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Blackjack trial comes to close as judge questions state’s case

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A federal judge shellacked an attorney for the state of Florida during closing arguments Friday in a trial over whether the Seminole Tribe gets to continue offering blackjack to its casino customers. U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle peppered the state’s counsel with questions about whether gambling regulators basically allowed the state’s non-tribal cardrooms to offer games that broke the exclusive rights to blackjack promised to the Seminoles in 2010. At issue was a 2011 administrative rule allowing what’s now known as “designated player games.” The tribe says…

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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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Dana Young backed out of blackjack talks, Seminole Gaming CEO says

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The head of the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s gambling operations Monday testified that the Florida House’s Republican Leader disengaged in 2015 during blackjack renewal talks. The next thing Jim Allen knew, state Rep. Dana Young of Tampa was announcing her own legislative package, an overhaul of state gambling law that cut out the tribe. Based on her bills, “there clearly seemed to be an intention to expand gaming in the state,” said Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming. Allen testified during this…

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FSU’s motion to dismiss lawsuit denied by district court judge

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The play stands as called. Florida State’s motion to have a Title IX lawsuit dismissed has been denied by U.S. District Court judge Mark E. Walker. The trial will proceed in July of next year. The university had argued that its response to the claims of accuser Erica Kinsman, a former student who says she was raped by Jameis Winston, was neither indifferent or unreasonable. The accuser has alleged that no one at FSU offered her safety precautions as she was…

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FSU’s suspended running back Dalvin Cook has trial moved up

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Dalvin Cook got an accelerated trial. Now, if he is found not guilty, how fast will he able to rejoin his Florida State Seminoles? Cook’s court case has been moved up to August 24, giving him as many as an extra 10 days to practice if he is found not guilty. If he is found guilty, it would be difficult for coach Jimbo Fisher to welcome him back any time soon following the insistence that he is opposed to domestic…

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