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Seminole Hard Rock - SitRep 0317-a

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Casino Hotels' started by deansrobinson, Mar 26, 2017.

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  1. deansrobinson

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    The casino, although crowded by the time we left, was not nearly as full as I’ve seen as of late. The parking lot (recently reopened surface lot) had a lot of ‘snowbird’ license plates, but I’m guessing that’s going to dissipate once we roll up on Easter.

    The Saturday night patrons (3/25) were of the expected stereotypical Florida demographic, decked out in full black-socks-with-sandals regalia and sporting the latest in respiratory and mobility assistance technology.

    You don’t have to love it…you just have to accept it. ‘Cause it is, the only game in town.:headbang:
     
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    So you could say people go there on a Lark. :D

    Looks like the BR took a little bit of a hit there, Dean, but you escaped in pretty good shape. Any food or drink opportunities/observations?

    (I'm hoping to come down to give SHR a shot if/when I ever get back to my FIL's area near Brooksville.)

    Thanks for sharing! :beer:

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    Food & Drink: Gray Salt is now closed, so the dining options are (a) Council Oak$ $teak Hou$e, (b) the buffet ($27/head dinner...$25/head w/players card...$even less if you use comps), (c) the food court (for those who like to roll the dice at craps and cuisine), (d) Rise Bakery (deli sandwiches and such) and (e) The Hard Rock Cafe. There's s'posed to be some new restaurants opening as they wrap up construction of the new casino wing (not the same as the new hotel tower). Construction continues unabated (even on SATURDAY NIGHT!) and the new garage is s'posed to be open in April.

    In the event you do get down here...gimme a holler. As a member of the elite Casino Emergency Entertainment Force* I can deploy and be fully operational at drinkin' and playin' within thirty minutes of notification. :cool:






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    Will do! :thumbsup:

    Thank you for your service! :beer:

    LOL! :kill:

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    We've found that Friday nights are the worst with the locals there. Same people that were there a few years ago dancing in front of the store ... ugh.

    We go on Sunday mornings now and have left up. Today my husband left up $1200. Video poker at the old pool bar. We love it there and are wondering where those slots are going to go when they close that section down.
     
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  6. Chump

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    I’m glad to read the weekend crowds seem to be letting up a bit. Since our last post here, we had mostly given up on Saturday’s altogether. I still mostly attribute the winter surge to their new weekend sweepstake drawings where they were giving away $250,000-$500,000 in cash/freeplay to anyone who stuck in their player’s card on a one body, one entry basis. Many of the regulars at HR have had their elite Card and never paid for parking anyway so the free parking is meaningless to them. Spouses were both playing on one card on the machines which easily pushed them into Elite status. Those sweepstake drawings seem to be dropping off which I think would also drop the overcrowding. I have no idea how HR gave away so much over the last two months but perhaps the extra people they pulled in made it worthwhile for them. Hopefully it will be better after Easter and the spring tourists depart but I won’t take that to the bank as the summer crowd will be coming afterwards. To begin with, HR is serving a very large population base. By comparison, the accumulation of Vegas casinos are dealing with fewer tourists and a fraction of the local players there that HR has here given its monopoly. HR is now offering more bonus free play to their regulars than they have in the past. I think this is to offset the noticeable reduction in Elite drawings to favor more sweepstake ones. I will continue to skip days with sweepstake drawings because of the large crowds and as your odds are so ridiculously low of being called with so many people in the casino.

    As for winning and losing at HR, the return on the slots goes from 85%-95% which is higher than the Strip. Their VP paytables are also higher for quarter players. From everything I’ve heard, they also offer better BJ. As far as gambling, there is no reason to go play anywhere else but the Vegas burbs, Reno or Tahoe.

