“Faster than Lightning”



It’s Jai-Alai – just say “Hi-Li” and you’ve correctly pronounced the name of the World’s Fastest and Most Sensational Sport, and the more exciting action-packed, faster short-court version of this game is being played at Magic City Casino & Jai-Alai in Miami, Florida. You can even enjoy watching and wagering on Magic City Jai-alai from the comfort of your own home! Magic City Jai-Alai features 9-Jai-Alai games a performance with each exciting game lasting about 10-20 minutes each. Games for 2021 at Magic City Jai-Alai resume on February 6th for a extra 10-week meet through April 12 with 3-performances a week on Saturday through Monday before the regular meet from May 1 through Nov 29 with even more performances each week.

Welcome to SayHiLi.com, the Total Package Jai-Alai Website with info about the game of Jai-Alai, rules, terminology, odds, Jai-Alai wager types with examples, Jackpot carryovers, takeout rates and even Jai-Alai wagering systems. Find season schedules and where to wager on Magic City Jai-Alai in-person or from your mobile device or online from the comfort of your home (check out the Watch & Wager website). Get Magic City Jai-alai scratches well before the performance starts and even view Magic City Jai-Alai Injury Reports and Jai-Alai Scratch History which is updated daily. Here you will find easy access to Magic City Jai-Alai information at your fingertips and enjoy Jai-Alai blogs from fans and industry experts. This website specializes in the Magic City Jai-Alai short-court entertainment experience and how to make the most of it.

Why has Magic City short-court Jai-Alai rapidly become so popular with fans?

  • a faster paced Jai-Alai game than “traditional” US Jai-alai, more physically challenging, requires the next level of athletic ability, quicker reactions needed for playing rebotes (shots off the back wall) than longer courts
  • short-court Jai-Alai is much better suited for the highly popular and more physically challenging singles games
  • many more singles games offered than competitors, singles games preferred by handicappers
  • showcases some former professional athletes from NFL & MLB and many top college athletes, including many local University of Miami athletes
  • great mix of top US athletes from other sports trained to play the professional sport of Jai-Alai, a US Jai-Alai program only just started in January of 2018 and continually developing, talents are improving and continue to impress fans
  • better for the fans – watch in HD, FREE weekly fantasy Jai-Alai league, cash prizes offered weekly ($150 and chance for more as more fans join the free contest)
  • better for the bettors – full transparency, 5% lower takeout rates on Pick 3’s than competitor, several BIG Jackpot wager options (competitor has none), early scratch info, injury & scratch history, wager from home or on the go
  • the same Spectacular 7 and Spectacular 9 rules are in use as in “traditional” US Jai-Alai
  • proven to be an excellent and consistent wagering option for Jai-Alai handicappers
  • top of the line “The Sports Club” at Magic City for viewing & wagering Jai-Alai (and other simulcast events), great food options, walk-around bet-takers, now with expanded capacity
  • drive-thru betting option for quick on-site wagering service
  • informative videos for new fans plus weekly recap videos with weekly highlights including best shots
  • watch all past performances since 2018 in HD on YouTube “The Jai-Alai Channel”
  • highly dedicated, young and energetic Executive Producer & Producer team for The Jai-Alai Channel
  • top announcing team of ambassadors for Jai-Alai with new style of announcing, lively banter, informative, transparent, educational & highly entertaining, not the usual announcing from recent years at other sites
  • superb highly experienced management that truly cares about saving a sport that’s been fading from the American landscape
  • advertising and promotions abound, the drive for continual improvement impresses the growing fan base
  • social media presence on Facebook and Instagram
  • no lengthy performances lasting 4-5 hours each, 2.5-hours is the norm for a Magic City Jai-Alai 9-game performance which is shorter than a NFL game and better suited for accommodating today’s fans
  • 10-extra weeks of Jai-Alai in 2021!!! Thanks Magic City!!

Sure, there are still a few fans of “traditional” US Jai-Alai that are slow to come around on accepting the short-court version of Jai-Alai offered at Magic City, but times have changed. The days with thousands of fans in the stands watching Jai-Alai games ended many years ago. SayHiLi.com applauds Magic City management and support staff for their innovative thinking in providing fans with this exciting entertainment option and promoting this action-packed short-court version of the sport of Jai-Alai! Their insight and focused dedication on keeping a version of this great sport alive in Miami, Florida where it was adopted in the USA nearly 100-years ago is to be commended! Many thanks to Magic City Jai-Alai for this exciting entertainment option! You are truly great ambassadors for the sport of Jai-alai! Stu Neiman’s own words summarize Magic City Jai-Alai’s unique short-court Jai-Alai option quite nicely, “At Magic City we’re just working on creating the most entertaining short-court Jai-Alai experience possible.”

