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Florida Gambling Casinos
As with many states, Florida gaming regulations have evolved as a witches brew of laws, regulations, and afterthoughts from legislators that were driven by an assortment of motivations. To top it all off, Florida voters in November 2018 passed an amendment to the Florida constitution that prohibits any new casinos without voter approval. At the same time voters also abolished dog racing in Florida effective January 1, 2021.
Since many dog tracks have card rooms, those card rooms will be allowed to continue once the live dog racing ends.
Seminole Indian Casinos
American Indians, by virtue of owning Indian reservations are able to build casinos on the reservations and in some cases at other sites. In Florida, the Seminole Indian tribe operates two hotel casinos plus several non hotel casino sites throughout the state. Additionally, the Miccosukee tribe operates a hotel casino just outside of Miami named Miccosukee Resort & Gaming. This casino offers 1700 slots but poker is closed to COVID-19.
Florida gambling casinos including Seminole Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos which offer the largest and most comprehensive casinos in Florida. The non-Hardrock Seminole casinos have basic Las Vegas types of games including roulette and blackjack as well as slots, poker, and baccarat.
Gambling venues at horse racing tracks, former dog racing tracks and Jai Alai frontons are called Racinos. Florida has a mishmash of casino laws that means poker tables are permitted at horse track, former dog tracks, and at Jai Alai frontons, but not gaming machines such as slots. But there are exceptions as noted below.
Miami-Dade and Broward County (Fort Lauderdale) Exceptions
There are exceptions to the poker table only rules for horse race tracks, and Jai-Alai in Miami-Dade and Broward County (Fort Lauderdale) where slots are also allowed. Therefore, you will see slots at Casino Miami, a Jai Alai fronton, Magic City Casino and the casino at Gulfstream Park and Isle Casino at Pompano Raceway.
Gulfstream Park Casino
The Gulfstream Park Casino features classic and the newest slots, plus video game tables. Our casino has been redesigned with socially distant slot and video table games to offer a fun and spacious experience. The Champions Club offers exclusive benefits, such as free entries to giveaways and rewards to all members. The Poker Room will remain closed until further notice.
Jai alai, a sport that traces its history 400 years back, had a strong presence in Florida for more than half a century. Miami led the way with a fronton opening in 1924. In 1953, Tampa and Dania added frontons. Jai-Alai is played much like racquet ball only with a much harder ball that travels at speeds up to 180 miles per hour. Now many of Florida's card rooms offer betting on live Jai-Alai games during several months of the year.
Calder Casino and Jai-Alai in Miami Gardens
Calder offers Jai-Alai during several months of the year and you can bet on it.
Calder Casino operates today as an electronic gaming casino offering 1,100 new and traditional slots, video poker, and electronic versions of blackjack and roulette. Bingo is offered on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Card Rooms in Florida
Dog racing was banned by Florida voters in a November 2018 referendum and all dog racing in Florida must cease by the end of 2020. Many of the dog tracks were able to operate card rooms offering various forms of poker. These will continue, many with Jai-Alai frontons offering games during the season.
Cruise Ship Casinos
With the exception of the ships of Disney Cruise Lines there are gambling casinos on virtually every one of the hundreds of cruise ships that sail from Florida ports . The casinos on these ships open as soon as the ships reach international waters and are no longer under the jurisdiction of the State. Cruise ship casinos are very similar to what you would expect in Las Vegas, but on a smaller scale.
Casino Gambling Ship at Port Canaveral, Florida
Also, there is also a casino gambling ship named Victory that sails from Port Canaveral twice a day for a few hours of Las Vegas type gambling before returning to port.
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