Over the summer, the five year old gaming compact between the State of Florida
and the Seminoles expired. Under the compact, blackjack was only allowed to be
offered at the tribe's casinos. However with the 90 day grace period ending, the
state is trying to force the tribe to stop the operation of the game.
After negotiations, a new compact still has not been agreed upon.
On Friday a federal lawsuit was filed by Florida against the tribe. The state
believes that the Seminoles are in violation of the law.
The Seminoles have not agreed to any proposed compact because they believe in
the new deals that the state is asking for too much money.
Under the previous compact the tribe paid the state over $1 billion.
At the end of the 90 extension for the compact, operations of banked card games
at the Seminole casinos would be illegal. Florida is asking the court to order
the tribe to stop.
The Seminoles intend to continue table game operations regardless.
The Las Vegas Sands Corp had been pushing to build a casino in South Florida
that would cost over a billion dollars to complete. However the company has lost
interest due to the ongoing efforts from the Seminoles to stop the project.
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