Out of the twenty-one poker rooms in the state of Florida only two cleared $10 million the past year. Whats even more unbelievable is that they compete for many of the same players and still pulled in that much.
The Isle Casino and Racing poker room took in $10.3 million which is about $130k more than Palm Beach Kennel Club (a little over one percent more). Both draw business from the Boca Raton/Delay Beach/Boynton Beach areas.
The past three years Palm Beach Kennel Club has been the state leader, but after the Isle added slots it attracked more crowds. It is surmised it may have also attracked more couples or mixed groups of poker playing husbands and slots playing wives. With more to offer there are more people who can be content playing there. Palm Beach Kennel Club will be refreshed by the fall with some new paint, furniture and carpeting.
All Florida poker rooms got a boost when new laws were passed in July of 2007. This lead to a 66% increase statewide in poker play. From 2006-2007 the Isle took in $2 million just from poker while Palm Beach Kennel took in $8 million, while offering up to eighty one table tournaments a day.
The state monitors the poker rooms at horse parks, dog parks, and jai-alai frontons, which record their revenue or “rake” and give ten percent to the state. Indian tribe casinos are not monitored by the state thus their revenue records are not available for comparison.