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April 19, 2010

A new law was successfully signed Wednesday forming a 20 year gaming deal with the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida. The new law will have the tribe pay the state $1.3 billion in the next 5 years.

Governor Charlie Crist was the person that signed the bill. The Seminole now are able to offer blackjack amongst other table games to visitors at three Broward County casinos. As well as in Imokalee and Tampa. All seven tribal owned casinos will also continue operating Vegas style slot machines.

Previous compacts were rejected by state lawmakers. This time they were able to agree on the new compact.

Facts about the new law:

  • Florida House voted 74 - 39 in favor
  • The law has tried to pass 3 times since 2007
  • It guarantees the state over $1 billion
  • The Seminoles have exclusive rights to table games like Blackjack. All seven tribal owned casinos may continue operating Vegas style slots.

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