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Crucial federal trial over gambling could be pushed back

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A crucial trial over the future of gambling in Florida could be pushed back until the fall.

Attorneys for both the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the state on Wednesday asked a federal judge to push back a two-week trial until October.

The trial now scheduled for July will determine whether or not the Seminoles can continue to have blackjack tables at their casinos.

The tribe filed the lawsuit last October after a 5-year deal with the state expired.

Gov. Rick Scott in December reached a new $3 billion deal with the tribe that would let them keep blackjack and add table games, such as craps and roulette. But the deal was rejected by the Florida Legislature during this year’s session.

Attorneys say they need more time to interview potential witnesses and prepare for the trial.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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