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

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3. The couples slow-dancing in the Cesta Lounge will warm your heart. The sounds of an Elvis cover band can be heard as you ascend the escalator to the second floor. Along the back wall is a cordoned-off section where a handful of gray-haired couples gaze into each others' eyes as they dance. On a small stage, the singer is decked out in a back glitter jacket and slicked-back hair. This is potentially the best spot in the county to people-watch.

2. A dollar can go far. If you're not familiar with slot machines or gambling, you can still test your luck without breaking the bank. Slot machines are only a dollar or two, and even if you don't win, the entertainment value is worth the expense. Since jai-alai players aren't as predictable as horses or dogs, betting on a long shot (or a seemingly bad choice) could pay out. According to the Sun Sentinel, a woman once won $87,000 on a $2 bet at Dania Jai-Alai.

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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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