No full house as Tampa Seminole Hard Rock casino reopens Richard Danielson, TampaBay.com · May 23, 2020 at 4:12 pm Reopening a casino in the midst of a pandemic means everything from installing thermal-imaging cameras to watch for gamblers with a fever to sanitizing the poker chips. On Thursday, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa welcomed customers back. First to arrive were about 1,000 invitees, the casino’s best customers. Doors were scheduled to open to the public at 7 p.m. Jim Allen, the chief executive officer of Seminole Gaming and the chairman of Hard Rock International, expected that even at half-capacity, the casino might see 3,000 to 4,000 patrons over the course of the evening. As he waited Thursday afternoon, he spoke with the Tampa Bay Times about what it took to reopen.