Best Of 2008

BEST CANINE-FREE DOG TRACK: Tampa Greyhound Track

If you’re devoutly against our local tradition of having lean greyhounds chase a mechanical bunny around a track, but you want to play poker, Tampa Greyhound has you covered. This former dog-racing venue doesn’t like to advertise it, but it doesn’t actually engage in dog racing. Instead, the place has converted to poker, made legal by a state gambling exemption for parimutuel dog and horse tracks. You can bet on simulcast races from around the country while grinding out some no-limit hold-’em tournaments in the humble and casual Lucky’s Card Room, happily thankful that no dogs were hurt in the winning of the pot. 8300 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 813-932-4313. luckyscards.com