Hard Rock Open returning
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.
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.