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    This Seminole Casino was the first and original Bingo Hall. They still have Bingo sessions daily. Over 25 years 'old'. the building was expanded when poker became legal in Florida. Now it has a 12 table poker room and perhaps 1500 class III machines. It also still has about 40 Class II "lotto" machines that have their loyal followers. Some of those may be 15-25 years old. (The machines)

    You must be 21 to play the machines or consume alcohol. 18 to play poker.

    Join the players club for some free slot play and buffet, than receive a discount at the buffet, and promotion eligibility when you re-visit. They have frequent promotions and drawings. Free entry for most drawing for swiping your players club card. Points are 1 point for $2.00 cash in, 400 points - $1.00. No cash back, but points can be exchanged for free slot play occasionally, or used in the two snack bars, bars, or buffet.

    Offers and promotions are received monthly in the mail by "qualified" players. The club has 4 tiers. The club card and points may be used at all Seminole Casino's. Often there are promotions such as "Earn xxx points on dd/mm/yy and receive $xx in free play", or similar style promos.

    BINGO: They have a large Bingo Hall, with an enclosed NO Smoking room as well. Call for more information.

    The poker room is competently run. The dealers and staff are friendly with regulars, and the poker promotions are excellent and often easy to win. They remember peoples names. My favorite poker promo is "Aces Cracked Wins $100". A Bad Beat jackpot has previously grown to well over $150,000. The poker room allows smoking at the tables. The small game starts at $1.00-2.00 limit poker. The largest game currently (Due to Florida Law) is $5.00-$10.00 No Limit Holdem.

    There are "casino hosts", although comps are not that great. Free buffet? The buffet is only $7.99 anyway, and player club members save $2.00. The buffet is small compared to other casino's, and features hand carved roast beef, and either poultry or pork. There are also several other entrees in the steam table, soup, salad bar. Rarely dessert. But at these prices, who can complain.

    The slot machines: I believe that the Seminoles slot machines at all of their properties have a high "hold" compared to other "Racino's" in Florida. I do not know what percentage they pay back as the tribe does not make that information public. Today, I saw them promoting (Signs and individual signs on machines) that they (Seminold Classic) have "The loosest slots in Florida.... guaranteed." To quote their promo card, "Strictly slots magazine presented Seminole Casino Hollywood with its coveted Certified Loose Slots award."

    Strictly Slots Magazine is part of the Card Player "empire". I'm seeking information to salve my curiosity as to what constitutes their coveted award and claims. Wish me luck on that. I can say the The Isle Casino "up the road", as a "Racino" answers to the Stated of Florida, and has signage stating they pay back more than 91% on slots. It changes, the last time I looked, it was at 91.99%. I would be pleasantly surprised if Seminole Classic or any other property meets or exceeds that number.

    With the Hard Rock Casino next door, the patrons tend to be more on the low roller side. Do not expect to see high fashion. It is a noisy, smoky environment. Very crowded, especially during the big drawing events and on "Free Gift Days" the line to the Player's Club to redeem can literally be "Out the Door".

    Free beverages while gaming, beer, wine, well drinks. The servers are eager to please, though on occasion, as in any casino, can be difficult to find. As is usually the case anywhere, tip them well and you'll see them much more often.

    To "classify" the Seminole "Classic" Casino Hollywood, I would term it a locals place.

    It is old. It is smoky. It is not brightly lit. (Maybe a good thing) It is noisy and very crowded at times.

    It is also fun.

    I'd rate this overall at 50%. Certainly far from the worst place I've ever played, and I've visited over 150 poker rooms - casino's in the USA alone. But if I wanted to impress someone, had mom with me, or was very nicely dressed, I'd probably go elsewear.

    That's my opinion.

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