Florida is filled with gambling possibilities for fans of just about any game. All of the casinos in Florida are either owned and operated by an Indian tribe or offered as a cruise, but you can also play poker, enjoy a trip to a dog track racino, bet the horses at a horse track racino, or enjoy Jai-Alai.
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The Florida gambling laws make things somewhat confusing about casinos and race tracks that offer slot machines. The major difference as far as I can tell is casinos offer both slot machines and table games but not racing, while racinos offer racing and slot machines but not table games. However, poker rooms can be found in some casinos and in some racinos. Jai-Alai venues offer betting on Jai-Alai and some of them also offer poker.
Like I said, it can be a little confusing, but the good news is you can find just about any casino games you want in Florida if you know where to look.
Florida Indian Casinos
The land based casino market is controlled by Native American Indian tribes in Florida. Most tribal casinos in Florida are just like others found around the United States with the two Hard Rock properties being the largest in the state.
You can currently find eight Indian owned casinos in Florida.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa – One of the largest casinos in the region, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa has almost 200,000 square feet of space and over 5,000 gambling machines including slots and video poker. They also have 50 poker tables and over 170 total table games.
Seminole Casino Brighton – Located in Okeechobee, Florida, the Seminole Casino Brighton has over 25,000 square feet of gaming space. You will also find a six table poker room, a bingo hall, and over 400 gaming machines.
Seminole Casino Immokalee – The Seminole Casino in Immokalee, Florida offers over 75,000 square feet of gambling space, over 1,300 gambling machines, over 40 table games, and a six table poker room.
Seminole Classic Casino – Located in Hollywood, Florida, the Seminole Classic Casino offers over 50,000 square feet of gaming area. You can also enjoy on site bingo, poker, over 30 table games, and over 1,250 gaming machines.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood – With over 140,000 square feet of gambling space the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida is the second largest casino the Seminoles control in the state. They offer a large poker room with over 40 tables, over 2,500 gambling machines, and over 140 table games.
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek – The Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek, Florida offers over 100,000 square feet of gaming, over 2,400 gambling machines, over 90 casino table games, and a poker room with almost 30 tables.
Miccosukee Resort and Gaming Center – Located in Miami, Florida, the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming Center has over 65,000 square feet of gambling space and almost 2,000 gaming machines. You will also find over 30 poker and table games.
Big Cypress Casino – The Big Cypress Casino is located in Clewiston, Florida and offers over 30 gaming machines. The Big Cypress Casino appears to be not much more than a small gambling parlor. It definitely doesn’t fit the description of what first comes to mind when most people think of a casino.
Cruise Ships and Casinos
Florida is the main hub for cruise ships of all kinds in the United States. Most cruise ships also have casinos on board and there’re some that are solely designed to be floating casinos once they reach international waters. Florida has specific casino cruises launching from Port Richey and Fort Myers Beach. You can also take cruises from Cape Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Riviera Beach, and Miramar.
The Racino Industry
A racino is a horse or dog track that offers racing as well as slot machine games. Some tracks also offer poker rooms. Florida has the most active dog tracks in the United States and many horse tracks as well.
Florida dog track racinos are found in West Palm Beach, Tampa, Sarasota, Saint Petersburg, Pensacola, Monticello, Miami, Melbourne, Jacksonville, Hallandale Beach, Ebro, Daytona Beach, and Bonita Springs.
You can enjoy horse track racinos in Tampa, Pompano Beach, Miami, Hialeah, Hallandale, and Gretna.
Jai-Alai is a pari-mutuel wagering game that is played in Florida. At one time it was popular in other states but currently it’s only played in Florida.
You can see Jai-Alai in Miami, Reddick, Dania Beach, Jasper, Orlando, and Fort Pierce.
Slot Machine Ownership
Citizens of Florida aren’t allowed to own new slot machines but may possess machines that are at least 20 years old. The laws are designed so collectors can build a collection of machines but only licensed casinos and racinos can have newer machines.
Florida has a state run lottery that offers jackpot drawing games as well as instant and scratch off games. Florida residents can also buy Mega Millions lottery tickets and Powerball tickets.
Poker in Florida
While poker has been legal in Florida for many years, it used to be limited by a state law that capped maximum wagers at $2. Then a law was passed that allowed no limit games but with a capped buy in of only $100. These laws created plenty of low limit action but forced any serious poker players to go out of state to play or to find an online card room where they could play.
Fortunately these limits were finally lifted in 2010 and poker players can enjoy the same betting structures found in other popular gambling locations like Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
You can find just about anything you may want to gamble on in the state of Florida except legal sports books. Hosting one of the widest selections of pari-mutuel betting in the United States, you can bet on horses, greyhounds, and Jai-Alai. The state also has a wide range of options for poker players and hundreds of thousands of slot machines.