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Politics on tap at Hard Rock

The Seminole
Hard
Rock

Hotel & Casino is gambling that

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-edged political commentary can draw patrons that slot machines and poker tables can't.

From the left,

Hard
Rock

Live is offering comedian and HBO personality

Bill

Maher. From the right, it's serving up commentator and

Fox News

talker

Bill

O'Reilly.

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There's even someone for people who event promoters see as appealing to folks who are in between the two:

Anderson

Cooper, the

CNN

anchor and daytime talk show host.

Hard
Rock

Live, a 5,500-seat indoor concert arena, typically showcases a different kind of entertainment. Performers including

Bruce Springsteen

,

Billy Joel

,

Andrea Bocelli

,

Chris Rock

and

Robin Williams

have appeared there.

Phil Madow, president of the Seminole

Hard
Rock

Hotel & Casino, said

Hard
Rock

Live has "dabbled" in political presentations in the past, but this election season presents an opportunity to do something different.

"This was an incredible opportunity for us to entertain and help South Floridians and visiting guests make an educated election decision, regardless of whether they are on the left, right or smack dab in the center of the political landscape," Madow said in a statement.

The liberal view is up first, with Maher appearing on Sept. 2. Maher has pushed the boundaries of political talk on TV for 18 years, first on the show "Politically Incorrect" and more recently on the HBO program "Real Time."

Next up, in what the

Hard
Rock

said is "conveniently scheduled between liberal and conservative discussions," is Cooper, who appears on Sept. 20. He's one of the CNN's top personalities, and recently generated headlines by coming out as gay.

Finally, just 11 days before the election, O'Reilly appears on Oct. 26. Besides anchoring one of the most successful political talk shows on cable TV, O'Reilly has written books and pens a syndicated column.

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