Does poker have its limits? Mardi Gras hopes so

Construction at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has prompted the poker room to move to the casino ballrooms.
Construction at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has prompted the poker room to move to the casino ballrooms.

Mardi Gras Casino is encouraging poker players to try new games, and is using large high-hand jackpots as an incentive.

“We are emphasizing larger limit Texas Hold ’em games,” said David Litvin, the casino’s director of poker operations. “There are a lot of players out there playing no-limit that have never had the opportunity to play limit because only smaller limit games are usually offered.”

Most card rooms offer $2 limit or $2-$4 limit games, stakes so low that players almost always call each other’s bets. The games have earned the derisive term “No fold-em hold-em.”

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In June, the jackpot will be $1,200 for the high hand if won in $10-$20 limit or higher; it’s $1,000 if won in $6-$12 limit or $2-5 no limit, $599 if won in $3-$6 limit and $500 if won in any other jackpot-qualified game.

“I think a lot of no-limit players would really enjoy playing $6-$12 or $10-$20 limit once they have a chance to try it,” Litvin said. “It’s really about the same size of game (meaning the starting bankroll needed is similar) and it’s a lot of fun. And, of course, a high hand of up to $1,200 doesn’t hurt.

“Even large limit games are more relaxing than no limit because one bad card or one bad decision can’t wipe out hours of good play.”

Some higher-limit games have some large high hand jackpots this month, according to Mardi Gras’ Davis Litvin. Nick Sortal

Litvin noted the card room’s food and beverage specials continue. From 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on days with a Marlins’ home game, draft beer is $1, well drinks $2, loaded potato skins $3 and two chili dogs are $3.

Hard Rock room moves

The poker room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is moving. Casino officials announced Monday that starting Thursday, the casino’s ballrooms would be the new venue. The poker room will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, May 30-31.

When the casino began offering blackjack in 2008, the poker room was moved from the main casino floor to a sports bar at Seminole Paradise. Now that area is being demolished as construction continues on the property.

Players who park in the Seminole Way hotel garage can now walk to the poker tables without having to go outside, avoiding the elements.

The ballrooms often have been used for special poker events, such as the World Poker Tour and Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open tournaments.

Coming up

It’s the first Friday of the month, which means it’s ladies’ night at Calder Casino. Drawing prizes from 6-9 p.m. include Grey Goose gift sets and shopping gift cards. The Fusion Band performs and Calder offers food and drink specials.

Gulfstream Park gives away free play every day in June, with the grand prize drawing being $15,000 on June 30. Every Sunday in June earn 100 points and receive a gift.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino gives away a bottle of Absolut Vodka Miami Edition for those who earn 10 comp dollars from midnight to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The gift may be picked up between 2 and 6 p.m. in the ballrooms.

Havana Broadway, a free variety show, is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Casino @ Dania Beach.

The Ultimate Miami series of competition as Magic City Casino begins Thursday, June 8, with comedy. Carlos Mencia headlines the show. Tickets are $40.

Seminole Classic’s big promotion for June is a 2017 Lincoln giveaway on June 30. Players can earn entries for the drawing daily. On Saturday, each entry earned is doubled, and on Wednesdays they are tripled.

Casino Miami offers karaoke from 7-11 p.m. on Thursdays.

Wayne Newton, “Mr. Las Vegas,” will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. (Look for an expanded story and interview with Newton this week in The Herald.) Tickets are $55-$95 via SeminoleCoconutCreekCasino.com.