Donald Trump tweets dissatisfaction with Rick Scott’s negotiation with Seminole Tribe

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Donald Trump, who knows a thing or two about the gambling industry, is not impressed with the negotiation skills of Gov. Rick Scott as he discusses a new gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

The owner of the multi-billion dollar Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts in Atlantic City, and on-again-off-again presidential candidate, took to Twitter with his dissatisfaction over an anticipated deal with the Tribe.

Any future deal with the Tribe could rest on three issues: what games they can offer, exclusive rights for the Tribe to provide gambling outside Broward/Miami-Dade Counties and how much Florida will receive for the privilege.

Trump is not pleased.

The Seminole Compact is the 2010 agreement that promises the Tribe will pay a minimum amount every year, adding up to $1 billion over five years, for exclusive rights to provide games such as blackjack, and slot locations outside of Broward and Miami-Dade.

The Seminoles now pay a minimum $150 million annually for the first two years, $233 million in the both the third and fourth years. In 2015, the payment reaches $234 million. Under the agreement, if the Tribe loses exclusivity, they can reduce, or even stop, payments if the state allows slot machines beyond Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, Hialeah Race Track, or if South Florida pari-mutuels get banked card games. The five-year deal sunsets on Aug. 1, 2015.

Scott wants Florida to get more of the gambling revenue, perhaps as much as double the $1 billion over five years agreed upon in 2010.

In exchange, the governor could once again have the Tribe the only entity allowed to operate table games, perhaps adding roulette and craps. Another possibility is promising the Tribe will continue to reduce payments, or even not have to pay, if they lose that exclusivity.

Trump is not the only person questioning the wisdom of a renewed Seminole Compact.

“I will lead the effort to defeat ratification of the compact if it’s a sellout to the Indians the way the last one was,” said gambling supporter Sen. Jack Latvala earlier this year. “We penalized a lot of other facilities that had been in business in Florida for 60 and 80 years and gave the Indians a monopoly.

“I think that’s wrong,” he added.

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