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Seminole’s Seek Resolution In Gambling Deal

June 25th, 2015 by flanews

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is drawing a line in the sand over the continuation of the Seminole Gaming Compact.

The tribe sent a letter to Governor Rick Scott on Wednesday saying they believe they can still continue to deal cards but stop paying the state revenue.  The Compact gives the Seminoles exclusive rights to offer card games like black jack at their casinos, but the tribe claims the state violated those rights by allowing video card games at various locations around the state. The tribe’s attorney Barry Richard says both sides have plenty to lose.
“The tribe has paid the state a billion dollars in the first five years of the compact and there have been no, I mean no problems at all, it has been working very smoothly. For those people who don’t want to see a spread of gambling, the compact has been the best bulwark against the spread of gambling,” said Richard.

Both sides have 30 days to reach a resolution.  The state receives more than $200 million a year from the compact.

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