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Ten Reasons the Dania Beach Casino & Jai Alai Is Still Awesome

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7. The jai alai is still free to watch. That's right, you can waltz inside, grab a beer, and take a seat at the jai alai without paying a cent. No matter how long you stare at the game, you'll never make sense of it. That's not to say it isn't entertaining to watch the young men in their white-hot pants wield a baseball in their claw-like gloves. Just try not to strain your neck with whiplash as you follow the ball (traveling at speeds over 100 mph!) from one end of the court to the other.

6. And the insults people shout at the players are still better than anything else on TV. Seriously. The Cuban men shout indistinguishable insults at the players. Sometimes the insults are in Spanish, but simply watching these grown men stand up, shake their fists, and berate the players is hilarious regardless of what is said. Although some of the vitriol isn't intended for children's ears, it's not that bad. The median age of spectators is probably 65.

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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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