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Level Playing Field

February 19th, 2009 by flanews

Florida’s seven pari-mutual tracks in Dade and Broward made a pitch today for a “level playing field” with the Seminole Tribe.

The pitch was made to Democratic house members who heard from the Seminoles last week. The tracks say since gaming on Seminole reservations began in May 2007, their profits are down dramatically. The tracks say leveling the playing field includes a lot of things.

“The playing field we are referring to is more about product, hours of operation and being able to compete in the market area. Tax is a big part of competing and that’s why we’re saying it needs to be reduced to a level that when we ran the campaign we were comfortable with,” said Dan Adkins, CEO of Mardi Gras Gaming.

The tracks in South Florida also want the legislature to give them black jack and the other games being operated by the Seminoles. But the Tribe says if those games are legalized at the tracks, the Tribe won’t have to pay the state a dime.

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