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Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa -- most confusing layout ever?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Casino Hotels' started by Ol' Hoag, Oct 4, 2022.

  1. Ol' Hoag

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    Just returned from Tampa. Spent a day at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and was lost most of the time there. In search of VP, I continually got turned around, having no idea where I was or where I'd been. Didn't think I'd ever find my wife again. :)

    Anyone else think this is the most confusing layout ever of a casino? Caesars LV used to have this title for us...although we eventually got used to it.

    Anyone know of a worse layout?
     
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    Renovations and expansions in 2007, a $100 million expansion in 2015/16 and a major $700 million expansion in 2019 has added on and changed the casino floor several times. I think this makes it feel more disjointed than if it was one original footprint. And it’s just massive.
     
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  3. MCann

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    Well I look at it this way. It's bigger than any casino in Las Vegas, including both Wynn and Encore put together. So take places like Caesars Palace and Wynncore and consider both places a single casino, and they seem pretty damm confusing and disjointed, too. But yah, the slot floor there goes almost 360 degrees around the original hotel tower, but not quite, because the original casino wrapped around behind it opposite the pool, then they built more, and then they added the new tower, then built another whole casino space between towers. I'm not saying you're wrong, but there is an up side to this, and by my second day of my life playing there, I knew my way around pretty well. First day, yah I was lost the entire time and I think I stayed 9 or 10 hours lol
     
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    The SHR has been added to, and added to, and added to - so it's not like this giant footprint was the original idea. I much prefer the current layout to the original, though I do miss the bar next to the front door, which was great for people watching and critiquing attire, hair styles, tats and the ever popular "now why would you bring a kid to a casino" conversation. :cool:
     
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    I have never been to this casino and its hard for me to imagine a more haphazard layout than CP. But it sounds like this resort had a similar development pattern of just adding stuff wherever they could through the years
     
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    At one time Wikipedia said it was the 6th largest Casino in the world. I do not see it on there now.
    Seminole Hard Rock is not afraid to spend money on expansion and that should be commended.
    Living in Orlando we would go over there from time to time and be amazed at the changes.
    One time there would be an escalator and the next time it would be gone. Same with restaurants.
    Close one down build another only to tear it out for more casino floor space. Create a non smoking
    casino only to find it has been removed and is now walled off. Its crazy over there!
     
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    My niece lives in St. Pete and on our way back from Disney to her place we stopped. I was so confused the whole time we were there. Wasn’t the non smoking casino upstairs on the way to the parking garage? Even with signage we had trouble finding the HL slots. I’m glad we did though, I won $400 on lighting link!
     
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    Last time I was there, there were 2 non smoking sections and 3 high limit slot rooms, so you'll have to be more specific lol! (But yah the whole upstairs is non smoking, and there is a little high limit slot room up there)
     
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    EXACTLY! I visited Hard Rock Tampa for the first time about 2 years ago and several more times since – all day trips from Bradenton. I can certainly relate to being hopelessly lost on more than a few occasions with no idea where I was! Yep, even Caesars LV was a breeze to navigate compared to HR.

    I moved from Atlanta Oct. 1, have been to HR 3 or 4 more times, and still get totally confused. I'm going again this Wednesday, but have no expectations of getting from A to B without twice as much walking than necessary.

    Yes, the second floor is non-smoking and much smaller than either of the two casino areas downstairs.
     
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    To expand on my previous post, I spent several hours at HR yesterday, and for the first time didn't get lost! (I also didn't win, but that's a different story.) We got there around 11:30 am, much later than I would have preferred, but still managed to find a lone $15 BJ table an hour later with two empty seats. (That was after a little VP upstairs and bar visit.) Unfortunately, the table went to $25 about 20 min. later and less than halfway into the shoe.

    It's interesting that some $25 tables, particularly upstairs and with CSM downstairs are 6:5, while there are an abundance of $25 tables paying 3:2! It truly seems that many players don't notice, understand, or don't care. I find that bewildering.
     
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    I think for a lot of people, it's just fun to sit at the table and play. The 6:5 x 3:2 is not a make-or-break consideration. If there's a 3:2 next to a 6:5, I'll take the 3:2 (with other variables considered such as single-deck, etc.)
    What tugs at the ole heartstrings is the demise of the $10 & $15 tables 'round the clock. The SHR has come a long way over the years and is really raking in the dinero.