Old Dogs, Same Tricks
Located in St. Petersburg, Florida, the is the oldest continuously operating greyhound track in the country, which makes it one of the most widely recognizable racing venues in the state of Florida. This racino opened its doors in 1925 and was one of the first greyhound tracks of its type, sparking an interest in a sport that is now as much a part of the Floridian way of life as key lime pie.
This venue has attracted sporting superstars such as and through its gates, and it also featured in the Ocean’s Eleven film. In the modern era the Derby Lane Greyhound Track is still one of the most popular gambling destinations in the state and in 2006 and 2007 it was home to the Derby Lane Million race, which was the richest greyhound race in history, paying out half a million dollars to the winner and another half a million to the placers.
The Derby Lane Greyhound Track has hosted some of the fastest greyhounds on record, including the legendary Keefer who attracted a crowd of neatly 13.000 when he won the 1986 Distance Classic. This agile little canine even had a book written about his life! Rural Rabe, Dominator and Cayman Went have also raced and won here.
Onsite and Offsite
As well as its own racetrack, where punters can watch their runners race home from the comfort of one of the indoor areas or from the stands, Derby Lane also offers rooms which show races from all over the country. These include both greyhound races and horse races and there are even areas where you can bet on the fast and furious game of Jai Alai, which is quickly becoming an institution in Florida. There are over 50 flat screen televisions within the facility and gamblers can also make use of fully stocked bars, simple food menus, personal carrels and easily accessible betting windows, all of which are located in and around the Simulcasting rooms.
It’s not all about racing at Derby Lane and there is also a popular poker room available onsite, with plenty of poker variants and a huge number of , free-rolls, sit and go’s and cash games. On the first Saturday of the month, the Derby Lane run a tournament for seniors only, with the last-player standing taking home a cruise for two. The tournament costs $220 to buy-in and place money is also paid out. This top prize is also given to the winner of a another tournament that doesn’t come with an age restriction, has a larger number of entrants and costs $30 more to buy-in.
The Sunday Super Stack is one of the biggest and most popular tournaments here, with a buy-in of $330. The grand prize for the Super Stack fluctuates depending on the number of entrants, but often reaches 6 figures.
If you don’t have much money to spend, or if you want to earn your way into one of the bigger tournaments, then the free-rolls could be perfect for you. The free-rolls at the Derby Lane have a player cap of 50 and the winner can scoop $100 in cash and a tournament ticket worth $250, whilst those who finish from 2nd to 10th will also receive either cash payments and/or tournament tickets.
The Derby Lane poker room also has occasional tournament jackpots, including a royal flush bonus (usually several hundred dollars) which is paid out to the player lucky enough to draw and show a royal flush.
Feast Your Eyes
If you want to grab a bite to eat whilst you watch the action unfold on the track, then check out the Derby Club Restaurant, located on the sixth floor of the building. Here you can enjoy a tasty brunch of crepes, soup, salad and other light bites during lunch hours, and some fine Floridian cuisine during evening hours, including shrimp, crab and prime ribs. If you want something a little less decadent, then the Gallery Lounge serves up a casual menu, whilst in the Derby Club Four you can feast on sweet and tasty American-style breakfasts.
There are also two concession stands located within the building, offering hotdogs, burgers, pizzas, fries and ice cream that you can enjoy on the move or as you watch the races from the rails. You can also buy pitchers of beer and cups of coffee at these stands. If you want to relax as you wash your meal down then the Derby Club Lounge sells a range of beers, wines, cocktails and spirits in a calming and comfortable environment.
The Derby Lane Greyhound Track is a historic yet modern venue that caters for the whims of greyhound enthusiasts everywhere. This is the place to be if you’re involved in the sport of greyhound racing or if you simply want to enjoy a few drinks, some great food and some fantastic entertainment.