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“Huge Casino, High Tech Slots, High Table Minimums.Lots of Smoke.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa
5223 North Orient Rd, Tampa, FL
+1 866-388-4263
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Owner description: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination of Central Florida and the place where celebrities love to stay and play. This electrifying casino is one of the most successful and largest casinos in the world, and features high stakes table games along with thousands of the hottest slot machines. The casino offers a valet service or free, self-parking. We welcome reviews about the casino experience, but we do have a hotel and amenity specific page so be sure to leave your review on the right page so we can best respond to your comments.
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“Huge Casino, High Tech Slots, High Table Minimums.Lots of Smoke.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

HRC has over 5000 slot machines. You can easily stay for days and still not play all the different machines. There are plenty of options for the gambler who enjoys playing the "bandits." HRC always seems to be introducing higher tech machines that have more bells and whistles, beautiful graphics, good sounds and are really fun. The poker machines odds payoffs are lower than the norm in Las Vegas, but they are often filled, and you sometimes have to wait for seats.Oddly, some of the same types of poker games have different paying odds, depending where you are in the casino. There is a very nice variety of card table games.

My biggest gripe is table minimums are high all the time. Forget playing a table with a $5.00 minimum, day or night. It seems crazy, especially during the day, to see so many card tables with dealers but no players. Why not offer some $5.00 minimum tables every day for the more recreational player? Evenings and weekends, the table minimums really go up. The environment is generally very smoky, and apparently stinking cigar smokers feel very welcomed, and cigars are sold in the casino. Sometimes, it feels impossible to get away from the smoke, whether at the tables or at the slots. Most of the time, the only action that works is to leave. For non smokers, cigarette smoke is bad enough to tolerate, but cigar smoke is downright nasty and assaults the senses. However, we have noticed a somewhat less smoky environment in the newer section of the casino. There is a very small non-smoking slots section in this same section of the casino, closer to the North side Garages. It is nice, but the options are few. Not recommended for kids at all; not recommended for non-smokers who abhor smoke. For the recreational gambler, there are tons of gambling options, and some decent entertainment. Enjoy!

Visited October 2013
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SHRTampa, Public Relations Manager at Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
We greatly appreciate this thorough review and your patronage. We look forward to see you again soon.
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“Hard Rock Casino, Tampa, FL”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

I really like this casino. It has so many slot machines and the restaurants are very good. They used to give alot of free play, but not much any more. Also, they now charge for drinks in the casino. The thing I really do not like is the smoking! They do have some non-smoking rooms, but the slot machines in those rooms are old and not very many. Even though I don't like the smoking, I go back to this casino approximately every three months. Going again this month!!!

Visited July 2013
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SHRTampa, Public Relations Manager at Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Thank you for being a valued guest, we really appreciate your comments. We hope you get lucky soon, and thank you for noticing the changes, we hope soon you can be at elite level where the perks are really outstanding. Best of luck.
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“Getting better all the time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

With the recent renovations complete, I would call the Tampa HR one of the better casinos outside of Vegas. The place is very clean and the staff are courteous and helpful. The new A/C system does a great job in pulling the smoke out of the environment and there is even a non-smoking section. The buffet is excellent as well the other restaurants in the casino. The machines are well maintained and attendants are everywhere. The payouts are still infrequent, but even Vegas has tightened its belt in this economy. If you play conservative, you will have a good time and even win back a little bit. I applaud the management team for turning this former bingo hall into a world class casino.

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“BEWARE”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

I am an avid gambler and the. Past 2 years machines do not not pay out and if they do you have to spend 10k to make 5 and I had a possible jackpot and machine malfunctioned. Do not waste your money

Visited October 2013
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SHRTampa, Public Relations Manager at Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Sorry you havn't gotten lucky when you've visited us. We pay out millions in jackpots daily, and hope you are one of them soon.
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“pleasantly surprised!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Was expecting the worst upon reading other reviews. The casino was clean, the staff pleasant and the food was delicious. My husband won a little too!. I thought that the air flow in the casino was adequate. I almost didn't go, thinking that I would be gagging on cigarette smoke. I go to Vegas all the time and, of course, your chances of winning bigger jackpots are better there. The rock memorabilia was intersting too. If you live in Florida, a trip to the Hard Rock is a decent day trip

Visited September 2013
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SHRTampa, Public Relations Manager at Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa, responded to this review, November 8, 2013
Thank you so much for the comments. It seems are happiest customers neglect to write a review here so the perception can seem like reality. But the truth is, we have built one of the finest hotels and casinos in the nation, and the only reason we continue to grow is because a great majority love us as much as we love them. We look forward to see you again.
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