FleaStiff
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December 9th, 2011 at 1:26:19 PM permalink
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I have started getting some low level offers and free plays about 4 months after I lost my ass there.

Well, that is nice but some sort of free tee shirt and twenty dollars in Free Play just ain't gonna cut it. I want the Seminoles to spring for a room and have a bottle of champagne in it as well as a pretty girl modeling that free tee shirt. Well, I'll settle for the room.
FleaStiff
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December 13th, 2012 at 11:47:05 PM permalink
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Overall: Noisy, crowded, unhelpful employees, poor signage, no maps, weak drinks, mostly surly dealers. Screaming loud speakers, screaming players, screaming wives accusing husbands about missing buses, screaming players screaming about seats, people fainting at the snack bar's price list... my overall impression: It was okay.



I paid a return visit. I was nowhere near three sheets to the wind this time.

Hotel: Great room. 189.00. It didn't have the discount applied to it though and I only noticed it after leaving. Website contains a six character "secret code" or something for a discount off that quoted 189 figure. Queen Deluxe is much nicer room but exact same price as King Deluxe. In room refrigerator is well stocked but charges a fortune. Bottled water is 7.50 per bottle. Robes can be taken from the room for seventy five dollars or purchased at the desk for forty five dollars.

Room has lighting and cooling controls galore. Three telephone handsets, two phone lines, wifi available but with strangely worded logon procedures reminiscent of spam sites. Shower was instantly responsive to dialed water temperature but was one of these rainfall showers that lack any knockout power. One Bell Man was polite and efficient, most bell men and waiters simply had their hands out and didn't seem attentive to anything but their itchy palms.

Casino still very noisy, most employees still very unhelpful. One BJ dealer saying she has kids and needs tips. The player she was mostly saying this to was loud and obnoxious. He finally pounded the table next to my hand full force and insisted at the top of his voice that I Double. I leaned over and informed him that I was sorry but that I did not speak a word of English. I had been playing at only one position and was betting the 25.00 table minimum, he was betting much higher and had been playing three hands simultaneously. I just left and I stiffed the dealer even though I had been winning and was up about 100.00.

I went back to the Organic Craps an eight station electronic island of confusion that this time had a few empty seats and still had one character playing two stations simultaneously. Frustrating delay in showing the roll of the dice. Confusing display screen. And I was up over 200 dollars right away due largely to one mis-entered bet that paid off, but I failed to cashout when I was ahead. I mainly bought the 4 and 10 all night long but the machine never seemed to make any mistakes on the math. Note: if you finger tends to become a bit unsteady after a few drinks, hitting "Buy" can get you a 20 or 30 dollar bet even when you are using ten dollar chips. The Undo button doesn't. I dropped a C-note into the machines innards and someone came and opened it up right away, no problems.

Cocktail service was lousy. Best to order non alcoholic drinks.

Lowest bet at Mini-Baccarat was 25.00 on the casino floor and I was quite happy but my companion was not so we got the word from the floor to go to the special Non Smoking Casino and use their 15.00 MiniBacc which was only ten dollars cheaper but clearly had a less experienced and less cheerful dealer. By this time I was so sloshed I was paying my companion's commissions from time to time as well as my own. For some reason she was more happy at the 15.00 table with its trainee dealer.

My card kept returning a value of Invalid with no suggestions as how I could go somewhere and get valid. I wish I had done this since they had a 100 dollar rebate program at electronic craps for getting a card. At least they had signs about it. I ended up down several hundred and could have used a rebate.

Note: All else was uneventful except that it took them almost a half hour to find my car since apparently the valet parking team had failed to write any name on their key tag despite having called me by the correct name when I arrived. They wanted me to describe my keys to them. Heck, I have enough problems trying to describe my car to them how can I possibly remember what my key ring looks like.
odiousgambit
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December 14th, 2012 at 12:17:29 AM permalink
Fleastiff, you might get the award for 'most entertaining trip reports'.

I too have a way of making unintended bets on those electronic screens.

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I dropped a C-note into the machines innards and someone came and opened it up right away, no problems.



You mean they somehow knew you put one in and made haste to come get it? Maybe they have been getting counterfeits.

I have to admit I have a funny feeling feeding a Franklin into a machine. I can imagine problems, but I keep telling myself the only thing that should happen is that it might kick back out.
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December 14th, 2012 at 2:12:45 AM permalink
I went to Seminole Hard Rock about 5 years ago.

I dropped $200 on BJ and slots.

I've received free room offers from them ever since.

Since I don't live in Florida, the offers amuse me.
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December 14th, 2012 at 7:18:02 AM permalink
I drive right past Tampa Hard Rock and seven hours later I'm in Biloxi. It amazes me what people put up with, with these Indian rip off joints.
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FleaStiff
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December 14th, 2012 at 8:02:09 AM permalink
>Fleastiff, you might get the award for 'most entertaining trip reports'.
Thank you. The skill is derived courtesy of the orange juice that is contained in the Screwdrivers.

>I too have a way of making unintended bets on those electronic screens.
Yeah, I hit 5x odds thinking I was selecting a game that would thereafter be played at allowing me up to 5x odds instead I had just made a 50 dollar odds bet.

>You mean they somehow knew you put one in and made haste to come get it?
Oh no. I mis-fed the C-note into the crack under the green lights of the bill acceptor instead of between the green lights of the bill acceptor. So the C note just fell into the innards of the machine and nothing happened on the screen. I immediately decided that I would burst into tears and bury my head into the boobs of a cocktail waitress but wouldn't you just know it: the next employee that passed by was a male so I merely asked him to open up the machine and retrieve the bill. He radioed someone and it took maybe thirty or forty seconds. At least they were efficient at something.
FleaStiff
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December 14th, 2012 at 8:07:25 AM permalink
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I drive right past Tampa Hard Rock and seven hours later I'm in Biloxi. It amazes me what people put up with, with these Indian rip off joints.

Danged, if you don't have the right attitude. I do realize the bands at the Hard Rock are getting better, but in reality I too would have preferred to be in Biloxi than at either Tampa or Hollywood. Its the nine hour drives to Biloxi that kill me.
Doc
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December 14th, 2012 at 9:38:15 AM permalink
Quote: DeMango

I drive right past Tampa Hard Rock and seven hours later I'm in Biloxi.


I'm going to do it in reverse, come January. My wife and I plan to spend a few days in Biloxi then drive down to the bay area for a few days relaxing at Madeira Beach. I won't bother going over to Seminole Hard Rock (been there, done that, no need/desire to do it again), but I think we'll try an evening cruise on the Trade Winds Cruise Lines' casino boat Escapade out of John's Pass. Has anyone here been on that boat yet?
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December 14th, 2012 at 12:41:56 PM permalink
Check out the newly opened Black Diamond Casino Cruise Ship based out of the Port of Palm Beach for REAL Craps & Roulette. It opened up in early November; I've been on it once...very solid operation.

Go to www.blackdiamondcasinocruises.com for more info.
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Doc
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December 14th, 2012 at 1:07:02 PM permalink
Thanks for the info about Black Diamond. I'll put it on my list, but Palm Beach is about four hours farther down the road from Madeira Beach than I plan to go on this trip. I am leaving open the possibility of stopping by Port Canaveral and the Victory casino boat on my way back north.

So what makes Black Diamond's craps REAL, as opposed to what they have on the boats at John's Pass, Port Canaveral, and even New Port Richey? I've never been on any of those boats yet.

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