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Seminole Hard Rock completes $75 million expansion

3 July 2012

TAMPA, Florida -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa recently completed a $75 million expansion, making it the world’s sixth-largest casino, based on gaming positions or number of seats at a table or slot. It is also larger than any casino in Las Vegas. The casino floor is now larger than five football fields combined and features more than 5,000 slot machines, 110 table games and 50 poker tables. An enclosed smoke-free slot room with 70 machines is located next to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s newest restaurant, Rise Kitchen & Bakery.

Also, players will enjoy unmatched views of the pool area and tropical landscaping from within the casino. While some casinos have hinted at providing natural light in limited areas, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa has embraced the ability to feature it along with the pool. Players can take in Florida’s summer sun and beauty while they play at Florida’s ultimate entertainment destination.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is one of the largest employers in Tampa Bay and pays more than $74 million annually in salaries and wages to local team members. The property currently employs over 3,300 people. The overall expansion project created nearly 1,000 jobs in construction and hospitality, two of the hardest-hit jobs sectors in Florida. Hillsborough County’s unemployment rate is currently 8.4 percent and remains above the national unemployment rate of 8.2 percent.

“A construction project of this magnitude was only made possible because of our incredible team members, business partners and our guests, who patiently waited for us to create what they’ve been asking for: more space, more dining options and ultimately more of what they wanted and needed,” said John Fontana, president of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

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