The closest full casino to Jacksonville is the Seminole Hard Rock casino in Tampa, FL. You could drive to Alabama but, at nearly 300 miles, it better be a weekend trip. All the nearest casinos and casino cruises are within a few hours’ drive, but as of December 2019, there are no Vegas-style casinos in Jacksonville, FL.
But what options do you have for a bachelor party or girls’ night out? Do you have to settle for board games and frozen yogurt? (We hope not!)
If you’re planning an event or informal get-together, Jacksonville’s lack of proper casinos doesn’t have to throw a wrench in your planning. Here are your options for having an awesome casino night in Jacksonville, Florida.
Jacksonville Casino Cruises
There are a few casino cruise options if you live in or around Jacksonville, but they are limited based on sail dates and seasons.
Victory Cruise Lines is one of the most popular, sailing frequently from Port Canaveral, with buses to help you get there. There used to be Jacks or Better cruise line, but much like SunCruz Casino, they struggled, leaving Victory as the sole operator. Port Canaveral isn’t very close to Jacksonville, though, so getting there might be a problem.
One thing to consider with a casino cruise is sensitivity to movement. If you are prone to motion sickness or seasickness, a casino cruise won’t be a great option for you, because the entire concept of a casino cruise is that the boat travels to international waters before gaming can begin. That is a lot of hassle just to play a few games.
Jacksonville Poker Rooms
There are, however, poker rooms in Jacksonville, and BestBet is the top choice, with two locations.
These poker rooms spread many games, including: Texas Hold’em, Seven Card stud, Seven Card Stud High Low Split, Omaha, Omaha Eight or Better, 5 Card Omaha (Big O), Three Card Poker, Two Card Poker, One Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Fortune Pai Gow, Face Up Pai Gow, High Card Flush Poker, and DJ Wild Stud Poker.
With all those gaming options for poker, you can find a fun game to play in Jacksonville. These games are spread on professional tables, but they are limited to poker only.
If you are looking for Vegas- (or Atlantic City-) style gaming, such as roulette, craps, or blackjack, you won’t be able to find that in Jacksonville, FL. The BestBest poker rooms have great options for those looking for games relating to poker and even offer the look and feel of Vegas games, just without the excitement of roulette or craps. Those types of table games can only be found in full casinos or if you organize your own casino party in Jacksonville.
BestBest has an amazing poker room with plenty of gaming options, but finding a casino in Jacksonville, FL just isn’t possible. The top 10 casinos in the United States aren’t within hundreds of miles of Jacksonville, so you’ll have to travel in order to find non-poker casino options.
Looking For a Casino in Jacksonville, FL?
Florida is home to a few casinos, like the Hard Rock Casino, but they are not located in Jacksonville.
There are only two in the state: one in Hollywood, FL and the other near Tampa. If you’re looking to drive up to five hours, it might be worth it to you. However, even the Hard Rock casinos are limited and do not offer the full Vegas-style experience, because they feature automated gaming for the most popular party games, such as roulette and craps.
But if you don’t want to settle for anything less than a Vegas-style casino night, we have one additional option for you….
Host Your Own Jacksonville Casino Night!
Even though there isn’t a Vegas-style casino near Jacksonville (in fact, within a few hundred miles and hours of driving), you can still have an amazing casino night. Moreover, you can host that event!
Aces Wild Entertainment offers the very best in casino party entertainment, which means you can have the casino night you want, without driving to Alabama, Tampa, or Hollywood, FL.
Our events always hit the jackpot and our options can bring Vegas or Atlantic City directly to you with table games like roulette, craps, and blackjack. Looking for roulette to take the energy to a whole new level? We’ve got it for you. Poker tables to run a tournament for your guests? No problem! Whether you are throwing a fundraiser, corporate event, or just a private gathering for your clients, Aces Wild Entertainment has you covered.
Have you considered a theme party? Perhaps Havana Nights or a decade theme, like the 90’s. Our FREE event consultation will provide you with endless options to customize your casino party.
With your own casino night in Jacksonville, FL, you’ll be the talk of the town.