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Cosmic Bingo: Lights out at Seminole Classic


Two disco balls scatter silver light over the dark room. Dance music thumps. And the bingo caller implores, “Somebody scream!”

Cosmic Bingo has hit Seminole Casino Hollywood.

“Definitely not your grandma’s bingo,” general manager Adrian Fox said.

The staff wear outlandish wigs and fluorescent shirts that say: “Play With Me In The Dark.”

Players have glow-sticks around their necks. Danceable oldies blare ... Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours, Kool & The Gang’s Ladies Night and the BeeGees’ Stayin’ Alive.

It's at 10 and 11 p.m. Fridays. A package of cards for eight games costs $6. Winners usually get $100, but the last game is for $250 in free casino play, and there’s a “progressive” game where the prize can grow to $1,000. Call 954-961-3220.

There’s also free liquor. As part of a temporary promotion, the casino has been began giving free drinks to people playing slots, poker or bingo.

The casino, known to locals as Seminole Classic, opened in 1979 as a bingo hall before adding slots and poker. Fox said Cosmic Bingo has drawn a younger crowd.

Guillermo and Eneida Vega, of Miramar, recently came with their 31-year-old son, Guillermo Jr. Eneida — whose son calls her “a professional bingo player” — has been visiting the bingo hall for 16 years. She said the noise and the darkness of Cosmic Bingo make the game “confusing but fun.”

Adds Fox: “I think we have a bright future ahead of us. Or maybe a dark future with glow sticks.”

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NICK SORTAL began playing 3-card "gut" and "Indian poker" on high school band trips, moved on to "night baseball" and "pass the trash" during a Dr. Pepper-infused midnight game in the 1980s at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and now play in a regular neighborhood Hold 'Em game in Plantation. I have been given the assignment of writing about the gambling life in South Florida casinos for the Sun-Sentinel...which means sitting around watching poker on TV now counts as research.
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