Big poker winners at Hard Rock
The results are in for the World Poker Tour’s season-ending spectacular of four tournaments played April 15-24 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937- 0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com.
Justin Young won the $3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship, which had a prize pool worth $3.9 million.
Chino Rheem won the $10,000 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Finale, which paid out $3.25 million in prizes.
David Malka won the Seminole $25,500 Hard Rock Poker High Roller, with $2.4 million in prizes.
And Farid Yachou won the most prestigious action, which was at the WPT Tournament of Champions. Besides a prize pool of $1 million, Yachou, who lives in the Netherlands, earned the title of “champion of champions.”
Vlad Darie, from Romania, placed second.
Third, fourth and fifth place finishers in the Tournament of Champions were South Florida residents: Michael Mizrachi of Hollywood, Jonathan Jaffe of Fort Lauderdale and Noah Schwartz of Sunny Isles.
But the greatest winner was South Florida itself, whose gaming reputation was solidified. In the WPT’s14th season, we beat out Las Vegas and Atlantic City to host the tournaments.
Derby Day destinations
On Saturday, May 7, the Kentucky Derby will take place, with a post time of 6:34 p.m. The Run for the Roses will be broadcast live on NBC, but if you want to wager, go to a pari-mutuel, where it and other races will be simulcast. And you can enjoy the festive atmosphere. Ladies, wear your fancy hats.
Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino (901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000, GulfstreamPark.com is hosting what it bills as “Florida’s largest derby watch party.” Starting at 10:30 a.m., you can watch races simulcast from Kentucky’s Churchill Downs. (You can also watch Gulfstream’s live races starting at 12:55 p.m.) And from noon to 4 p.m. at Ten Palms Restaurant, enjoy the Lavish Derby Day Buffet for $60. It includes a mint julep in a collector’s glass.
The Casino at Dania Beach ( 301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., 954-920-1511, CasinoDaniaBeach.com isn’t having any specials for the Kentucky Derby, but the race will be simulcast in the spacious new lounge behind the poker room.
Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasinoFL.com isn’t hosting any Derbyrelated parties, either, but it will simulcast the race. Advance betting starts the day before.
The Kentucky Derby makes for the busiest day of the year at Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com because it’s the only place in the county where people can legally wager on it. And throughout the day will be 15 superfecta greyhound races, as well as a “Guaranteed $15,000 Pick-4 Jackpot.” Mint juleps go for $4 (plus $2 for the collector’s glass). Entrance gates open at 9:30 a.m.
Hialeah Park Racing and Casino ( 2200 E. Fourth Ave., 305-885-8000, HialeahPark.com) is simulcasting the first race in the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing at its new Champions Simulcast Center and Sports Bar. At 9 p.m., it will show the WBC World Middleweight Championship with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defending his title against Amir “King” Khan. Admission to both is free.
Pup it up
On Saturday Palm Beach Kennel Club will present the $20,000 Bob Balfe Puppy Stakes Championship, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The competition, featuring eight of the club’s youngest racers, is the 12th of the day and has a post time at about 4 p.m. Kinda Cruel Red, who scored three wins in qualifying, is a favorite. Other favorites are Sentinel, Blu Too Tarmac, SE’s Cool Kate and Flying Russian. Admission is free. Kids are welcome.