New Year’s Eve casino events in South Florida
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.
Beginning Monday, Cape Air will offer flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Resorts World Bimini’s North Bimini location.