The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino near Hollywood has long been the focal point for large poker tournaments, but now a sister property is stepping up.
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is partnering with the World Series of Poker next month to host 12 days of poker that are part of a national series, called the WSOP Circuit Series.
“The World Series of Poker is the largest and most historic name in the industry,” said Seminole Gaming General Manager of Poker Operations Larry Frank. “As we continue to grow our poker brand throughout the state of Florida and globally, the partnership with WSOP proves a natural fit for Seminole Gaming.”
Events include a $365 buy-in from Feb. 9-11 and a $3,250 entry high roller tournament from Feb. 15-16. The main event costs $1,675 to enter and runs from Feb. 16-19. You also can win a free entry into the main event via HardRockPoker.com.
The Palm Beach Kennel Club hosted WSOP Circuit events from 2011 until the Seminole poker operation wrested it away last year.
“The poker pulse is strong in Florida and our partnership with Seminole Gaming has helped us expand our brand in the Sunshine State by working with two of its premiere properties,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.
The WSOP Circuit Series consists of 26 stops across the country, climaxing with a championship in May.
More info at SeminoleCoconutCreekPoker.com and WSOP.com.
Magic City entertainment
Dave Williamson, a 1996 Palmetto High graduate and grandson of the Williamson Cadillac founder, co-headlines a comedy show at 9 p.m. Friday at Magic City Casino. (When New Times named him Miami’s Best Comedian in 2012, he was described as “unpretentious and genuinely interesting.”) Now based in Los Angeles, Williamson has opened for Jim Gaffigan, Lewis Black and Jimmy Fallon.
Kira Soltanovich, who grew up in San Francisco as the child of Russian immigrants, is the other headliner. She was a correspondent on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” for over 8 years. She also appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.”
On Saturday, food trucks will be at Magic City from 5-10 p.m. Then at 10 p.m. is Tropikalia, a variety show with music, dancing and comedy similar to the Tropicana Nightclub in Havana, Cuba.
The Casino @ Dania Beach has muscled up its Sunday action. Players who hit a blackjack on one of the casino’s electronic machines between 6 and 7:30 p.m. are placed into a drawing for $200 free play. The casino also offers a “Match Pay” jackpot drawing at 7 p.m. and bingo for those who have earned 250 points at 8 p.m.
The casino also is now open 24 hours on weekends, officials announced.
▪ Thursdays are guest appreciation days at Hialeah Park. Pink card holders who earn five points receive $5 free play, silver holders $10 free play and black card holders $20 free play.
▪ Miccosukee Resort & Gaming calls it “Friends With Benefits.” Patrons with players’ club cards who bring a new signup to the venue receive $10 in free play. The new guest gets $30 in free slot play.
▪ Fridays are teachers’ days at Calder Casino. Players Club Members with valid school ID receive $10 Free Play with 20 points earned that day to qualify.
▪ The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino rewards those who won a jackpot in December with … more money. The event, at 7 p.m. Thursday, is for those who won a jackpot of $1,200 or more using their Seminole Wild Card last month. The casino gives away $500 to $10,000 in cash or free play every 30 minutes until 9 p.m. The Seminole Hard Rock also gives away a Ralph Lauren towel set to those who earn six comp dollars before 7 p.m. Sunday. The gift is to be picked up between 2 and 8 p.m.
▪ Seminole Classic has a new menu at its Stage Bar. Eight new dishes include a churrasco steak salad, black and bleu flatbread pizza, Burrata cheese platter and a charcuterie board.
▪ The Pointer Sisters (“I’m So Excited,” “Jump,” “Neutron Dance”) play at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Tickets are $40-$80 via Ticketmaster.com.
▪ The Isle Casino in Pompano Beach is rewarding slot players who are the casino’s weekly or monthly point leader. Top five each week in each classification (Gold, Platinum or Millionaire) win $100. On Feb. 1, the overall top two point leaders in each group win a trip to Las Vegas.
▪ Entertainer Benji Rafaeli sings in English, French, Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian and other languages from 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays at The Village at Gulfstream Park.