Small Fish, Big Pond
In many ways, the Miccosukee casino is a huge underdog. Florida has 8 Native American owned casinos that fall under the tribal gaming laws, and although the Miccosukee own one of these, the Seminole tribe own the other 7. It’s not all doom and gloom though, these two tribes are related to each other and they have a strong and friendly history, and in the gambling haven that is Florida, there is room for both of them.
The Miccosukee Resort is located in Miami, next to the Everglades. It is a huge, 9 story building decked out in pink and white stripes, with an impressive and picturesque walkway leading up to it. It was built in 1999 at a cost just shy of $50 million, and all of the staff —including waiters, waitresses and dealers —hail from the proud Miccosukee tribe.
Let the Games Begin
The Miccosukee Resort has nearly 2.000 gaming machines on its main casino floors, with stakes ranging from just a few cents all the way up to tens of dollars. All of the machines work on a convenient ticket system, making the process of gambling quicker and easier, and all of the latest games and technologies are adopted as soon as they become available. The Miccosukee Resort also has high-stakes bingo events that run throughout the day and can cater for up to 1.000 people at any given game. These cost just a few dollars to enter, with prizes that stretch into four figures and beyond.
For those who like to splash the cash, The Miccosukee Resort and Casino has a high limit gaming area, an exclusive and plush room that caters for the real risk takers. There are 90 machines in this area and all guests are waited on hand and foot for the true VIP experience. Here you can bet from as little as $4 per line, all the way up to $400 per line, with jackpots edging into astronomical figures. High rollers can also make use of the Miccosukee Players Club, which offers extra advantages for those that spend a lot of money at the resort.
Poker is one of the main attractions at the Miccosukee Resort and they play host to several large tournaments, including free-ell tournaments with up to $2k on offer, a $22.000 Whacky Wednesday tournament and a $100.000 guaranteed tournament known as the Progressive Mania. The sit and go tournaments, which run throughout the year, cost upwards of $20 to buy-in and provide exciting, single-table action for those who only have an hour or two to spare. As for the cash games, there are limit and no limit games available, with Texas Hold’em dominating and Omaha coming a close second. The blinds go as high as $10/$20, which requires a minimum buy-in of $1.000.
They are a total of 58 poker tables in the Miccosukee Resort poker room, but if you want to hone your poker game without losing any money on the tables, then you can join in on one of the free poker lessons offered by the resort. These take place every Thursday and Sunday and run for an hour.
The poker room is a non-smoking area with table-side dining to make sure you don’t miss a minute of the action whilst you sate your hunger and satisfy your thirst.
Drink and Play the Night Away
What better way to finish off a day of gambling than with some dancing, partying and all-round fun? The Cypress Lounge, located within the Miccosukee Resort, is one of the best 24-hour venues in the city, promising that whatever timezone you’re on, it’s always night and always time to party somewhere in the world. With live music, fruity cocktails and freshly cooked food, The Cypress Lounge is a warm and welcoming venue for all.
For something a little more laid-back and relaxed, then head to the stylishly designed Martini Bar, which sells expensive imported wines and spirits to cater for more refined palettes. If you prefer a cold beer to a fine wine, and a good sports game to some elegant ambiance, than the Gator Bar, also contained within the resort, sells light and refreshing drinks in a friendly and occasionally rowdy environment.
If you fancy a walk in the Florida sunshine, then head for the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club, a huge and picturesque golf course with 27 holes. If you’re new to the game or just want to brush up on your swing, then there is also a driving range and a putting green. There are three courses within this resort, the Marlin, the Barracuda and the Dolphin, and there is also a pool, a clubhouse, a tennis club and a large parking area.
Whatever rocks your boat, the Miccosukee Resort and Casino is sure to have what you need. From high stakes gambling to fine dining and all-night partying, this is a round-the-clock resort that never sleeps.