Seminole Tribe to welcome celebrities to properties for retail betting debut

Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL
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The Seminole Tribe is set to welcome a whole host of celebrities to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood for the launch of craps, roulette and retail sports betting at its properties later this week. 

Musicians, film stars and sports stars will join Seminole Tribe leaders to celebrate the expansion of casino gaming in the Sunshine State and mark the beginning of a “new era” for the state. 

The list of celebrities who will walk the red carpet for the launch includes Sofia Vergara, Jon Bon Jovi, Tiësto, Heather Graham, DJ Khaled, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Mike Tyson, Dwyane Wade, Bobbi Althoff, Sarah Hyland, Fat Joe, Ja Rule, Prince Royce, Willy Chirino, Max Weinberg, Xandra and Blaise Matuidi.

At the ceremony, celebrity guests will take part in landmark first wagers as casino gaming expands in the state. Celebrities will roll the first craps dice, spin the first roulette wheel and place the first retail sports betting at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. 

“The Seminole Tribe of Florida is proud to point to a new era in Florida gaming with the unveiling of our new casino games,” said Seminole Tribe Chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr.  

“With the addition of craps, roulette and sports betting, we now offer a full complement of casino games and we join the ranks of leading casinos around the world.”

The celebrities will be joining Chairman Osceola Jr plus other tribal leaders including CEO of Seminole Gaming Jim Allen at the event. Meanwhile, there will be other events to mark the launch over the first weekend of expanded gaming. 

There is a four-day residency of Carbone at the resort’s Italian-American restaurant Cipresso from Dec. 7 through Dec. 10. 

Finally, members of the public will be able to purchase tickets to special performances by music artists across the weekend.

“The entertainment, travel and tourism industries, and many more, will see positive economic impact caused by the new casino games,” said Jim Allen. 

“They will increase tourism to Florida and boost employment not only at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, but also at businesses in the areas surrounding this casino complex and others operated by Seminole Gaming throughout Florida.”