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In early 2005 voters in Broward County (home county of Fort Lauderdale) passed a referendum to allow slot machines at four pari-mutuel facilities within that county.
The first slot facility opened in late 2006 and two others followed within six months. The fourth facility, Dania Jai-Alai, has indefinitely postponed the installation of its slot machines.
In January 2008 voters in Miami-Dade County also passed a referendum permitting slot machines at three pari-mutuel facilities. Two facilities have opened and the third, Miami Jai-Alai, is not expected to begin offering slots until mid 2012 at the earliest.
Florida gaming regulations require a minimum payback of 85% on all gaming machines. From July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, the gaming machines at Gulfstream returned 91.86%, the return was 92.02% at Mardi Gras Gaming, 92.47% at The Isle, 93.20% at Magic City, 92.79% at Miami Jai Alai and 90.96% at Calder.
South Florida’s pari-mutuel facilities (as well as most pari-mutuels throughout the state), also offer poker. Admission to all casinos is free and they are allowed to be open a maximum of 18 hours per day during the week and 24 hours on the weekends and some holidays.
If you want to order a drink while playing, be aware that Florida gaming regulations do not allow pari-mutuel casinos to provide free alcoholic beverages.
The minimum gambling age is 18 for pari-mutuel betting or poker and 21 for gaming machines.
Shown below is a list of all casinos in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area. Click on a name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.
- Calder Casino & Race Course
- Casino Miami
- Dania Casino & Jai-Alai
- Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino
- Hialeah Park and Race Course
- Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park
- Magic City Casino
- Mardi Gras Racetrak and Gaming Center Special Coupon Offers – See Listing
- Miccosukee Indian Gaming
- Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
- Seminole Casino Hollywood
- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hollywood