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Florida Poker Room Still Closed Thanks To Irma

Mardi Gras' 30-Table Room Could Take Weeks To Reopen


While other Florida casinos and their respective card rooms are back in business after Hurricane Irma devastated the state about two weeks ago, the 30-table poker room remains closed at South Florida’s Mardi Gras Casino.

Per a report from the, a “mini tornado” blew a hole open in the roof of the property, flooding the casino and damaging the floors. The casino is currently repairing the facility. There’s no precise timeline on when the casino and its poker room will be open again, but it could take as long as a couple of weeks before poker cash games are running once more. The rest of the casino could take months to reopen.

The historic storm closed Sunshine State racinos as far north as Jacksonville.

The Mardi Gras Casino has one of a dozen poker rooms in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale region.

In the absence of Mardi Gras, the nearby Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, which has 20 poker tables, has been trying to court the former’s customers, according to a Miami Herald report. Mardi Gras President Dan Adkins called the business tactic from the rival casino “sad and pathetic.”