The Seminole Hard Rock Group in Florida quickly put themselves in the conversation as one the premier tournament brands in the game. They first gained national attention with their $10 Million Guarantee main events at the Hollywood location, built on that success with the “The Big Four” following the WSOP and now the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa put a little more shine on the brand with a brand new poker room.

Players first got a sneak peek of the room during a soft opening. The new non-smoking room features new chairs, 46 tables, over 40 TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi and opens officially Thursday, January 12.

The room features a new high limit lounge with two tables for largest games running, a bar that seats 15 and snack bar just for the poker room. A covered outdoor patio is available as a smoking area.

Tommy Bates, Director of Poker Operations of SHRT, is on the front lines of the project and is clearly excited about the pending official opening.

A couple of Florida pros have already praised the new room

World Series of Poker veteran and Hollywood comedian Brad Garrett will ceremonially smash a guitar during the opening ceremony. He’ll play the first hand dealt, present a limited edition commemorative chip and Seminole Hard Rock Tampa will donate $10,000 in Garrett’s name to the Maximum Hope Foundation – a charity that benefits families with children with a life-limiting illness.

Player parking for the room is the Draper Place Garage located on Orient Ave. – which is the closest garage to I-4 East off ramp.