Blackjack Deal With Florida is Stalled

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Internet blackjack information site Online Blackjack is reporting that the compact deal between the governor of Florida and the Seminole Indian tribe is stalled out after the measure failed to pass through the state legislature, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

The report claims that the Sunshine State's politicians in the Legislature voted down the measure, as various special interests and anti-gambling sentiment torpedoed the deal. The deal was originally agreed to between governor Rick Scott and the Seminoles, and would have granted the tribe exclusive rights to blackjack, roulette, and craps games in its casinos. The Seminoles had previously held the rights to blackjack in Florida, paying out big amounts of cash to the sate in return.

That deal expired last summer, and the tribe and state have not been able to come to an agreement as to how to proceed. The Seminoles are continuing to offer the game despite the lack of a deal because they feel the state violated their previous compact, as they sold the rights to electronic shoe games to other tribes.

If a deal is not reached, some 3,700 jobs could be at stake, as the Seminoles may have to pull the lucrative games from their casinos. If a deal is reached though, the Seminoles have stated that they will move ahead with a billion dollar expansion of its Hard Rock Hotel Casino, creating some 10,000 jobs.

Because of the failure of the deal, the tribe and state will now head back to the drawing board.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.