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Florida Casinos and Gambling Information

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Florida has three forms of casino gambling: casino boats, Indian casinos and gaming machines at pari-mutuels in one southern county.

The cruise casinos offers gamblers the opportunity to board ships that cruise offshore where casino gambling is legal. From the east coast the boats sail three miles out into the Atlantic Ocean and from the west coast the boats travel nine miles out into the Gulf of Mexico.

A variety of boats are in operation ranging from large 800-passenger ships all the way down to the yacht-sized SunCruz I casino boat in Key Largo which carries 149 passengers.  

Most of the ships that sail from the major ports, such as Port of Palm Beach or Port Canaveral might add port/security charges to the quoted cruise price. Usually, there is also a charge to park your car at the large ports.

Most of the smaller boats which don’t dock at the large ports don’t have port/service charges added to their cruise prices. Also, most of the smaller boats offer free parking. You will find that almost all of the ships run periodic price specials so don’t be surprised if you call and are quoted a price lower than the regular brochure rates.

Unless otherwise noted, all Florida casino boats offer: blackjack, craps, roulette, slots and video poker. Some casinos in Florida also offer: mini-baccarat (MB), poker (P), pai gow poker (PGP), three-card poker (TCP), Caribbean stud poker (CSP), let it ride (LIR), big 6 wheel (B6) bingo (BG) and sports book (SB).

Each casino boat sets its own minimum Florida gambling age: on some boats it’s 21 and on others it’s 18. 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.

INDIAN CASINOS Gambling Information

Florida has eight Indian gaming locations. The Seminole Tribe has seven and the eighth is on the Miccosukee Tribe’s reservation.

As of August 15, 2008 both Class II gaming machines and traditional Class III machines were offered at all of the Seminole casinos, except for Big Cypress, which only offered Class II machines. The Miccosukee Tribe only offers Class II machines at its casino.

Class II video gaming devices look like slot machines, but are actually bingo games and the spinning reels are for “entertainment purposes only.” No public information is available concerning the payback percentages on any gaming machines in Florida’s Indian casinos.

The other games allowed in Indian casinos are: high-stakes bingo, video pull tabs, low-limit poker games (maximum $5 bet, 3 raises per round, no limit to number of rounds) and no-limit poker with a maximum buy-in of $100. Similar poker limits can also be found in many of the state’s pari-mutuel facilities (horse tracks, dog tracks, jai-alai frontons and one harness track).

The Seminole Hard Rock hotels in Hollywood and Tampa also offer blackjack, baccarat, mini-baccarat, three card poker, let it ride and pai gow poker. Additionally, the Seminole casino in Immokalee also offers blackjack. However, the introduction of those games has been ruled illegal by the State Supreme Court  and those games might be removed in the future.

All casinos are open 24 hours (except Brighton and 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-MUTUELS Gambling Information

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 facilities 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.

Florida gaming regulations require a minimum payback of 85% on all gaming machines.

From July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009, the gaming machines at Gulfstream returned 91.38%, the return was 90.89% at Mardi Gras Gaming and 92.16% at The Isle.

Broward’s four pari-mutuel facilities also offer poker games with low stakes similar to the Indian casinos. Admission to all casinos is free and they are allowed to be open a maximum of 18 hours 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 Florida casinos. Click on a name to see a page of detailed information about that particular casino.

Big Cypress Casino
Big M Casino
Brighton Seminole Bingo and Casino
Dania Jai-Alai
Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino
Hollywood Seminole Gaming  
Mardi Gras Racetrak and Gaming Center
Miccosukee Indian Gaming 
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
Seminole Casino Immokalee
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Hollywood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Tampa 
The Isle at Pompano Park