In the search for that perfect vacation paradise-getaway from all troubles and stress, people think of long beaches and relaxation. For those individuals in search for the Vegas-like thrills, the obvious choice would be Las Vegas or Atlantic City. But have you ever considered South Florida? Vegas is such a cliche, folks. We really believe in Miami and all the exotic things this hot city has to offer.
In particular, when we talk about your plans to gamble, relax, and hopefully, leave with more money thanks to Lady Luck, Miami casinos can please even the most demanding guests. We find two types of gambling establishments in Florida — Indian casinos and Pari-mutuel casinos. If you plan to pay a visit to central Florida, you must check out casino boats, where you can gamble in luxurious style — on the water!
1. Pari-mutuel Casinos
At the end of the first decade of this millennium, Miami-Dade County managed to pass a referendum in order to allow slot machines at three Pari-mutuel casinos. Additionally, yet another Miami, Florida casino was added to this list at the time. All of these fine establishments are placed at racetracks. Now, these casinos only offer specifically electronic gaming machines.
With the exception of poker, non of the standard table games are allowed. This is good news for players who enjoy a good round of Pai Gow poker, Texas Hold’Em, or Three Card Poker. However, if you wish to play some blackjack or baccarat, and the fact we mentioned above makes you sad, don’t worry — you can still play them or rather, you can play the electronic versions of these games.
As a guest at Miami casinos, the odds are in your favor since the Florida gaming regulations require the payback to be 85% or more. This applies to all slot machines. If you don’t believe us, this policy is very transparent and is available to the public, and if you look it up on the web, you can find it without any troubles.
Also, the law doesn’t allow any casino to operate longer than 18 hours a day, unlike casinos in Nevada, which can be open 24/7. Exceptions can be made only during some holidays and weekends. Bear this fact in mind while planning your activities.
You can’t find any casinos on Miami Beach. From there, head up some 10 miles or so west to visit Magic City Casino. One more thing — don’t count on complimentary drinks from Miami casinos while you play. Even though 95% of gambling establishments in the world use this gesture as a little extra something for the players, Florida gaming regulations do not allow Pari-mutuel casinos to serve free alcohol. Also, you have to be at least eighteen to engage in Pari-mutuel betting in poker, or twenty-one to use slots machines.
2. Indian Casinos
Just like Pari-mutuel establishments, there are four Indian casinos in total on Miami, Fl soil. The Miccosukee Tribe owns one resort (Miccosukee Resort), while the other three belong to the Seminole Tribe. The Seminole Tribe managed to sign a contract with Miami Dade, which allowed them to host electronic gambling machines and live table games. The difference between the Indian gaming regulatory requirements and the Pari-mutuel ones is in the choice of table games.
We have already explained you cannot play any table games except for poker in Miami casinos. However, this doesn’t apply to Indian casinos. If you choose to try your luck here, you can play mini-baccarat, blackjack, baccarat, Three Card Poker, Let it Ride, and so much more.
Unlike the Seminole Tribe that signed a contract in order to be able to offer all of these features, the Miccosukee Tribe didn’t. This is why their Miami casino only offers Class Two gambling machines. As an excellent addition, they also offer a casino bingo floor and poker if it’s any consolation. Now, should you head to the Miccosukee Indian casino, don’t get too enthusiastic about slots. Even though the machines you’ll see at the gaming floor look exactly like slots, they are in fact spinning reels made for entertainment purposes only, so there are no big wins here. Some of these ‘slot-alikes’ are bingo games.
Also, one big difference between our two types of Miami casinos — you cannot find any public information about the regulation of the payback percentage in Indian casinos. And this is true for all Indian casinos, not just the ones in Florida.
Indian casinos are allowed to work non-stop. If you want to play bingo, you have to be at least eighteen, and as for all the other games, you need to be twenty-one.
The Best Miami Casinos
Here is our list of Miami’s very best gambling establishments:
- Big Easy Casino (former Mardi Gras casino);
- Casino Miami;
- Calder Casino and Racecourse;
- Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino;
- Dania Casino & Miami Jai-Alai;
- Magic City Casino;
- Hialeah Park & Race Course;
- Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park;
- Miccosukee Indian Gaming;
- Seminole Casino Coconut Creek;
- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino — Hollywood;
- Seminole Casino Hollywood.
We have to say that our experience with all of the above-listed casinos was very pleasant, but casino boats took the gaming experience to a whole new level. These casinos are top-rated in Florida, and tourists absolutely adore them. Not only can you party all the time and swim in amazing pools, but you can also try your luck and gain some serious cash in these casino boats. You can make a reservation for Victory Casino Cruises, as this is the most popular one, and we highly recommend it.