So I am in South Florida for part of this week and decided to stop in at the Hard Rock Hollywood casino for a few hours earlier today. So I don’t really have a “trip” to report, but I thought I would at least post some observations and thoughts from my experience there earlier today. I flew into FLL this morning and drove my rental car the few miles from the airport to the casino. Driving in, my expectations bottomed out. In the few blocks leading up to the Hard Rock, I passed multiple boarded up shops, pawn stores, and title lenders. Actually, I guess that is pretty typical for most gambling areas outside Vegas. Not quite blighted, but not exactly a place you would want to hang out late at night. So my expectations were lowered and I thought I would encounter a typical regional casino that is not very well kept. I was completely wrong! This resort is better than probably half the resorts on the Vegas strip. It was clean, spacious, good air quality (which is important to me), and decent gambling and dining options. As far as the gambling, the bulk of the casino floor is slots. There is also a high limit slot room. The slots also include electronic roulette and bubble craps. I think State law does not permit live roulette or craps (although some of the people I talked to indicated they are trying to get those in the casino in the near future). Card based table games are, however, permitted. I saw all the usual carny games starting at $10 a hand. The main floor also had mini bac and BJ starting at $25 a hand. The high limit room (which was very nice) had midi bac and BJ. The difference between BJ in the high limit versus the main floor (besides a $100 minimum in the HL) was that the shoe is eight decks on the main floor and six in the HL. The HL also stands on 17, while the main floor hits. No surrender and you can only split aces once, even though it is a shoe game. I played BJ in the HL for a couple hours and the dealers and other staff were great (drink service was quick and roaming massage persons approached my table every thirty minutes or so). Not many of the restaurants were open for lunch on Monday, but I checked out the menus and it looks like there are some good options. I also walked past the pool deck and it looks fantastic (which I guess one would expect in south Florida). Nice looking spa as well. I talked to a host before I left and she is already setting me up for a return visit in a couple months. Its no Vegas (what is), but definitely worth checking out if you are in Florida.