Fantasy Jai-Alai for Magic City! Check under “Other Links” for details on how to join this FREE weekly Magic City Jai-Alai Fantasy League. Sign-up before the first performance any week to join the fantasy jai-Alai league to win weekly Magic City themed prizes for having the most weekly points. Sign up soon to improve your chances for a larger prize for winning the most weeks of this season long fantasy contest. A very special thanks to Andrew, Lindsay and Magic City Jai-alai for providing this new & exciting Jai-Alai fan participation opportunity that was a huge success in 2020! This contests offers a weekly cash prize of $100 for first place if there are 100 or more active participants for the week. The cash prize is $150 each week for weeks with 150 or more active participants! Get your friends and family signed up soon! Who can say no to the chance for free money, only at Magic City Jai-Alai, the top live sports entertainment choice with exciting Jai-Alai action 3 to 4-days a week! Get ready for a lot more Fantasy Jai-Alai starting in February 2021!

FREE subscription to the Jai-Alai Channel where you can watch Live Jai-Alai games in HD for FREE and view interesting videos such as the Rebote Recap! You don’t have to bet on Jai-alai games to enjoy them. Check out the Magic City Hustle trailer and movie too! The Magic City Hustle is an interesting documentary that’s great family entertainment and showcases how Jai-alai started at Magic City Casino along with personalities of the people involved….a MUST SEE for all Jai-Alai fans! The movie cost is only $5 and you can watch it as many times as you want!

A new bet was added to the Magic City Jai-Alai wagering menu in 2020, the Mighty Ocho, which is a $1 Pick 8 jackpot wager with the Jackpot paid out to a single winner. The Mighty Ocho works just like the highly popular $1 Jai-5 wager that started during the 2019 season at Magic City Jai-Alai. The Mighty Ocho now has a $3,000 guarantee to a single ticket holder with 8 of 8 winners! Only a few Jai-Alai facilities have ever offered a wager this challenging and you could make Jai-Alai history by being the first bettor to ever hit 8 of 8 winners! Three times already there have been winners with 7 of 8 winners and one bettor even lost a game point on the one game they lost! Try the high-paying $1 Pick 3 wager with the lowest takeout rate for any currently operating Jai-Alai of 20% (25% takeout rate for competitor Dania) which starts game 4, where one picks the winner of games 4 through 6. Record Pick 3 pools have even exceeded $2,000! Another Pick 3 has been added for late games 7-9! The popular $1 Jai-5 jackpot wager which starts game 3 also offers this record low takeout rate of 20% for the Jai-Alai industry.

The 2020 U.S. National Jai-alai Championship was held on December 5 & 6 at Miami’s Magic City Casino & Jai-Alai and paid out $20,000 in prize money during this prestigious event that was broadcast live on the JAC (The Jai-Alai Channel). Check the recent blog posts for details including the matches and scores for this first ever U.S. National Jai-Alai Championship. Contestants had to be U.S. citizens and included professional players from all active U.S. Jai-Alai frontons and the best amateurs from around the country The 2021 tournament dates are TBD but will be held between August 24th and September 10th.

SayHiLi.com promotes collecting Jai-Alai programs, memorabilia and art work. Be sure to check out the website pages with photos of examples of some popular collectible Jai-Alai programs, memorabilia and awesome one-of-a-kind Jai-Alai colored pencil artwork under “Other Links.” You will also find important tips for beginners on collecting memorabilia. Take a look at the program cover photos from the hard-to-find Orlando Jai-Alai programs from 1962 through mid-1980 thanks to the famous Jai-Alai program collector Mark Kaminsky.

SayHiLi.com shows a summary History of Jai-Alai Frontons in the U.S. along with more about the fascinating history of Magic City Casino & Jai-Alai which began as West Flagler Kennel Club in the early 1900’s. SayHiLi.com currently showcases some old Jai-Alai program and fronton photos from the U.S. from the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Last but certainly not least, be sure to look under Other Links for Famous Women in Jai-Alai which shows a program cover page and game page photos from a Tijuana, Mexico Jai-Alai program from the late 1950’s era when only girls competed against each other in the first six Jai-Alai games of the (17) game performance. On that web page you can also find a link to a news article on the first U.S. female professional Jai-Alai player, Becky Smith who plays at Calder Jai-Alai as “La Primera” and a photo and some history on the famous Katherine Hines.

Just Say “Hi-Li” and you’ve correctly pronounced the name of the World’s Fastest and Most Sensational Sport called Jai-Alai and you can Bet on It! Bookmark this site to your favorites and check back often for new info!

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