This month, travelers on the route from Miami to Naples will have the opportunity to stop for a refreshment, enjoy a coffee, and engage in electronic bingo-based gaming at the new Little Trail Casino. Set to open its doors on February 14, the casino is conveniently located at the Miccosukee Service Plaza at Exit 49, offering a unique addition to the travel experience.
What new is coming in Florida?
The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida is further enhancing its presence in the Southern Florida tribal gaming scene. Already known for the Miccosukee Casino & Resort in Miami, situated at the gateway to the Everglades, the tribe is now excited to unveil this latest venture. “We’re thrilled to open this new chapter with our community and all the key partners who’ve supported us,” shared Talbert Cypress, the tribe’s chair. “We’re eager to offer a distinct gaming experience at the Little Trail Casino.”
Featuring 150 electronic bingo machines in a clean, smoke-free setting, the Little Trail Casino promises to be an appealing destination for gaming enthusiasts. The venue will operate from 8 a.m. to midnight daily, providing not only gaming but also serving beer and wine for visitors.
Expanding Florida’s Tribal Gaming Landscape
In Florida, the Seminole Tribe is renowned for its stronghold on the state’s gaming industry, especially with its exclusive rights to house-banked table games and Las Vegas-style slot machines, with the exception of Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Holding a Class III gaming compact with the state, the Seminoles operate traditional slot machines and table games across their casinos.
Conversely, the Miccosukee Tribe has chosen not to enter a Class III gaming compact, opting instead to keep all gaming revenue. This decision means that the Miccosukee Casino & Resort and the new Little Trail Casino are limited to offering bingo-based gaming machines rather than traditional slots and table games. These machines deliver outcomes derived from bingo simulations rather than random number generators, providing a unique gaming experience.
The larger Miccosukee Casino & Resort boasts around 1,800 gaming machines, a live bingo room, and a 20-table poker room, alongside numerous amenities including a hotel, dining options, entertainment, and golf courses. The resort also features cultural attractions like alligator demonstrations, airboat rides, a museum, and a gift shop with items crafted by Miccosukee artisans, offering visitors a comprehensive and culturally enriching experience.