Miami Jai Alai
Guide to Jai Alai sport in Miami
Since 1924, people in Miami have played jai alai, a game that is somewhat like lacrosse but with rules similar to those of tennis. The Basques in the Pyrenees first played this ancient game in the 17th century. The gear for a game of jai alai includes baskets called ‘cesetas’that are attached to a player’s wrist and balls called ‘pelotas’ that are thrown at a high speed.
Generally a jai alai game in Miami is played in one of the several frontons in the city. A fronton is an open-walled structure and a glass wall separates the spectators of the game from the action, which might get dangerous since the ‘pelotas’ are hard and fast-moving. People who do not play the game but enjoy its speed and excitement can bet on the players. Betting on jai alai in Miami is well regulated, so it is safe and legal. Bets that can be placed on jai alai include win-place-show, quiniela, trifecta and exacta.
One of the best known frontons in Miami is the Miami Jai Alai Fronton, which is also the country’s oldest. About 13 games are played here every evening except Tuesday from 7 pm to midnight throughout the year. Thrice a week the games are played in the afternoon as well. The Florida Gaming Corporation owns and operates the Miami Jai Alai Fronton.
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