Loser wins in bad-beat jack­pot

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

An­other loser won big at Palm Beach Ken­nel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKen­nelClub.com). On Tues­day, Leo Markar­ian had the sec­ond-best hand in a game of no-limit hold ’em. The win­ner, Steven Knud­sen, had four kings. Markar­ian had four 10s.

Ac­cord­ing to house rules, any poker player who loses with four 10s or bet­ter wins half the bad-beat jack­pot. The hand’s win­ner gets a quar­ter of the jack­pot, and the re­main­ing play­ers split the rest. Markar­ian pock­eted $64,486, and Knud­sen took home $32,243. Both are Lake Worth res­i­dents.

The Ken­nel Club’s pre­vi­ous bad-beat win­ner won $140,194 on Aug. 4 in $2-$4 limit hold ’em.

WSOP wraps up Hard Rock

The World Se­ries of Poker Cir­cuit at Semi­nole Hard Rock Ho­tel and Casino (1 Semi­nole Way, Hol­ly­wood, 800-937-0010, Semi­noleHardRock­Hol­ly­wood.com) ends on Mon­day. , In the tour­na­ment’s fi­nal days are the main event, which will cost $1,675 to play — with a prize pool guar­an­teed at $1 mil­lion — and a high-roller no-limit hold ’em, which has a buy-in of $3,250 and a guar­an­teed pay­out of $250,000.

High­lights of ear­lier com­pe­ti­tion in­clude Niovel Chirino Al­varez de­feat­ing 1,611 en­tries to win $135,022 and a gold ring in Event1, and Ron Levy win­ning $21,238 in Event 2. Both events were no-limit hold ’ems.

All in for a good cause

On Tues­day, the Hard Rock will host a char­ity poker tour­na­ment to raise funds for Feed­ing South Florida’s hur­ri­cane re­lief. There’s a $300 buy-in with a prize pool val- ued at $50,000 in cash and prizes.

So far, Team Pok­erS­tars “Pros” Jason Mercier, Jeff Gross and Jennifer Sha­hade are sched­uled to play.

A play­ers’ party kicks off the evening at 6 p.m., and the tour­na­ment starts at 7 p.m. Reg­is­ter in per­son.

Re­sorts World reopen­ing

The casino at Re­sorts World Bi­mini (888-930-8688, RWBi­mini.com), 50 miles off the coast of Fort Laud­erdale, es­caped most of the dam­age that Hur­ri­cane Irma cre­ated in the re­gion a cou­ple of weeks ago.

Still, it has re­mained closed due to heavy storm surge at the ma­rina, which needed some re­pairs.

“Re­sorts World Bi­mini fared well dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Irma, and there was no ma­jor struc­tural dam­age to the prop­erty, in­clud­ing the casino,” says Pa­tri­cia Lawrence, pres­i­dent of RWB. “Ef­forts have been made to clean up the land­scape and grounds in prepa­ra­tion of wel­com­ing guests be­gin­ning Sept. 27.”

From Sun­day to Oct. 26, Florida res­i­dents can stay at the re­sort for $1 their first night. Af­ter that, the rate is $100, with $1 go­ing to hur­ri­cane re­lief. The dis­counted rates are be­ing billed as stress re­liev­ers.

Sad­dle up

Af­ter the sum­mer break, har­ness rac­ing sea­son re­sumes on Sun­day at Isle Casino Pom­pano Park (777 Isle of Capri Cir­cle, Pom­pano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePom­panoPark.com). The Stan­dard bred horse races have been held there since 1964.

Races take place ev­ery Sun­day and Mon­day through­out Oc­to­ber, with Race 1 start­ing at 7:20 p.m. The sea­son ends May 28.

If you’re feel­ing lucky, try the Su­per Hi-5 jack­pot. To win, you have to guess the cor­rect or­der of the first five horses in the last race.

In April, some­one placed a 20-cent bet on the Su­per Hi-5 and won $110,680.24.

SARAH MEARS/COUR­TESY

Poker play­ers at Palm Beach Ken­nel Club each won a share of a bad-beat jack­pot.

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