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Hard Rock celebrating expansion with Paula Abdul

Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 08:12 AM

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Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock hotel and casino is throwing a party to celebrate the opening of its new Jubao Palace gaming complex and high-limit tables — part of an expansion that now ranks the casino as the fourth largest in the U.S.

Grammy-winning singer and TV personality Paula Abdul will be at the casino on Jan. 11 to play the ceremonial first hand of blackjack at the new high-limit tables. The casino also plans to unveil a permanent display of the outfit that Abdul wore in the music video for her 1989 hit "Cold-Hearted."

DJ Ravi Drums will close out the celebration with a late-night after-party taking place in the casino's Hard Rock Café from 11:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. Ravi Drums, a Tampa native, has recorded and performed with artists such as Will Smith, Ricky Martin, the Black Eyed Peas and Lil' Jon.

Abdul was a judge on "American Idol" from 2002 until 2009, and served as a judge on "The X-Factor" for one season in 2011.

The Jubao Palace is an Asian-themed gambling area within the casino, featuring 17 tables and an accompanying noodle bar.

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