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Gambling amendment now has 600K signatures

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A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at limiting gambling’s expansion in the state now has more than 600,000 signatures, its backers said Monday. Voters in Charge, the political committee behind the amendment, said it’s “over halfway towards its goal of gathering 1.1 million signatures in order to reach the required number of 766,200 valid petitions to appear on the 2018 General Election ballot.”

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State starts enforcing card game decision

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Gambling regulators have begun warning the state’s card rooms to change their games. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has started sending form letters to advise card room operators about a final agency order on designated-player games. Last week, the department adopted an administrative law judge’s findings that those games, similar to poker, were “unauthorized” under state law. That’s because they played too much like “banked card games,” such as blackjack, only allowed to the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Such games…

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Trial over Seminole casinos to wrap up Wednesday

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A crucial federal trial that could shape of the future of gambling in Florida is wrapping up. Attorneys for the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the state will give their closing arguments Wednesday. The second day of trial on Tuesday revolved primarily around the testimony of top gambling regulators. The trial could decide whether the tribe can continue to have blackjack tables at their Florida casinos. The state and Seminoles reached a deal in 2010 that allowed blackjack but that provision expired…

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Seminole Tribe now fully controls Hard Rock brand

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The Seminole Tribe of Florida has consolidated its control over the “Hard Rock” hotel and casino brand, buying out the remaining rights from the owner-operator of Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The deal was announced Friday in a news release. The terms were not made public. The acquisition means “the Hard Rock brand has now been united for the first time in more than 35 years under one controlling ownership,” said Jim Allen, Hard Rock International’s chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO.…

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What Republican presidential candidates think about online gambling

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Online gambling is always a contentious issue for the public and presidential candidates alike. The Republican candidates would like to be seen as pillars of the community but many of their potential voters enjoy a spin on a slot game or a bit of online poker. Donald Trump was at one time a casino owner and has many friends in the casino industry, with some backing his campaign. One of the biggest contributors to his campaign is Sheldon Adelson, who…

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Florida Supreme Court agrees to take up slot machine dispute

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The Florida Supreme Court is taking up a long-running legal dispute that could result in slot machines being added at dog and horse tracks across the state. The 1st District Court of Appeal in early October ruled that slot machines couldn’t be installed at a facility west of Tallahassee. But the decision was unusual because the court overturned its own decision. The court had ruled in May that slot machines were allowed because Gadsden County voters approved a referendum authorizing…

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Florida files federal lawsuit to shut down Seminoles’ blackjack tables

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The state is demanding the Seminole Tribe of Florida immediately shut down blackjack tables at its casinos across the state, reports the Sun-Sentinel. The state late Friday announced it is filing a lawsuit in a Tampa federal court asking a judge to order the tribe to cease operations. Florida does not have legal jurisdiction over tribal reservations. The Seminoles were supposed to remove the blackjack tables this week. But the tribe filed a lawsuit seeking to keep blackjack and other…

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