he Isle Casino in Pompano Park held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting last week to welcome players to higher stake games and extended hours. The relaxation of rules for the stakes in games comes amidst a flurry of other laws. But for gamblers and casinos, it's a win-win situation.
"It's exciting, it's going to be a new venture and we're looking forward to it," said poker player Lydia Woods. "Hopefully, we're going to get the high-rollers in here and possibly get the TV's to watch like shows on TV now. I think it's going to happen because this is a mini-Vegas.
High-stakes games will become legal at 23 poker rooms run by horse and dog tracks and Jai Alai frontons. The new law also lifts all limits at all seven of the Seminole Tribe's casinos and extends hours including 24 hours a day on the weekends. "I'll definitely try and get out 25-30 hours a week outside of my full-time job and because of these extended hours, it gives players more flexibility," said poker player Sandy Swartzbaugh.
The Isle of Capri casino said they've hired about 20 additional dealers to handle the expected rush of poker players. "I think there will be a lot more jobs as people start moving this way like they did to California 20-years-ago," said Mike Smith of the Isle of Capri Casino. "I think hopefully, we'll get some more people."