Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti Sr. visualized his 200-acre property as a gathering place — not just a place to play slots — and that shows in the scheduling of the casino’s fourth anniversary party.
The celebration runs from Aug. 24-27, and includes Gente de Zona and Tito Puente Jr.
Lucy Grau is up first, with a free show at 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. Another free show is Aug. 25, with Danny Daniel and Amaury Gutierrez booked for the Paddock Garden at 9 p.m. Foot trucks and DJ El Russo will be on hand at 7 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets, but food, beverages and coolers are not permitted.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for Gente De Zona, a Cuban reggaetón group that was part of three Grammy awards after their collaboration with Enrique Iglesias on his 2014 release “Bailando.” The show begins at 9 p.m. Aug. 26. Tickets are available at 1234ticket.com and are $25 for general admission, and much more for VIP.
Jose Fajardo Jr. plays another free show at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 27, with Puente listed as his special guest at the Fountain Terrace performance. A classic car show runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and DJ Larry Lopez hosts a dance party after Fajardo and Puente perform.
Brunetti bought the track in 1977 and closed it in 2001, saying there was too much horse racing competition. Hialeah Park was not one of the casinos state voters had in mind when the state and Miami-Dade County approved casinos. It took a legislative approval and challenges all the way up to the Florida Supreme Court for Hialeah to open.
Event for Hallandale PAL
WQAM 560 AM radio hosts Joe Rose and Zach Krantz are among the players at the seventh annual Thomas A. Magill Texas Hold-em Tournament on Aug. 26 at the Big Easy Poker Room at Mardi Gras Casino.
The event is in honor of former Police Chief Thomas A. Magill, who died suddenly in 2010. The Hallandale Beach Police Athletic League and the casino worked together to establish a scholarship fund in his name, and proceeds also help pay for sports equipment, uniforms and officials.
Entry is $100, and includes a buffet in the casino’s French Quarter restaurant. (Dining-only is $25.) Players can also rebuy and add chips. First place pays $3,000, second is $2,000 and third is $1,000.
Registration begins at 5 p.m., with the buffet open until 7:15 p.m. The tournament begins at 7:30 p.m.
For more information or to buy-In ahead of time visit hallandalebeachpal.com or call 954-457-1466.
The sixth annual Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic raised almost $145,000 through tournament entries and rebuys, live and silent auctions and sponsorships. The poker tournament, Aug. 7 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, drew 267 entrants.
Aron Dermer of Aventura won the event, earning an entry into the main event of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (worth $5,250) and $5,000 ($1,000 of which he donated back to the Conine Clubhouse, a part of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital).
Long-time NHL Florida Panthers broadcaster Randy Moller, an avid poker player, finished sixth, earning $850 and an entry into the Seminole Hard Rock’s Big 4 tournament, worth $1,100.
▪ Carlos Oliva and Los Sobrinos del Juez give a free performance at 9 p.m. Saturday at Magic City Casino. The group is known for a fusion of Cuban music, Salsa, Afro beats, Samba, Jazz and Rock. Hits include “Dime Si Te Gusto” and “Pelotero La Bola.”
▪ Gulfstream Park has slot tournaments at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays, with the winner receiving $2,500 in free slot play. Entry requires 10 slot points and the top 26 players in each session will win a prize.
▪ Mardi Gras Casino has “Johnny on the Spot” from 9 a.m.- to 11 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Patrons can receive $15 in bonus slot play for every 30 points earned.
▪ The Isle Casino gives away Betty Crocker gifts such as toasters, blenders and mixers to slot players who earn 500 points from 3-9 p.m. on Mondays in August.
▪ The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood has “Gift Card Pick’em” on Sunday. Slot players who earn 10 comp dollars before 3 p.m. can win $30 to $1,000 in gift cards or free play, to be picked up in the ballrooms from 1-4 p.m. Gift card brands include Total Wine & More, Bed Bath & Beyond and Publix.
▪ Seminole Casino Coconut Creek has a “KitchenAid Win A Kitchen” giveaway from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Patrons can earn points from now through Saturday for a KitchenAid appliance package (refrigerator, range and dishwasher) or up to $1,000 in free play. Eight people will win every hour.