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Gaming Continues

November 24th, 2008 by flanews

The Seminole Tribe continues to ignore requests from the state to stop playing Blackjack and other Vegas-style games in Florida.

In July, the Florida Supreme Court ruled the compact giving the tribe the authority to play the games was illegal. Only the Federal government now has the power to shut the games down. Today Floridas Attorney General sent his third letter to the National Indian Gaming Commission asking them to make the Seminole Tribe stop the games. The AGs spokeswoman Sandi Copes says the tribe is breaking Florida law.

The NIGC is the highest authority in these matters and they have the ability to issue the warning to the tribe and they should because this is Florida law were talking about. Its being violated here, said Copes.

State lawmakers are expected to examine the deal between the tribe and the State when they meet in March. If the current deal stays in place, Florida stands to collect more than a hundred million dollars a year from the gaming operations. But if they refuse to negotiate and the Indian Gaming Commission allows the games to continue, the state may end up with nothing.

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