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State files illegal card game complaints in Pensacola, Sarasota

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Ed. Note — Story was updated Tuesday with comment from Pensacola track spokeswoman. State gambling regulators have filed administrative complaints against two racetracks in recent weeks, alleging that they’ve been offering illegal card games. One complaint was lodged Aug. 17 against Pensacola Greyhound Track & Poker Room, and another was filed last Thursday against the Sarasota Kennel Club, both of which offer varieties of poker.

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Rick Scott rallies for jobs amid Session

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About 200 supporters and onlookers joined with Gov. Rick Scott to urge lawmakers to pass the governor’s priorities, including a tax cut and more spending for business incentives. Supporters, including a few dozen casino employees who took a field trip to Tallahassee Wednesday the casino workers stood on as Scott said his administration’s regime of low taxes and recruiting out-of-state business is working. “We’ve cut taxes 50 times in the last five Sessions. And what’s happened? Our revenues are growing,” said Scott.…

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Seminole casino workers to lobby lawmakers

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Workers at Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino are taking a field trip to Tallahassee on Wednesday, according to a news release from the Seminole Tribe of Florida. More than 100 of them, including table games dealers, will be asking lawmakers to approve the new Seminole Compact and save their jobs. On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott met with tribal leaders in South Florida, where he was told up to 3,700 current casino employees could lose their jobs if the Compact isn’t…

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Racino executive speaks out on card-room controversy

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The head of a Jacksonville racetrack and card room says the state was unfairly targeting pari-mutuels for running illegal card games, especially when state regulators oversaw the games being set up. Howard Korman, president of Jacksonville Greyhound Racing, which does business as BestBet, spoke at a Senate Regulated Industries Committee meeting on Wednesday. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation on Tuesday filed administrative complaints against Korman’s operation and six other tracks in Florida. The state is fighting what’s known as “designated-player games”…

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State files gambling complaints against racetracks across Florida

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State gambling regulators this week filed complaints against seven racetracks in Florida, saying they’re operating illegal card games, according to documents obtained through a public records request. The pari-mutuels targeted by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which regulates gambling, include: Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Palm Beach Kennel Club in West Palm Beach, Magic City Casino in Miami, Derby Lane in St. Petersburg, Isle Casino and Pompano Park in Pompano Beach, Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa, and BestBet in…

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Seminole Tribe refuses to take down blackjack tables

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The games are still on. The Seminole Tribe of Florida will continue to offer blackjack at its casinos despite the end of an agreement with the state allowing it to offer card games, a spokesman said Thursday. “The Tribe believes the games have been authorized for the reasons stated in the complaint, and it is seeking court guidance while the games continue,” Gary Bitner said in an email, referring to a lawsuit filed Monday. Thursday marked the last day of a…

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Rick Scott bobs and weaves on Seminole blackjack question

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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday wouldn’t say what he’ll do if the Seminole Tribe of Florida refuses this week to take down its card tables when a deal expires that let it offer blackjack at its casinos. Scott was asked about Seminole gambling after a Florida Cabinet meeting at the Capitol. “I’m going to take the right amount of time to make sure I take care of all the taxpayers,” he said. “I want to take care of our state; I…

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