Slot players are accustomed to random giveaway promotions, designed to keep them gambling longer.
Now, these promotions are coming to poker rooms: Studz Poker Club at Calder Casino and Race Course is giving away $500 five times between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. To be eligible, players must have logged at least 30 minutes of table time.
Card rooms usually take $1 from each hand to apply toward jackpots, in addition to money they pull from each hand for their profits. In most cases, poker rooms offer some kind of payoff for the highest hand of the hour or half-hour.
But Florida law doesn't allow for card rooms to use that jackpot money — funded by the players — toward random-winner promotions. So Studz is paying for the hot-seat giveaways from its own budget, said Chris Trabue, Studz's director of poker.
“We wanted to offer something different than the normal high hands that everyone else is running,” he said. “It's a new way for players to win money without necessarily having the best hand.”
But Studz also will continue its regular, jackpot-funded, high-hand promotion of $100 every 30 minutes Sundays through Thursdays, and $500 every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Get full details at CalderRaceCourse.com/poker/promotions.
Rousso headlines charity tournament
Former law student Vanessa Rousso is going all in for justice.
The 2001 Wellington High valedictorian will be the featured player in the Betting for Justice Charity Poker Tournament noon Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. Buy-in is $150, with rebuys of $25 and a $50 add-on. The money will go toward Legal Services of Greater Miami, which helps Miami-Dade and Monroe county residents with civil cases.
Rousso graduated from Duke University in 2 1/2 years, and then enrolled at the University of Miami law school before leaving to play poker full-time.
First prize is $10,000. Visit LSGMI.org or call 305-438-2531.
WQAM tournament with charity angle
WQAM radio personalities Sid Rosenberg, Joe Rose and Channing Crowder will be featured in a tournament 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Big Easy Poker Room at Mardi Gras Casino.
Players will choose which host's “team” they want to represent and be given the “colors” for his team (i.e., a T-shirt). The tournament's winner will take home the prize pool, but also will win money for his host's charity.
Cost is $100 buy-in, with one $20 rebuy.
Call 954-924-3200 or visit MardiGrasCasinoFL.com.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun