Humble Beginnings, Global Recognition
The first high-stakes bingo hall and casino in the United States was opened by the Seminole Tribe in 1979. It is widely regarded as the forerunner of the Indian Gaming Movement throughout North America. Building on a reputation for innovation, the same operators went on to acquire Hard Rock International in 2007, one of the world’s most-recognised entertainment franchises, featuring music, leisure and dining brands, as well as a massive collection of authentic music memorabilia and online slots. Authenticity is at the heart of the Seminole Tribe’s approach to business and life, and, for this First Nation, it is proving to be a lucrative initiative, including six properties in Florida and a mobile gaming facility.
Sunshine State casinos
There are currently six gaming venues owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe in Florida, the Sunshine State: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hollywood, FL, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Seminole Classic Casino, Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee and Seminole Casino Brighton; each with its own take on Seminole hospitality and excellence.
Hard Rock Hotel
The organisation’s flagship establishment, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hollywood, Florida, boasts a 30,000 square-foot gaming area offering guests a selection of nearly 200 table games, 100 of the most popular slot machines and a new 45-table Poker Room. Slot denominations range from one cent to $5 on the general gaming floor, while the high-limit slot area offers $1 to $1,000 bets.
Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood’s table games selection is the best in South Florida. Featuring live dealers, guests can choose from Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Pai-Gow Poker, Three-Card Poker, Casino War, Texas Hold ‘em, Spanish 21 and Let It Ride. Guests can also enjoy a selection of Video Poker and Video Roulette games.
The gaming offering is bolstered by a full range of resort activities from dining to entertainment, including a massive spa, retail space, pools and relaxation facilities, music-themed experiences and conference venues.
What can you do near Seminole Hard Rock?
In Florida, there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be enjoyed. There are ecotours, ocean excursions, airborne exploration in small aircraft and also cultural activities. Whether you want to see more of big city life or bask in a more leisurely environment, Florida has it all. The casino facility is close enough to get to as many experiences as you care to place on your agenda.
The Seminole tribe
Nearly 3,300 Seminole Indians live on and off reservations throughout Florida. They are descended from a few hundred Seminoles that escaped into the Everglades in the mid-1800s.
The Seminole Tribe is headquartered in Hollywood, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale and is a sovereign government with an elected Tribal Council of five members. Governmental expenditures are earmarked for police and fire protection, emergency medical services, education, health care, housing, water treatment, economic development, and parks and recreation.
More than 90 percent of the Tribe’s budget is currently derived from gaming revenue. The Hard Rock International acquisition will provide additional diversification sought by the Tribal Council. Its business operations currently include cattle ranching, citrus production, tourism promotion, sports management and tobacco sales.
The Tribe’s emphasis is on deriving an income based on sophisticated business development principles, with their success in this generating untold benefits for the community.