A Full House (or an Empty Bank Account)

If you have no idea what a “$500+$50 buy-in” means, you haven’t played a game of poker that can truly hurt your bank account — or truly increase it. A “$500+$50 buy-in” means that $500 goes to the prize pool and $50 goes to the tournament organizers: You’re dishing out a steep $550 to get the games started. This is the case at the Florida Million Poker Tournament: There will be satellites and super satellites — but all that this poker talk means is that, by the end, there will be a guaranteed minimum prize pool of $500,000. The Florida Million tournament will be played in two stages. The first stage, called “Day One,” will be played at six locations through March. Locally, players can compete at noon on Sunday and March 14 at the Big Easy Poker Room located at the Mardi Gras Casino, 831 N. Federal Highway in Hallandale Beach. Play will be paused when the field is cut down to the top 10 percent, and the winnings will be sent on to the final round of playing scheduled for April 10 at the Derby Lane Poker Room in St. Petersburg. For a full schedule of events, visit playbigeasypoker.com. For more info, visit playmardigras.com or flmillion.com, or call 954-924-3200.
Sun., March 7, noon; Sun., March 14, 2010
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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