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Blackjack deadline looms in Seminole Tribe's Florida casinos
February 16, 2017 – 04:25 pm
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hard-rockTAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Time is running out for the Seminole Tribe and the State of Florida to make a deal over blackjack. Under the terms of a 2005 agreement, the Tribe must shut down its blackjack and other gaming tables at five of its Florida casinos by Thursday. One of the casinos is the Hard Rock in Tampa.

The Seminoles and the State have unsuccessfully tried to negotiate a new deal. The Tribe now has a lawsuit pending in federal court to keep blackjack and other banked card games in place, claiming the State did not negotiate in good faith.

Governor Rick Scott refused to say what will happen next when asked on Tuesday in Tallahassee. “Our legal team is reviewing it and we’re going to do the right thing for the State, ” he said.

State lawmakers say thousands of job and billions of dollars in shared revenue with the State now hang in the balance.

A five-year deal authorizing blackjack and other card games at casinos such as the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa and Hollywood expired this past summer. The tribe was given a grace period of 90 days to remove the tables. That period ends Thursday.

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