy-in). Third through seven get a $3,500 entry into the Showdown Championship on April 15. Eighth through 15th is a $1,050 entry into the final mega satellite on April 3, 16-25th is a $390 entry into an April 1 mega satellite and 26-35th is a $300 entry into the high roller step 2 satellite on April 15 or 17. Deep Stack Saturdays are at 11 a.m. and offer a $15,000 guaranteed prize pool featuring a $150 buy-in, A seat into the April 2016 WPT Showdown $3,500 Championship will be awarded to the first place winner of the March 12 tournament.
Bonus High Hands with Rollovers are from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, as well as Thursday, March 10 and Thursday, March 24, from 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, March 18, from 6 p.m. to midnight and Saturday, March 19, from 2 p.m. to midnight. Payouts are $1,000.
Gulfstream Park has $500 high hands every 30 minutes from 1-10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and $250 for the same time Mondays through Wednesdays. (If you hit it with only one card in hand, you get half.) There’s also a consolation prize if you score quads but it’s not a high hand: they give you $100 on the spot. Tournaments are at 7 p.m. and cost $70 Monday, $90 Tuesday, $30 Wednesday (PLO), $110 Thursday, $70 Friday, $50 Saturday (with $10 rebuys), and $110 Sunday.