Before slot machines, craps, and roulette, fortunes were staked in primitive games of "what's this smell," "how many freckles is my nose holding up," and "guess what number I am guessing you are guessing." Celebrate the sophistication of modern betting with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $25 worth of casino credit and a $5 food voucher to use at one of two nearby casino sites during a shuttled trip with Florida Adventures. Choose between the following destinations:
- Jacks or Better Casino, a boat-based casino touring the waters around Jacksonville (day trips run every Friday)
- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, located in Tampa (day trips run Tuesdays and Saturdays)
Sailing smoothly since its maiden voyage last fall, the 155-foot Jacks or Better Casino harbors more than 180 ticket-operated slot machines, which allow bettors to digitally select the stake of each spin (from $.01 to $25). Chomp chicken tenders ($5) or a hot dog ($3) and examine the table games found on deck, featuring blackjack, craps, roulette, three-card poker, and baccarat ($5 to $1,000 limits), or place a wager on the ship's virtual sportsbook, which supplies betting options for collegiate and professional contests across the globe.
For those who prefer to stay ashore, the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel regales card-sharps and slot-grapplers in its lavish, 178,000-square-foot gaming amphitheatre, home to more than 4,100 ticket-operated slots and 90+ table games. The casino's seven distinct dining options allow opportunistic stomachs to set odds on what they will digest best, from shrimp tempura at Rock 'N Raw ($9) to a mushroom-and-swiss burger at Hard Rock Cafe ($14.75) to solid metal forks wrapped in Fresh Harvest's fanciest napkins.