Melbourne: More than 100 people were lined up outside Melbourne Greyhound Park Jan. 17 awaiting the opening of the track’s temporary 10-table poker room; 700 more poured in during the next 12 hours. “It’s turned out to be overwhelming,” said track general manager Patrick Biddix. A permanent 40-table room was scheduled to open in April after completion of a $3 million renovation of the facility’s 16,000-square-foot second floor.
Melbourne recently switched from a six-month live racing season to a year-round schedule, which allows the track to offer poker year-round. Under current regulations, greyhound tracks must have a performance of at least eight races a day in order to have card rooms. Biddix said, “The greyhound crowd and the poker crowd are absolutely the same customers. I believe one will feed off the other.”
Source: Florida Today: Donna Balancia