Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Seminole Casinos Compact Named #4 Gambling Story of 2007

Casino Gambling Web writers and editors have named the Seminole gambling compact signed by Florida Governor Crist as the #4 top gambling news story of 2007:

#4 Florida Governor Negotiates Seminole Indian Gambling Compact

Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced a 25-year compact with the Seminole Indian Tribe to make blackjack, baccarat, and Vegas style slots legal in their seven Florida casinos. Previously, the tribe could only feature bingo-style slot machines and poker. Florida House speaker Marco Rubio, furious over the deal, argued the compact to be invalid without legislative ramifications, and ultimately sued the Governor. The compact followed other very big news from the Seminoles when they finalized the purchase of the Hard Rock chain of hotels and casinos across the world. The deal made the Seminoles the most prosperous business entrepreneurs of all Native American tribes.

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