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February 2, 2012

‘Extreme Makeover’ Host to Join in Unveiling of Seminole Casino Coconut Creek’s Expansion

Today the host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Ty Pennington will participate in the unveiling of the revamped Seminole Casino Coconut Creek in Coconut Creek, Florida, just south of West Palm Beach.

At noon, Pennington will join Seminole Tribal Chairman James E. Billie, the casino’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Allen and President Steve Bonner in presenting a check to the SOS Children’s Village for a new roof makeover. The international nonprofit works with disadvantaged families to help prevent crises that can lead to family separation.

Then they will reveal the new casino entranceway. “We’re looking forward to officially opening what has been a monumental effort by thousands of people to build the most fun, entertaining place in South Florida,” Bonner said in a statement. “We know that our guests will be very pleased with the results.”

The Seminole Casino Coconut Creek—open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—just completed a $150 million expansion. Gaming space increased with a new 100,000-square-foot gaming floor. A non-smoking Stax Poker Lounge was added to the second floor. Customers will also have three new dining options: NYY Steak, which only has only one other location—Yankee Stadium, 1st Street Deli and Sorrisi Italian Restaurant. The expansion also includes a new 1,200-seat entertainment venue, the Pavilion, which features concerts, VIP events and shows.

The casino underwent its first major expansion of approximately $32 million in 2007. The Seminole Tribe of Florida also operates the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa and Hollywood, as well as Hollywood Seminole Bingo, Seminole Casino in Immokalee, and Seminole Bingo Casino in Brighton.

The celebration kicks off tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. in the casino’s new valet parking area.

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February 4, 2012

Florida Seminole’s Casino Expansion Rivals Vegas Resorts

The Seminole Tribe of Florida doubled the size of its casino floor at Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek to 100,000 square feet, featuring 2,300 slot machines, and added three new high-end restaurants.

On Thursday, the host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Ty Pennington joined Seminole tribal leaders in unveiling the revamped gaming resort in Coconut Creek, Florida, just south of West Palm Beach.

“I have been in every casino in the United States, or 75 percent of them, and this compares with anything in Atlantic City or Vegas,” said Steve Bourie, the publisher of the American Casino Guide. “It is a beautiful facility.”

The expansion added about 800 jobs during the casino’s November 2 job fair—a welcomed opportunity in a state with a 9.9 percent unemployment rate.

“I think the next phase here will be a hotel, and we wish to have the opportunity to expand on our relationship with the state,” said Jim Allen, the chief executive officer of Seminole Gaming.

The tribe holds exclusive rights to black jack and other table games in Florida. Under the agreement, the Seminoles will pay $1.2 billion over the next five years to the state to maintain their monopoly, reported NBC Miami. And on Friday, a legislative sponsor withdrew a bill to expand casinos in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas, thus killing the potential for nearby mega-resort casinos—for now, reported Reuters.

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