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Seminole CEO James Allen Announces Debut of Blackjack on June 22nd, 2008

On June 10th, 2008, Seminole Gaming Chief Executive Officer James Allen commented that will begin offering blackjack and other card games on June 22nd, 2008 near the slots area and high-limit gambling area in the Seminole Casino. A survey made by Harrah's Entertainment in 2006 states that sixty-five percent of players pick blackjack as their casino game of choice.

Players said that they love blackjack because it features simple rules and they have some degree of control because it is up to them if they will get another card. The Seminole Tribe's chief operating officer, John James commented that their players can rest assured that the blackjack game that they will offer will have a fair rule. Blackjack dealers will stay with the "soft seventeen" rule, the game will also feature a 3:2 payout ratio and players have the chance to double on any pair of cards.

The blackjack tables will feature $15 minimum wagers during off hours and $25 or bigger table minimums during peak hours, depending on the number of blackjack gamblers that are playing. Allen commented that they have hired around eight hundred people, mostly casino table game dealers, but also pit heads, floor employees and management. Because the tribe wanted dealers that have some degree of experience, most dealers are not living in South Florida. It is the first casino facility in the area that will feature blackjack, although it is already offered in casino cruise ships.

James Allen said that the next Seminole facility that will offer card games like blackjack would the Hard Rock casino facility in Tampa, Florida. He did not give a specific time table for the Seminole Hollywood casino or the Seminole Coconut Creek casinos. The Seminole Tribe began remodeling the Hard Rock facility and putting up blackjack security cameras as soon as finalizing the gambling compact with Governor Charlie Crist on November 2007.


Tuesday, June 24 , 2008
By Emma Green