A relatively recent addition to the Florida gambling world, The Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room opened in 2008 and has since because one of the most visited entertainment complexes in the state. This award-winning venue plays host to live greyhound racing, a modern and stylish poker room and banks upon banks of flat screen televisions to watch racing action from across the United States.
A short drive from the tourist mecca of Orlando, home of LegoLand, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, the Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room is also a stone’s throw from the Daytona International Speedway, the iconic oval track that hosts the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400. The Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room is the perfect place for gamblers, poker players and tourists alike, allowing anyone to experience the true heart of Florida, where poker and racing (in all its forms) is embedded into the culture.
During weekends the Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room is open 24 hours a day, which means that you can run deep well into the night on an array of guaranteed tournaments and tense cash games. Even on weekdays this room remains open until the small hours of the morning. There are 55 tables inside this decadently and stylishly designed room, with no limit and limit games of Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven Card Stud. This poker room is famous throughout Florida and plays host to a great number of tournaments and televised events, attracting some of the best and richest players in the state through its doors.
Along with deepstack tournaments, bounty hunter tournaments and regular guarantee tournaments, this poker room also hosts satellites to the World Series of Poker Main Event, where entry into the biggest poker competition in the world can be won for as little as $65. There are also special tournaments that run throughout the week, including Sunday Funday, Wild Wednesdays and Fat Pocket Tuesdays, and if you want to pit yourself against the opposite sex then you can also take part in the Ladies vs Gents tournament for just $25.
The Heartland Poker Tour calls the Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room its home and is open to amateurs and professionals alike. This exclusive tournament runs from October onwards and has a long list of big prizes on offer. One of the biggest names to play at this event is poker legend and WSOP bracelet winner Greg Raymer. Greg was born and raised in North Dakota but since taking the poker world by storm he now travels the country and spends a lot of his time in Florida. As well as appearing on many televised poker events, Greg has even had his likeness used in the Dead Rising 2 computer game.
The poker room also features its own unique menu, with a range of casual dishes served table-side —perfect to sate your appetite during any deep runs. Appetizers include cheese wedges, chicken fingers, Buffalo chicken wings and a jumbo shrimp cocktail. A range of sandwiches and salads are also served. For a true taste of the heart of Florida you can also feast on some key lime pie or freed cheesecake for dessert.
Dine in Style
Outside of the poker room there are a number of concession stands, where hungry gamblers can grab some food and drink on the go. At these stands you can chose from buttery or sweet popcorn, cheesy nachos, succulent hot dogs and juicy burgers. There are also plenty of soft drinks and beers to wash all of that grub down. For something a little more substantial, in a pleasant and occasionally lively atmosphere, then head on over to the Sports Fan Bar.
There are a number of flat screen televisions in the bar, displaying an array of sporting action from across the country. The Sports Bar menu includes much of what you can order from the poker room menu, with an additional choice of soups, wraps, panini sandwiches and entrées. You can also choose from a choice of wines, beers and cocktails, such as Absolut Tea, Mild Day Margarita and Lynchburg Lemonade, along with some coffees and energy drinks if you need perking up in preparation for a night in the poker room.
And the Rest
As well as racing and poker, the Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room stages a number of events throughout the year, including a Greg Raymer Bootcamp, scores of live bands and performers, and regular savings on food and drinks, especially during national holidays.
If you want to play with the best of them in one of the finest poker venues in the state, or if you want to watch some thrilling greyhound action, then you can’t go wrong with the Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room.