Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hard rock casino logo.png
Address 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314
Opening date May 11, 2004[1]
Theme Rock and Roll / Music
No. of rooms 469
Total gaming space 140,000 sq ft (13,000 m2)
Notable restaurants Hard Rock Cafe
Council Oaks Steak & Seafood
Johnny Rockets
Casino type Land-based
Owner Hard Rock International
(Seminole Tribe of Florida)
Website www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a resort near Hollywood, Florida, United States, located on 100 acres (40 ha) of the Hollywood Reservation of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.[2] The hotel has a tower, a 140,000 sq ft (13,000 m2) casino, a poker room, a 4 acres (1.6 ha) lagoon-style pool area, restaurants, shops, a spa, bars and nightclubs, and "Hard Rock Live", a concert venue.[3][4]

Hotel[edit]

The hotel has a 12-story Mediterranean-style tower with 469 guest rooms and suites with panoramic views.[5] Guests are greeted by a 50-foot (15 m) tall signature Hard Rock guitar, modeled after the one Jimi Hendrix played, at the entrance of the hotel.

Model, actress, TV personality Anna Nicole Smith, who was staying at the resort, died in her hotel room on February 8, 2007. Smith's death was declared an accidental overdose on sleeping medication.[6]

On May 9, 2014, Seminole chairman James Billie announced a $100 million upgrade of his tribe's casinos, with much of that spent on the Hard Rock, including an improved entryway and center bar, pool upgrades, updates to hotel rooms and suites, and a new restaurant,[7] as of March 2018, preparations are underway for expansion through 2019, which will include "construction of an iconic hotel tower and resort."[8]

Casino[edit]

The casino covers over 140,000 sq ft (13,000 m2) which includes various table games. These games include blackjack, baccarat, mini baccarat, Pai Gow poker, Let It Ride and three card poker.[9]

The poker room is located just outside the casino in the outdoor venue of the hotel, providing a club-like atmosphere which includes dozens of live poker tables. Big screen plasma TVs show sports programs, while food and drink services are available around the clock.

Blackjack is the most popular card game in the United States and was an addition to the casino; in a deal valued at $1.1 billion, former Governor Charlie Crist gave the Seminole Tribe a license for blackjack in its casinos. In exchange, The Seminole Tribe loaned the State of Florida $1.1 billion over the course of two years. The deal received criticism since it was announced in 2009.[why?] The addition of blackjack to the Hard Rock casinos in Hollywood and Tampa gave credibility to its claim of being a major gambling destination.[10]

Entertainment[edit]

Hard Rock Live[edit]

The Hard Rock Live is the resort's 5,500 seat arena, the arena hosts headline musical acts, well-known comedians, boxing and other events. On February 1, 2009, Billy Joel played at the Hard Rock Live, a show in which he received a five star rating on his website. Entertainment includes basketball, rodeo, and indoor football.

Hard Rock Event Center[edit]

A new event center is scheduled to open on March 10, 2018, becoming "the newest premier South Florida location for live concerts and shows."[8] Britney Spears will perform three sold out shows there on July 27, 28 and 29, 2018 as part of her Piece of Me Tour.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tribe opens Hard Rock casino". Florida Today. Cocoa, Florida. AP. May 11, 2004. Retrieved March 3, 2018 – via newspapers.com. 
  2. ^ "Fact Sheet". ictv1.com. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  3. ^ https://www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com/dining-restaurants.htm
  4. ^ https://www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com/nightlife-and-entertainment.htm
  5. ^ https://www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com/rooms-and-suites.htm
  6. ^ Goodnough, Abby; Fox, Margalit (February 9, 2007). "Anna Nicole Smith is Found Dead in Florida". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Sortal, Nick (9 May 2014). "Seminoles plan to spend $100 million this year". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "The New Hard Rock". seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Retrieved March 3, 2018. 
  9. ^ https://www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com/casino-and-gaming.htm
  10. ^ Hafenbrack, Josh (April 22, 2009). "Crist, Seminole tribe unveil $1.1 billion deal". Sun-Sentinel. Archived from the original on April 24, 2009. 
  11. ^ Maslow, Nick (January 23, 2018). "Surprise! Britney Spears is taking her Las Vegas show on tour in the U.S. and Europe". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved January 27, 2018. 

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Coordinates: 26°03′05″N 80°12′36″W / 26.051318°N 80.210034°W / 26.051318; -80.210034