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Local Celebrities to Debut World’s First Hard Rock Girls Blackjack Pit

Editor’s Note: Media wishing to cover the event should RSVP to Nikki Yourison no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10, using the contact information above. Media call time on February 12 is 5:45 p.m.


TAMPA, Fla. (February 5, 2015) – Seminole Hard Rock Tampa will unveil the world’s first Hard Rock Girls Blackjack Pit on the casino floor, Thursday, February 12, at 6 p.m.

Prior to dealing the first hand of blackjack in the new pit, the property will host a red carpet walk located outside of the Hard Rock Cafe from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring various local celebrities, including former Bachelor Pad Season 3 winner Nick Peterson and America’s Got Talent Season 9 contestant Justin Rhodes.

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa President John Fontana, who will perform the ribbon cutting for the new blackjack pit, announced that 100 percent of the proceeds generated from the first hand of blackjack will be donated to Voices for Children, a Tampa Bay-based charity that provides support and advocacy for the abused, neglected and abandoned children in the community.

Additionally, the property will be selling customized Voices for Children sunglasses for $5 at the event and all month long in the Rock Shop. Again, 100 percent of the proceeds produced will go to the charity.

The new attraction will feature six top-of-the line table games, with all hands being dealt by Hard Rock Girls. The first hand to be dealt at the tables will be done by 2015 Seminole Hard Rock Calendar Girls.

Following the red carpet event, Rhodes will perform a one-hour concert beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hard Rock Cafe.

According to Paul Mollo, Vice President of Table Games, the new Hard Rock Girls Blackjack Pit will be comfortable, yet action-packed.

“Our goal is to give our guests a fun and relaxed environment to play in, while enjoying a sporting event,” said Mollo. “We’re very proud of the newest addition that will take our total number of tables from 116 to 122. The player loyalty and resulting growth we are experiencing is impressive in this market.”

The Hard Rock Girls Blackjack Pit was designed by Las Vegas-based Cleo Design, which also designed the recently opened Rock Spa®. Led by Principals Ann Fleming and Ken Kulas, Cleo Design has produced some of the biggest gaming design projects conceptualized this decade. It has been ranked in Interior Design Magazine’s Top 75 hospitality giants for eight years.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination of Central Florida and the place where celebrities love to stay and play. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, this electrifying casino destination is one of the most successful and largest casinos in the world and is located in Tampa, Florida off of I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. Featuring high stakes table games along with thousands of the hottest slot machines, the rock star amenities at this AAA Four Diamond rated hotel and casino range from seven award-winning Zagat-rated restaurants, a newly renovated Rock Spa® and VIP services galore. The casino offers a valet service or free, self-parking. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Hard Rock International

With a total of 197 venues in 62 countries, including 151 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Rio de Janeiro and Marrakech. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Dubai, Los Cabos, Dallas-Fort Worth, Tenerife, Abu Dhabi, and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.



Nikki Yourison [email protected]
Seminole Hard Rock Tampa
(813) 523-5673