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Seminole Tribe to Hit Jackpot Soon

September 12th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

The Seminole Indians are moving closer to being able to offer black jack, poker, and full blown slot machines in the tribe’s seven casinos. During a conference call with state and federal officials yesterday, it became clear the Seminoles will get expanded gambling, whether the state agrees or not….With hopes of getting some revenue, the state is offering to allow black jack and other card games in addition to slot machines. George Lemieux is negotiating for the governor. He says, “Now that the government is going to give the Seminoles slot machines, since they are going to get that anyway they are not going to give us anything for going into a deal just to do slot machines, so they have to have something more. So we’ve talked about more expansive card games; but the governor doesn’t want to go anywhere past that, and he doesn’t want to go into craps or roulette or anything beyond that. So, we already have card games in Florida we already have poker we have to give the Seminoles something. That’s what the federal government is making us do.”

The deal would pay the state 50 million up front and guarantee at least 00 million a year every year the deal is in effect. The tribe would be iven exclusivity, so if state lawmakers expand gambling, revenue from he tribe would decline. The deal is likely to be signed in the next few weeks.

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