The four-year celebration of Hialeah Park was wiped out by weather twice. So Frank Fiore wants to make sure the property does entertainment right in Year Five. Fiore, Hialeah Park's vice president of entertainment, recently announced a full slate of ...
The four-year celebration of Hialeah Park was wiped out by weather twice. So Frank Fiore wants to make sure the property does entertainment right in Year Five.
Fiore, Hialeah Park’s vice president of entertainment, recently announced a full slate of concerts and other activities, all of which will run in the winter months. The first is a Halloween costume party Saturday night.
“We all met and said, ‘Listen, let’s take Mother Nature out of it as much as we can,’” Fiore said. The new plan is for events from Halloween to Christmas, take January off, then resume until maybe April.
Amaury Gutierrez plays at Hialeah Park Dec. 16.
This year’s anniversary party was first scheduled for Aug. 24-27 but postponed earlier that week on forecasts of constant rain. Then Hurricane Irma hit during the rescheduled dates of Sept. 7-10.
“All I can say is thank you to all the artists. They all came back and didn’t beat me up,” Fiore said. “They are honoring contracts twice postponed.”
Fiore said the calendar has a clear deference to Cuban Americans over the age of 45 — that’s the casino’s core patron — as exemplified by appearances by José Fajardo Jr., Tito Puente, Jr., Amaury Gutierrez and Danny Daniel.
Danny Daniel plays at Hialeah Park Dec. 16.
“Then you try to stretch a little,” he said. So a car show, a freestyle concert and a barbecue event are also planned. Crowds run about 200 to 300 at the property’s Fountain Terrace. The Paddock Garden, where patrons often bring their own chairs, has drawn 1,500, but Fiore expects up to 2,500 this season. The amphitheater officially holds 2,735, but could expand by placing seats around the ring, Fiore said.
All of the shows are free, except for the boxing match. The schedule:
▪ Fountain Terrace: A Halloween costume contest with $1,000 in cash prizes is at 8 p.m. Saturday (21 and over welcome); Danay Suarez at 8 p.m. Nov. 11; Lucy Grau at 8 p.m. Nov. 17; José Fajardo, Jr. and Tito Puente, Jr. at 8 p.m. Nov. 18; The Habana Boys at 8 p.m. March 2-3 and 4 p.m. March 4.
▪ Paddock Garden: Open car and truck show, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12; Jack Daniels Bar-B-Q and Beats with Oscar G and more, noon to 10 p.m. Nov. 25; Amaury Gutierrez and Danny Daniel, 9 p.m. Dec. 16; Freestyle Fever 2, 9 p.m. Feb. 3.
▪ Amphitheater: Professional boxing, with the undercard at 6 p.m. and Fox Sports broadcast starting at 9 p.m. Dec. 8. Jean Pascal, a Haitian-American who has held light-heavyweight titles in the past decade, faces Ahmed Elbiali, who is 16-0 and graduated from Florida International University.
Hard Rock poker
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood announced details for its next major poker series, the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Nov. 15-29. This year’s RRPO features 17 tournaments spanning 15 days of action, highlighted by a $3,500 buy-in, $2 million guaranteed championship.
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Kicking off the series is the $360 buy-in Ultimate Re-Entry with a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool. The Ultimate Re-Entry offers eight starting flights beginning Nov. 15. Players will earn $2,500 Multi-Stack Payouts for each day they bag after their first. Those who advance will carry their largest chip stack forward and all Day 2 players are guaranteed a payout. Last year’s RRPO opener drew more than 5,000 entries.
The $2 Million Guaranteed Championship will be televised and live streamed by Poker Night in America and broadcast on CBS Sports network as part of Poker Night in America’s “The Final Table.”
Creek going purple
Most of us now associate pink with breast cancer awareness. Now, as November approaches, look for purple at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. It’s for pancreatic cancer awareness.
The casino will have logo’d items, food and beverage programs and purple-themed décor throughout the property.
On Nov. 16 (World Pancreatic Cancer Day), Captain Lee Rosbach from Bravo TV’s Below Deck will host an event at 7 p.m. at Legends Lounge next to NYY Steak. Tickets are $125 and benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. A painting by Blackburn Galleries founder Angela Blackburn, valued at $12,000, will be given away.
Tickets are $125 at 954-627-5379.
▪ Miccosukee Resort & Gaming has a free poker tournament at 7 p.m. each Friday. The type of game rotates, and this Friday it’s Crazy Pineapple (kind of like Texas Hold ’em, but with more cards). The event guarantees $5,000 in prize money.
▪ Seminole Classic gives away a Ford Mustang Friday night. Qualifiers will be selected every 30 minutes from 7 to 10 p.m. At 11 p.m. one person will win the car and the other qualifiers will win $500 free play each. The casino also gives away $5,000 free play at 11:30 p.m. in a “last chance” drawing.
▪ Seminole Casino Coconut Creek presents “An Evening with Neil Sedaka” at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $50-$80 via Ticketmaster.
▪ Calder Casino completes a month-long promotion with a drawing for a Fiat Spider Saturday night. The casino has been drawing finalists throughout October.
▪ Gulfstream Park has a “Ghouls Night Out” costume contest at 10:15 p.m. Saturday. Participants must register at the player’s club at least 15 minutes beforehand.
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