Push right buttons at Calder, end up in Las Vegas

Calder Casino hosts a qualifier for the TournEvent of Champions slot tournament in Las Vegas. First prize there is $1 million.
Calder Casino hosts a qualifier for the TournEvent of Champions slot tournament in Las Vegas. First prize there is $1 million.

There isn’t much strategy to playing slot machines, so a “slot tournament” consists of basically pushing a button as fast as you can.

That said, an event at Calder Casino feeds into a national tournament that pays $1 million to the winner.

The awkwardly phrased TournEvent of Champions runs on Saturdays through Aug. 20. Two winners will then go to the XS Nightclub in Las Vegas Sept. 28 to compete against qualifiers from more than 100 casinos across the United States.

You need to earn 50 slot points during the week at Calder to qualify for the Saturday competitions. From there, players accrue points for the trip to Vegas. The person with the most points as of Aug. 20 wins a spot. Then the next 399 players return on Aug. 27 to play off to be Calder’s second representative.

Rounds last three minutes, and the quicker you push the “spin” button, the more chances you have to score points. So, get those fingers in shape.

More info at Tourneventofchampions.com.

‘State’ poker championship

Nine years ago, when poker tournament entries were capped at $800, Isle Poker Director Mike Smith created the “Florida State Poker Championship.”

Was it really the championship of our fair state? No. But the tournament series has stuck around under Smith’s replacement, Stan Strickland.

The series, consisting of 14 events, now climaxes with a $1,500 buy-in tournament that players can enter July 21-23. The card room guarantees $500,000 in prize money.

Go to TheIslePompanoPark.com.

More poker

▪ Gulfstream Park is waiting until midnight for its big high-hand payouts this month. The card room pays out $500 every 30 minutes from 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, then bumps it to $1,000 at midnight.

▪ The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has regular big high-hand action. From 12:30 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, those playing $2-$5 limit or higher receive $1,000 if they have the best hand over a 30-minute period. It’s $750 for $1-$2 no-limit players and $500 for $2-$4 limit. Meanwhile, a $350 buy-in tournament at 4 p.m. Friday carries a $25,000 guarantee, as well as mega satellite seats (worth $570) to the final 10 players. Those seats give players a chance to earn entry into the $5 million Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in August.

▪ Hialeah Park has a tournament at 6 p.m. Wednesdays that carries a $10,000 guarantee for a $100 buy-in.

This weekend

▪ Casino Miami offers its $100,000 BBQ Cash giveaway from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Patrons can win up to $1,000 cash hourly. From 3 p.m. to midnight Sundays, it’s the $30,000 Summer Free Play Bash.

▪ Hialeah Park’s monthly “birthday bash” is Sunday. Those with birthdays in July receive a free cupcake and are eligible for $1,000 in drawings at 8 p.m.

▪ Miccosukee Resort & Gaming gives away $500 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursday. Slot players must have earned 75 points to be eligible for the drawing.

▪ Seminole Casino Coconut Creek gives away $1,000 in free play to five slot players every 30 minutes from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Players may insert their Seminole Wild Card into any slot machine daily for one free drawing entry and receive an additional entry for every Comp Dollar earned.

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