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Rain delays opening of Kings Court jai-alai and poker room in Florida City

Gonzalo Vivanco, left, and Inigo Calzacorta own a company that builds jai-alai courts. They hustled up to build one in Florida City.
Gonzalo Vivanco, left, and Inigo Calzacorta own a company that builds jai-alai courts. They hustled up to build one in Florida City.

The continuous rain has delayed the opening of Kings Court jai-alai and poker room in Florida City. The first jai-alai match was set for Sunday to meet a state deadline for activating a pari-mutuel permit, but has now been rescheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 16.

Jai-alai must run for one day before the poker room opens, so the card room debut is pushed back from Monday to June 17.

Kings Court director of pari-mutuel operations Milt Roth said the state is “very understanding” and the challenge is finishing parking lot paving.

Kings Court, at the intersection of South Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys, is owned by the Brunetti family, which also owns Hialeah Park.

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