Ground breaks on two new Florida poker rooms

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Ground has broken on two new Florida poker rooms expected to open by the end of 2011.

In Panhandle town of Gretna, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and developer David Romanik broke ground Jan. 11 on a 100-acre site just off of Interstate 10.

In addition to a poker room, the site will include a quarter-horse racing track and equestrian center. The facility is expected to open this winter.

Near Miami, legendary Hialeah Park has finally broke ground on improvements to the track that will include a poker room and slots casino. The track, which now hosts quarter-horse racing, has faced challenges from competing tracks about whether it could offer enhanced gaming, but is progressing after an affirmative declaration from state regulators. It, too, expects to open this winter.