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Local Celebrities Help Raise Money for Voices for Children at Grand Opening of Hard Rock Girls Blackjack Pit

(Left to Right) Laura Harris, The Now Tampa Bay; Nick Peterson, Bachelor Pad; and Justin Rhodes, America’s Got Talent

TAMPA, Fla. (February 13, 2015) – Seminole Hard Rock Tampa celebrated the grand opening of the world’s first Hard Rock Girls Blackjack Pit on the casino floor Thursday night.

Prior to dealing the first hand of blackjack in the new pit (located outside Hard Rock Cafe), the property hosted a red carpet walk 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 donated 100 percent of the proceeds generated from the first hand of blackjack to Voices for Children, a Tampa Bay-based charity that provides support and advocacy for the abused, neglected and abandoned children in the community.

Local celebrities Orlando Davis and Laura Harris joined Peterson and Rhodes for a hand of blackjack and each won their $100 bets. The table raised a total of $800 and the casino will continue to raise funds and awareness during the month of February.
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.

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CONTACTS:

Nikki Yourison, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, (813) 523-5673, nikki.yourison@seminolehardrock.com