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Seminole Tribe of Florida to Debut Craps, Roulette and Sports Betting in December with Star-Studded Celebrations of a New Gaming Era

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The Seminole Tribe of Florida announced plans to move forward with expanded casino games based on the Gaming Compact signed and approved by the Tribe and the State of Florida in 2021. On Wednesday, October 25, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an attempt to block implementation of the Compact.

The Seminole Tribe and Seminole Hard Rock plan to celebrate “A New Era in Florida Gaming” with star-studded celebrations in December for the launch of craps, roulette, and sports betting at all six Seminole Casinos.

“The Seminole Tribe thanks the State of Florida, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Justice for defending our Compact. By working together, the Tribe, the State and the federal government achieved a historic legal victory,” Marcellus Osceola Jr., Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, said.

“The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s new initiative will create jobs, increase tourism, and provide billions in added revenue for our state. I was proud to work with the Tribe on our historic Gaming Compact and I look forward to its full implementation,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.

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Craps, roulette, and sports betting will launch to the public on Thursday, December 7 at all three Seminole Casinos in South Florida: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Seminole Classic Casino in Hollywood, and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. On Friday, December 8, the new games will launch at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. On Monday, December 11, the new games will launch at Seminole Casino Immokalee, near Naples, and Seminole Brighton Casino, on the northwest side of Lake Okeechobee. More details on the exciting weekend of events will be announced soon.

“With the expansion of the new scope, we are creating over 1000 new jobs made possible by the Compact. This is a historic milestone that immediately puts Florida in the same league with the world’s great gaming destinations,” Jim Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming and Chairman of Hard Rock International, said.

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IGT’s Tiger and Dragon Game Debuts in #1 Position on Eilers & Krejcik’s US & Canada Game Performance Report

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International Game Technology PLC (IGT) announced that its Tiger and Dragon multi-level progressive (MLP) game debuted in the number-one position on Eilers & Krejcik’s May 2024 US & Canada Game Performance Report in the “Top Indexing NEW Games – Premium Leased & WAP” category. Tiger and Dragon Cash on Reels took the top position by performing at more than 2.8X zone average and Tiger and Dragon Multipliers ranked third for performing at more than 2.5X zone average.

“Building on the tremendous success of IGT’s Prosperity Link and Mystery of the Lamp games, Tiger and Dragon earning this number-one position in Eiler & Krejcik’s May 2024 game performance report validates our commitment to delivering the industry’s best MLP games. Both Tiger and Dragon themes deliver compelling gameplay mechanics, vibrant graphics, and stunning merchandising that provide our casino operator partners with games that players truly love to play,” said Nick Khin, IGT Chief Operating Officer, Gaming.

IGT’s Tiger and Dragon is housed on IGT’s PeakCurve 49 cabinet and features three unique bonuses: Tiger, Dragon, and the combined Tiger and Dragon bonus. The game introduces an entirely new lock-and-respin and reveals a bonus structure featuring money ball symbols with credit values that can combine. In another new game mechanic, when gong symbols on reels land in the same row, monetary winnings are revealed. Adding to the gameplay excitement are the game’s “up arrows” that appear on reels and increase credit values exponentially.

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Caesars’ Temporary Casino Generates $222M in Gaming Revenue Since Opening Last Year

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The temporary Caesars casino has generated $222 million in gaming revenue since opening last Year.

Meanwhile, construction continues on the permanent casino right next door.

Danville has received nearly $20 million of that as part of their agreement – $7 million more than expected.

“We figured it would be more, but we didn’t know it was gonna be this much more. That’s all great, actually, because it’s a temporary facility. It’s in a tent. They don’t have near the number of games that they would have in the full casino,” said Ken Larking, Danville City Manager.

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Larking says the money is going toward neighborhood parks, school improvements, economic development and more.

“We want to invest in what would grow our city including more businesses, more opportunities for jobs, better quality of life, better recreational amenities, better education, workforce development, those are the kinds of things that we’re investing in,” Larking added.

General Manager Chris Albrecht says the temporary casino sees around 100,000 visitors per month. He expects that number to grow substantially once the permanent casino opens.

“That’s really going to bring a lot more customers from further away when we have all the offerings from the hotel, the restaurants, the entertainment meeting space, the pool, and the spa. It’s going to drive visitation from even further and further away. So, we’re really excited to move next door here in the next few months,” Albrecht said.

Their current staff will also jump from about 400 people to around 1200.

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“Those jobs are number one and that incremental revenue to the city will help support existing businesses and hopefully new investment into this market as well,” Albrecht said.

They say the permanent casino is still on track to open by the end of the year.

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Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Opens Expanded Casino Floor, New Poker Room

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Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River has opened its casino floor addition, representing a significant milestone in a $275 million expansion project. Spanning 25,000 sq. ft., the extended casino floor features a curated selection of gaming options. Players can now try their luck at one of the 300 new slot machines or eight additional table games.

Further enhancing its gaming lineup, the expansion also introduces the highly requested World Series of Poker – Poker Room. With a lavish design and upscale ambience, poker enthusiasts and casual players alike can enjoy a range of cash games with favorites like Three Card Poker and Texas Hold’em. The poker room is open Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 am and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 am.

Additionally, guests can enjoy Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River’s new 22-seat casino bar located on the expanded floor. Offering nine of the latest bar-top video games, eight beer taps, bar seating and lounge seating, the casino bar is open daily from 9:00 am to 2:00 am.

“We are ecstatic to reach this milestone in our expansion process and unveil the expanded gaming floor, which represents the culmination of months of hard work and dedication both from our internal team members and general contractor, Robins & Morton. Every detail of the casino floor expansion was selected to ensure memorable experiences and we are confident that our new amenities and offerings will exceed our guests’ expectations,” Lumpy Lambert, General Manager of Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel, said.

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