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October 15, 2021

A compact could mean bigger profits for the Seminoles

Florida casino negotiations expected

(US).- Governor Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are poised to begin negotiations over what gambling options the tribe can offer at its casinos.

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n attorney for the Seminoles met Wednesday with Crist’s chief of staff to discuss possible dates and places where the two sides can meet to start work on a possible compact, an agreement governing tribal casinos.

A compact could mean bigger profits for the Seminoles, with a share going to state government. It would allow the Seminoles to install Las Vegas-style slot machines, in place of their bingo-style slot machines, and possibly table games at their seven casinos. Currently, the state doesn’t get a cut of the tribe’s gambling revenue.

The Seminoles have filed a federal lawsuit asking a judge to force the U.S. Department of Interior to let them have Las Vegas-style slots without a state compact. If the Seminoles win that lawsuit, the state would get no cut of the gambling revenue.

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