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Card, chip makers may be safe in fight over Indian blackjack

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Manufacturers of cards and chips who sell to the Seminole Tribe of Florida may be spared, at least in civil court, in any legal throwdown over blackjack at the Seminole Tribe of Florida‘s casinos. The Tribe is still offering blackjack despite the expiration of a special deal with the state that allows it to offer “banked card games.” Both sides are now suing each other in federal court even as they try to broker a new agreement. Current games are technically unauthorized…

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Gambling expert says Seminoles may run afoul of organized crime laws

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A prominent gambling-law expert is suggesting that the state has other pressure points to apply to the Seminole Tribe of Florida in an ongoing fight over offering blackjack at its casinos, including going after it with organized crime laws. Professor I. Nelson Rose of California’s Whittier Law School said he first offered that advice to the Senate six years ago, when it sought him out for guidance before the current agreement, known as the Seminole Compact, was enacted. “The legal analysis would…

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