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DIY bingo pays off big in Florida

3 April 2012

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (PRESS RELEASE) – Seminole Casino Hollywood paid out a whopping $108,800 in three big wins during March in the Seminole’s only South Florida bingo hall.

"It’s not unheard of for people to win this kind of money in bingo here, but it was a great month for our players," said Adrian Fox, Seminole Casino Hollywood general manager.

Nighttime bingo sessions in the spacious room usually pay out from $400 to $1,199 per game, according to Hillary Jurgensen, advertising and PR manager for Seminole Casino Hollywood. Yet, on three nights last month, bingo was much, much more lucrative for a lucky few.

On Sat., Mar. 3, a lady won $56,000. Then on Sun., Mar. 25, a second woman shouted "bingo" for $29,000. And three days later on Wed., Mar. 28 yet another lady won $23,600.

All three wins by the women were on Do-It-Yourself cards, meaning the players create their own bingo card by choosing eight numbers which must be called before the 20th number in order to win the posted prize amount.

The casino offers both paper and electronic Do-It-Yourself (DIY) bingo. In the electronic version, players can purchase up to 899 one-dollar cards to automatically play for a single game.

Two of the March bingo hits were on paper cards while on Mar. 28 the win was electronic.

A Hallandale woman had two electronic cards and a few write-on-paper ones in November 2010 when she won $129,000 on an electronic card. The biggest DIY jackpot at Seminole Casino Hollywood was for $320,000 in 2005.

"We've given away more than $400 million in bingo prizes over 30-plus years. Why would anyone go anywhere else for bingo?" asked Director of Marketing Michael J. Broderick.

Seminole Casino Hollywood pioneered Indian gaming in North America when it opened as the country’s first large stakes bingo hall in 1979, eventually expanding. Today, in addition to its very popular high-stakes bingo room, it offers 1,250 state-of-the-art slot machines, a non-smoking 10-table poker room featuring free drinks; and no-limit high stakes games 24/7, including Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Spanish 21, Mini-Baccarat, War, Ultimate Texas Hold ’em and Pai Gow Poker.

Sessions are played every night at 7 p.m., except for 6 p.m. on Sundays. Session card packs cost $24, $35, and $46 most nights, with $10, $25 and $35 specials offered throughout each month.

Nite Owl sessions are played every night at 10 p.m., except 9 p.m. on Sundays and Tuesdays at 10:30 (after Free Bingo) with prizes from $150 to $250 per game most nights. Nite Owl packs are $19 except on Saturdays when they’re $25.

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