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September 21, 2020

The firm wants to use a state pari-mutuel permit Gulfstream owns

Genting’s slot casinos project in Miami faces problems

(US).- Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino and Malaysia-based Genting plan to open a casino in Miami, using a state pari-mutuel permit held by Gulfstream. But officials say the casino permit is valid for Broward County, not Miami-Dade, and that pari-mutuel permits allow for slots only where there the project includes plans for horse racing and dog racing.

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ialeah Park owner John Brunetti and others are critical of Genting, which had an attempt to create destination casinos die in the Florida legislature in 2012, then later aborted the idea of approving casinos via a state amendment. "They couldn't get in through the front door so they're trying the back door," Brunetti said.
 
Gulfstream and Genting representatives say their plan is legal, although Gulfstream President Tim Ritvo said he expects challenges. "We understand that other facilities would oppose it," Ritvo said. "No one likes more competition."

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