- State bore the brunt of the Category Five hurricane
- Most South Florida casinos escaped major damage
As Florida begins the post-Hurricane Irma clean-up, it seems that most of South Florida’s thriving casinos have escaped with only minor damage and many have already opened for business just hours after the hurricane battered the region.
Both the Casino at Dania Beach and Magic City Casino experienced only intermittent power loss and some landscaping damage, and both are now operating a regular service, with none of their gaming or entertainment activities affected, and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is also fully operational, having escaped the worst effects of the hurricane.
The Isle Casino Pompano Park suffered some property damage, including damage to trees, along with some internal water damage, but the facility has reopened and is running as normal, while at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino, the casino resort, restaurant, stores and entertainment venues reopened on Wednesday, and live horseracing resumes on Sunday.
Palm Beach Kennel Club also escaped significant damage and has reopened for poker and simulcast action, although live greyhound racing has not yet restarted and the facility is varying its curfew times in line with the Palm Beach county curfew.
Two facilities that weren’t so lucky are the Calder Casino and the Mardi Gras Casino. The Calder remains temporarily closed while staff from Miami Garden and local residents work to repair traffic signs and clear the roads, although the casino itself sustained no damage.
And the Mardi Gras appears to be the most badly affected of all the South Florida casinos. The buildings reportedly suffered major damage during the hurricane, which left the property’s email and phone systems out of action, and the casino is closed indefinitely.
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