The Hard Rock Hollywood plays host to the World Poker Tour, with an annual stop bringing even more manic tournament action to the venue. Bad username or password Sign in. The average age on this Sunday morning seemed to be about 40 or so. The best adjective I can think of to describe the Hard Rock's poker room is "snazzy". Ryan Fair — Tim Reilly — John-Christian Templeton —
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Zoltan Czinkota — Paul Balzano — John-Christian Templeton — Harrison Gimbel — Herbert Woodbery — Martin Carnero — Peter Walsworth — Jake Bazeley — Edward Mallon — Hyoung Chae — Jason Koon — Salomon Ponte — Justin Young — Tim Reilly — I drove to this East Coast poker destination while staying in the middle of the state in Lake Placid, while visiting my Dad and his wife.
It's about a two-hour drive from there. Fortunately, however, there are over a million people living on the east coast of Florida in the West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami area who can visit here in 30 minutes or less. It's well worth the trip. The Hard Rock casinos are the latest jewels in the gambling crown of the Seminole tribe of Florida.
They have three of these huge and beautiful facilities — two on the east coast and one on the west coast in Tampa. This is in addition to three smaller rooms, including Immokalee and Brighton, that I've already reviewed, which have been around for about ten years. The best adjective I can think of to describe the Hard Rock's poker room is "snazzy". There are 50 new tables, tastefully laid out in a beautiful, softly lit, nicely carpeted room. The ceilings are enormously high, giving the room almost an open-air feel.
The chairs are well padded and very comfortable but no wheels or height adjustments. The chips are new, as are the cards. This is poker at its best. The games are great, too. Nevertheless, within those confines, the games are dynamic. It went smoothly for three days or so, with pots into the five digits, until the state came in, with great fanfare, and shut it down permanently.
But that's just a rumor. They "offer" stud but never get enough players for a stud game though the old Seminole casino literally across the street gets stud going, I later found out. Unlike the other Seminole casinos I had visited prior to coming here, the crowd is young, vibrant, and full of gamble. These were not the timid affairs of the no-limit games at Brighton or Immokalee.
He called me blind with his remaining green chip as did a very attractive woman, dressed like a hooker. She turned over K He turned over My queens held up and I won a nice little pot. The game proceeded much like that for the hour or so that I was there, with unbelievably loose and wild play punctuated with laughing. Unfortunately I didn't have any other quality hands during my time at the table — and I lost a little of it back trying to push a couple of guys off a hand when I was under-gunned.
I also found out that the room runs terrific and fairly big tournaments. If you take the rebuy that's only a 7.