Gulfstream covers up 3-card poker table

While three other South Florida racetrack casinos are continuing to offer new poker games the state says are illegal, Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach has complied with the state’s request to put on hold Ultimate Texas Hold ‘em, Three-Card Poker, Two-Card Poker and One-Card Poker. Gulfstream officials, citing a desire to cooperate with the state, covered their one table that offered Three-Card Poker, located in the poker room. (That’s the first floor of the casino.) The state ruled more than a year ago that the games were classified as poker, so Florida card rooms began offering them, including Magic City Casino, the Isle Casino in Pompano Beach and the Palm Beach Kennel Club. The state reversed course on Jan. 26. But like blackjack at Seminole casinos, which the state has filed suit to have removed, the poker games continue. Bets are as low as $5 and players can quickly build up a bankroll. For example, a pair of red aces in Two-Card Poker pays 20 to 1. There’s a lot of backstory going on here. First the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering approves the games. Then the Seminoles file suit, saying the games void the compact. (The games are offered in most casino pits, although those who play 3-Card Poker in Las Vegas will tell you what the racetrack casinos are offering isn’t quite the same, although I sat down with $100 at Magic City Casino and didn’t have any complaints.) But then Gov. Rick Scott announces he has a deal with the Seminoles, and his office tells the PMW to, hey, put a halt to those games. BUT then you look at the compact and actually those games would be OK with the Seminoles. I confess my inability to figure this thing out. Meanwhile, hey, I could use some more Twitter followers. Please add @NickSortal for valuable, vital information. This is my Jeb Bush “please clap” moment.