Pauly’s pleasant perspective perpetually pleases.
Paul Messell, known in among South Florida fans simply as “Pauly,” hosts casino programs at Magic City Casino in Miami and The Casino @ Dania Beach. Messell’s latest endeavor, the alliterative “Pauly’s Pigskin Prediction Palooza,” made its debut at Dania Sunday.
“At Magic City, we call Pauly ‘the director of fun,’” Dania CEO Scott Savin said. (The two casinos have the same owners.) “He’s your everyday guy and he knows sports inside and out, whether it’s about the 1960 World Series, who won the latest race at Gulfstream or 2017 Super Bowl futures bets. He’s that guy.”
Messell, whose specialty is horse handicapping, became friends with radio host Jeff DeForrest in 1981 when he was a jockey agent at Gulfstream Park and DeForrest hosted a results show. DeForrest, currently on WINZ-940 AM, and Messell hosted a sports radio quiz show for years, known for its freewheeling conversation.
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“People would ask how much we’d prepare for the show, and I’d tell them if the show started at 8 a.m., Jeff would come in at five minutes before and say, ‘What do you guys want to talk about?’” Messell said.
Now Messell hosts “Doggy Dinner Theater” at 6 p.m. Thursdays at Magic City. Diners receive Pick 4 tickets for the greyhound racing, and prizes are awarded even to those who did not correctly predict all four races. He also hosts an “Pauly’s Pop Quiz Show” at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. Saturdays at Dania.
“It’s called an impossible quiz show because the questions are so difficult, but the options are always 50-50,” he says. “The answer is ‘either A or B’ or ‘True or False.’”
Now with the “Palooza” at Dania on Sundays, patrons pick the winners of the 1 p.m. games. The winner gets $100 in free slot play. The season-long winner receives a Chevy Suburban or $15,000 cash. The contest is held in the casino’s upstairs sports lounge, which also offers $3 beers and chicken wings, chicken fingers, burgers and other items on Sundays. Messell said he hopes fantasy football fans eventually gather at Dania, which has 25 TVs in its sports lounge and nearby simulcast action. There also is a $45 buy-in poker tournament at 1 p.m. for those who like to multi-task.
▪ The Coco Poker Open will begin a 12-day run at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek at noon Sept. 21. The main event is a $2,500 buy-in, $1 million guaranteed, No Limit Hold’em championship event, Sept. 23-26. There will also be a $250,000 guaranteed event, Sept. 29-Oct. 2 for $350.
▪ Meanwhile, one of the more minor series at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the Everglades Poker Open, offers $350 entries for its main event at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The prize pool is a guaranteed $150,000.
▪ Hialeah Park has a $101,000 guaranteed tournament players can enter at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 19-24. Survivors then play at noon Sept. 25. Entry is $155 and first place is guaranteed $35,000.
▪ The Isle Casino’s monster stack is in the midst of an eye-popping 15 opportunities to enter. Players can pay $150 and play at 11 a.m., 3 or 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday for a guaranteed $225,000 in prize money.
▪ Gulfstream Park will hold another of its popular GirlsGotGame betting challenges Saturday at its Sport of Kings Theatre. Registration ($50 in advance, $60 day of) will include a buffet lunch, prizes, health screenings and a cooking demonstration by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein. Each participant will receive a swag bag and $2 win and place vouchers on six races from Gulfstream and Laurel Park. Contact Nancy Berry at 954-457-6284.
▪ Casino Miami continues its $100,000 Mystery Cash Giveaways every Friday and Saturday. Prizes include up to $1,000 cash every hour from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., with $1,000 for sure at 9 p.m. and 2 a.m.
▪ Hialeah Park’s Saturday free play giveaways have proven popular, and the casino is continuing the promotion. Slot players receive $1,000 free play hourly from 2-4 p.m. and 9-11 p.m. At 5 p.m. and midnight the prize is $2,000 cash.
▪ The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino gives away $2,000 every 30 minutes from 3-7:30 p.m. Sunday. Five players will be selected every 30 minutes.
▪ Mardi Gras Casino celebrates National Cheeseburger Day Sunday with a $5 cheeseburger special, including chips and soda.
▪ South Florida native Roosevelt Collier performs a free show, “Jimi Meets Funk: A Salute to Jimi Hendrix,” at 8 p.m. Friday at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Collier, whose collaborations over the years include the Allman Brothers, Elvin Bishop, Galactic, Government Mule and the Warren Haynes Band, is known for his slide work on the steel guitar.
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