06/01/2006 11:00PM

Gulf stops simulcasting

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Gulfstream Park has ceased its simulcast operations and closed its card room until further notice, the track announced Friday. Tickets, Gulfstream's new sports bar and show room, will also be closed after the NBA's Eastern Conference championship round ends on Friday or Sunday.

The decision to stop simulcasting at Gulfstream was made to facilitate remodeling the building for slot machines, according to the track's publicity director, Mike Mullaney. Slot machines were legalized at four parimutuel tracks in Broward County, including Gulfstream, earlier this year. Mullaney said Tickets will also undergo remodeling not connected to the slot machines.

According to terms of the recent legislation, Gulfstream can begin operating slots during the summer, although the opening is likely to be delayed since the track has yet to reach an agreement or sign a contract with the local horsemen's group.