Also known as the BestBet Orange Park Kennel Club, or the Jacksonville Kennel Club, due to its location, the BestBet Orange Park Kennel Club is a greyhound racing venue in Jacksonville, Florida. It offers live racing and simulcasting action for most days of the week, along with restaurants and bars that make this a popular choice for adults and families looking for an exciting day out in the Jacksonville area.
Jacksonville attracts hordes of tourists throughout the year and is the biggest city in the state of Florida, with a soaring population of over three quarters of a million. People flock here for the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the United States; the Gator Bowl, an annual college football match; Hemming Plaza, which was the first state park in the city; and an array of museums and theaters. Jacksonville is also a prime gambling location, and away from the Orange Park Kennel Club there is the Jacksonville Greyhound Racing Track, casino cruises and a number of smaller venues dedicated to poker and other table games.
If gambling is your game, and you’re looking for something a little less beautified than Miami and more upbeat and metropolitan than some of the rural areas that play host to the larger venues, then Jacksonville and the Orange Park Kennel Club could be just what you are looking for.
Greyhound racing is huge in Florida and in Jacksonville there is nowhere better to experience the thrill of these fast animals than in the BestBet Orange Park Kennel Club. If you can’t get into a good position trackside, then there are also banks of televisions where you can watch the races unfold live. The races typically run every ten or fifteen minutes, so there is little waiting time in between, and the betting rooms are spacious and bright, offering a welcoming location for anyone looking to risk a few bucks.
There are personal betting carrells to make the process of gambling easy and quick and if you fail to catch any of the live races then you can head for one of the simulcasting rooms, where live dog and horse races from around the country are shown and can be gambled on. If you get hungry or thirsty then you can pick up some snacks and soft drinks from the concession stands, with hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, beer and more available to be eaten trackside or even in the betting rooms themselves.
If racing isn’t your game or you’re looking for something a little different after placing some bets on the live races, then head for the BestBet Orange Park Poker Room. This poker room is home to a $200 deepstack bounty hunter tournament that draws in amateur and professional players from the Jacksonville and surrounding areas. These tournaments run fast and loose, with plenty of action early on as the gamblers chance their arm to win a few bounties. Good players can clean up at events like these as there are a lot of loose players and gamblers entering the tournaments, but bear in mind that other profession players will also be heading here to take advantage.
There are regular tournaments with big pots to be won on a daily basis. There is also a Bad Beat Jackpot for Texas Hold’em, Seven Card Stud and Omaha, the former of which regularly exceeds $150.000 and can provide a life changing windfall for anyone unlucky and lucky enough to be beaten with a top hand.
The poker room is open all day on Friday and Saturday and from 10am until 4am for the rest of the week.
Along with the concession stands there are also more refined eating options for the more picky palette. If you head for the clubhouse then you can feast on hand-rolled sushi, quality burgers and some local dishes made with fresh ingredients. There are starters, dinners, lunches and snacks available, with everything from freshly made soups and salads to substantial mains and sweet desserts.
On the weekends, in the Paddock Dining Room, there is an All You Can Eat Buffett, where you can gorge on the local favorite of crab legs until your heart’s content. You can also feast upon a catch of the day, some freshly prepared salad or a choice of meat dishes. The poker room also has its own unique menu, with deli favorites that can be enjoyed table-side, without getting too much mess on your cards or chips. Beer, wine, spirits and cocktails are also served in the poker room, all of which are reasonably priced, but try not to drink too much as you’ll need to keep your wits about you.
Whether it’s poker or racing that you’re into, or if you’re just looking for a good day out for the family, the BestBet Orange Park Kennel Club can excite your senses, blow your mind and empty your wallet in one exhilarating experience.