Two poker rooms in Florida are going to reopen their doors this week. Players who will be coming in should very well expect an entirely different experience than what they used to know.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and Bestbet Jacksonville are readying their venues for reopening. Both shall start accepting customers, including poker players, as early as Thursday. Seminole aims to reopen on May 21, whereas Bestbet will do the same on Friday.
A friendship goes sour after this highly unusual incident at a casino in Florida.
Jan Flato, age 66, and his friend Marina Navarro, age 35, went to Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Fort Lauderdale. Jan was playing slots but wasn’t getting any wins with his $50 bets, so he asked his friend Marina to push the button for him to see if she could help change his luck.
And it sure did! The slot machine lit up with a whopping $100,000 pay line jackpot!
So what went wrong for Jan? Strange enough, it was Marina who got the money.
The casino managers, upon viewing the surveillance footage of the incident, claimed that since it was Marina who pushed the button, then the jackpot is actually hers.
According to the authorities in South Florida, a verbal argument at a poker room resulted to the fatal shooting of a former Army Ranger just outside a Miami casino last Christmas. The two suspects, Mikey Lenard and Kenin Bailey, both age 25, were apprehended and brought to court on Tuesday, December 27, for allegedly shooting Fernando Duarte, 33.
A once-a-week game of Mahjong enjoyed by a group of elderly women in Florida was busted by police for illegal gambling charges, according to a columnist from The Huffington Post. Apparently, the game only had a daily "loss limit" of just $4.
The first-ever World Poker Tour Alpha8 tournament ($100,000 buy-in) concluded yesterday at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida with Steven Silverman as the champion! The final table lasted for almost 18 levels and Silverman had to defeat November Niner J.C. Tran, who recently signed with 888poker, heads-up to take down the first place prize of $891,660.
The final table of six is set after three days of intensive poker at the World Poker Tour bestbet Open in Jacksonville, Florida. Danny Schechter will be the chip leader (3,825,000) when the final table kicks off at 20:00 CET tonight (2pm ET). Schechter only had 52,000 chips when Day 3 started, so you can just imagine what an incredible winning streak he has had.
He has almost double the amount of chips of his closest opponent (Michael Linster) and it will be interesting to see if he can keep a cool head at tonight's final table - where a first prize of $321,521 is up for grabs!
Final table chip counts: Seat 1: Pete Tinnesz - 1,035,000 Seat 2: Danny Schechter - 3,825,000 Seat 3: Michael Linster - 2,150,000 Seat 4: Pete Chwala - 1,180,000 Seat 5: David Bell - 1,980,000 Seat 6: David Diaz - 375,000
Very good news for poker players in Florida. On June 1, 2010, a new state law went into effect. The new law allows card rooms across the state to extend the opening hours and raise the buy-ins for no-limit poker games, as well. High stakes games will now be legal at 23 poker rooms run by horse and dog tracks and jai alai frontons. The new law also will let the Seminole Tribe to lift limits at its seven casinos, including the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa. Poker tournaments were held to a $1,000 maximum buy-in before, but now that limit has been removed plus that cardrooms at parimutuel facilities can now be open for 18 hours Sunday-Thursday, and 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.
Many poker analysts believe that the new law will open the door for televised tournaments played by pros to take place in the state of Florida.
A Broward County man was arrested the other day on suspicion of killing his wife. The arrested man and his wife were well-known in South Florida poker circles as they used to play a lot at the Pompano Beach Casino and also because their son runs a poker league that hosts games at bars all over South Florida.
Online poker players have gotten some great news from the state of Florida where Governor Charles Grist has signed off on a new bill passed by the state legislature earlier in May this year. This bill authorized an in depth study of the impact that legalising online poker in certain states will have on the economy and on the people.Read more » Florida looking to legalise online gambling
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