Located in Pompano Beach, FL, is well regarded in the harness racing world and is often the first stop for many jockeys and trainers during the winter season, when the weather obliterates much of the northern parts of the country, but does little to stop the Florida sun from shining. Much like standard horse racing, harness racing is run by a horse and a jockey, with the difference being that the jockey sits on a cart behind the horse and guides the animal using a set of reins.
Although Pompano Park shines during the winter, it is still open for the rest of the year and has Simulcasting rooms available. Here punters can bet on horse and harness races from across the United States and Canada, before watching events unfold on banks of flat-screen televisions. In recent years Pompano Park has also added a number of slot machines and poker tables, attracting gamblers and players from across the state.
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The harness racing at Pompano Park kicks off in October and runs through to the spring time. This is the place to be during those months, but outside of the season there is also plenty of Simulcasting action, with betting available on horse racing, harness racing, greyhound racing and the Floridian past-time of Jai Alai, for most days of the year. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself at Pompano Park during the height of the harness season then you have 126 days of intense action to look forward to, with the best horses and riders in the business plying their trade for your pleasure.
When it comes to poker, the Isle Casino at Pompano Park offers players much more than its competitors. Dedicated players can take advantage of the VIP club which offers points based on how much poker you play. The more you play, the more you earn and the higher you climb. These points can be exchanged for cash and mean that even if you’re on a losing streak, you still have something to fall back on. You can also win your share of a large jackpot through one of the , where all players that show a full-house in a game of Texas Hold’em are entered into a prize draw.
The poker room is open from 9am until 3am Sunday through to Thursday, and all day on Friday and Saturday. As well as limit and no limit games of Hold’em and Omaha, there are also 3 Card Poker games available. There are cash games, small-scale sit and go’s and a huge number of guaranteed tournaments running throughout the year, including the $300.000 Isle Summer Slam and the $2 million Florida State Poker Championship. These big paydays attract some of the biggest stars and the best amateurs in the game, but if you can afford the buy-in and you fancy your chances, then feel free to test your mettle against the best of the best.
Video poker is also very popular here and there are plenty of machines where you can test your luck and your poker knowledge to win big. The Isle Casino at Pompano Park is big on electronic gaming in general and has electronic versions of craps, roulette and Sic-bo (also known as Big and Small and Hi-Lo), these terminals let you experience the thrill and ease of machine gaming with the addition of a real wheel (in the case of roulette) or an electronic table. There are also a huge number of slot machines available, with big name games such as Wheel of Fortune, Sex in the City and The Wizard of Oz, which offer spins from as little as a few cents, all the way up to several dollars. All of the slot machines are located in a well-ventilated, smoke-free environment and punters can rely on assistance and service from the Isle Casino staff if needed.
Pompano Park is more than just a casino or racetrack, there are six restaurants at the resort and live entertainment everyday of the week. You can pick up some prime rib at Farraddays, where fine food and special cocktails are served to the more refined palettes; tuck into some sweet and savory New York delicious at Myron’s Delicatessen; or excite your tastebuds at Bragozzo or Bexpress, where fresh and authentic and Italian cuisine is served throughout the day.
Whether you’re into R&B, Motown, Rock, Show, Dance or Soul, you’ll also find all of your music needs catered for with regular shows, bands and performers. Pompano Park has you covered from morning until night, from the first bite of New York pancakes, the first hand of blackjack and the first spin of a slot machine, to an evening meal of fine wines, finer foods and enlivening entertainment.