On January 12th, 2009, walking into the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino feels like seeing a city of the future. There are just under three thousand slot machines in the Hard Rock Casino. Beginning last year, the Seminole Tribe launched Las Vegas-style slot machines, which are steadily replacing video bingo machines. The biggest difference came in November 2008, and it is the addition of 106 casino table games. That is twice more than the number that can be found at the Grand Biloxi Casino but fewer than the Bellagio Las Vegas casino.
The casino games themselves can be considered a gamble, a move to outwit anti-gambling legislators in a legal battle. So far, around fifteen thousand people are going to the Seminole Casino and it is clear that bigger numbers are arriving since November, according to John Fontana, the president of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Fontana said that they want to have an interesting environment on the casino tables but not too loud. Hard Rock offers around 68 blackjack tables that are accessible from any part of the casino.
In another vital change, nearly three quarters of the 2.994 slot machines in the casino facility are now Class III slot machines. It means that players can now wager against the casino. The facility also features "carnival games" like Asia Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Let It Ride and Mini-Baccarat. Minimum wagers start at $15.
The casino facility does not offer craps, roulette or full baccarat, but there are Midi-Baccarat tables in the casino's high-limit room, where wagers begin at $100. Players can also join the Seminole Player's Club, where players can earn points from the different games that they are playing on the gaming floor and qualify for promotions depending on the size of their average wagers.
Monday, March 16 , 2009