Win or lose, the tropically themed Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park is an excitement filled South Florida destination for adults. Opened in April of 2007, it is conveniently located between the Florida Turnpike and I-95, the Isle features a large variety of 1,500 Vegas style slot machines from two cent machines on up. In addition, there is a 34 table poker room and pari-mutuel harness racing track along with four restaurants and a central high tech multi-level bar called Fling which features state of the art multimedia displays as well as live entertainment. The two story casino floors dominated by a central water feature with clever columns some of which have water flowing overhead through clear arches, contain the slots on the first level and the poker and race track on the second which is easily accessible by either elevator or escalator.
Having visited and enjoyed another Isles casino at Our Lucaya in the Bahamas, my husband and I first visited the Isle at Pompano in September of 2007. As in Lucaya, we found the staff to be friendly and helpful and the facilities well planned and immaculate. There is no smoking in the casino which is a big plus. Despite the 2 ½ hour drive, we have returned several times for an “island getaway” in the heart of South Florida. We suggest using the valet parking service in the covered entrance which is a bargain at $6 as our first experience trying to locate our car after so many hours was an adventure that we didn’t want to repeat despite the well lighted lot.
Variety is the best description of the slot machines. There are the tried and true as well as the newer video slot machines. All operate on a voucher system where the payouts are bar coded slips easily redeemed at either machines or the cashier. On two occasions, my bar codes were illegible and required a visit to the cashier who cheerfully made the payout and apologized for the error. Non-alcoholic beverages are offered gratis to players at the machines.
We particularly enjoy the reasonably priced Isle Buffet for dinner. There is an ample salad and soup bar, carving station, hot chafing dishes with a choice of fish, chicken and beef entries and an excellent Italian section. Friday and Saturday dinners feature an ‘all you can eat’ shrimp and crab bar. The meal wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the dessert bar stocked with cookies, cakes, pies and a sundae station. During the week and on Sunday, there is also a fabulous crepe station. Many of the locals go there for the buffet alone. We enjoy the dinner buffet so much that we haven’t gotten to visit the other three restaurants but judging from the crowds, Myron’s, which is a New York style delicatessen, is another guest favorite. There are two upscale restaurants, Bragozzo which is an Italian eatery and Farradday’s steakhouse.
On our first visit, we joined the Isle One Club and receive regular offers and notices of special promotions as well as “Isle Money” vouchers. There is a website that lists current promotions including inducements to join the Isle One Club along with the current hours of operation. A word of caution, although we enjoy the Casino, we budget for it as the expense of a getaway day and adjust our expectations and expenditures accordingly. As with all casinos, it is possible to win – and we have – and to lose – which we have as well. The high energy and noise level are designed to keep players playing and can be overwhelming at times especially when there is live entertainment at Flair.
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