TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- As reported by the Miami Herald: "All bets are off.
"The Seminole Tribe is not likely to approve a gambling deal under terms set by the Florida Legislature, the tribe's
The Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa attorney said Thursday, citing provisions that could increase costs and competition.
"This would put billions of dollars in funding for public schools on the line at a time of severe budget shortfalls.
"The key sticking points, tribe attorney Barry Richard said, are an increase in the annual payment to the state -- to $150 million -- and a provision dealing with the tribe's exclusive right to offer blackjack and slot machines outside South Florida.
"Legislators, when they approved the gambling deal in May, built in wiggle room for future gambling expansion. Voters or legislators can give racetracks or other facilities games similar to those offered at tribal casinos without voiding the state's deal with the Seminoles. Even if new competition popped up, the tribe would still be required to make payments, albeit at a potentially reduced rate..."
|The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa has a 90,000-square-foot casino open 24 hours daily. The casino has over 2,200 gaming machines including Wheel of Fortune, Little Green Men, Texas Tea plus classics like Double Diamond, Red, White & Blue, Double Wild Cherry and Five Times Pay. There are also 50 tables of live action poker, with everything from Seven-Card Stud to Texas Hold'em to Omaha.|
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