South Florida casi­nos catch jack­pot fever

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

They’re not the Power­ball lot­tery, which awarded a Mas­sachusetts woman $758.7 mil­lion last week, but jack­pots at lo­cal casi­nos are mak­ing win­ners’ wal­lets fatter.

At Magic City Casino (450 NW37th Ave., Mi­ami, 305-649-3000, Mag­icCi­, a slots player won $80,772.50 at Di­a­mond Lotto on Aug. 24, spokes­woman San­dra Ro­driguez says. The win­ner was play­ing four cards with a $10 bet on each.

An of­fi­cial at Hialeah Park Rac­ing and Casino (2200 E. Fourth Ave., 305-885-8000, said one per­son won $45,789 on Aug. 7 and another won $43,801 on Aug. 20, both with $5 wa­gers at Royal Reels.

Nei­ther casino will share the win­ners’ names, cit­ing pri­vacy con­cerns.

At Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Fed­eral High­way, Hal­lan­dale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasi­, “Brigitte P.,” of Hal­lan­dale Beach, won a $17,588.15 jack­pot at 5 Trea­sures on Aug. 22, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Ash­ley Fos­ter says. And “Michael N.,” of Jack­sonville, won $11,216.46 at Gold Gold Gold on Aug. 29.

Tamarac’s Karen Bren­nan won $15,606.18 play­ing Buf­falo Grand with a $3.75 bet on Aug. 29 at Isle Casino Pom­pano Park (777 Isle of Capri Cir­cle, Pom­pano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePom­, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing op­er­a­tions Jen Swope says.

And Boca Ra­ton’s Joseph Greco won $13,468.46 at 5 Dragons after a $3 bet on Aug. 26.

A casino­goer from Lake Worth won $30,669.02 at a penny slot ma­chine on Aug. 17, but that per­son wouldn’t agree to re­lease his or her name, Swope adds.

As usual, the Semi­noles’ three In­dian casi­nos will not make jack­pot win­nings pub­lic.

And don’t for­get the pari-mutuels. On Aug. 19 at Gulf­stream Park Rac­ing and Casino (901 S. Fed­eral High­way, Hal­lan­dale Beach, 954-454-7000, Gulf­, a 40-cent bet on horserac­ing turned into a $259,573.34 wind­fall for one lucky patron.

Chop, chop

On Sun­day, Aug. 27, Isle Casino wrapped up its “Au­gust $100,000” poker tour­na­ment, which ended in a six-per­son chop.

Ian Co­hen walked away with $13,555, fol­lowed by Jason Young ($12,174), Vi­taly Shafran ($10,932), Wil­liam Novotny ($10,126), Alan Munoz ($9,131) and Leroy Grant ($8,407).

The no-limit hold ’em tour­na­ment had 1,126 en­tries, a $129,490 prize pool and a $150 buy-in.

World se­ries on deck

The World Se­ries of Poker Cir­cuit, after be­ing hosted by Palm Beach Ken­nel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKen­ in pre­vi­ous years, will be held at Semi­nole Hard Rock Ho­tel & Casino (1 Semi­nole Way, Hol­ly­wood, 800-937-0010, Semi­noleHardRock­Hol­ly­ from Sept. 21 to Oct 2.

The main event has a prize pool guar­an­teed at $1 mil­lion, with a $1,675 buy-in, but there are 13 more af­ford­able events.

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