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Florida Casino Guide

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The Sunshine state is a casino haven for many gamblers. Their tribal casinos are dotted across the southern part of the state. They also have pari-mutuel casinos, casino cruises, and a great state lottery.

As of now, Florida does not allow online casinos or sportsbooks. They were slated to have serious discussions about legalization in 2020. But that now seems postponed to 2021.

Still, Florida has some exciting opportunities for land-based casino lovers.

Online Casinos in Florida

Although Florida has a long tradition with some great landbased casinos, it has not legalized online casinos. There have been discussions about legalizing online casinos in the state capital, but there seems to be little actual motion toward legalization at this point. 

Florida does have a state lottery, which can indicate an openness to other forms of betting.

The nearest state where online casinos are legal West Virginia. The online casinos are now operational there!

But, you can still register with a legal online casino while you're in Florida. That means you can get the casino's bonus offers or deposit, and then play whenever you're in states where it's legal. (Do be aware of the casino bonus's expiry date, though.)

Land-Based Casinos in Florida

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Florida has a number of different types of land-based casinos. 

There are:

  • 6 Native American tribal casinos
  • casino boats
  • 8 pari-mutuel casinos
  • state lottery

Types of Casinos in Florida

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There are three types of Florida casinos:

  • Native American tribal casinos 
  • casino boats
  • gaming machines at pari-mutuels in two south Florida counties

At the moment there is no serious legislation moving toward widening the land-based betting options in Florida.

Tribal Casinos

There are currently six Florida tribal casinos. The Seminole Tribe has five and the sixth is on the Miccosukee Tribe’s reservation.

The Seminoles signed a compact with the state that allows them to offer traditional Class III gaming machines. As part of their compact, five Seminole casinos are also allowed to offer

  • blackjack
  • baccarat
  • mini-baccarat
  • three card poker
  • let it ride
  • pai gow poker

All of the Indian casinos are open 24 hours (except Big Cypress) and all offer bingo except for both Seminole Hard Rock Casinos and the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

The minimum gambling age is 18 at all Indian casinos for bingo or poker and 21 for electronic gaming machines.

Pari-mutuel casinos

There are eight pari-mutuel casinos in Florida.

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 and all are now in operation.

In January 2008 voters in Miami-Dade County also passed a referendum permitting slot machines at four pari-mutuel facilities.

Click HERE to see a list of Florida casino slot machine payback statistics.

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.

List of Pari-mutuel casinos

  1. Big Easy Casino
  2. Calder Casino
  3. Casino Miami
  4. [email protected] Beach
  5. Gulfstream Park
  6. Hialeah Park Racing & Casino
  7. Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park
  8. Magic City Casino

Casino Boats

The casino boats in Florida offer gamblers the opportunity to board ships that cruise offshore where casino gambling is legal. From the west coast, the boats travel nine miles out into the Gulf of Mexico. From the East coast, they travel three miles out into the Atlantic Ocean.

The minimum drinking age on all boats is 21. Due to security restrictions, you must present a photo ID at all casino boats or you will not be allowed to board.

List Of Land-based Casinos In Florida

Miccosukee Resort and Gaming Center

  • Address: 500 SW 177th Ave, Miami, FL 33194
  • Hours: ·8am–2am
  • Phone: 305-222-4600
  • Website: www.mrg.miccosukee.com

Miccosukee Resort and Gaming Center has nearly 70,000 square feet of casino game space. This includes nearly 2,000 slots.

In addition to casino games, they also have high-stakes bingo.

Seminole Casino Brighton

  • Address: 17735 Reservation Rd, Okeechobee, FL 34974, United States
  • Hours: Open 24 hours
  • Phone: +1 800-360-9875
  • Website: www.seminolebrightoncasino.com

Seminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000 sq. ft. casino. They have a moderate 400+ slot and gaming machines. They have a number of table games and high-stake bingo. 

