John Fontana, President of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, Awarded 2013 Treatment Award from the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG)


First Time Award has been Presented to Member of the Gaming Industry


TAMPA, Fla. (April 10, 2013) John Fontana, president of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, was recently awarded with the Treatment Award from the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) at its 25th anniversary gala held at the DoubleTree Hilton Orlando on April 5. The Treatment Award was created to recognize an individual or organization that has significantly furthered treatment services or supports to the problem gambling population in Florida. This is the first time a member of the gaming industry has been recognized with the award.


“Words cannot sufficiently express the work of John Fontana, this year’s Treatment Award recipient, and the difference he has made in the lives of problem gamblers and their families,” said Paul Ashe, president of the FCCG. “While most individuals give lip service to the concern for problem gamblers, he has long proved his dedication to the cause on an ongoing basis.”


In addition to being a member of the FCCG’s Board of Directors for over 10 years and currently serving as its vice president, Fontana spearheaded the initiative which secured funding from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, resulting in accessible treatment for persons in need of help for a gambling problem within Florida. The FCCG presented its first Treatment Award 10 years ago.


To support those individuals with a compulsion to gamble, the Seminole Tribe of Florida operates a Self-Exclusion Program. The program was established to allow people with a gambling problem to voluntarily exclude themselves from casino gaming activities in all Seminole Casinos. Also, in collaboration with the FCCG, the Seminole Tribe of Florida is proud to help fund 1.888.ADMIT.IT, Florida's 24-hour toll-free helpline for casino players with a compulsion to gamble. The helpline is used in ads and on all marketing materials for the Seminole Casinos.


About Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc. (FCCG)

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc. (FCCG) was established in 1988 as a gaming neutral 501(c)(3) educational and advocacy corporation that serves as the designated authority under state contract on gambling addiction. Its primary mission is to increase public awareness about gambling addiction and to furnish supports to persons in need of assistance. 


About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa recently completed a $75 million expansion, making it the world’s sixth-largest casino, based on gaming positions or number of seats at a table or slot. This ultimate entertainment destination features 118 table games including Blackjack, Mini and Midi-Baccarat, Pai Gow Tiles and Poker, Three Card Poker and Texas Hold ‘em Poker, along with over 5,000 slot machines and a smoke-free poker room with 50 tables offering high stakes action. The luxurious High Limit Table Games Room features 17 tables for blackjack and midi-baccarat and offers higher table limits, a personal cashier and attentive bartenders. For the sixth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating. Guests can enjoy a new pool area and restaurants including the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa, part of Hard Rock’s 142 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll themed restaurants, the award-winning Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Restaurant, and Rise Kitchen & Bakery™, which features freshly baked breads and entrees made with fresh ingredients. The new Asian gaming complex Jubao Palace features 17 table games and an accompanying 15-seat, quick service noodle bar. Valet and more than 5,000 free, self-parking spaces are available. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is located off of I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. For more information, please call 1-800-937-0010 or visit us online at  or Follow us on Twitter at



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