Two big attractions for slot players — free play and automobiles — have made for a busy start to 2016 at Calder Casino. And it comes to a climax on Saturday.
That’s when the casino wraps up a two-month promotion called Decide Your Ride. The winner chooses from a Buick Verano, Buick Encore or GMC Canyon. (You see, some people want a sporty car, others an SUV, so…)
Calder had the busiest slot February among Miami-Dade casinos, state statistics show. The casino, just south of the county line between Broward and Miami-Dade, did $6,539,830 in slot revenues, ahead of Magic City Casino ($6,510,208), Hialeah ($6.1 million) and Casino Miami ($5.3 million).
Calder director of marketing Matthew Harper notes the Miami-Dade casinos all take turns being at the top, but said the car promotion and Calder’s generous free play program for new players and regular customers have boosted business. Calder gave away $1.2 million in free slot play in February, while the three others combined gave only $1.4 million.
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Calder has drawn one name each Saturday since Feb. 6 to become finalists to win the car. Those six will be joined by seven others on Saturday — one each from 7 through 10 p.m. — and the grand prize winner will be drawn shortly after. Calder gives away more free play to the 12 other finalists — $500 each.
Gulfstream Rainbow 6
A horse-racing jackpot of more than $4 million will be divvied up no later than Saturday at Gulfstream Park. That’s the day marked for a mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6.
The Rainbow 6 is paid out when there is one single unique ticket sold with six winners of the designated races. In other words, if you pick the favorites, and so does everyone else, no one gets the Rainbow 6 jackpot. The jackpot had been building since Jan. 13 and surpassed $4 million on Sunday. Since the racing season is coming to an end and Gulfstream has been collecting all that money, the track’s gotta pay it out. So anyone who just hits the six winners on Saturday gets a share of the loot. (Presuming nobody hit on Wednesday or Thursday, after I turned this column in, or on Friday.)
The payout on Jan. 13 was “only” $76,799.38. The Rainbow 6 produced a record payoff of $6.6 million for a Palm Beach bettor on May 25, 2014. The previous record of $3,591,245.44 was received by a New Jersey bettor on Feb. 22, 2013.
Hialeah Park’s big March tournament, a $50,000 guarantee that players can enter for $100, is still open for entries at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. through Friday. The tournament concludes Saturday.
Gulfstream Park has $500 high hands every 30 minutes from 1-10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and $250 for the same time Mondays through Wednesdays. (If you hit it with only one card in hand, you get half.) There’s also a consolation prize if you score quads but it’s not a high hand: they give you $100 on the spot.
Deepstack Saturdays, a $150 tournament at 11 a.m. Saturdays in March, concludes at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino near Hollywood. The event guarantees $15,000 in prize money and players start with 20,000 chips.
Get ready for a classic big band that knows Cuban music, and more: Charanga Tipica Tropical, a 12-piece band, plays at 9 p.m. Saturday at Casino Miami. The band has been in Miami since 1973 and features multiple vocalists and percussionists.
Meanwhile, Magic City Casino favorite Peter Hernandez and the Open House Band play at 10 p.m. Saturday at the casino. Admission is free.
Guest Appreciation Day is from 9 a.m. to midnight Thursdays at Hialeah Park. Players club members who earn one point are eligible to receive $5, $10 or $20 free play depending on their card level.
Mardi Gras has “Hoop There It Is” from 6-10 p.m. hourly Fridays. Earn 15 points for a chance to shoot some at a miniature basket. Every shot you make out of five gets you $100 bonus play.
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