    I keep hearing how nice HR will be when all the construction work is done but the new hotel tower won’t be done for another two years. Here is a drawing of what it will be like for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. https://www.seminolehardrocktampa.com/files/1634/expansion-brochure-areas.pdf The north casino, that cage, the existing pool, the old poker room and Rise will be gone. Everything there now is going to be moved into the new casino area connecting the new Orient Garage to the center casino. The old Grey Salt will become their new coffee shop. The walkways from the two north casinos will be a much narrower entry into the existing lobby area and the new elevated casino area. As for the mess, you can keep up with it watching their periodic drone videos. https://www.seminolehardrocktampa.com/future-rock.htm
     
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    Went to the hardrock tampa last night( 4/1) at around 5pmish. Parking wasn't as bad, only took 10 minutes to find a spot. It was still mobbed and smokey inside the casino. But a nice vibe. Certain machines were hard to get on but if you waited you could usually get on them. I play DDB only, I hit a few quads early and was up $600, but as many know on dollar level it can go quick if you don't hit quads. Sure enough I gave that back and $500 more. I usually bring $1000 for a session, so I saved dipping into my bankroll, licked my wounds and will play again another day as I always say! I also ate at the council oaks steak house. It's good, not great. A notch below a Great vegas steak house I would say but still good. Had the steak for 2, porterhouse and loaded baked potato. No reservations, so we sat in the lounge which was great and nice vibe to it. I would eat here again, no problems and great service. Overall it was a nice night out. I think its a tad less crowded with the snowbirds leaving before easter, then the other batch will leave before May hits here, as it starts to get nicer back home for them. :)
     
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    I haven't been to the HR in probably 4 years. I found the slot payout to be very weak, it was incredibly smoky and the drinks were very weak. I don't even remember the tables as I went with a slot only friend. Considering I'm paying for drinks, that is annoying. I used to be able to stop in when driving to Tampa for business. I'm not with that company anymore but I'm interested in knowing if it is worth a 4 hour drive for a day or 2 trip.

    Is there a good selection of slots? Do they have $1 & up area? What are the BJ pays/rules? This may have to be my last Vegas trip for a while. I'm going on a 3 day comp but the only offers Ive gotten since booking were 1 night comp and a little free play. I've never had such low offers. I was there 2xs last year and lost a bunch. I'm not going to fly across country without a comp. If I'm going to pay for a hotel I'll just take a night in Tampa.
     
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    I don't play slots but the selection is big. They have all the lastest, including the willy wonka one I hear about. The selection is huge, for every level of player. I play Dollar DDB, the paytable is 8/5, which is the lowest I will play at, if they lower it anymore I wouldn't bother to go. Slot payout I hear its tight, but who knows....nobody knows the payout % nor does the casino have to disclose it. I wouldn't travel 4 hours for a day trip, only an overnighter for that long of a drive is worth it IMO to the tampa hardrock. Table games I can't speak for, but the new poker room is nice and smoke free. Its well put together! Hope that helps some.
     
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    SHR still clings to 3:2 (yay!) BJ / Spanish 21 / Double Attack with an assortment of other tables that run $10/h in broad daylight to $100/h when the moon is full and high . There's also 'high limit' slot areas and table games which separate The Haves from the 'hordes of the great unwashed'. If you haven't been in four years, the place has changed considerably...for the better. It used to be a smoke filled slot room not far removed from a bingo hall. Now, it's one of the biggest casinos here in the land of the free. It used to be the fourth largest (back in 2012) but will inch up the ladder with the completed expansion. How-ev-ah...it ain't Vegas. You gotta pay for libation and being the 'only game in town' it does get a tad crowded. And, the SHR has gone out of their way to attract international patrons, not just the Sun City crowd out for the day. Now, I don't know that I'd drive four hours for this, but if you wanted to overnight...just sayin'...there are probably more 'cost conscious' lodgings other than in the casino itself. :cool:
     
  11. Chump

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    Ezzy,
    There have been a great many changes to HR over the past four years. There are nearly 5,000 slot machines there. They are currently undergoing another expansion which will go on for another two years. If you are in no rush, you might wait until mid May as the Orient expansion should be complete with another casino. HR's hotel rates are very high but you could look into their near by companion hotels some who might offer you a discounted rate as it has been so long since your last visit.
    https://www.seminolehardrocktampa.com/preferred-hotel-partners.htm
     
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    Thanks so much for all the info! I'm in Vegas in June but may skip the fall/winter trip and head to Tampa. Nice to know things have slightly improved. If I hadn't read about it here, I would never have even thought about it.
     
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