HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Just one year ago June 22, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino launched south Florida’s first legal games of Blackjack, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Let it Ride and Three Card Poker at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, creating a myriad of excitement, nearly 1,000 new jobs and increased tourism dollars. To celebrate this important milestone, the casino is expanding special $10 minimum bet Blackjack games to be available 24/7.
Last June, amidst fireworks, fanfare and a celebrity kick-off by Carmen Electra and fiancée Rob Patterson of Korn, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood upped the ante for gaming enthusiasts. Led by emcee Michael Buffer, hundreds of table launch attendees vied for a spot to catch fellow celebrities such as Lorraine Bracco, Bernie Kosar, Nat Moore, Howard Schnellenberger, Gino Torretta, Bob Kuechenberg and more try their luck as they waited their turn to play.
In addition to the excitement of the change in the regional gaming landscape, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and the State of Florida celebrated the creation of new jobs needed to operate the games and support the increase in staff. Presently, the Seminole Tribe of Florida employs 45,000 individuals directly and indirectly at all of its Seminole Casino facilities as the introduction of table games created destination and expansion opportunities.
“This has been an incredible year for Seminole Gaming,” said Joe Giaimo, Seminole’s regional vice president of table games. “Today, we celebrate a significant move that gave Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and south Florida an opportunity to shine as a signature gaming destination with a first-rate hotel, top-name entertainment, world-class dining and increased leisure tourism. Plus, as one of the largest employers in the state, we’re proud to have had a positive impact on the economy. It’s been a tremendous win-win opportunity for everyone involved.”
According to Giaimo, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino table games have been at full capacity since their introduction. Based on conservative calculations, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood estimates that more than one million players will have tried their luck during the first year of Blackjack and other table games.