Gameday gam­ing at South Florida casi­nos

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

On Feb. 7, the Den­ver Bron­cos and Carolina Pan­thers will play in the Su­per Bowl, the big­gest sport­ing event in the United States. You can wa­ger on­line, in of­fice pools and if you visit Las Ve­gas or an is­land such as North Bi­mini. But you can’t bet on it in a South Florida casino.

Last year, ac­cord­ing to For­tune mag­a­zine, $3.9 bil­lion was bet on the Su­per Bowl. So the game has an eco­nomic im­pact on many av­er­age Joes and Janes, in ad­di­tion to be­ing en­ter­tain­ing.

The clos­est you can get to bet­ting on the Su­per Bowl in South Florida is Blue Hori­zon Casino Cruises (1 E. 11 St., Riviera Beach, 855-478-5825, BlueHori­zonCasino.com), now sail­ing out of Port of Palm Beach. Pas­sen­gers can bet the spread and place straight bets ($2,000 max­i­mum) af­ter the ship passes the three-mile marker in­di­cat­ing in­ter­na­tional wa­ters.

The gam­bling ship can carry 600 pas­sen­gers on its three decks, with Deck 3 hav­ing 40 big-screen TVs show­ing sport­ing events. But on Su­per Bowl Sun­day, it’s sched­uled to be out for only a “brunch” cruise from noon to 5 p.m. The game doesn’t start un­til 6:30, so if you want to place a bet, you have to em­bark on an ear­lier cruise. The catch is that if you win, you have to go on an­other cruise to col­lect your win­nings. Cruises cost $20.

Par­lay­ing Su­per Bowl in­ter­est into lo­cal fun, a few casi­nos are hav­ing re­lated pro­mo­tions.

OnSatur­day, Jan. 30, Palm Beach Ken­nel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKen­nelClub.com) is giv­ing away two Su­per Bowl tick­ets plus a three-night stay at a ho­tel near the game and $500 in cash. The win­ner must be present to win.

On game day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Semi­nole Clas­sic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, Hol­ly­wood, 954-961-3220, Semi­noleClas­sicCasino.com) will give away $500 in cash ev­ery 30 min­utes. Guests can earn en­tries start­ing Feb. 1. Ev­ery comp dol­lar earned equals one vir­tual en­try.

Also from Feb. 1 un­til game day, play­ers at Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Fed­eral High­way, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasi­noFL.com) can earn 15 points and re­ceive an en­try to drop into a drum with the name of the team they think will win the Su­per Bowl, with a max of five en­tries per day. At 7 p.m. Mon­day, Feb. 8, the grand prize draw­ing will award $500 in cash for the win­ning team and $100 in bonus play for the los­ing team.

Casino Mi­ami (3500 NW 37th Ave., 305-633-6400, Casi­no­Mi­ami­Ja­iAlai.com) is giv­ing away a Ford Es­cape on the night of the Su­per Bowl. The draw­ing is at 11 p.m.

Hialeah Park Rac­ing and Casino (2200 E. Fourth Ave., HialeahPark.com, 305-885-8000) is of­fer­ing a to­tal of $1,500 to three lucky play­ers club mem­bers. Re­ceive free en­tries be­tween 9 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., which is when the draw­ing will take place.

RICK OSENTOSKI/AP

Of­fi­cial balls for Su­per Bowl 50 are seen in a bin prior to fi­nal in­spec­tion at the Wil­son Sport­ing Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio. The Den­ver Bron­cos will play the Carolina Pan­thers in the Su­per Bowl on Feb. 7. in Santa Clara, Calif.

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