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Mardi Gras has comedy contest

Mardi Gras Casino is conducting its first Comedy Challenge with the winner opening for Paula Poundstone when she comes to the casino. There's also a cash prize of $5,000.

The open auditions are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 12-13.

Each contestant will have three minutes. Registration is available on-line and the day of the auditions.

Judges will select 40 contestants who will return on Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19th, to perform in front of a live audience.

All shows are at 8 p.m.

Aug. 25: Marion Grodin; Sept. 1: Lady Roz G; Sept. 8: Sarge; Sept. 15th: Eddie Brill; Sept. 22:
Michele Balan.

The finals are at 8 p.m. Oct. 6, with Bobby Collins headling. Those tickets cost $25.

Poundstone performs at 7 p.m. Oct. 22. Tickets are $40.

Mardi Gras Casino, at 831 North Federal Highway, is reachable at 954-924-3200 or

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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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