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Major events in Florida gaming history

1922

The first greyhound races in the country are held at Hialeah Park by the Miami Kennel Club

1925

Hialeah reopens as a Thoroughbred facility, and Florida’s first jai alai fronton is also part of the new complex
Derby Lane in St. Petersburg is the first dedicated greyhound track in the country, although pari-mutuel wagering is not legalized in Florida until the 1931-32 season

1926

Miami Jai Alai becomes the first professional jai alai fronton in the U.S.
Biscayne Kennel Club opens
Tampa Bay Downs opens (as Tampa Downs)

1929

Sarasota Kennel Club opens

1931

Tropical Park opens

1932

Hialeah reopens after hurricane damage in 1926 and is the first Florida horse track to offer pari-mutuel wagering
Flagler Dog Track opens
Palm Beach Kennel Club opens in February

1933

Hialeah is the first track to install a totalizator system
Tampa Greyhound Park opens

1934

Hollywood Dog Track opens

1935

Jacksonville Kennel Club and Sanford-Orlando Kennel Club open

1939

Gulfstream Park opens

1946

Orange Park Kennel Club and Pensacola Greyhound Track opens

1948

Daytona Beach Kennel Club opens

1953

Dania Jai Alai opens in December
Tampa Jai Alai opens

1955

West Palm Beach Jai Alai opens

1957

Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track opens

1959

Jefferson County Kennel Club opens in June
Daytona Beach Jai Alai opens

1962

Orlando Jai Alai opens

1963

Key West Greyhound Track opens

1964

Pompano Park opens

1971

Melbourne Jai Alai opens

1972

Last year of racing at Tropical Park

1974

Ft. Pierce Jai Alai opens

1978

Big Bend Jai Alai opens

1979

In December, the Seminole Tribe of Florida opens the country's first high-stakes tribal bingo operation in Hollywood

1986

Voters approve a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery

1988

The Lottery begins ticket sales in January

1990

Melbourne Jai Alai (Sports Palace) closes and is converted to a greyhound track, which opens in March 1991
Last year of jai alai Golden Crown/Big Bend Jai Alai
Inter-track wagering begins in August

1991

Last year of racing at (Berenson’s) Key West Greyhound Track

1992

Last year of jai alai at Volusia Jai Alai (Daytona Beach)

1994

Seminole Casino Immokalee opens in February

1995

Last year of racing at Biscayne Kennel Club
Last year of jai alai at Palm Beach Jai Alai (The Fronton)

1997

The first card rooms at pari-mutuel facilities open in January; 12 are open by June

1998

Last year of jai alai at Tampa Jai Alai

2000

Last year of racing at Seminole Greyhound and St. Johns Greyhound
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek opens in March

2001

Last year of Thoroughbred racing at Hialeah Park

2004

Melbourne Greyhound Park opens its card room
The Seminole Tribe opens the Hard Rock casinos in Hollywood and Tampa

2005

Hamilton Jai Alai opens in September

2006

Gulfstream Park opens its slot casino in November
Hollywood Dog Track, renamed Mardi Gras, opens its slot casino in December

2007

Pompano Park opens its slot casino in April
Last year of racing at Jacksonville Kennel Club; meet transferred to Orange Park
Last year of racing at Tampa Greyhound Park; meet transferred to Derby Lane

2009

Flagler Dog Track/Magic City Casino begins slot operations in October
In November, Hialeah Park reopens with Quarter Horse racing

2010

Calder Casino and Race Course begins slot operations in January
Pensacola Greyhound Track opens its cardroom in January
The Class III gaming compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida is signed in April and ratified by the Department of the Interior in July
Effective July 1, betting limits are removed from card games and card room operating hours are extended

2011

In December, Creek Entertainment Gretna offers the country's first pari-mutuel barrel racing

2012

The slot casino at Miami Jai Alai opens in January
The BestBet poker and simulcast facility in Jacksonville opens in March
Jefferson County Kennel Club holds its last races in September and the facility closes
The BestBet poker and simulcast facility in St. Johns closes in November

2013

The Lottery adds Mega Millions in May
Hialeah Park opens its slot casino in August

2014

Dania Jai Alai opens its slot casino in February; the entire facility closes for renovations in September
Oxford Downs opens in April with a cardroom and limited Quarter Horse racing
Calder's racing license is transferred to Gulfstream Park, which runs a "Gulfstream Park West" meet at Calder
The Lottery launches MONOPOLY Millionaires' Club with 22 other lotteries on October 19; the game was discontinued in December

2015

Hamilton Jai Alai and Poker closes in September

2016

In January, Dania reopens its casino and jai alai facility as The Casino at Dania Beach
The Lottery launches Pick 2 and Pick 5 games in August

2017

The Lottery launches the multistate game Cash4Life in February


Casinos and casino-style gaming

All commercial gaming in Florida occurs at the state’s numerous pari-mutuel facilities. Slot machines are authorized at the tracks in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Card rooms are allowed at all facilities throughout the state. A variety of poker games and dominos are authorized at the card rooms, including several forms of community card games, draw games and stud games.

