Gambling deal near, but not for blackjack - Friday 29th of May 2009

Under deadline pressure, legislators inched closer to a gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe but remained at odds over blackjack games.

Negotiators in the two houses traded counteroffers Tuesday in their search for common ground on key issues: blackjack at Seminole resorts and new gaming options at pari-mutuel dog and horse tracks.

The House has proposed allowing the Seminoles to have blackjack at their Broward County casinos. Outside Broward, the tribe would be limited to slots.

The Senate, though, wants to go further. That chamber has proposed allowing the tribe to have full table games including blackjack and baccarat at casinos in Broward and Tampa. Three smaller tribal casinos would get just blackjack.

More Orlando Sentinel blogs Having blackjack at the Tampa casino where the Seminoles installed Vegas-style slots after the state Supreme Court invalidated the tribes 2007 gambling deal "remains an issue for the House, and thats why you havent seen movement on that," said the Houses negotiator, Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton.

In a concession to the House, the Senate on Tuesday stopped pushing for a statewide expansion of video-lottery terminals, which are similar to slots. Instead, the Senate wants to allow pari-mutuel facilities to have so-called "instant racing," in which patrons use electronic machines to bet on past horse races that are disguised and treated as current competitions.

The House opposes the instant racing machines.

Poker limits are another sticking point. The Senate wants no-limit poker. The House would expand the states current $5 betting limit to $50 and increase the buy-in on Texas hold em games from $100 to $1,000.

The two sides agreed, however, to lower the gambling age for slot machines from 21 to 18 and to drop the tax rate on slot profits from 50 percent to 35 percent. Legislators also formally agreed to spend future revenues from the gambling deal on education.

Other news from around the same time

Move to end US ban on online gambling - Friday 29th of May 2009

Gaming companies from PartyGaming to 888 will hope their luck finally turns this week as a law is pr....


New casino hub a safe bet - Friday 29th of May 2009

WHILE we are loathe to compare Adelaide to Melbourne - they are two vastly different cities - someti....


Barney Frank to the Rescue - Wednesday 13th of May 2009

Exciting progress was made today to overturn the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) ....


Sands to sell Macau casino - Wednesday 13th of May 2009

LAS Vegas Sands is considering selling one of its Macau casinos, a report said on Monday, as revenue....


Casino hopes to open doors 24 hours a day in Northampton - