Florida Seminole's Casino Expansion Rivals Vegas Resorts


The Seminole Tribe of Florida doubled the size of its casino floor at Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek to 100,000 square feet, featuring 2,300 slot machines, and added three new high-end restaurants.

On Thursday, the host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Ty Pennington joined Seminole tribal leaders in unveiling the revamped gaming resort in Coconut Creek, Florida, just south of West Palm Beach.

"I have been in every casino in the United States, or 75 percent of them, and this compares with anything in Atlantic City or Vegas," said Steve Bourie, the publisher of the American Casino Guide. "It is a beautiful facility."

The expansion added about 800 jobs during the casino's November 2 job fair—a welcomed opportunity in a state with a 9.9 percent unemployment rate.

"I think the next phase here will be a hotel, and we wish to have the opportunity to expand on our relationship with the state," said Jim Allen, the chief executive officer of Seminole Gaming.

The tribe holds exclusive rights to black jack and other table games in Florida. Under the agreement, the Seminoles will pay $1.2 billion over the next five years to the state to maintain their monopoly, reported NBC Miami. And on Friday, a legislative sponsor withdrew a bill to expand casinos in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas, thus killing the potential for nearby mega-resort casinos—for now, reported Reuters.