New Year’s Eve casino events in South Florida

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - GAMBLING - By David Rater­man

OnDec. 31, sev­eral South Florida gam­bling fa­cil­i­ties will ring in the new year with spe­cial pro­mo­tions.

Gulfstream Park Rac­ing and Casino (901 S. Fed­eral High­way, Hallandale Beach, Gulf­streamPark.com will present its VIP Turbo Charged NYE, in which one player will win a 2016 Corvette, based on en­tries earned from bet­ting all month long. Visi­tors earn en­tries by us­ing their player’s club cards in the var­i­ous gam­ing ma­chines (video roulette and roulette ex­cluded).

Semi­nole Clas­sic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, Hol­ly­wood, 954-961-3220, Semi­noleClas­sicCasino.com is pre­sent­ing a $25,000 New Year’s Eve Give­away. Ev­ery 30 min­utes from 4 to 10 p.m., some­one will win be­tween $1,500 and $3,000 in cash or free play. Visi­tors will re­ceive one en­try for ev­ery comp dol­lar earned be­tween Dec. 16 and Dec. 31.

Semi­nole Hard Rock Ho­tel and Casino (1 Semi­nole Way, Hol­ly­wood, 800-937-0010, Semi­nole­HardRock­Hol­ly­wood.com will have a Bonus High Hands in the poker room from noon to 11:30 p.m. The high hand will take place ev­ery 30 min­utes, with qual­i­fy­ing be­gin­ning at 11:30 a.m. and pay­outs of $1,000. At mid­night, a high hand will take place, with qual­i­fy­ing be­gin­ning at 11:30 p.m. and a pay­out of $2,016.

Hialeah Park (2200 E. Fourth Ave., 305-885-8000, Hialeah­Park.com will give away $10,000 in cash on New Year’s Eve, with draw­ings for $1,000 at 8, 9, 10 and11 p.m. and 1 a.m. and for $5,000 at 2 a.m.

Many casi­nos are step­ping up their en­ter­tain­ment, as well, and some are even throw­ing in free Cham­pagne. Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-460-6579, Mag­ic­C­i­ty­Casino.com will say good­bye to 2015 with per­for­mances by 1980s pop acts Ex­posé and Shan­non, start­ing at 9 p.m.

And Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Fed­eral High­way, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasi­noFL.com will host 1970s Southern rock­ers the Mar­shall Tucker Band at 10:30 p.m. At mid­night, there will be a fire­works dis­play. well as 100 slot ma­chines and a sports book about 50 miles off the coast of Fort Laud­erdale, has an­nounced new flights from Fort Laud­erdale-Hol­ly­wood In­ter­na­tional Air­port to its North Bi­mini lo­ca­tion.

Be­gin­ning Dec. 21, Cape Air will of­fer two daily flights, and on Jan. 18 it will ex­pand to four. The flight lasts 33 min­utes, with the sea­plane land­ing on the flat wa­ter right in front of the re­sort’s ho­tel.

Pas­sen­gers can book flights from Cape Air (800-CAPE-AIR, CapeAir.com for an in­tro­duc­tory price of $250 un­til Jan. 31.

Cape Air will fly Cessna Car­a­van Am­phib­ians be­tween the des­ti­na­tions. The nine-pas­sen­ger tur­bo­prop planes can land on land and wa­ter.

Re­sorts World Bi­mini spokes­woman Melissa Rieder says this will be the first time there’s been reg­u­larly sched­uled com­mer­cial flights be­tween the re­sort and Fort Laud­erdale-Hol­ly­wood In­ter­na­tional since 2005. She expects re­sort guests as well as Bi­minites will travel on the flights.

Also start­ing on Jan. 18, Cape Air will have two daily flights be­tween Miami Sea­plane Base on Watson Is­land and the re­sort.

The Bi­mini Su­per­Fast ship will con­tinue to ferry pas­sen­gers round trip from Port Miami to the re­sort three days a week.

RE­SORTS WORLD BI­MINI/COUR­TESY

Be­gin­ning Mon­day, Cape Air will of­fer flights from Fort Laud­erdale-Hol­ly­wood In­ter­na­tional Air­port to Re­sorts World Bi­mini’s North Bi­mini lo­ca­tion.

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