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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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‘Good faith’ at issue in Seminole Tribe blackjack trial

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Questions of “good faith” were the nub of the first day of trial between the state and the Seminole Tribe over its ability to keep offering blackjack to casino customers across Florida. Lawyers for both sides Monday focused on the elemental question of who was right and who was wrong in the beginning of this week’s trial in Tallahassee. Or rather, who really broke the deal. The state and tribe are suing each other after lawmakers earlier this year failed to…

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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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Jeff Houck’s Power Lunch: Marc Murphy’s new restaurant at Seminole Hard Rock

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Food News: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino announced Tuesday that celebrity chef Marc Murphy will open an as-yet unnamed Mediterranean-themed restaurant at the Tampa gaming facility in November. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: If you’ve seen Murphy on Food Network shows like “Chopped” or “Iron Chef America,” you know him as an affable, likable chef. In food TV terms, he’s the cool, funny, 8 percent body fat uncle who plays weekend pickup basketball down at the Y. It’s always cool…

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