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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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Email insights: No Casinos says it’s not good to be the king – of slots

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It’s good to be the king, except when you’re known as “Slots King of the World.” An email from the Orlando-based anti-gambling group No Casinos says the newly renegotiated Seminole Compact would bestow the dubious title of “Slots King” to the Seminole Tribe of Florida, by allowing “one or more tribal facilities to have the most slot machines in the world.” According to the proposed agreement, No Casinos says an average of 3,500 slot machines would be permitted in each of…

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As gamblers shun stingier slots, casinos shake things up

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Move aside one-armed bandits. The casino floor is making room for game zones with oversized popping dice, digital spinning Big Six wheels and virtual roulette, with an eye on adding arcade-style video games in the not-so-distant future. As gamblers appear to be shunning stingier slot machines that don’t offer as many payouts, game-makers and casinos are keen on coming up with the next big thing to keep people playing. The changing casino floor will be on display this week at…

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