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Jai Alai in Florida

Information about jai alai in the city of Miami and other parts of the state of Florida.

Jai-Alai Frontons in Florida
There are now five Jai Alai Frontons in the state of Florida and they are located in Dania Beach, Miami, Ocala, Fort Pierce, and Orlando.

Florida Gaming Corporation
Owner of Jai-Alai frontons in Maimi and Fort Pierce Florida. The Miami facility also has poker in its Crystal Card Room.

The first jai-alai fronton in the United States was built in 1924 on the site of the historic Hialeah Park Race Track in the city of Hialeah near Miami. Jai-alai was first legalized as a pari-mutuel gambling sport in Florida in 1935. The Hialeah jai-alai games were later relocated to a jai-alai fronton in Miami that is reputedly the largest in the world. Several jai alai frontons in in Florida have closed in recent years including the one in Melbourne that was converted to a greyhound racing track.

In an effort to prevent the closure of frontons in Florida, the Florida State Legislature passed HB 1059 and it became a law on August 6, 2003. That rule changed state regulations regarding the operating wagering poker games at pari-mutuel facilities such as jai-alai frontons, greyhound racing tracks, and horse racing tracks in Florida.

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