Book Now

OR CALL 866-502-PLAY

Special Room Offers

PRESS | Press Release

Posted on 05/01/2013

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Launches First-of-its-Kind Table Gaming in Martorano's Italian-American Kitchen


Nation's First Blackjack Tables in Restaurant Add Excitement and Energy to Already Lively Spot


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (May 1, 2013) – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has introduced what is believed to be the nation's first blackjack tables on a restaurant's dining floor at Martorano's Italian-American Kitchen. The property has broken ground with the addition of two blackjack tables to the energetic restaurant.


Open during restaurant hours, each table seats six with a minimum $25 bet. The addition of America's most popular table game brings a new energy to Martorano's, which hosted an exclusive meet-and-greet for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with Al Pacino after a private "Pacino One Night Only" show on April 24, 2013. While diners wait for their tables, they can try their luck at the blackjack tables.


"Martorano's, blackjack, food and Steve Martorano…what else do you need? What a hoot," said Larry Mullin, chief operating officer for Seminole Gaming. "Even Al Pacino stopped by to have some fun," he added.


"Yo Cuz! I can't tell you how excited we are to be the first to bring gaming to our guests," said Steve Martorano, celebrity cook and owner of Martorano's Italian-American Kitchen.


Martorano, known as the "Godfather of Italian-American Cooking," started his career as a DJ and created the first restaurants with DJ booths in the kitchen. Now, he's blazing a new trail again with being the first restaurant to offer table games on the dining room floor.


The table games have been open inside the restaurant since Sunday, April 21, 2013.


About Steve Martorano

Celebrity chef Steve Martorano owns the successful restaurant brand Cafe Martorano, home of "the world's best meatball," according to Gourmet magazine.  Martorano recently released a new book entitled, Yo Cuz!: My Life, My Food, My Waya rags-to-riches true-life tale spiced-up with delicious recipes, which is available at and through the Cafe Martorano website at Additionally, he produces his own line of Cafe Martorano Pasta Sauces and Wines, an online cooking series titled Yo Cuz!: The Italian-American Cook, a Yo Cuz! jewelry line and a Yo Cuz! apparel line available at select stores and on the Cafe Martorano website.  The multi-talented restaurateur has also appeared on national television programs such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best, The Real Housewives of Miami and more.


About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino invites you to PLAYHARD!  Play, stay, dine, and shop at South Florida's ultimate entertainment destination. Over 90 tables offer Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold'em Bonus Poker, Casino War and Let it Ride on a nearly three-acre casino floor. Additionally, over 2,500 slots include the Native-American Casino linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Separate high-limit rooms for table games and slots, in addition to a non-smoking room, are available for guests to enjoy. Loyal Player's Club members also have access to the exclusive VIP Plum Lounge and VIP Chef's Table show kitchen. The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise hosts various games and tournaments of Limit and No Limit Texas Hold 'em, 7-Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games. Located inside the casino is Hard Rock Cafe -Hollywood, part of Hard Rock's 141 globally recognized rock 'n' roll restaurants. The Green Lodging Certified by the State of Florida, AAA Four Diamond-rated resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 17 restaurants, 40,000 square feet of meeting room space, Rock Spa, 21 boutique shops, 12 bars, nightclubs and lounges, the 350-seat Paradise Live theater and the 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. Located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way. For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit us online at or .