An artist's rendering of the new Casino Miami Jai-Alai. (We'll have live photos later today.)

This was the provided artist's rendering of the what the Casino Miami Jai-Alai was to look like. But the actual visual is that from the external it looks pretty much the same, other than a new coat of paint. (Rendering/Courtesy of Casino Miami Jai-Alai)

 The $87 million expansion to Miami Jai-Alai is complete, and the grand opening is today.

  It will be called Casino Miami Jai-Alai and include 1,050 slot machines with all the games everyone else has, including penny slots, an expanded poker room, dominoes and live shows. 

 According to a news release, the 5 p.m. opening will include: William B. Collett Sr., Chairman, Florida Gaming Corporation; William Bennett Collett Jr., CEO, Florida Gaming Corporation; Daniel J. Licciardi, Executive Vice President & COO for Florida Gaming Corporation; James Ahearn, Dave Jonas and Rene Guim, Equity Partners, Miami Casino Management; Eduardo Rodriguez, President, Florida Lemark Corporation, General Contractor. City officials and community leaders.

   For those of you on Mapquest, Casino Miami Jai-Alai is at 3500 NW 37th Ave.,  Miami. It's near the airport. Their web right now is still being launched: it's at

  Officials say the new casino brings 350 jobs to the area, and was privately funded. The casino actually had a very quiet open Monday night, shortly after clearing the required state inspections (which is rigorous).

 The casino opening is one of three that Miam-Dade voters approved in a 2008 slot referendum. The two others, Calder Casino & Race Course, and Magic City Casino (Flagler Dog Track) have already opened. The vote came way back when destination casinos were only a twinkle in some people's eye -- and was a followup to Broward's vote that brought slots to the Isle in Pompano Beach, Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach and Mardi Gras in Hallandale Beach. (Dania Jai-Alai also is eligible to add slots, but hasn't yet.) All pari-mutuel casinos are smoke-free, as required by the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act. (The casinos operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida allow smoking, although some have non-smoking areas.)

  I'll have an update online later today. Just asking, as a Broward guy who is now been through his share of casino openings and upgrades: What elements of this story do you want to read about (email me at