The Big One
Located in Hollywood, FL, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is the biggest casino in the state. This palatial building is a 12 story monolith, complete with 481 cozy guest rooms, 86 palatial suites and breathtaking panoramic views that you won’t find anywhere else in the state. This is glamour and glitz of the highest order —the opulence, class and decadence of Las Vegas without the searing dessert sun, mob rule and neon kitsch that Sin City is notorious for. The Seminole casino franchise is run by the Florida-based Seminole tribe, the South’s biggest players when it comes to tribal casinos.
A 50-foot guitar and a swanky pool greet the guests that flock to this casino and hotel from all over the country, vying for a piece of action at the tables or on the slot machines. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is not only one of the best places to be in Hollywood or in Florida, but it’s up there with the best of them as one of the greatest casino venues in the whole of the United States.
Guests at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino can take advantage of deluxe suites, shuttle services, rooms with a pool view and a range of dining options. If you want to relax and soothe your muscles and your mind after a long of gambling, then head for the Turkish bath or sink yourself into a hot tub at the Rock Spa; if you prefer to relax in the open air with a few likeminded people, then play a few rounds of golf at the nearby Hollywood Beach Golf Resort; if you’re looking for something a little more exciting, then kick off those shoes, let your hair down and hit Passion nightclub, where loud and live music will keep your blood pumping until the small hours.
Let the Games Begin
Whatever your game is, you can find a dealer or a machine willing to give you a go for your money at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Blackjack is popular here and earns the casino more money than any other game. The Seminole play to Vegas rules and they also have games of Mini-Baccarat, with the casino taking a 5% commission on every game. Spanish 21 is also popular here and rarely found anywhere else in the state —this is similar to standard blackjack but with a few minor tweaks in the betting rules. The house doesn’t always have to win, so if you fancy your chances then grab a cool and relaxing drink from the bar and head down to the blackjack tables, where an open and well ventilated area will keep you cool and relaxed as one of the Seminole dealers tries to take your money away. For something a little different, and exclusive to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, try your hand at Casino War. This is based on an old children’s card game and is incredibly easy to learn, but the house does have a rather large edge so don’t expect to triumph here.
If poker is more your thing then you can play some of the more popular games of Hold’em and Omaha —along with the less popular Pai Gow and Three-Card—in the exclusive poker room. Stepping inside this room is like stepping into another world, one that caters for every whim of its players. There are large screen TVs plastering the moodily-lit walls and waiters and waitresses serving food and drinks from morning till night. Regardless of your game, your limit or your level of expertise, you can find a table to suit you here. For something a little different, Let it Ride is a 5-Card Poker variant where players have more control over their bets and can manipulate the game to their liking.
The slot machines at the Seminole start at just a few cents and you have plenty to choose from at that price, but if that’s just pocket change to you then you can hit the high-rolling slot machines which are located in a separate area, reserved for the true risk takers. As well as a range of classic arcade slots, there are also an abundance of high-tech gaming machines, with themes from blockbusting films such as Avatar, Footloose and Back to the Future, shows such as The Walking Dead and The Phantom of the Opera, and all-time classic board games like Monopoly and Clue.
Tired of Gambling?
If you’re tired of gambling then you’re probably in the wrong resort, but there’s only so much that even the most staunch-hearted and deep-pocketed of gamblers can take. But don’t despair as there’s so much more to this place than the buzz of a slot jackpot or the thrill of a runner-runner take-down on the poker tables. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has a convertor belt of great acts from the world of entertainment, from rock and metal bands, to comedians and sports stars. The stadium venue, the Hard Rock Live, seats 5.500 people and everyone from Billy Joel and Bon Jovi, to Rod Stewart and Willie Nelson have performed there.
You can also pig out in one of the many restaurants inside the casino, including a steak and seafood restaurant, a Hooters and a Hard Rock Cafe. You can even drop by Ben and Jerry’s for some dessert. Once you’ve filled your stomach then you can walk off those extra calories with some shopping, or you take in the stunning sites that surround this beautiful, colossal casino.
However you want to spend your evening, this place has you covered. You can take a dip in the pool, relax by bar, get your blood pumping on the casino floor or surround yourself in luxury in one of the many suites. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino gives you a true taste of Vegas in the Sunshine State, a one-stop holiday destination where all of your needs are met, especially if the vast majority of those needs revolve around gambling your children’s inheritance on the roll of a dice or the pull of a slot machine.