Kings and queens are common casino images. Demons and dragons less so. And never has a slot player entered the fictional continent of Westeros.
Until now. Game of Thrones slot machines made their debut earlier this year at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and now as Season 6 of the show begins on HBO Sunday, they’re poised to be installed at casinos across South Florida.
The game features clips from the show, based on George R.R Martin’s series of fantasy novel, and is loaded with animation and graphics in the quest for the Iron Throne. Features include the Battle of Blackwater Bay, the Wall and the Mother of Dragons.
Like the show, the machine is big and imposing. It’s almost double the size of a traditional slot, with two large curved screens stacked on top of each other.
Aristocrat, based in Las Vegas, introduced the game last year, and it won awards at conventions where new games are being introduced. (Yes, such conventions exist.)
It’s noteworthy that Aristocrat is doing such a quick turn, releasing a game from a hot show. (Game of Thrones won 12 Emmys last year.) The other hot games listed this year are from the movie Caddyshack and The Simpsons.
Note to all those who follow the show: No, the machine’s video clips don’t provide any forecasts on the future of popular character Jon Snow, who died — or not — last season.
“I spent $50 on it, and, nope, not a clue,” one player said.
Mardi Gras craps
Craps are illegal in Florida, but “crappy” promotions aren’t. For years, Mardi Gras Casino has poked fun at itself, and at craps, with its “Crappiest Promotion.”
Slot players are selected to roll large dice and win free play. The latest incarnation of the Hallandale Beach casino’s promotion runs every two hours from 1-9 p.m. on Tuesdays in April.
Slot players can earn extra drawing entries from 9 a.m. to midnight on Mondays.
▪ Freestyle singers Cynthia and Johnny O perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Magic City Casino’s Stage 305. Hits from the late 1990s include “Fantasy Girl,” “Dreamboy/Dreamgirl” and “Change on Me.” Tickets are $10.
▪ Havana-born Lisett Morales performs for free at 9 p.m. Saturday at Casino Miami. Morales also has performed off-Broadway in “The Life and Music of Celia Cruz” and with the “Celia Cruz All Stars.”
▪ The Spring Splash promotion at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino includes a Toyota Yaris giveaway at midnight on Wednesdays. Earn entries from Mondays to Wednesdays.
▪ Hialeah Park’s big event for April is a $75,000 guarantee that players can enter for $100 at 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. April 23-29. High hands include $500 every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
▪ Seminole Casino Coconut Creek’s Coco Poker Spring Series begins this week with a $130 buy-in, $100K guarantee tournament at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily through Saturday. Survivors play for the championship on Sunday. The main event is a $350 buy-in at 7 p.m. April 27 and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 28-30. The event carries a $250,000 guarantee. Eleven more events have guarantees ranging from $2,500 to $25,000.
▪ The Seminole Poker Showdown is winding down, but organizers already have incentives for the next big event, in August, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO). Mega satellites are at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 24. The mega satellite includes a two-seat guarantee into the $5,250 buy-in August 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship and features a $570 buy-in.
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