Tampa is “Little Vegas” Now

hard rock casinoVegas style slot machines arrived on the scene at the popular Seminole Hard Rock Casino and the crowds have followed. But visitors are wondering if they pay as well as the previous bingo type machines Hard Rock offered previously.

Regardless, Casino president John Fontana is predicting a huge impact on the new slot machines appeal to customers. By the fall of this year, Hard Rock will have added more table games including blackjack, Pai Gow poker and baccarat.

Many people are signing up for the Players Club in Tampa because the rules for its loyalty program has been expanded to offer bigger discounts to bigger spenders. As it looks right now, the 250 room Hard Rock Hotel is being booked by Players Club members who are taking advantage of deep discounts and free night stays.

Is this a good thing for our city? I would welcome your comments. Not being much of a gambler myself, I can think of better ways to spend my time. There are many other things to do in Tampa.

3 Replies to “Tampa is “Little Vegas” Now”

  1. I thought it was illegal to have casinos in Florida? I heard rumors about Panama City Beach getting slot machines but then afterword heard it was illegal in Florida. Any information would be wonderful.

  2. I’m really interested to see what happens in Tampa with the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe.

    With home prices falling the tax base is going to take a hit. If the national economic woes press tourism dollars way down, legalized gambling will look good to politicians. That would have a tremendous affect on homes and home prices and everything else in the state.

    Lynn Byrne

Comments are closed.