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Senate Unveils Gaming Plan

March 24th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

A powerful state Senator today unveiled his chambers plans for gambling on Seminole Indian reservations.

The plan would also appease south Florida parimutuels establishments by giving them black jack and other Class 3 card games. Dog tracks and high alai frontons across the state would be allowed to have video lottery terminals. In return for giving up the explicit right to card games, the Seminole tribe would get roullete, craps, and other high stakes games. Governor Charlie Crist says from what hes seen, he likes the plan.

Im open to any ideas that will help us get the compact, Crist said. As yall know, thats almost 300 million dollars more that we could use for education for Floridas children. We need money and the compact is there. And if we dont enter the compact, it may happen anyway because the federal government would allow it to occur. So Im generally supportive of what Ive seen so far. I havent been able to review it in detail yet.

The plan to raise an estimated 1 billion dollars for cash strapped legislators but so far the house has shown no warmth to expanding gambling.

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