She didn’t believe it: Patron hits for record $2.3 million at Seminole Hard Rock

If you get the right cards, you could win $1,000 at Hialeah Park on Friday.
If you get the right cards, you could win $1,000 at Hialeah Park on Friday.

Almost every slot player walks into the casino with the hope that today will be their day, and for one player that day was Nov. 14.

In fact, it was the best day ever for a South Florida slot player: A woman hit for $2,302,052.55 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. She (understandably) declined to be identified, and casino management is, as expected, tight with personal details.

But one thing we do know is that she was stunned, and her children didn’t believe it.

“She called them and they said, ‘Oh, that can’t be $2.3 million,” said Seminole Hard Rock marketing VP LuAnn Fetcho. “That must be 2.3 million credits.

The win came on Scientific Games’ “Twin Fire Featuring Quick Hit and Hot Shot.” The guest was playing what is known as a “penny” machine but to hit the large jackpot every “payline” must be covered. That means a person must bet $3.

The machine is a “linked progressive” based at Native American casinos. In other words, several native American casinos each have machines running, and a few pennies from each pull go into the big jackpot. So the regular payout percentages of a progressive are lower than a stand-alone machine, but that’s what you have to do if you’re going to chase that life-changing money.

The Seminole Hard Rock patron is a regular player there and told Fetcho that she specifically came with the dream of chasing that Hot Shot jackpot. She said she’d pay off any debt with her winnings, buy an iPad and fix up her house.

“I guess it still wasn’t hitting her. She was numb,” Fetcho said. “I told her she could get several iPads and even get a whole new house.”

Fetcho also provided some solace for those of us who think too many jerks win, saying the woman was “so, so lovely.

“I was touched by her,” Fetcho said.

The woman and her party dined at Kuro after the winning. The casino picked up the tab. (Hey, isn’t that kind of ironic?)

The machine jackpot was reset at $400,000 and has been slowly building since.

Casino guide

Gift idea: The 2018 edition of American Casino Guide was released earlier this month, with 480 pages of information on every casino across the United States.

The casino guide has been published annually since 1992 by Hollywood resident Steve Bourie, and includes info on casino-resorts, riverboats and Indian casinos.

The book also includes 177 coupons valued at more than $1,000. The book lists at $18.95. Go to


It’s Black Friday to shoppers, but to poker players it’s Green Friday.

Understanding that the day after Thanksgiving might be a good day for many men to get away (poker is 90 percent male), two card rooms have big incentives. From noon to midnight, the Hialeah Park poker room gives away $1,000 high hands every 20 minutes on even hours and $1,000 on the hour on odd hours. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino gives away $1,000 every 30 minutes from noon to 10 p.m. with rollovers. (That means if no one wins during a 30-minute period, the next prize will be $2,000.)

Meanwhile, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open continues at the Seminole Hard Rock with the main event. Players can enter for $3,500 at noon Friday or Saturday. The card room guarantees $2 million in payouts.

Symphony of Lights

Gulfstream Park’s Symphony of Lights runs from Nov. 24. through Dec. 31. The event, 6-11 nightly, features thousands of lights and a 50-foot tree, with the lights synchronized to holiday music hourly.

Every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 23, Santa and Mrs. Claus appear, as well as juggling acts and stilt walkers, face painting, train rides and an interactive DJ.

Coming up

▪ Comedian Mr. Red, who has been posting videos on social media for about a year, is at Magic City Casino at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20-$40.

▪ Calder Casino has a Thanksgiving buffet at its Tropical Gardens restaurant from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $24.99 and includes carved turkey and pumpkin pie. Call 305-625-7227. The casino also gives away up to $1,000 in free play from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, the casino gives way electronics, and offers bingo at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. for those earning 50 slot points.

▪ Seminole Casino Coconut Creek gives away $75,000 from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday. There will be eight winners hourly of up to $7,500 in cash or free play.

▪ Flowers for Taco, known for improvisational jams, is the band this weekend as part of a series at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The band plays at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Beer, house wine and well drinks are half-price from 10 p.m. to midnight.

▪ The Kings Court poker room in Florida City has $100 high hands every 30 minutes from noon to midnight, with rollovers.

▪ The Casino @ Dania Beach offers “Pauly’s Pigskin Picks” for the 1 p.m. Sunday NFL games. Winners get $50 in free slot play and a free meal at Luxe buffet.