Location of Dania Jai-Alai in Dania Beach, Florida
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The Dania Jai-Alai
The Dania Jai-Alai opened in Jauary 1,1953. The Dania Jai-Alai is located in the city of Dania Beach, Florida and is only 10 minutes away from Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Many visitors to the casino come from Miami as it is located only 30 minutes from Miami’s South Beach. The Dania Jai-Alai is also famously known as the “Antique Shopping Center of South Florida”. The exact address is 301 East Dania Boulevard, Dania Beach, Florida.
The biggest room in the building is known as the “Showplace of Jai-Alai” and has seating for 5,600, a restaurant, a simulcast betting facility, a sports bar, banquet facilities, bars, and acres of parking. The Dania Casino and Jai-Alai recently added 549 new slot machines and has 26 poker tables. There is off-track betting on thoroughbreds, harness racing, dogs, a bistro, a lounge bar and live jai-alai. Some of the best bands in South Florida perform here every Thursday through Saturday from 8 pm to 12 am. The casino and card room are open Sunday through Thursday from 9 am to 3 am and 24 hours on Friday and Saturday.
40% of the games come from International Game Technology, the largest slot machine manufacturer in the world. The casino uses IGT Advantage Systems so your player’s card will always be up to date with comps and promotions. The new poker room is enclosed in glass and starting March 7 there will be a tournament play everyday at 11 am and 7 pm. The poker room is a non-smoking area and provides food and cocktail a the table. The poker room is open 9 am to 3 am daily and 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. The poker games available to play are Texas Hod’em, Double Flop Texas Hold’em, 7-Card Stud and Omaha Hi/Lo. Tournaments at this casino include No Limit Texas Hold’em, Advanced Player Texas Hold’em, TURBO Texas Hold’em, and mini tournaments. Among the slot machines offered are Michael Jackson, Tarzan and Sex and the City machines. They also have slot machines with scantily clad women caricatures on them. If you’re not familiar with gambling or using slot machines you can still test your luck since most of the machines only require one dollar in order to use. The Dania Jai-Alai is a much more affordable alternative to some more expensive casinos such as the Hard Rock.
Tournaments held in the Dania Casino and Jai-Alai are every highly anticipated. Some of the major tournaments held in the Dania Jai-Alai are the Dania/Miami challenge, the Florida Cup, the Battle of Champions and the mini tournament for the national Association of Jai-Alai Frontons. The Dania Jai-Alai has a court overhead of 45 feet, a length of 178 feet and a width of 50 feet. Winners of tournaments such as the Dania Casino South Florida Showdown can won money prizes in the range of $30,000. Players may have to pay an $150.00 buy-in in order to participate in a large tournament.
The Dania Jai-Alai is one of the very few destinations in Florida with a fronton. The Dania Casino has a “Hall of Fame” that showcases the best front and back court players. Jai-alai is a game where players bounce a ball off a walled space by accelerating it to very high speeds with a hand-held contraption called a xistera (or pelota). Even if you’re not interested in playing jai-alai you can enter the casino, buy a beer and watch other people playing the game for free. The insults thrown at the players from older male audience members can also be quite entertaining as long as no children are around.
The best restaurant at the Dania Jai-Alai is undoubtedly the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse at Dania Jai-Alai is a 325-seat restaurant with an atmosphere resembling an old Las Vegas lounge. A television monitor sits atop every table which allows customers to bet on the jai-alai action taking place on the floor below them. The cuisine here is American and contemporary; prime rib of beef, salmon, and shrimp scampi over corkscrew pasta are some of the best menu options here. A reservation is offered and valet parking is available. This restaurant accepts all major credit cards and hours are Tuesday-Saturday at 6:30, 7:30, 9, and 9:30 pm as well as early bird dining Tuesday-Saturday 5:45-6:15 (by reservation only on Saturday). The Clubhouse is also available for a private party and is a smoking area. The Dania Beach Casino also offers much cheaper yet still very tasty foods. The casino offers highly rated sweet potato fries, hot dogs and Cuban sandwiches. The drinks are fairly cheap with a bottle of Budweiser costing $4.24 and 8$ for a Bloody Mary.
The Dania Beach Casino once went through a transition period where the company had to close for 1 year in order to make improvements to the facility. The casino has changed a lot since it was first opened and has thus lost some popularity but many visitors believe this casino is very underrated. Despite it’s decline in popularity the casino still manages to bring over 500,000 visitors per year. The Dania Jai-Alai Casino is a great destination for anyone with a low budget and still wants to experience everything a casino can offer.