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Poker championship winners accuse Tampa Bay Downs of running Ponzi scheme

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John Ott, a Tampa resident and district sales manager at Performance Foodservice, is also a professional poker player. Tampa Bay Downs, which began as a horse track for gamblers, now offers poker in its Silks Poker Room. Ott considers Silks as his “home” club. For years, Silks was one of the clubs across the U.S. holding tournaments for the Player’s Poker Championship, a Pompano Beach-based poker tour. The Silks competition was intended to be a “feeder” event, leading to the PPC Poker Tour…

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Personnel note: Cameron Yarbrough joins lobbying team at Gunster

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Lobbyist Cameron Yarbrough has taken his talents — and his increasing roster of clients — to the law firm of Gunster Yoakley & Stewart this week, leaving behind his one-man shop Yarbrough Consulting. Responding to inquiry about the move, Yarbrough told SaintPetersBlog it was a choice he made gladly. “As a sole proprietor I was looking for an alliance that would help me statewide and provide additional resources to complement my legislative and executive practice,” said Yarbrough on Tuesday. “Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed working for…

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As Dana Young pushes reworked House gaming plan, Senators file amendments

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When House Majority Leader Dana Young of Tampa filed her new, somewhat less provocative House gambling proposal, a careful observer could already hear the gears turning in the Senate. Though Young originally called her sprawling original plan merely a “work in progress,” it ruffled more than a few feather upon its release. The anti-gambling group No Casinos immediately came out with a statement trashing the plan, saying it provided for “the biggest expansion of gambling in the history of Florida,” with all “the social costs and crime…

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