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Big red machine draws colossal attention

Colossal Diamonds, pictured here at Calder Casino, is the size of three regular slot machines. The game is also at Hialeah Park, Gulfstream Park, the Isle Casino and Seminole Coconut Creek.
Colossal Diamonds, pictured here at Calder Casino, is the size of three regular slot machines. The game is also at Hialeah Park, Gulfstream Park, the Isle Casino and Seminole Coconut Creek.

If you’ve strolled into a South Florida casino lately, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a Colossal Diamonds slot machine. It’s very difficult to miss.

Colossal Diamonds is eight feet tall and eight feet wide — the width of about three regular slot machines. Three video reels each spin on 42-inch monitors, showing traditional slot symbols: the number 7, black bars and cherries.

The game, which slot managers often call “Big Red” because it looks like a farmland barn, has surfaced in more local casinos since making its debut in late 2014 at Calder Casino in Miami Gardens and at Hialeah Park. It has since been added at Gulfstream Park, Isle Casino in Pompano Beach and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

American Gaming Systems has been rolling out the game across the country, including in Las Vegas in 2016.

The game draws a crowd when people sit down to play it — and the machine has a bench, rather than a mere seat, so even though there’s only one SPIN button to push, friends can play along.

“We consider it a social game, and people line up behind it to watch,” says Andrew Burke, vice president of slot products for AGS, a small player in the slot world. “It's like a carnival attraction.”

Cost ranges from $1 to $5 per spin, with a top jackpot of $6,000.

This weekend

▪ Willie Nelson, with Los Lonely Boys opening, plays at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming parking lot. The event, titled Gator Jam, is $50 for general admission, $100 for VIP.

▪ Casino Miami gives away a Jeep Cherokee at 11 p.m. the next three Sundays. Hourly free play drawings begin at 2 p.m. Sundays. The Casino Miami poker room has been lacking action in recent months, but here’s an incentive: for every hour playing in the card room, you get a drawing entry for the Jeep.

▪ It’s the first Friday of the month, so that means glow-in-the-dark bingo at Calder Casino. Called “BinGlo,” sessions run at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. and prizes total about $10,000. But to get your BinGlo pack, you gotta earn 50 slot points (max of two packs per person).

▪ The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino throws a party for those who won jackpots of $1,200 or more in February. From 7-9 p.m. Monday, the casino gives away a grand prize of $10,000.

▪ Hialeah Park has its monthly “Birthday Bash” set for 8 p.m. March 13. Players’ club members who have a birthday in March receive a free cupcake and are entered to win their share of $1,000.

Poker

▪ The Seminole Hard Rock has a “Friday night special” poker tournament at 6 p.m. Entry is $130 and the tournament guarantees $10,000 in prize money. The winner also receives a seat in the upcoming Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, which on its own costs $3,500 to enter.

▪ Magic City Casino offers $1,500 high hands from 10 a.m. to noon on weekdays, and a “Big Slick” (a pocket ace and a king) heart royal flush pays $20K, with everyone else in the hand getting $500. Tournaments are at 8 p.m. Monday ($80) and 2 p.m. Thursday ($50).

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