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“Nice new casino”
Review of Hialeah Racetrack

Hialeah Racetrack
Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Hialeah
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Owner description: Famous horseracing track.
Pembroke Pines, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Nice new casino”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Hialeah has become a Racino.
The new casino is very nice with all the bells and whistles.
One drawback is it is a long walk from your car to the casino, unless you are a VIP player.

Visited August 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
246 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“SOUTH FLORIDA'S NEWEST CASINO”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

Anyone of an equestrian background recognizes the name HIALEAH because it is considered one of two majestic race tracks in the USA (Santa Anita being the other). With its marble hallways, flying flamingos, fountains and statues, there is nothing quite like it. Add to that a brand spanking new state-of-the-art casino and Hialeah is remade: VOILA!
Located in the heart of HIALEAH, which is both the fifth largest city in Florida and a suburb of Metro Miami, the track has welcomed swells ranging from Gable to Churchill, from Jimmy the Greek to Marilyn Monroe. But, over time the horse racing game and it's mansions fell into disrepair.......until recently when state's began authorizing slot machines and poker inside those hallowed halls to bolster the racing. And it has worked.
Hialeah Park is among the last of the "racinos" legally permitted in South Florida by law.It comes on line following Calder and Gulfstream Race Courses, Pompano Harness Track, Hollywood and Flagler Dog Tracks. The Seminole Hard Rock Casino operates in a sovereign nation and does not conform to any state mandates.
Long awaited Hialeah Casino Grand Opened over Labor Day weekend following three weeks of stellar attendance in a "soft" opening. Effectively the Hialeah racing management (which currently operates only a quarter horse meet for a couple of months in the winter) renovated one end of the grandstand with slots downstairs and a huge poker room upstairs.
It's all done well. The slot parlour isn't huge, but it is well designed. There are large flowing avenues for people to wander (picture the Bellagio casino) with the usually subdued lighting and the occasional outdoor windows and doors looking over the track. There are slots placed in one outdoor covered tunnel for smokers.
The machines are all new. Right down to the Pawn Brokers with vibrating floor. There's an ample high rollers slot room, and plenty of penny machines to choose. The bathrooms are sparkling and plentiful.
Centrally located is a deli with fresh meats and cheeses and salads and a cozy Cuban restaurant called Bella Note,but reminiscent of the nicer dining spots in Miami's famous Little Havana. Cuban sandwiches couples with standard fare, pastas, fish and entrees are plentiful and the service attentive. The price: very reasonable.
Upstairs the poker room seems to go on and on but...is spacious and inviting. There are screens for simulcast racing around the small bar and auto tellers for those who like to bet races and texas holdem' at the same time.
Everything is very wheel chair accessible.
Parking is free and ample. There's a shuttle bus that picks up and delivers.
Hialeah's Casino is a worthy entry in the area's gaming landscape.
The ONLY real downside is the location. Yes it is near Miami Airport and Yes It is near Broward County but it's in the midst of a dizzying array of industrial streets with names and numbers to confuse even the most intrepid traveler. Bring your GPS. You'll need it.
But, ESP. when the racing is also going full tilt (DEC/JAN/FEB) this is a terrific day destination at one of the country's true equestrian show spots.

Visited August 2013
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North Miami Beach, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“bad experience”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

i went to Hialeah racetrack with my sister to gamble. We were hungry so we went to the little cafe. they did not speak English and I kept pointing to what I wanted. they still didn't understand. three waitresses were involved and no body spoke English
or knew what I wanted. several guys who spoke Spanish tried to help. don't know what the problem was.she rung up $10.00. didn't know what I was paying for or getting so I walked away.

Visited August 2013
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1 review
“Must Visit- Best Poker room in South Florida”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

The Hialeah Park poker room is by far the best poker room in South Florida. Let me begin by saying that the room is absolutely beautiful and well thought out. The table space is comfortable and not crowded, the chairs are comfortable. They even have cup holders underneath the tables. The management was very professional and friendly. They run a variety of games for all stakes from the average Joe to the High Roller. They have great enticing daily promotions and a progressive Royal Flush Jackpot.

Visited August 2013
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Miami, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Best poker room in South Florida”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

I have mixed feelings. The casino is beautiful, but the limit on the roulette is only $100.00. The place just opened so they aren't ready. There were about 100 people crowding the players club, so it was hard to just enter the casino. Not much security to speak of. The poker room is fabulous. Incredible chairs and lots of TV's to see what is going on. No menu available to look at at the restaurant, so you have no idea what they serve let alone the pricing. Be prepared to speak spanish.

Visited August 2013
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