Last week nearly all casino news focused on Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

James F. Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International and chief executive officer of Seminole Gaming, officially announced a June 28 opening. The hotel and casino are owned by the Seminole Indian tribe of Florida.

Stressing that Hard Rock “is an entertainment facility, not just a casino,” Allen also announced some of the 300 acts already booked in Atlantic City.

For info on those, turn to page 10.

That said, Hard Rock is also a casino with 2,100 slot machines and 120 table games, as well as a 2,000-room hotel. For a limited time, the hotel is offering two complimentary room nights for certain top-level player loyalty cardholders. You could qualify if you have a players card from any of the other casinos in Atlantic City, Parx or SugarHouse in Philadelphia, or an existing Hard Rock casino in Florida, Iowa, Nevada or Ohio.

Lower-tier level players may qualify for one complimentary night or, at a minimum, 25 percent off the prevailing rate.

For a complete list of eligible players cards visit To book a complimentary room, call 609-449-1000. Discounted rooms must be booked online.

The complimentary rooms are not totally free. Guests still will have to pay a $15 resort fee, plus other taxes and fees totaling $22.31 daily. Self-parking is $10; valet, $15, but with unlimited in-and-out privileges each stay.

If you have a rewards card from select A.C. casinos, you can get free parking on your first visit, until you sign up for the to-be-announced rewards program for Hard Rock, which will also offer parking deals. Head to to find out if your rewards card is eligible.

By opening day, holders of certain level players cards may get parking and/or resort fees waived, but there is no decision at this time.

In addition, once the casino opens, Hard Rock’s Wild Card Rewards player loyalty program will match the tier level from any of the competing casinos eligible for the room offer.

Hard Rock’s Rewards program has three levels: Premier, Elite and Rock Royalty. The casino will determine which players card most closely matches these levels.

Redeeming the hotel offer or signing up for a Rewards Card in advance of the casino’s opening will not exclude players from any new member promotions — including the tier match.

Hard Rock also will feature a Howie Mandel Comedy Club, 20 restaurants and bars, and a portion of the world’s largest collection of music memorabilia, including outfits worn by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and an autographed guitar from Jon Bon Jovi.

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