Isadore Havenick

Two New Beginnings

Two weeks ago the City of Hialeah welcomed the opening of the Casino at Hialeah Park. Within five days of that opening The Casino at Miami Jai- Alai filed a chapter 11 bankruptcy. The facilities are a mere two miles apart and now one opens with great fanfare while the ...

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Players have options

In most of my columns I write about the potential for gaming in and around Miami Beach. I touch on what’s going on in the legislature and the political strategies being employed by those eying gaming opportunities in South Florida. This column will highlight a few of the local gaming ...

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Fast Ferry Off to Slow Start

Maylasian corporate behemoth, Genting, has started a fast ferry service to Bimini where they have a small casino under construction. Genting is the company that purchased the Miami Herald building and the Omni hotel. They brought their corporate road show to Tallahassee where they encountered more roadblocks than they had ...

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Dolphins and Marlins

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  Most politically savvy South Floridians were slightly shocked that the bill to allow a bed tax increase to fund Dolphin Stadium improvements never made it to a vote in the Florida Legislature. Some call it the “Marlin” effect as certainly the voters in Miami-Dade County were stung by the ...

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Adult Arcades and Internet Cafés

So what is everyone in Tallahassee talking about these days? Seems like the buzz in the legislative hallways the last few weeks has centered on Dave and Buster’s and Chuck E. Cheese’s. Why are grown men and women spending so much time preoccupied with businesses that feature children’s games? It ...

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The Question of Regulation

The Florida Legislature has been busy the past few weeks, taking proactive steps to outlaw internet sweepstakes cafes in the state of Florida. Many of these facilities were operating under the guise of benefitting charitable organizations, including the Allied Veterans Foundation. An investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement ...

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Does anyone care?

The search is well underway to see what the future holds for the Miami Beach Convention Center. There are mixed feelings about the vision, but I was surprised by the perception of an International gaming company that responded to a question on this subject at a recent gaming industry forum. ...

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Legislature stirring the gaming pot

Once again the Florida legislature has set its eyes on the convoluted Florida gaming industry. A request for proposal (RFP) has been issued as the legislative branch undertakes a comprehensive study of gambling in the sunshine state. This will be interesting for several reasons. Firstly, the State has to find ...

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