Big poker win­ners at Hard Rock

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

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.

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