Located in Washington County, Florida, The Ebro Greyhound Park and Poker Room has been proud to call itself the only gaming facility in the county since 1955, when it first opened its doors. It is one of the biggest employers in the area and attracts a huge number of tourist and locals every day. The venue remains open for 24 hours on Friday and Saturday, providing a fantastic alternative to the nightclubs in the area and giving the local insomniacs something to do in the twilight hours, when the scorching heat is at its lowest.
Ebro is home to some of the most exciting greyhound racing in the state, with a season that runs from the spring until the end of the summer. They have been accommodating racing fans for many years and certainly know their stuff, so you can expect impeccable service and great views as you watch your dog romp to victory. In the off-season, and when the racing is finished for the day, you can head on over to the simulcasting room, where you can bet on and watch horse race and dog races from across the United States and Canada. With coverage from classic venues such as Churchill Downs and Derby Lane, there is plenty of keep you entertained during the down time. You can also watch and bet on Jai Alai, a game that originated from the Basque region but is hugely popular in the state of Florida.
The poker facilities at the Ebro Greyhound Park and Poker Room have become legendary over the years, providing a jumping-point for many of the game’s biggest names and the state’s best players. The no-limit Texas Hold’em games played here are some of the best in the state, attracting amateurs and professionals alike for big guaranteed pots. As well as scooping prizes in excess of $25.000, tournament winners can also drive home a brand new car! The buy-ins for these tournaments range from as little as $20, all the way up to $330, but in a state with so many top players the skill level at the big stakes is incredibly high.
Regulars at the Ebro Greyhound Park and Poker Room can race to be the Player of the Year, racking up as many wins and places as they can to make it to the top of the yearly table and be crowned the Ebro Poker Champion. The ten best players of the year will be awarded cash and tournament tickets, and the best players of the month will also receive free entry into a $400 tournament. The Emerald Coast Championship, attended by some of the biggest names in poker, was held here and there are plenty of other big tournaments held throughout the year.
Cash games are popular here and there are five variants of poker to play, including PL Omaha, Texas Hold’em and Double Hand Poker, with more upon request. If you’re new to the game but are eager to learn, then check out the Ebro Poker Academy which is open every Tuesday and Saturday from 5:30pm. The academy lesson lasts for an hour and will teach you all of the basics of the game, including tips to help you in the your first tournament or cash game.
If you hit a bad streak then you can take solace in the Big Easy Bad Beat Jackpot which regularly exceeds $25.000 and is paid out to players who show four 8s or better and still don’t win the hand. There is also a Bad beat Jackpot specific to Omaha Hi-Lo (for players who lose with four 2s or better) a Stud Bad Beat Jackpot and more. There is even a Bad Beat Jackpot for players who get knocked out of a tournament with quad tens or better.
More Than Meets the Eye
Whilst the poker room isn’t very child-friendly, the rest of Ebro Park is perfect for a family day out. Kids are welcomed on the stands to watch the races and there is also plenty of other entertainment to focus their attentions and keep them happy. There is concert area that attracts some of the biggest names from a broad range of music genres, with Hank Williams Jr —whose hits include All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over and A Country Boy Can Survive —recently playing here.
On Fridays and Saturdays, when the venue is open all day, there is an All You Can Eat Buffet at the onsite restaurant, so whether you’re looking to celebrate a victory in the poker room or on the track, or you want to drown your sorrows in prime ribs and beer, then head for the Paddock Restaurant. You can also grab a beer or a hotdog from the concession stands to enjoy trackside, and there is a choice of ice cream and soda to keep the kids happy whilst you indulge in a beer or two.