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Gambling Casinos Orlando
The closest gambling casino to Orlando is the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Tampa, FL. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel is on Interstate 4 and easy drive from Orlando. Also, a shuttle bus is available from three Orlando location. Reserve your spot online or call 844-537-ROCK (7625).
Another casino that is closer to Orlando is the Victory Casino Cruise Ship out of Port Canaveral, Florida, which is about 48 minutes east of Orlando. Currently the ship is sailing twice a day on Wednesday - Sunday. A boarding pass at $13.00 is required to enjoy the 600 slots and 27 table games for the duration of the 5 - 6 hour cruise.
Gambling Casinos in Key West or the Florida Keys
There are no gambling casinos near the Florida Keys and Key West. The closest casinos to the Keys are in or near Miami. The most popular casinos in the Miami area are the Casino Miami and Magic City Casino, the later featuring 800 Las Vegas style slot machines and offering electronic versions of roulette wheels and craps tables.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, FL
This giant guitar hotel that will be your accommodations at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Hollywood, FL. Fabulous rooms, fantastic restaurants, and a spa to die for, are all reasons enough to book a room, but the world class casino with more than 2500 slot machines, two hundred table games, and 45 poker tables, will compete for your attention.
Table Games including Blackjack
The Hollywood Hard Rock casino offers a wide selection of Table Games that are the best in Florida. Players can select from well-known games like Texas Hold 'Em, Let It Ride, Spanish 21, Three Card Poker, Mini-Baccarat, and Blackjack, all featuring live dealers.Get your reservations now for this fantastic new Hard Rock hotel in Florida. Book now.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, FL
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa features a fantastic casino and a spa that offers massage and treatment rooms and beauty services. Business amenities include a business center, complimentary wireless Internet access in public areas, meeting rooms for small groups, and business services. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Casino has 7 restaurants, 3 bars/lounges. 24-hour room service is available. Book now.
The casino offers thousands of slots with including your favorites as well as the newest slots. You can even venture into our High Limit Slot Room where the amenities suit high rollers.
And of course there are table games including blackjack and several variations of poker such as three card, Texas Hold'em, and Asia Poker. A dedicated high limit table game room awaits those interested in high stakes betting.
Blackjack, roulette, and craps tables.
Here is another place where Florida has created confusion for gaming customers. First, the only place where live Blackjack is permitted is in the Indian owned casinos.
Second, live roulette and craps are not permitted in Florida anywhere. Electronic versions of these games are permitted at Indian owned casinos and casinos located in Miami-Dade and Broward County.
There are no 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 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.
Florida Hotel Casinos
Florida hosts four hotels that also offer attached casinos. 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
As 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. A similar referendum abolished dog racing in Florida effective January 1, 2021.
Since many closed dog tracks had card rooms, those card rooms have been allowed to continue with poker games in a somewhat limited scope. Many card rooms hold frequent poker tournaments and all offer food and cocktail service.
There are 25 active card rooms in Florida of various sizes and offering a variety of poker games. Some of the card rooms are part of a full casino that offers slots and may also have electronic table games such as roulette. Florida law does not permit live roulette and craps tables anywhere.
Seminole and Miccosukee 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 Gaming Hotel just outside of Miami. The Indian owned casinos are the only casinos in Florida that are allowed to offer live blackjack tables.
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.
Gaming machines such as slots and table games are permitted in addition to card rooms in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
Miami-Dade and Broward County (Hollywood - Fort Lauderdale) Exceptions
There are exceptions to the poker room only rules for horse race tracks, and Jai-Alai frontons in Miami-Dade County and Broward County (Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pompano Beach) where slots and table games are allowed in addition to poker tables. Therefore, you will see slots at Casino Miami, the Magic City Casino in Miami (also a Jai Alai fronton,) Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino in Hollywood, and Harrah's Pompano Beach at Pompano Raceway, a harness racing venue.
The Gulfstream Park Casino features classic slots 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. Several of Florida's Jai Alai frontons offer betting on live Jai-Alai games during season plus have card rooms offering live poker games all year. Frontons located in Miami-Dade and Broward County also offer slots and electronic game tables.
Hialeah Park and Casino in Hialeah, Florida
The iconic Hialeah Race Track has ceased horse racing, but has a beautiful casino overlooking the race track, gardens, and the famous pink flamingos that have always graced the Hialeah venue.
Hialeah Park Casino features the latest and most popular table games, including electronic Blackjack and Roulette plus over 1,000 slots. The card room boasts multiple poker tables and periodic poker tournaments.
Hialeah Park also offers a separate simulcast facility featuring horse racing and betting for tracks all over the USA.
Calder Casino and Jai-Alai in Miami Gardens
Calder Casino offers Jai-Alai seasonally and you can bet on it.
Calder Casino also operates an electronic gaming casino offering 1,100 new and traditional slots, video poker, and electronic table versions of blackjack and roulette. The Calder Casino card room plays live card games like Limit and No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em, Seven Card Stud, Pot-Limit Omaha, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em and many more! Bingo is offered on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Card Rooms in Florida at Former Dog Racing Venues
All dog racing in Florida has ceased but many of the former dog tracks continue to operate card rooms offering table of various games of live poker. Several locations also offer dog racing simulcasts and Jai-Alai simulcasts from other locations.
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 therefore 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. Book a Florida cruise here from ports in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral (Orlando), Jacksonville, or Tampa.