Pari-mutuel facilities with slot machines:
Calder Casino – 1,094 slot machines
Casino Miami Jai-Alai – 1,035 slot machines
Casino at Dania Beach – 817 slot machines
Flagler Dog Track and Magic City Casino –798 slots
Gulfstream Park – 762 slots
Hialeah Park – 859 slots
The Isle Casino and Racing at Pompano Park – 1,457 slots
Mardi Gras Racetrack and Gaming Center – 883 slots

Pari-mutuel facilities with card rooms:
Creek Entertainment Gretna
Dania / Summersport Jai Alai
Daytona Beach Kennel Club
Derby Lane
Ebro Greyhound Park
Flagler Dog Track and Magic City Casino
Ft. Pierce Jai Alai & Poker
Gulfstream Park
Hialeah Park
The Isle Casino and Racing at Pompano Park
Jacksonville K.C. / BestBet
Mardi Gras Racetrack and Gaming Center
Melbourne Greyhound Park
Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track
Ocala Gainesville Poker & Jai Alai
Orange Park Kennel Club
Oxford Downs
Palm Beach Kennel Club
Pensacola Greyhound
Sarasota Kennel Club
Tampa Bay Downs
TGT Poker at Tampa Greyhound Track

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1035
Phone (850) 487-1395
Fax (850) 488-0550

 

Tribal gaming

The Seminole Tribe of Florida operates seven casinos in Florida and the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida operates one casino offering Class II games.

Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida – Miccosukee Resort & Gaming
Seminole Tribe of Florida – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Seminole Indian Casino Big Cypress, Seminole Indian Casino Brighton, Seminole Indian Casino Coconut Creek, Seminole Indian Casino Hollywood, Seminole Indian Casino Immokalee

The Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has been designated by the Florida Legislature as the State Compliance Agency (SCA) with the authority to carry out the state’s oversight responsibilities in accordance with the provisions outlined in the compact between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida.

 

Lottery

The Florida Lottery began ticket sales in January 1988. The current game offerings include instant tickets, Powerball, Mega Millions, Cash4Life, Florida Lotto, Lucky Money, Fantasy 5, Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4 and Pick 5. The lottery also offers limited-run raffle games.

Net proceeds go to the Florida Educational Enhancement Trust Fund, benefitting public schools, community colleges, state universities and student financial aid for Florida students.

Florida Lottery
250 Marriott Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32399-4002
Phone (850) 487-7777

 

Pari-mutuel facilities

There are numerous racetracks and jai alai frontons throughout Florida. Extensive intra-state and inter-state simulcasting is conducted at all facilities.

Greyhound Tracks:

Daytona Beach Kennel Club
960 South Williamson Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL  32114-7247

Derby Lane (St. Petersburg Kennel Club)
P.O. Box 22099
St. Petersburg, FL 33742-2099

Ebro Greyhound Park (Washington County Kennel Club)
6558 Dog Track Road
Ebro, FL 32437-1142

Flagler Dog Track and Magic City Casino
P.O. Box 350940
Miami, FL 33135-0940

Jacksonville / BestBet (Simulcasting and card room only)
201 Monument Road
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Mardi Gras Racetrack and Gaming Center
P.O. Box 2007
Hollywood, FL 33022-2007

Melbourne Greyhound Park
1100 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935

Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track
P.O. Box 2567
Bonita Springs, FL 34133-2567

Orange Park Kennel Club
(Includes Jacksonville Kennel Club and St. Johns/Bayard K.C. meetings)
455 Park Avenue  
Orange Park, FL 32073

Palm Beach Kennel Club
1111 North Congress Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33409-6317
 
Pensacola Greyhound
P.O. Box 12824
Pensacola, FL 32591-2824

Sanford Orlando Kennel Club
301 Dog Track Road
Longwood, FL 32750

Sarasota Kennel Club
5400 Bradenton Road
Sarasota, FL 34234-2999

Tampa Greyhound Track (Simulcasting and card room only)
P.O. Box 8096
Tampa, FL 33674-8096

 
Horse tracks:
 
Gulfstream Park West (old Calder)
Miami Gardens, FL 33056 

Gulfstream Park
901 South Federal Highway
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009-7124

Hialeah Park
P.O. Box 158
Hialeah, FL 33011 

Oxford Downs
17996 S. U.S. Highway 301
Summerfield, FL 34491
 
The Isle Casino and Racing at Pompano Park
1800 Southwest 3rd Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33069-3106

Tampa Bay Downs
P.O. Box 2007
Oldsmar, FL 34677-7007

Barrel racing:

Creek Entertainment Gretna
501 Race Track Road
Gretna, FL 32332


Jai Alai frontons

Dania / Summersport Jai Alai
P.O. Box 96
Dania Beach, FL 33004-0096
 
Ft. Pierce Jai Alai & Poker
1750 South Kings Highway
Ft. Pierce, FL 34945-3099

Miami / Summer Jai Alai
3500 Northwest 37th Avenue
Miami, FL 33142-4923
 
Ocala Gainesville Poker & Jai Alai
P.O. Box 580
Orange Lake, FL 32681
 
Orlando Jai Alai
P.O. Box 300107
Fern Park, FL 32730-0107


Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1035
Phone (850) 487-1395
Fax (850) 488-0550

 

Charitable gaming

Bingo is not regulated by the State of Florida.  However, many of the counties that allow bingo have their own individual ordinances that govern its operation.

 

Last updated on March 27, 2017