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Florida Pol: Good Chance of Seminole Blackjack Deal

October 9th, 2015 by Site Admin

A recent dispute between the Seminole Native American Tribe and the state of Florida regarding the rights to offer blackjack in Indian casinos has a better than 50% chance of being resolved, this according to an influential state senator.

State Senator Rob Bradley said he believes there is a better than 50% chance that the tribe and state come to an agreement that will allow the Seminoles to continue offering the shoe dealer games in their land casinos.

“We’re closer now than we were two weeks ago, and we were closer then than the month before,” Bradley told the website FloridaPolitics.com. The state and Seminole tribe are embroiled in a dispute that could affect the tribe’s ability to offer games. The tribe signed an exclusive deal to be able to offer shoe games at its casinos, agreeing to pay $1 billion to the state. However that deal went south when the state tried to give the okay to other casinos to provide electronic versions of the game, which the tribe says is a violation.

The Seminoles say that they have the ability to continue offering the games until 2030 without paying any more fees to the state, but the state is countering that the group will have to remove the games if no deal is struck.

Currently, table games make up about 1/5th of the revenues, with slots and other games making up the bulk of the difference. Blackjack Online will update this story as more developments arise.

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