Florida to get Vegas-style slots at Hard Rock Casino

Apr 15, 2008 7:05 PM

Florida’s Gulf Coast could have Las Vegas-style slots as early as next week at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Although the public debut for 725 new machines is set for May 1, a few machines could go live as early as April 21, casino president John Fontana told the Times.

Currently, the Hard Rock is the largest casino in Florida with 3,200 Class II machines. The new slots will be Class III.

The casino will also introduce the state’s first live "banked" card games in which players bet against the house. Once dealers are hired and trained, a June debut for blackjack and baccarat is anticipated.