Aside from enjoying the sunshine, the rides and white sand beaches in Florida, you can also visit casinos that are just a short distance away from Disney World vacation villas. You can also tour must-see towns such as Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Cape Canaveral, Daytona Beach and Orlando. Hundreds of casinos near the Disney world villas offer popular table-games such as Texas Hold'em Poker and blackjack. Roulette and slot machines are also available. Some casinos feature the Sunshine State's favorite pastime: dog-track betting.
There are 3 forms of casino gambling in Florida: Indian casinos, casino boats and slot machines in pari-mutuels.
There are 8 Indian casinos in Florida, 7 for the Seminole Tribe and 1 for the Miccosukee Tribe. Seminole casinos offer Class II and Class III gaming machines. Class II machines are offered by the Miccosukee Tribe. The Class II video games may look similar to slot machines, but they are actually spinning reels and bingo games.
You can also play no-limit poker, bingo and video-pull tabs in the Indian casinos. Some of them offer friendly low-limit poker games where you can bet a maximum of $5, with 3 raises per round. Maximum buy-ins for no-limit poker is $100. Baccarat, mini-baccarat, let-it-ride, 3-card poker and pai gow are also played in some Seminole Casinos. It has been considered illegal by the Florida Supreme Court and may be removed soon.
Most of the casinos are open 24 hours, except for Big Cypress and Brighton. Minimum gambling age is 18 and you should be 21 to play the electronic gaming machines.
You can also head to nearby ports and play in casino boats. These boats range from gigantic passenger ships to small yachts. You may have to pay port charges to get in, including parking charges. Small boat casinos tend to have free parking charges and don't require port service charges.
Games played in all casino boats include video poker, slot machines, roulette, craps and blackjack. Some offer several types of poker games like pai gow, 3-card, Caribbean and let-it-ride. Other games played are sports book, big 6-wheel and bingo.
You need to present a photo ID before getting inside the casino boats. These boats are very strict about not letting people on board without a proper ID.
There are 4 pari-mutuel facilities in Florida:
- Mardi Gras
- The Isle
- Dania Jai-Alai
Admission to these casinos is free but you need to pay for your alcoholic beverages. Pari-mutuels are allowed to open for 18 hours on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends.
Some casinos have dress codes, particularly inside cruise ships. You can call ahead of time or check online to find out the rules of a certain casino you are planning to visit. Flip-flops, tank tops and short shorts may not be allowed in casinos that promote a casual atmosphere. Some vacation villas around the Disney world area have their own in-house casinos. You can find the best Disney world villas by visiting VacationHomes.com.