Gameday gaming at South Florida casinos
On Feb. 7, the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers will play in the Super Bowl, the biggest sporting event in the United States. You can wager online, in office pools and if you visit Las Vegas or an island such as North Bimini. But you can’t bet on it in a South Florida casino.
Last year, according to Fortune magazine, $3.9 billion was bet on the Super Bowl. So the game has an economic impact on many average Joes and Janes, in addition to being entertaining.
The closest you can get to betting on the Super Bowl in South Florida is Blue Horizon Casino Cruises (1 E. 11 St., Riviera Beach, 855-478-5825, BlueHorizonCasino.com), now sailing out of Port of Palm Beach. Passengers can bet the spread and place straight bets ($2,000 maximum) after the ship passes the three-mile marker indicating international waters.
The gambling ship can carry 600 passengers on its three decks, with Deck 3 having 40 big-screen TVs showing sporting events. But on Super Bowl Sunday, it’s scheduled to be out for only a “brunch” cruise from noon to 5 p.m. The game doesn’t start until 6:30, so if you want to place a bet, you have to embark on an earlier cruise. The catch is that if you win, you have to go on another cruise to collect your winnings. Cruises cost $20.
Parlaying Super Bowl interest into local fun, a few casinos are having related promotions.
OnSaturday, Jan. 30, Palm Beach Kennel Club (1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-683-2222, PBKennelClub.com) is giving away two Super Bowl tickets plus a three-night stay at a hotel near the game and $500 in cash. The winner must be present to win.
On game day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Seminole Classic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, Hollywood, 954-961-3220, SeminoleClassicCasino.com) will give away $500 in cash every 30 minutes. Guests can earn entries starting Feb. 1. Every comp dollar earned equals one virtual entry.
Also from Feb. 1 until game day, players at Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasinoFL.com) can earn 15 points and receive an entry to drop into a drum with the name of the team they think will win the Super Bowl, with a max of five entries per day. At 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, the grand prize drawing will award $500 in cash for the winning team and $100 in bonus play for the losing team.
Casino Miami (3500 NW 37th Ave., 305-633-6400, CasinoMiamiJaiAlai.com) is giving away a Ford Escape on the night of the Super Bowl. The drawing is at 11 p.m.
Hialeah Park Racing and Casino (2200 E. Fourth Ave., HialeahPark.com, 305-885-8000) is offering a total of $1,500 to three lucky players club members. Receive free entries between 9 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., which is when the drawing will take place.
Official balls for Super Bowl 50 are seen in a bin prior to final inspection at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio. The Denver Broncos will play the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. in Santa Clara, Calif.