Seminole Casino Immokalee

  • Address: 506 S 1st St, Immokalee, FL 34142
  • Hours: Open 24 hours
  • Phone: 239-658-1313
  • Website: www.seminoleimmokaleecasino.com

Seminole Casino Immokalee has 75,000 sq. ft. of casino action. They have over 30 table games, including: blackjack, baccarat, poker, and  pai gow, and 3-card poker. This is in addition to a large selection of slots and video poker machines.  

Seminole Classic Casino

  • Address: 4150 FL-7, Hollywood, FL 33021
  • Hours: Open 24 hours
  • Phone: +1 954-961-3220
  • Website: www.seminoleclassiccasino.com

Seminole Classic Casino features a 73,500-sq. ft. casino floor with over 1,000 slot machines. They also have live-action table games and a very large high-stakes bingo room.

Seminole Hard Rock Coconut Creek

  • Address: 5550 NW 40th St, Coconut Creek, FL 33073
  • Hours: Open 24 hours
  • Phone: 954-977-6700
  • Website: www.seminolecoconutcreekcasino.com

The recently renovated Seminole Hard Rock Coconut Creek hosts over 2000 Las Vegas-style slots. They also offer around 70 live table games, including blackjack, baccarat, 3-card poker, ultimate Texas hold ’em, pai gow poker, let it ride, Spanish 21, casino war.

Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood

  • Address: 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314
  • Hours: Open 24 hours
  • Phone: +1 866-502-7529
  • Website: www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com

The Hard Rock Hollywood has a new 30,000 sq. ft. casino gaming area. It offers nearly 200 table games, 3,100 slot machines, and a new 45-table Poker Room.

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa

  • Address: 5223 Orient Rd, Tampa, FL 33610, United States
  • Hours: Open 24 hours
  • Phone: +1 866-388-4263
  • Website: www.seminolehardrocktampa.com

If you like size, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa is up your alley. It's huge 245,000 sq. ft. casino is the sixth-largest in the world. They have a great selection of slots, and table games include everything from blackjack to baccarat, Pai Gow, Casino War, and Let It Ride. Their poker room features Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo, and Seven-Card Stud among other games.

Florida Land-Based Casinos Map

You can easily see all casino locations by using our Florida casinos map. To zoom in, just click the + (plus) sign in the lower right corner of the map, or to zoom out, just click the – (minus) sign in the same area.

To move the map of casinos in Florida, click and hold down either of your mouse buttons. Then use the hand icon to drag the map in whichever direction you desire.

Each of the red icons on the map is a casino location. Just click on any red icon to see the name of the casino at that location.

If you want more information on that casino, simply click again on the casino’s name and it will direct you to another page with detailed information on that particular casino, including address, phone number, toll-free phone number, room rates, casino size, dining information, games offered, availability of discounts for seniors, any special features, and a direct link to that casino’s website.

History of Gambling in Florida

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Gambling - legal and otherwise - has a rather long history in Florida. Below is a timeline of the major events in Florida's history of gambling

  • 1932 Legalized parimutuel betting
  • 1935 Legalized Jai-Alai and slots
  • 1973 Slots made illegal
  • 1979 Native American bingo halls legalized
  • 2004 Casino gambling legalized
  • 2010 State of Florida and the Seminole tribe sign a contract granted Seminole's near-exclusive rights to casino gambling in the state. The agreed payment was $350 million per year. 

Gambling Laws in Florida

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The minimum gambling age is 18 at all Indian casinos for bingo or poker and 21 for electronic gaming machines.

The minimum gambling age is 18 for pari-mutuel betting or poker and 21 for gaming machines.

The minimum drinking age on all boats is 21. Due to security restrictions, you must present a photo ID at all casino boats or you will not be allowed to board.

Among friends, small-stakes poker is also allowed. There's a maximum bet of $10. 

Florida Gambling Laws and Regulatory Organizations

Gambling In Florida Today

There has been much discussion of legalizing both online casinos and online sportsbooks in Florida. Indeed, it was on the list for discussion in legislation in 2020. But that was before the pandemic.

It is believed that online betting will be prioritized in 2021. The additional tax revenue to the Sunshine State will be a big motivator to seriously consider online casinos and sportsbooks. 

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