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Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Casino Hotels' started by KnowItAll, Oct 16, 2021.

  1. KnowItAll

    KnowItAll VIP Whale

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    Will be in Tampa this week for work. What slots should I play and where are they? What about VP? I usually play DDB $1 (Progressive preferred)
     
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    I play mostly table games and only dabble with VP as a diversion, but you certainly won't have any trouble finding machines - they're everywhere. While my VP is usually bar top, I "discovered" last week that "grownup" drinks are free at the floor machines, at least beer on the second floor. (I was waiting for BJ to open.) The bars are only on the first floor, while alcohol is NOT free there or at the tables. Go figure! (There are ways around that.)

    If you've never been … it's a huge casino, and after 5 visits since May, I still get lost. Have fun!
     
  3. KnowItAll

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    Free drinks on second floor???? Nice!!!! I have been there and go to Hollywood whenever I cruise out of S FL
     
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    Maybe it was a fluke, but when the CW came by with the beers and I tried to pay, she said the drinks were comped! I didn't argue, thanked her, and tipped. That was the first time I ordered drinks at a Hard Rock floor machine, being accustomed to free everywhere in Vegas. YMMV
     
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    I have had amazing luck on dragon link games on 2nd floor in high limit room. There are 100s of machines so I am sure you will have no trouble finding one you like.
     
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    Mycatspot I drink my breakfast and play in my PJ's.

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    @Turtleman you must have been both charming and lucky! Florida gaming regulations do not allow pari-mutuel casinos to provide free alcoholic beverages.
     
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    Anyone holding an “X” players card can get a free drink anywhere at HR. The required limits for this card are ridiculously high. The High Limit rooms at HR also provide comped drinks to all players. The Mezzanine Casino which opened in November of 2017 was a higher limit area which again provided drinks to everyone. It may have been that the pandemic resulted in lowering the denominations in the Mezzanine Casino and HR may have quit the comped drinks there for some period, but I am glad to read that they have resumed doing so. I think the dominant issue of providing free drinks at HR is that this is a predominately locals casinos whereby players hit the streets to drive home. This is not the case in Vegas where most players only need to find their elevator and room at the end of day. As for the slot selection, I think they literally have every recent slot game there is available somewhere amongst those 5,000 options. Anyone can hit one and any one can blead you dry. The minimum payout is supposed to be 80% or 5% higher than Vegas. I hope you are have fun there, we do.
     
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    Now I'm thoroughly stumped, as we were only playing quarter (as in 25 cents) VP! The same CW who gave us the free beers at the machines came around while we were playing BJ less than half an hour later, but we had already been charged for refills by another CW.

    We figured that free drinks were only for machine players, which of course, makes no sense. Neither does being charged $8 for a beer while playing bar top VP, but $5 at the tables. And if gambling regulations don't permit free drinks, then why are they comped in the high limit rooms and for X players? Something is really weird!
     
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    The Seminole casinos aren't pari mutual is the answer to this. I didnt go until earlier this year but got a tier match. They comp all players in all the high limit areas, regardless of tier or how much you're betting, and anyone in the VIP gaming area on the first floor where you have to be elite or X tier to enter...there are slots in there with bets as low as 30c a spin.
     
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    And to answer OP, the pay scales on VP arent great there. I ran most of the variations I saw through casino wizards pay calculator and didnt find anything above just under 97%, but many in the 95% range which by even Vegas strip standards is sort of bad, but they aren't unplayable if you find the right game on the right machine.

    As far as slots, their casino is bigger than the largest ones in Vegas, and they have the biggest variety of machines I've ever seen anywhere. Most of the more popular newer games are in the new annex section over toward the hotel checkin desk, and they have a TON of older stuff and reel games in the main / old casino which is much larger. Also a whole no smoking slot floor with it's own highimit area on the second floor near the walkway to self parking. I play a lot of old 9 line reel slots in 50c denomination there, but the overall selection is pretty incredible.
     
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    So the place is definitely huge. Also has some weird oddities. No craps or roulette except those bubble types. When they deal UTH they take the first
    2 cards after the 5 for the board which sucks cause that means the dealer cards never change. On Face up Pia Gow they do use the dice which is good but on a Dealer A high Pia Gow you cant touch your cards as they dealer looks for a bonus (Twice the dealer missed one on this, I understand errors can occur but made me stare hard when he did my cards.)
    Free drinks were available upstairs in the High Limit area slots. I wasn't doing to well and had taken out a couple of markers during my few days of work in town. The last night at midnight I hit these 3 in 10 minutes on the Dragon Link in High Limit area. Paid off my markers and got out of dodge.


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    This is due to Florida law and their current agreement allowing only card-based and electronic games. Legislation already passed to allow full 'real' table games this past year, as well as sports betting, but it's caught up in a bunch of litigation currently. It should be coming soon. They just put in the roll to win plastic craps tables after the legislation passed, and I expect those will be taken out of video dice and swap to stick men as soon as allowed. I was there immediately after they turned on the first one and saw some dice sticks leaning on it. Also, even in digital mode, I noticed it had 3x4x5 odds while the bubble craps had 2x, and both were at $10 minimum on my last stay, so if you like to play $10 units and stack odds, the math is better on the digital roll to win!
     
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