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Seminoles secretly meet with Rick Scott over blackjack

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Representatives of the Seminole Tribe of Florida have been meeting secretly with Gov. Rick Scott and his staff this week as the deadline grows near for a new deal for the tribe to continue offering blackjack and other card games at its casinos. The two sides met Tuesday, as first reported by the Miami Herald, and again Wednesday, according to Seminoles spokesman Gary Bitner. The Governor’s Office confirmed but did not comment on the meetings, and Bitner would not comment other than…

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‘Better than 50% chance’ for Seminole blackjack deal

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State Sen. Rob Bradley, who leads a legislative panel that oversees gambling in Florida, on Wednesday said there’s a “better than 50 percent” chance the Seminole Tribe of Florida and state officials will agree on a new deal for the tribe to continue offering blackjack. Bradley, the Fleming Island Republican who chairs the Regulated Industries committee, briefly spoke to a FloridaPolitics.com reporter after a medical marijuana press conference. He has been involved in talks with the Tribe. “We’re closer now than we were…

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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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