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March 1st, 2013 at 9:18:25 PM permalink

In 1979, the Seminole tribe in Florida opened a high-stakes bingo operation on its reservation in Florida

Wiki implies this was the start of Indian gaming in the USA.

I didn't know that. But everyone can add it your list of trivia fact, assuming it's true.

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March 1st, 2013 at 9:24:47 PM permalink
I've been there a couple of times over the years. No reason to go back. It just wasn't a fun place for me to play and my money went fast...
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March 2nd, 2013 at 10:25:55 AM permalink
Quote: rxwine

Wiki implies this was the start of Indian gaming in the USA.

Arnold Snyder's Big Book of Blackjack says that Michigan was the start of Indian gaming in the USA (at least for slots and blackjack). Maybe Tampa started Indian bingo parlors?
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February 19th, 2015 at 5:02:45 AM permalink
I stopped by my local casino last Saturday.
Was just interested in the buffet.
Pigged out then walked around.
I was amazed how busy this place is.
Who knows what the win percentage is at a slot machine but it cant be good.
America casino guide has tons of reviews complaining how tight the machines are here.
Regardless the place was packed.
After the buffet, wanted to play a little video poker.
Could not find an empty machine.
Then decided too maybe play Pai Gow poker.
They used to have 5 tables of pai gow poker, now down to 3 and all were filled.
2 of the old pai gow tables are now Saigon 5 card tables.
WTF is Saigon 5 card.
Oh well, checked out the poker room, place is rocking, I estimated about 30 full poker tables.
Got immediate seating for a 1 1 no limit holdem.
Played a couple hours, left up 50.
With no casino within 100's of miles, this place does an incredible amount of business.
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February 19th, 2015 at 6:41:12 AM permalink
I was there once, only time I ever played Pai Gow Poker

re tight slots, I don't think I have ever seen a slots player review anywhere that wasnt a big whine. Maybe the thing is to make a quantitative instead of qualitative analysis LOL. I don't doubt they have little motive to loosen them up though.
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February 19th, 2015 at 7:14:22 AM permalink
If they would just get craps tables I would go alot - only 4 or 5 hours from me and a very easy drive
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February 19th, 2015 at 8:21:07 AM permalink
Last time I was there -- maybe 2 years ago -- they did have a bubble craps machine. But, yeah, not the same as real craps.

I remember my first time there in '04 or '05. I played some poker -- back when the $1-$2 limit game was the highest stakes cash game they were allowed to offer. It was a Thursday afternoon, and I (in my 30's at the time) was the youngest player at the table by at least 30 years! The one hand that stood out was when I tried to bluff on the river with a K high. I got called down by one opponent... who showed Q high!
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February 2nd, 2018 at 2:27:51 PM permalink
Tampa casino's cashier cage held up by lone robber displaying a firearm,
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February 2nd, 2018 at 3:49:25 PM permalink
Wow, they have a lot of games... even Midi-Bacc and Pai Gow Tiles!

Why can't I have that at the Hard Rock in MY town??
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February 2nd, 2018 at 4:00:53 PM permalink
Quote: TigerWu

Why can't I have that at the Hard Rock in MY town??

Its 'hard rock' in name and décor only, totally owned by Seminole tribe and its a monopoly in a wealthy area filled with people whose only other alternative is that rickety off-shore casino and its 50 passenger shuttle boat that recently made unfavorable headlines.

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