Not that I ever really wanted to go to the Seminole Hard Rock, but we were in the area for a concert across the highway at Ford Amphitheater, so we decided to stop in for a bite to eat. The roads here are a bit confusing, but we just followed the signs to the "Seminole Cultural Center," knowing full well that casinos are the truest sign of modern Indian culture (OK, I'm slightly kidding; there actually is a culture and arts center here with Seminole history). The casino was very busy, even after 11pm when we arrived, so we ended up parking on the fourth floor of the parking garage. The casino entrance from the garage is on the third floor of the hotel building, and is well marked with signs. The casino itself is either on the first or second floor, not sure which.
When we arrived it was a very busy Friday night. Maybe 50 percent of the slots were in use, and almost all of the table games were packed. I was a bit disappointed that none of the slots actually allow you to use change (I had a quarter burning a hole in my pocket), instead you have to use bills or get a ticket that tracks or losses. The crowd here is a bit unique, with lots and lots of the expected gray-haired old ladies, but also a huge number of young thugs. I guess the thugs are drawn by some of the upscale dance clubs in the casino.
We only spent about 45 minutes here, enough time to explore the casino and grab a bite to eat at their better-than-expected food court.
located on orient road off of I-4 east of downtown tampa is the seminole hard rock casino. the hard rock casino is the only gambling venue in tampa. they offer poker, slots, and bingo. recently the state of florida has also allowed black jack tables in the seminole casinos. recently expanded and renovated it is a nice place to gamble in the tampa area. there are also off shore gambling boats located at the port of tampa.
As the commercials say "it’s where Tampa goes to party".
Build on a miniscule Indian Reservation off I75 in Tampa. This means it is one of the relatively rare places to gamble in Florida. Has done a pretty good job at duplicating a Vegas style hotel – especially for Tampa, an area where gaming is typically not allowed - making it difficult to leave.
Has everything you need it has a hotel, casino, bars, shops, pools, restaurants and a spa.
While in the area, we went one
night to the casino. At the time
it was brand new, and we had
a great time ....
Great Casino - Friendly Staff
~ ~ Yes, we won - $850 USD ~ ~