The Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open is less than a month away, with a wide spectrum of tournaments: One event costs $50,000 to enter. Another costs less than one percent of that amount.
The series of 14 tournaments runs Nov. 16-30.
Hard Rock officials say the opening event carries great value, and hey, compared to plunking down $50K, a $360 buy-in sounds like a downright bargain — especially when there’s $1 million in prize money guaranteed.
“We look forward to presenting a product that’s never been offered in this region,” said Tony Burns, tournament director at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “The idea that one or more players could turn a modest $360 investment into a six-figure score is something we’re very excited about.”
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For those with the big money — or a nice stable of financial backers — the series includes a $50,000 buy-in High Roller tournament, doubling the series’ previous big-money event.
“After experiencing strong turnouts at previous Seminole Hard Rock Poker $25,000 High Roller events, we received feedback from local high-limit players that encouraged us to add the $50,000 tournament on our schedule,” said William Mason, director of poker. “We expect to draw some of the games’ most elite.”
For those curious, the event is not the most expensive ever at the Hollywood casino. The World Poker Tour’s Alpha8 series required a $100,000 entry fee in recent years.
The tournament’s main event is a $3,500 buy-in, $2 million guaranteed championship, and the card room will sprinkle in entry giveaways between now and the Nov. 25 start date. For example, a $360 buy-in, $30,000 guarantee tournament at 3 p.m. Friday includes a spot in the $2 million tournament for the winner. The Seminole Hard Rock is also giving away one free entry via an online drawing. Go to SHRPO.com.
Much of the series will be live-streamed and taped by Poker Night in America.
Magic City entertainment
With fall firmly here, Magic City Casino muscles up its entertainment offerings. There’s a major event just about every weekend through December.
Another round of boxing matches, titled “Fight Time 33,” is set for 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets start at $70. That’s followed by a Halloween ball on Oct. 28, comedian Jo Koy Nov. 5, Wiener Bash, featuring The Guess Who, War and Foghat on Nov. 12, Orquesta Brava Nov. 19, An Evening with Styx Dec. 2, a Francisco Duran Live DVD taping Dec. 9 and Rare Earth Dec. 17.
For tickets prices and times, go to MagicCityCasino.com.
Koy and Styx are also booked at Magic City Casino’s sister property, The Casino @ Dania Beach. Koy performs Nov. 5 and Styx Dec. 3. Dania, which opened in January featuring “Stage 954” for entertainment (Magic City’s is called “Stage 305”), also has The Box Tops, The Crystals and Brooklyn Bridge on Oct. 29, The Manhattans, featuring Gerald Alston, on Nov. 5 and Taylor Dayne on Dec. 10.
Go to CasinoDaniaBeach.com.
Coconut Creek art
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is using artwork from Taglialatella Galleries to dress up its smoke-free level2 at the casino. Photos of John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Mick Jagger, Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly and Coco Chanel adorn the walls. They were created by artist Russell Young, who has shown in galleries and museums in London, Paris and elsewhere.
It's the second batch of art by Young at the casino; the first consisted of eight Marilyn Monroe pieces.
And if you hit it big, you can buy your favorite. Price range from $13,500 to $29,000 for Marlon Brando.
▪ Casino Miami gives away more than $100,000 in cash and prizes hourly from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Also, Conjunto Universal performs for free at 9 p.m. Saturday.
▪ Thursdays are guest appreciation days at Hialeah Park. Slot players who earn at least one point receive from $5 to $20 in free play, depending on their card level.
▪ Calder Casino plays off the Halloween theme with “The Walking Rich” (Get it? Zombies…) on Saturdays. Slot players can accrue entry drawings daily with every 10 points. Then every 20 minutes from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, two names are called for a chance at $1,000.
▪ Two big events run back-to-back Saturday at Mardi Gras Casino. The Temptations Review is set for 7 p.m. at the dog track grandstand. Tickets are $45. Then at 9 p.m. is the finals of the casino’s comedy challenge, held at the Jokers’ Wild Comedy Club on the second floor. Kira Soltanovich headlines Saturday and also at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $18.85.
▪ The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino gives away $777 every seven minutes from 2-8 p.m. Sunday in its “Hard Rockin’ Sevens” promotion.
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