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By: Harvey Fialkov

Come to Miami for Gaming & Horse Racing

Whether you’re casting a winning bet at a luxury casino or making your wager in the sport of kings, there are many ways to experience gambling in Greater Miami & Miami Beach. Put yourself in the heart of the action with front-row seats to the Florida Derby, or enjoy from afar at one of many simulcasting venues. High rollers and beginners alike can strike it rich with endless rows of Vegas-style slot machines and state-of-the-art electronic table games.

Round out the day by indulging in delicious cuisine, live music and vibrant nightlife. Discover these incredible Miami gaming destinations.

Dealer taking bets
Strike it rich at Calder Casino and Gulfstream Park West

Calder Casino

For some gambling fun, trot over to Calder Casino, where you might hit the mother lode on one of the money-spewing slot machines.

Calder Casino is located in Miami Gardens, a stone’s throw away from Hard Rock Stadium, where the Miami Dolphins and University of Miami play their home football games. Calder is a great place to wind down after taking in a football game, concert or Miami Open tennis match at the Hard Rock.

The casino features a 100,000-square-foot gaming floor with 1,100 slot machines, including video poker, as well as electronic roulette and blackjack. Live entertainment can be found at Calder Casino on a weekly basis.

The Backyard Smoking Casino at Calder is Miami's newest and largest “puff & play” open-air casino. It’s open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 3 a.m. and 24 hours a day Fridays and Saturdays.

21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Casino Miami

Casino Miami boasts approximately 1,000 Las Vegas-style slot machines, 12 poker tables, electronic blackjack and roulette. Guests can dance the night away at Club Rio to nightly entertainment. You can also bet on jai alai, thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing nationwide, all from its state-of-the-art viewing facility.

Located about two miles from Miami International Airport, it’s a convenient location to take in the action. Casino Miami is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

3500 NW 37th Ave., Miami, FL 33142

Gulfstream Park and Casino
Experience the thrill at Gulfstream Park and Casino

Gulfstream Park

Nestled between Hallandale Beach and Aventura, Gulfstream Park is one of the nation’s premier thoroughbred racetracks offering year-round racing. Experience heart-pounding action from the grandstands or be pampered like royalty while enjoying the sport of kings (days of the week for racing vary by season). This spot also offers Vegas-style slot machines, video blackjack, video poker, craps and roulette.

In late January, people-watching and celebrity spotting is on tap at Gulfstream Park during Pegasus Cup weekend. The popular event doles out a $3 million purse to the winner of the Pegasus World Cup and $1 million purse to the winner of the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.

Horse-racing handicappers can get a sneak preview of Triple Crown contenders at the venerable $1 million Florida Derby, which began in 1952 and takes place in late March or early April.

Not into racing? Gulfstream Park hosts several boxing cards per year, along with a busy concert schedule. Music in the Park runs Friday to Sunday, June through September. Guests can also enjoy Symphony in Lights from mid-November to New Years, with appearances by Santa Claus.

Gulfstream Park is open 365 days a year and offers easy access to shopping and fine dining in the Village at Gulfstream Park, including bars and night spots. The indoor and terrace dining at Ten Palms yields captivating views of the racetrack and surrounding cityscape for the perfect brunch (available by reservation).

901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale-Aventura, FL 33009

Hialeah Park Racing & Casino
Don't miss Hialeah Park Racing & Casino

Hialeah Park Racing & Casino

One of Miami's most storied gambling venues, Hialeah Park Racing & Casino opened to the public in 1922 as the Miami Kennel Club. Back then, the spot was little more than a greyhound-racing track. Now, the spot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as an Audubon Bird Sanctuary because of the beautiful flamingo colony living on the racetrack’s infield during racing season.

The venue offers electronic roulette and blackjack, as well as more than 850 slot machines. An elegant poker room on the second floor with 33 tables draws players from near and far. These days, horses have replaced the greyhounds (Seattle Slew won the Flamingo Stakes on the casino’s grounds back in 1977 and went on to win the Triple Crown), with quarter-horse racing and year-round races displayed in the Champions simulcasting room.

100 E. 32nd St., Hialeah, FL 33013

Magic City Casino

Magic City Casino is the first parimutuel to offer slot machines in Miami and boasts more jackpots than any other casino in the area. Additionally, it’s a hotbed for jai alai (dubbed “The World’s Fastest Game”) running from February through November. Magic City Casino hosts the U.S. National Jai Alai Championships.

Nationally known music artists and comics entertain guests, and sports fans can watch games from around the globe in the Sports Club on huge screens and personal TVs. A full menu is available.

450 NW 37th Ave., Miami, FL 33126

Dinner at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming
Stay, play & dine at Miccosukee Casino & Resort

Miccosukee Casino & Resort

The Miccosukee Tribe knows how to throw a party. Just take a drive west from Downtown Miami and, when you approach the Everglades, stop and check into the three-star Miccosukee Casino & Resort, where you might hit the jackpot on one of their 2,000 Vegas-style slot machines or in their high-stakes bingo hall.

500 SW 177th Ave., Miami, FL 33194

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