Located in Melbourne, Florida, Melbourne Greyhound Park is a live racing facility that also has simulcasting rooms — showing top races from across the country — and a poker room that is proving to be very popular with the locals. This venue is home to some of the most exciting small stakes poker action in the area and it is also home to the Groucho Comedy Club, which has achieved national notoriety since its inception in the late nineteenth century and has showcased some of the best comedians in the country.
On Your Marks
Live racing is run throughout much of the year at the Melbourne Greyhound Park, with the season heating up in the spring and summer. There are races run from Monday through to Saturday, with a matinee performance starting at 12:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and an additional twilight performance run at 2:20pm on Wednesday and Saturday. These short and incredibly quick races provide great entertainment for gamblers and families alike, showing why a day at the dogs is one of the most popular past-times in Florida.
Along with the live races, the Melbourne Greyhound Park also has simulcasting rooms, where bets can be placed on a range of racing events from across the United States and Canada. Whether you want to bet a few bucks on greyhounds from elsewhere in Florida, or you want to bet on the big horse races from Kentucky, the private betting carrels and friendly tellers in the simulcasting room can help you. Here you can also watch and gamble on the game of Jai Alai — which is hugely popular in the state of Florida — and have a flutter on harness racing.
As with many greyhound facilities, the Melbourne Greyhound Park think as much about the animals as they do their customers and they work in association with the Greyhound Pets of America, which ensures that all retired dogs are given a good home.
If you like to play poker for little risk and big reward, then head for Club 52 and the best tournament poker in town. Along with scores of re-buy tournaments, deepstack tournaments and turbo tournaments, there are also tournaments where the winner takes home a cruise! If small tables and short runtimes are more your thing then check out the range of Texas Hold’em sit and go’s, where short stacks, quick play and small tables are the name of the game.
There are also plenty of cash games to get involved with and if you draw and show a royal flush then you will be given an extra $500, regardless of what day it is or what game you’re playing. There is also a $250 bonus in the form of a tournament ticket for anyone who draws and shows a straight flush. The best hand of the day and hour will also receive bonuses and if someone sucks out against you then their generous Bad Beat Jackpot should be enough to calm your frustrations.
Club 52 has a VIP Room for regular players, but the stakes here are relatively small, with a cap of $5 on limit games. The games can get heated though and there are no limit games available — albeit with smaller maximum blinds than some high-rollers may be used to — so there are plenty of big pots to be won.
Funny Stuff at Groucho’s Comedy Club
Many casino and gaming venues have restaurants and bars, something to keep the customers happy between hands or races, but Melbourne Greyhound Park and Club 52 goes one step further. Groucho’s Comedy Club promises the “best comedy on the coast” with regular live performances from some of the best local stand-ups in the business. The club was established back in 1886 and has been going strong ever since, providing comic relief to anyone frustrated at the poker tables or on the track. What better way to get over a losing streak than to laugh it off with professional comedians that dominate the airwaves and have appeared on shows such as The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman?
Marvin Lee, who appeared on Last Comic Standing and a number of HBO programs, has performed here, as has cruise-line entertainer and television personality Peter Fogel, and comedy veteran Lou Anglewolf. The Melbourne Greyhound Park may be one of the best places to gamble in the county, but it also attracts comedy fans from miles around who come here to let their hair down, have a few drinks and watch some of the funniest men and women on the circuit.
Saturday night is the best time to head for Groucho’s Comedy Club as this is when the new acts are showcased. Doors open at 7:30PM and the show begins an hour later, and it only costs $12 to get in.