A stalemate between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida about the tribe’s right to offer blackjack and other games at its casinos appears to have thawed, according to a top Senate negotiator.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida has requested mediation in its dispute with the state over whether it can still offer banked card games, including black jack, in the future.
For the time being, the Seminole Tribe of Florida plans to continue to allow blackjack and other card games at their casinos even after their five year compact with the state ends.
The Seminole Tribe has given the state 30 days to strike a new accord about exclusive rights to operate banked card games and has put the state on notice that tribal casinos don’t have to shut down the games even in the absence of a revamped deal.
House and Senate leaders are taking divergent approaches to the perennially thorny issue of gambling, with the House vetting a soup-to-nuts gaming measure Thursday even as the Senate pursues negotiations with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Odds are getting longer against stand-alone casinos in Florida in the near future as a stalemate between Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Will Weatherford appears to deepen.
Slot machines, blackjack and roulette are back on the table as lawmakers prepare once again to tackle the high-stakes issue of gambling in a state that everyone agrees is already one of the industry’s biggest cash cows.
A new group with big-money funding is working to bring resort-style casinos to Florida’s poker players and slot slingers.
While lawmakers in Tallahassee battle over proposed plans to bring Las Vegas style megacasinos to South Florida, officials in Palm Beach County have given approval to a new casino ship.
Former Ocean Drive mogul Jerry Powers, now CEO of Plum TV, is heading to court to keep from losing his assets over a $1.2 million gambling debt he has refused to pay.