“Celebrity” Gambling Ship Sets Sail in Florida

The Palm Beach area of Florida is a popular vacation destination for visitors from Europe and America. A group of high profile celebrities have invested in a new gaming ship that launched its first voyage in March from the Port of Palm Beach. The boat provides both casino gambling and a sports book.

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The Boat

The boat is a refurbished 160 ft. yacht that has been turned into a sailing casino. Some sources claim the cost of refurbishing the Yacht, named “Island Breeze II”, was approximately $3.0 million. The ship has a casino floor that includes table games (black jack, craps, roulette) and 200 slot machines as well as a sports book. One of the ships hot spots is the poker room located on the third deck. The room should be a favorite destination for celebrities and poker professionals. The boat has a maximum occupancy of 600 people. Due to gambling restrictions, the boat sails twice a day from the Port of Palm Beach into international waters approximately three miles out. The buffet and bar are sure to be popular amenities.

Celebrity Investors
Known celebrity gamblers have made an investment in the ship. They include Comedian/Actor Eddie Griffin, Actor Rob Lowe (West Wing), Actor Josh Duhamel (Fergie’s husband and star of the TV series “Las Vegas”), and 2006 World Series of Poker champion Jamie Gold. Gold will be investing more than cash as he will be assuming Host duties in the poker room. The group hopes their celebrity pals will make regular visits and bring loads of cash.

The Island Breeze II will have a big advantage over the land based casinos located in parts of Florida. By sailing into international waters, the boat will be able to avoid some of the gambling laws currently restricting the gambling operations of Florida’s licensed casinos. The sports book is unique because sports gambling is illegal in the state. The draw of popular celebrities will give celebrity fans a reason to make a visit and join in the fun.