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Info on the Seminole Hard Rock Florida

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by earth-3, Oct 18, 2012.

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  1. earth-3

    earth-3 High-Roller

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    I have a convention in Orlando this coming January. Has anyone been to the Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa? They claim they are the 10th largest casino in the world. It is only 65 miles from where I'll be and I would consider traveling there for a day or even overnight. I would like to know if it's worth the trip. Do they offer free drinks or a partially comped room with $50 to $100 play?
     
  2. JackH

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    Yes it is very big, BUT........... extremely tight machines, NO comped drinks and drinks are very expensive, very smokey, and no vibe. I live about 35 miles away and have been 5 or 6 times. I will not return . :cry:
     
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    We live very close, about a 20 min drive.. and only go when we get FP offers in the mail. We only play the video BJ, practice our basic strategy.. and as it's close by when not much else is going on it's a way to kill an afternoon.

    Drinks are not free - and VERY expensive..
    Comps are VERY tight.. (no rhyme or reason, it's an indian casino??)
    Smoky.. very, very smoky..
    machines are so tight - I think they squeak..
    and interesting (so I thought) the machines are not really slots, they are bingo :rolleyes2: as it's a class II gaming facility..
    yes, it's big.. they have a big poker room, lots of BJ tables - but again you are paying for adult drinks. (free bottle water, coffee, soft drinks).

    It's not Vegas.

    If you decide to go - good luck!! If your bored - good way to kill an afternoon - just check your expectations, that's all. :)
     
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    I inquired about it recently only received 1 or 2 replies.

    Here is one:
    "In spite of that you'll find LV much more satisfying on every level. "

    Based on the replies it doesn't appear to be worth the trip unless absolutely bored and have no idea what to do.
     
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    I live about 40 min from the Tampa Seminole Hard Rock.

    Other posters are correct as to the tight machines ,etc.

    I'm mainly a poker player and as to the SHR, I normally drive an additional half hour over to the dog track in St. Petersburg to play. The dealers are even meaner than the players and the last remodeling actually left their poker room more cramped and uncomfortable than before.

    Guess if you don't submit yourself to high minimum blackjack and tight slot machines, you can just get off of their reservation!

    IMHO, it gets more unappealing by the year, despite their expansions, remodelings and grand plans.

    Oh, and did they mention smokey, and loud?
     
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    I went there in 2010. Literally dumped 3k in high limit slots in under an hour with no significant hits whatsoever. Not even a couple hundred. I'll never go back there.
     
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    We live in the Orlando area. We went there once years ago when we were in Tampa for the weekend. As others have said, the machines are incredibly tight and they are some kind of weird bingo slots. When I go to a casino, I pretty much expect to lose, but I also expect to get to "play" for awhile with my money. We lost our money in record time ... and we've never returned.
     
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    It doesn't sound very appealing at all. Is there any casino within reasonable access of Orlando? I'm there for 5 nights/6 days and the pool along with downtown Disney seem to be the only entertainment around. In January, I'm not too sure about the pool even if it is heated. At my age, the night club scene is behind me. A little more sophistication matches my grey hair better.
     
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    The thing about Florida is that all gaming is going to be class II - so means it will suck. No real slots, it will ALL be "bingo" and tight as hell.

    Unless... you play poker, like to bet on the dogs/horses. Like mentioned by a previous poster (great idea) - Derby Lane in St. Pete just off the bridge is pretty nice, has a pretty big area for poker - all in all they have a nice set up. It's live dog racing - with poker on the 2nd floor - a pretty awesome buffet.
    I used to work there as a pari-mutuel - January is prime for the track, the dogs are running nicely by then.. and I don't know the people just seem nicer?? (again, like the other poster mentioned)

    If you want to take a day, you might want to check it out?? It's not fancy - but you can place some bets, watch the dogs, get a bite to eat, and people watching is a riot. Check out the web-site. :peace:
     
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    Looks like it maybe better to save the gaming bankroll for another time. In the evening, I'll just check out some of the other hotel lounges close by. It would have been a nice break to my daily routine.
     
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    Here's the real story from a local.

    Most machines are class III, they were switched a few years ago.
    The slots have a reputation for being tight, probably true. (No gaming board
    to set minimum payouts?).
    Table game limits usually start at $10.00, $15-$25 in busier times. January is
    generally a busier time. No craps or roulette.
    If I go, I usually stick to video poker, payouts are similar to strip conditions.
    8/5 ddb, my weakness.
    No free alcoholic drinks, just soda, coffee, etc. $5.00 for a beer.
    Only other casino around is a boat out of cape canaveral, victory casino.
    Not bad, they have craps, roulette, and a sports book. $5.00 minimums.
    My recommendation, plenty of good golf courses around Orlando. A little
    expensive in January, but probably cheaper than a casino trip!
     
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    I was just there last Friday night...put $100 in the large Wheel of Fortune machine...was down to my last $10 and hit for the spin...my spin won $300...cashed out right then and there and ran...LOL

    It's not my favourite casino simply because there are no roulette wheels (other than the electronic version)!!

    Good luck if you go!
     
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    At the Seminole casino in Immockalee you can't use free play or vouchers in Video Poker machines. Just wondering if it's the same in Tampa or Hollywood.
     
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    Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock is on par with other casinos around the country including Vegas and Atl City and is worth a visit.
    They now have over 5,000 Vegas Style slot machines. They are not all Bingo machines. They have very few Bingo Machines.
    Yes the machines are tight but just like with any Casino you lose some you win some. I receive offers for Free Play, Food
    & Property Credits every week of every month. And they are not afraid to spend money on improvements which is impressive.
    Being the only game in town they could sit on their butts and rake in the dough but they constantly pump it back into the property.
     
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    I checked it out when I was in a similar situation and didn't like the "vibe" much either.

    What I did like was on my way out throwing a $20 in a $1 slot and mindlessly clicking the button for about a minute on the way out the door. It started flashing, ringing, and carrying on and I had no idea what I had won. Some old guy said, you won the "big one" on that machine, which turned out to be $3600. I laughed, a crowd gathered, I waited, gave in to the high drink prices, and then finally took my money and ran.

    Ate like a king the rest of my convention since my per diem had just been greatly supplemented!
     
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