The Seminole Hard Rock Casino near Miami
By Steve Beauregard
Miami is known for its fun and sun, beaches, parties and international vibe.
What it’s not really known for is its casinos.
So it surprises many visitors, (and some locals alike), to learn that there are ten casinos in the Miami area.
These ten Miami casinos range from less-than-fancy slot only joints, to beautiful casino resorts that would fit right in on the Las Vegas Strip. All of them are less than 25 miles from downtown Miami.
Many started as either greyhound tracks, horse racing tracks, or jai alai courts, but later added electronic gaming devices to their facilities.
Because they either are located in converted tracks, and/or don’t offer live table games, most of these casinos won’t resemble the traditional casino most of us are familiar with. The one major exception is the Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood.
(Here’s a map of the ten casinos in the Miami area)
Hard Rock Casino Miami
Officially called the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood (The black star on the map), this is the grand dame of South Florida casinos, and the most popular.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is 21 miles north of downtown Miami, or roughly a 30 to 45 minute drive.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is about a 30 minute drive from downtown Miami
It’s the largest of the Miami area casinos, with 140,000 square feet of casino space alone.
In it, you’ll find over 2,000 slot machines/video poker machines, over 100 table games (craps, blackjack, roulette, mini-baccarat, etc.) and a popular 40 table poker room. It’s by far the most Las Vegas-like of any of the Miami-area casinos.
The attached hotel has 469 suites, 6 restaurants plus a food court, a spa and a 5,500 concert venue.
1 Seminole Way
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
Seminole Classic Casino (Red star)
Seminole Classic Casino in Hollywood
This 73,000 square foot casino is located just south of its much bigger Hard Rock sibling.
This older casino has nine hundred slots, table games, and a 250 seat bingo hall. Like the Hard Rock Hollywood, (and unlike the casinos closer to Miami), the Seminole Classic Casino is able to spread live table games, such as live blackjack, baccarat, Three-card poker, Pai Gow, War, and the like.
4150 North State Road 7
Hollywood, FL. 33021
Casino Miami (Yellow Star)
Just east of the airport, nobody will confuse this with the Wynn or Bellagio.
Still, there has been some remodeling, and the building holds 1,000 slot machines and electronic table games. Next door is their Jai Alai arena. The casino used to have a poker room, but it closed in 2016.
3500 NW 37th Avenue
Miami, FL. 33142
The Burger Museum at Magic City Casino
Magic City Casino (Purple star)
South east of Miami International Airport, this combination dog track/casino features 800 slots, and electronic blackjack, craps and roulette.
The poker room’s 19 tables are a mixture of real poker tables and carnival games like 1 card poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em.
The attached Flagler dog track offers live greyhound racing and simulcast racing.
Magic City also hosts fairly big name musical acts and comedians.
One other note: the casino is home to The Burger Beast Museum, which is billed as “The only museum dedicated to burgers and comfort food.”
450 NW 37th Avenue
Miami, FL. 33125
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino (Turquoise star)
Famous for its national horse racing prominence, Gulfstream Park is a pretty casino/shopping/dining and entertainment venue, with 20 restaurant/bars and over 20 retailers.
Its two story casino holds 800 slot machines, while the casino’s 20 table poker room spreads the usual no-limit and limit hold’em games, along with Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven Card Stud.
901 S Federal Hwy
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino
Calder Casino (Light green star)
Just north of Hard Rock Stadium. Calder is affiliated with the Gulfstream Park West thoroughbred race track on the property.
The casino itself has 1,100 slots, electronic blackjack and roulette.
21001 NW 27th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL. 33056
Phone (305) 625-1311
The Casino at Dania Beach (Orange star)
This opened in January of 2016, after a $60 million renovation of the Jai-Alai stadium. It’s right off of E. Dania Beach Boulevard (or Highway A1A), 25 miles north of downtown Miami.
This newly remodeled casino has 900 slot machines. They have a few carnival games (like 3 card poker), but not the traditional table games. Instead you’ll find electronic versions of popular table games. You’ve seen them, and they included electronic blackjack, craps and roulette.
In addition, upstairs is where you’ll find a 21 table poker room, with No-limit Texas Hold’em games ranging from $1/2 no-limit up to $10/$25. Limit hold’em games range from $2/4 to $10/20 and there are sit-n-go tournaments six days a week (starting at $75 buy-ins).
Casino at Dania Beach
Other amenities include the Luxe Buffet, a deli, lounges and bars, and of course, they still have Jai-Alai matches.
301 E. Dania Beach Boulevard
Dania Beach, FL. 33004
Hialeah Park Racing & Casino (Dark green star)
This Miami icon opened in 1925 and sits on 200 acres. Seabiscuit ran here back in the day, and the racing tradition continues with both live racing betting and simulcast betting.
The casino part of the complex includes 880 slot machines, a shiny new 33 table poker room, and electronic versions of blackjack and roulette.
100 E. 32nd Street
Hialeah, FL. 33013
Mardi Gras Casino (Brown Star)
The racetrack at the Mardi Gras Casino
This greyhound track/casino has live dog racing from December to April.
The casino section has 900 slot machines, and a beautiful 30 table poker room.
831 N. Federal Highway
Hallandale Beach, FL.
Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Casino (Grey star)
The most western of the Miami-area casinos, the Miccosukee is a large Indian casino 24 miles directly west of downtown Miami.
It has 1,700 electronic machines, a 32 table poker room, and a 1,000 seat bingo hall. In addition the resort boasts six restaurants and a 302 room hotel.
500 SW 177th Avenue
Miami, FL. 33194
So there’s a quick look at the ten casinos in the Miami area.
There are other popular South Florida casinos, such as the Isle Racing & Casino Pompano Park, and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, however this article is just focusing on casinos closer to Miami.
(Photos courtesy of the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, Mardi Gras Casino, Phillip Pessar via Flickr and Aht820 via Wikimedia Commons).