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Seminole Hard Rock collects $579 million — more than 8 racetrack casinos combined

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood earned more than the eight racetrack casinos in South Florida combined. The Seminole Hard Rock has blackjack and other tables games and a hotel, while the other venues do not. The Seminoles are building a second hotel, set to open in 2019.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood earned more than the eight racetrack casinos in South Florida combined. The Seminole Hard Rock has blackjack and other tables games and a hotel, while the other venues do not. The Seminoles are building a second hotel, set to open in 2019.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has continued raking in the casino revenue, even as its surrounding buildings have been flattened — to make room for more gambling.

The Hollywood property’s haul for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, were more than $579 million — more than what the eight South Florida pari-mutuel casinos earned combined. The tribe is not required to release its per-casino revenue figures, but by criss-crossing two state documents, the figures can be computed.

They show that the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Tampa does monster numbers, garnering $967 million; the Tampa casino has no competition in west-central Florida, where racetracks can’t offer slots. The Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood was next, followed by Seminole Coconut Creek ($383 million). Even Seminole Classic Casino, the old bingo hall south of Sterling Road in Hollywood, bested the gambling revenues at every South Florida racetrack casino. Seminole Classic took in $163 million. The Isle Casino and Racing in Pompano led South Florida racinos ($143 million from slots, $10 million from poker).

Figures reported to the state for 2015-16 show the tribe took in $2.3 billion, with projections for the year just ending, an increase of about $100 million. (The state gets the overall number to project how much income it will get from the Seminoles, who basically pay a greater percentage as their revenues climb.) Some of the tribe’s payments to the state are distributed to local governments based on how profitable each of their seven casinos are. Seminole Casino Coconut Creek was responsible for 16.48 percent of the year’s revenues, according to figures just computed and released earlier this summer. That means 16.48 percent of the portion for local governments (in this case about $1.35 million) was divided among nearby municipalities, in this case Coconut Creek, Margate, Coral Springs, Parkland and Broward County.

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Columnist Nick Sortal AL DIAZ adiaz@miamiherald.com

Soap stars at Creek

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek hosts The Young and the Restless Soap Opera Festival at 8 p.m. Saturday. “The Young and the Restless” debuted in 1973 and is currently the highest-rated daytime drama on American television.

The 75-minute show at Coconut Creek will feature actors Amelia Heinle (“Victoria Newman”), Christian Le Blanc (“Michael Baldwin”), Kristoff St. John (“Neil Winters”) and Tracey E. Bregman (“Lauren Fenmore Baldwin”) in a Q&A session.

Tickets are $30-$50 via Ticketmaster.com

This week

▪ Thursdays are Guest Appreciation Day at Hialeah Park. Slot players who earn at least one point receive $5, $10 or $20 in free play, depending on their card level.

▪ The Caribbean Chillers, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, give two free performances Sunday, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Casino Miami.

▪ The Casino @ Dania Beach has added 7 p.m. Tuesday poker tournament. Entry is $40 and carries a $1,000 guarantee for first through third places. (That’s called a “survivor” tournament.) Also, liquor is half-price from 4-7 p.m. Sundays through Fridays with $3 pina coladas and margaritas.

▪ Tuesdays are “Flush with Cash” at Mardi Gras Casino. Slot players who are chosen turn over five cards for up to $5,000 cash.

▪ It’s summer, and ice cream beckons. Slot players who earn at least five points at Gulfstream Park from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays receive a free cone at the Finish Line Deli. (Limit two.)

NickSortal@BellSouth.net

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