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Florida and Seminole Tribe Blackjack Negotiations Progressing

A dispute between the state of Florida and the Seminole Indian tribe regarding blackjack at the state’s casinos is in mediation, and negotiations between the two groups is progressing.

A state Senator has said that negotiations between the two groups is making progress, and it is believed an agreement could be reached before an October deadline, which would require the tribe to stop offering banked card games at its casinos. Previously the Seminoles and state had signed a 5 year, $1 billion compact that gave exclusive rights to the tribe that expired, and no new agreement has been reached as of press time. For their part the tribe believes it retains the right to offer the games.

Commenting on the talks Senator Rob Bradley said, “We are making progress in discussions with the tribe. I’m hopeful that we can reach a point where we have something to offer to the membership to consider and debate.”

The state is expecting that any deal would have the state making a $250 million payment that it considers due annually, and the tribe would expect exclusive rights to the games in the Sunshine State.

Online Blackjack Odds will update this story as more developments arise.

This blog entry was posted on Monday, September 14th, 2015 at 2:31 pm and is filed under Blackjack News.

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