The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino introduced an array of new gambling experiences to South Florida, offering a Vegas-like feel right in the Sunshine State. The long-anticipated launch comes after the establishment found itself embroiled in a strenuous legal tug-of-war, according to WSVN.
Following a Supreme Court decision, the Hard Rock Casino threw open its doors amidst celebrations featuring famous personalities such as Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and sports betting enthusiasts were given the nod to place their bets. "Ladies and gentlemen, sports betting is live!" announced the announcer at the venue. Shuffle along, Sinatra, because boxing legend Mike Tyson, also in attendance, placed his faith in the Miami Dolphins, telling WSVN reporters, “I don’t know, but I placed a bet on them.”
On Thursday, the festivities marked the inauguration of 20 new roulette tables, craps tables, and sports betting kiosks equipped with the latest in gaming technology. Before the floodgates were opened to the public, CBS News Miami was given a sneak peek into the stage set for the next chapter of Florida’s gambling saga.
Patrons were seen placing wagers on events around the country at private kiosks, a feature Ken Halabi, a casino visitor, appreciated and stated "I've lived in states that have it -- it's a good idea I think"
The NBA's very own Dwyane Wade made his return to Miami feel like a roll of the dice, “Every time I come back to Miami it feels good. Glad to be here," he was rolling the dice, according to WSVN.
According to Nova Southeastern University law professor Bob Jarvis, the Seminoles have overcome a Supreme Court hurdle, clearing their initiative for take-off, a sentiment he shared with CBS News Miami. However, he cautioned that new legal challenges, particularly regarding mobile sports betting and its legality off tribal lands, might still be a year out.