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Orlando Casinos

There are no hotels with casinos in Orlando nor are there any types of casinos in Orlando. The closest gambling casino to Orlando is the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, FL. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel is right off Interstate 4 and is an easy drive from Orlando.

Also, a shuttle bus is available for transport to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa from three Orlando locations. Reserve your spot online or call 844-537-ROCK (7625).

Key West Casinos

There are no hotels with casinos in Key West or the Florida Keys nor are there any types of casinos in the Florida Keys. The closest hotel with a casino to the Florida Keys is the Miccosukee Resort just outside of Miami.

There are only four casino hotels in Florida: the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Hotel, near Miami, and the Immokalee Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee. (Immokalee is an agricultural city in the center of Florida and is not known as a resort town.)

Florida Gambling Casinos

florida gamling casinsosAs 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 closed dog tracks have card rooms, those card rooms will be allowed to continue once the live dog racing ends. Most include simulcasts of horse and dog racing.

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 three hotel casinos plus several non hotel casino sites throughout the state. Additionally, the Miccosukee tribe operates the Miccosukee Resort and and Gaming hotel just outside of Miami.

Florida Racinos

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 tracks, former dog tracks, and at Jai Alai frontons, but not gaming machines such as slots, except in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

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, the Magic City Casino in Miami, and at Gulfstream Park Casino and Isle Casino at Pompano Raceway.

Gulfstream Park Casino

The Gulfstream Park Casino features classic and the newest slots, plus video game tables. The casino has been redesigned with socially distant slots 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.


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

All dog racing in Florida has ceased. Many of the former dog tracks continue to operate card rooms offering various forms of poker and several also offer dog racing simulcasts and Jai-Alai simulcasts. Many offer Jai-Alai frontons featuring live Jai-Alai 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. Cruise ships are expected to sail again starting in June 2021. Book a cruise here.

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.

Florida Casino Ships
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