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June 20, 2021

Last year it proposed a new building that would be home to 1,500 slots

Boyd Gaming postpones Jai-Alai Casino expansion in South Florida

(US).- Boyd Gaming is putting plans on hold for their new casino facility in South Florida. It is the parent company of Dania Jai-Alai in Broward County and it has a state license to operate slots at the site.

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ntil now, Boyd Gaming has not installed those slots and is deferring any plans for building a new casino facility until a further time.

The casino they were to build was planned for opening in 2008, but due to the uncertainty of the legality of a voter passed mandate in 2004 that allowed Broward County pari-mutuals to operate Las Vegas Style slots, as well as the current poor performance of the other pari-mutuals in the county, plus an impending agreement with the State of Florida and the Seminole Indian Tribe over their expanded gambling hopes, Boyd Gaming has stalled their plans indefinitely.

Blake Cumbers, who is Boyd Gaming's Vice-president of development, said in an interview that, "There are a lot of unresolved issues." Currently, Dania Jai-Alai is licensed to operate 1,500 Vegas Style slots.

Dania Beach's City Manager, Ivan Pato said that "It's all very much on pause right now, which is exactly what I would be doing if I were in their shoes." Pato also said that Boyd Gaming officials assured them the company's plans for a casino are still alive.

"One of the advantages with Boyd Gaming is that they are not stuck with what they built. They can modify it. They already know what doesn't work and they know the other pari-mutuals aren't doing so well," said Pato.

Boyd Gaming is keeping a close eye on the Seminole Indians to see what type of gambling they will be allowed to have and if that will mean exclusivity for the Indians. Pato said that if the Tribe secures exclusive rights to table games within the state, it would seriously impair the pari-mutuals' ability to compete.

Speaking of the issues affecting Boyd Gaming's decision to wait, Cumbers said "When all those issues are resolved, we will forge ahead with our plans."

Last year Boyd Gaming proposed a new casino building that would be home to 1,500 slots, a nightclub lounge, two restaurants and bars. The final plans have not yet been made public and there are questions whether a hotel and retail area may be included in the plans.

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