Daytona Kennel Club plans card room

Nov 27, 2015 9:14 AM

The Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poker Room is planning a  $5 million card room and sports bar.

General Manager Dan Francati said the Orange City facility could become the only legal place near I-4 to play poker between Daytona Beach and Tampa. The investment by the Kennel Club’s owner involves renovating a movie theater in the Orange City Marketplace.

The plans that were unveiled this week call for a poker room with 25-30 poker tables and a sports bar with kitchen service. The Marketplace is a shopping plaza at the intersection of Saxon and Enterprise Road that has long been in transition.

Francati sees the venture as a “great project” that is expected to help revitalize the shopping plaza.

A news release that describes the project says it will add 150 new jobs to West Volusa County at an average annual wage of  $40,000. Assuming it gets the necessary government approvals, the card room could open by late 2016.

Poker rooms have spread across Florida at the couple dozen pari-mutuel facilities as  racetracks have pressed for a opportunities to acquire bigger stakes in the legal gambling business.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected].