The Seminole Tribe's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, located in Hollywood, Florida dealt its first hand of blackjack last Sunday, 17 years after the Tribe first began seeking table games.
The Seminoles signed a gaming compact with Florida Governor Charlie Crist in November 2007 and opened a total of 71 table games last weekend. Fifty-five of the tables are for blackjack and the rest of the games are pai gow, mini-baccarat, Let It Ride and Three Card Poker.
The Seminoles held a recruitment drive in the Hartford Convention Center earlier this year, saying they needed to hire 3,650 dealers for its Florida casinos.
The Mohegan Tribe and Foxwoods combined employee about 4,700 dealers.
The Seminole Tribe, which generated $1.4 billion in 2006 gaming revenues in Florida, bought the Hard Rock International hotel and restaurant chain for $965 million in 2006 and last month announced a partnership with the New York Yankees to build a chain of steak houses. The first steak restaurant will open in the new Yankee stadium in Bronx, NY, where the Seminoles will also open a Hard Rock restaurant.
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