Hard Rock Open re­turn­ing

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - Showtime - Palm Beach - - GAMBLING - By David Rater­man

De­tails for the Aug. 3-15 Semi­nole Hard Rock Poker Open at Semi­nole Hard Rock Ho­tel and Casino (1 Semi­nole Way, Hol­ly­wood, 800-937-0010, Semi­nole­HardRock­Hol­ly­wood.com) were an­nounced this week.

The Big 4 fi­nal events — all no-limit hold ’ems — have prize pools to­tal­ing $6.5 mil­lion. The cham­pi­onship will pay out at least $3 mil­lion, with buy-ins cost­ing $5,250.

New this fifth year is the Aug. 8 Su­per High Roller, which will cost you $50,000 to play. The purse is guar­an­teed at $1 mil­lion.

The open has 18 events, in­clud­ing no­limit hold ’ems with buy-ins start­ing at $150 and a pot-limit Omaha on Aug. 14 with a $2,650 buy-in. On Aug. 7 is a NLH for se­niors who are 50 or older. And 35 satel­lites round out the open. To reg­is­ter, you have to visit the casino. The Big 4 will be streamed live by “Poker Night in Amer­ica” and later broad­cast on CBS Sports Net­work.

Jack­pot!

At Isle Casino Rac­ing Pom­pano Park (777 Isle of Capri Cir­cle, Pom­pano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePom­panoPark.com) on June12, a lucky vis­i­tor won $37,657.10 in a pro­gres­sive jack­pot on the elec­tronic blackjack game. Says Jen Swope, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing op­er­a­tions: “In ad­di­tion to their bet, they wa­gered an ex­tra $1 side wa­ger to win the pro­gres­sive jack­pot amount.”

Swope adds that be­tween June 7 and June16, another nine peo­ple won slots jack­pots of at least $10,000.

At Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Fed­eral High­way, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasi­noFL.com), “We had a huge jack­pot week­end,” says Ash­ley Fos­ter, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor. “Over $100K was won.”

From June 16 to June 18, 59 peo­ple cel­e­brated jack­pots of at least $1,200. The high­est was $40,500, which was won on Triple Stars by “Elvira G.” of Mi­ami. The next high­est was $10,720.62 on The Walk­ing Dead II.

On Tues­day, Mardi Gras in­tro­duced two new games to its casino floor: Dream Money and Crazy Coin. “We try to swap out themes on a monthly ba­sis in an ef­fort to keep the floor up to date and ex­cit­ing,” Fos­ter says.

Calder Casino (21001 NW27th Ave., Mi­ami Gar­dens, 305- 625-1311, Calder­Casino.com) re­cently in­stalled Play­boy Bonus Blackjack, which it calls a “hot new game.”

And Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Mi­ami, 305-649-3000, Mag­icCity- Casino.com) has added five new games, in­clud­ing Pac-Man Wild Edi­tion and Rum­ble Rum­ble Bi­son.

The bad beats go on

The bad-beat jack­pots in the poker room at Palm Beach Ken­nel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKen­nelClub.com) keep ris­ing. As of Wed­nes­day, it was $200,556 for no-limit hold ’em, $7,897 for Omaha and $4,901 for stud.

The last bad beat NLH win­ner took home $60,160 in March.

Ac­cord­ing to house rules, if a player doesn’t win a hand but has at least four 10s, he or she wins half the bad-beat jack­pot. The hand’s win­ner gets 25 per­cent, and the other play­ers split the fi­nal 25 per­cent.

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