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Senate passes 2017 gambling bill

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As expected, the Senate on Thursday passed its gambling overhaul for this year, including a renewal of exclusive rights to blackjack games for the Seminole Tribe. Sen. Bill Galvano, the chamber’s shepherd of this year’s legislation, told fellow lawmakers he couldn’t promise that “we’ll reach a state of resolution” this session. That said, he expects the House and Senate to go to conference on their respective bills, which are significantly different. Galvano later told reporters the bill represents $340-350 million in…

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Donald Trump tells Jeb Bush he didn’t want a Florida casino, but he did

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Jeb Bush said during Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate that Donald Trump wanted casino gambling in Florida. Donald Trump said “I did not.” “I promise, if I wanted it, I would have gotten it,” Trump told Bush during the exchange. Bush replied, “No way, man.” But the fact is, Trump wanted it and didn’t get it under the Bush administration, despite donating money to the state Republican Party and Bush. “The bottom line is Donald Trump was interested in casino…

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Professional poker player sues casino that claims he cheated

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A professional poker player has sued a casino that claimed he won $9.6 million by cheating at baccarat, alleging it knew about defects in the cards and then destroyed evidence. Phil Ivey and his co-defendant, Cheng Yin Sun, filed a countersuit last week against the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, which sued the pair last year. The Borgata suit said Ivey and Sun took advantage of a defect in cards made by Gemaco that enabled them to sort and arrange…

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…Today in gaming: A debate-style forum on expanded gaming & a court hearing on barrel racing

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Keep an eye on two events today related to The Great Gaming Debate: The first is a debate-style forum on the proposal to expand casino gambling in Florida, with Orlando attorney John Stemberger, the President of the Florida Family Policy Council as the anti-gambling voice on the five person panel and four people in favor of the proposal. The advocates for more gambling who will participate are Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, the sponsor of the casino bill; Dan Adkins,…

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