Florida is well-known worldwide for entrancing beaches, a heart-stopping dance scene, and some of the best Latin American cuisine anywhere outside of Central and South America.
However, Florida is also a gamblers paradise, with casino destinations hosting Vegas-style games such as craps, roulette, baccarat, poker, pai-gow, and a whole host of other games of chance and skill. In addition, some have lavish resort-style amenities including pools, lazy rivers, nightclubs and more.
While there are countless gaming options in Florida,we’re going to take a look at some of the must-visit casinos in the Sunshine State.
The college football and basketball championships will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta CVB)
We have big sports year ahead of us in 2020 and I can’t wait to get into it all. Sure, it is a presidential election year, but you can’t bet on debates, though I sure wish we could. So, as we start to look ahead to see what excitement we can start preparing for, find your tickets, book your hotel and gear up for some great sports getaways!
We are excited to unveil some of our top sporting events to look forward to in 2020…we hope you agree!
$1 Million Champion Tamar M. from del Lago Resort and Casino
The largest slot tournament in the world crowned another $1 million winner. This year’s TournEvent of Champions® winner Tamar M. won the grand prize on October 16 at XS Nightclub in the Wynn/Encore Las Vegas Resort. Tamar M., representing del Lago Resort and Casino in Waterloo, New York, walked away with the grand prize of One Million Dollars*, bringing to a conclusion the industry’s premier slot tournament.
“Congratulations to Tamar M. from del Lago Resort and Casino for winning this year’s TournEvent of Champions The Million Dollar Event,” said Ed Peters, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, at Everi. “Since its start as statewide slot tournaments in California and Washington in 2012, we have offered the premier slot tournament in North America filled with memorable experiences for all of the players and finalists. As we have expanded the campaign across the U.S. and Canada with hundreds of thousands of players participating on an annual basis, we have had many unforgettable nights at each of the partnering casinos’ qualifying events and unmatched entertainment and excitement at The Million Dollar Event in Las Vegas every year. This success is not possible without the commitment of our partner casinos, our promotions team, and sponsors.”
The 2019 TournEvent of Champions kicked off in May 2019 featuring two tour buses traveling more than 20,000 miles across North America with The Money Man®, Everi’s iconic brand ambassador, to visit 86 partner casinos. More than 230,000 participants competed in TournEvent qualifiers to identify the top 153 players who competed in The Million Dollar Event on October 16 for a share of more than $1.3 million in cash prizes, including the One Million Dollar* top prize.
This year’s event also included a charity slot tournament between rounds 1 and 2 of The Million Dollar Event during which $10,000 will be donated to winners’ charities of choice. Some of the industry’s most subscribed to slot stars on YouTube and well-respected trade journalists and publishers participated in the Slot Star Charity TournEvent. Jason with King Jason Slots came in first playing for Autism Speaks, followed by Sarah with Slotlady in second place for Cancer Research Institute, and Diana Evoni with Vegas Slot Machine Videos in third place for Sunday Friends.
* The One Million Dollar top prize payable in periodic payments over 20 years or in a lump sum, present day cash value payment.
For information on next year’s qualifying events, visit TournEventofChampions.com
When it comes to beating the odds in the casino, sometimes the best strategy is to make your casino getaway less about the gambling, and more about pampering yourself and enjoying the amenities offered. While the casino’s may not like to hear us say that, they wouldn’t build these luxurious spas, indoor pools, concert venues and more if they didn’t feel their guests would utilize them. In our opinion, it is the amenities like these that sway visitation, and encourage us visit time and time again, and for G&D to continue to write about them in our articles.
We are excited to feature a few of the premium casinos around the region that are sure bets for not only great gambling, but also awesome indoor amenities.
Whether you are a culinary artist, a novice in the kitchen, or merely want to snack while watching a literal feast for the eyes, there is just something about food preparation that makes it hard to look away. Some shows, in particular, are extremely captivating, which is partly due to the person guiding the viewer through the recipe. From expert chefs to YouTube sensations, there are a plethora of show hosts worth noting for their personality alone.
We are excited to present to you some our favorite cooking shows and chefs that inspire our culinary caveats…enjoy!
Fairbanks Steakhouse at Hollywood Casino Tunica
Just minutes south of Memphis you’ll find two amazing restaurants that capture the essence of Southern-style cuisine and offer a truly unique dining experience, Fairbanks Steakhouse at Hollywood Casino and The Barn Prime at 1st Jackpot Casino.
Award-winning Steaks & Seafood at Fairbanks
Fairbanks Steakhouse at Hollywood Casino greets you with classic style and sophistication, as well as an outstanding menu filled with steaks, chops, seafood and an array of rich pastas and fresh salads. As the recipient of several awards from Southern Gaming and other outlets, this elegant restaurant features extraordinary service and an award-winning wine selection.