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Seminole contract looms over future of Florida gambling

Seminole contract looms over future of Florida gambling

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (TBO.com) — As lawmakers decide whether to address expanded gambling in the state, another issue looms: The expiration of the agreement to let the Seminole Tribe of Florida offer card games.

That document, known as the Seminole Compact, includes a provision allowing the tribe to offer blackjack and other card games, at locations including its Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa.

The card game provision expires in mid-2015 “unless renewed by affirmative act of the Florida Legislature,” according to the 54-page agreement, signed in April 2010.

But the tribe and lawmakers may not get an early start on any renewal negotiations because of the current review of the state’s gambling policy and laws.

The state may open up to more gambling, including Las Vegas-style destination casino-resorts, with a bill likely to be hashed out in the 2014 legislative session starting in March.

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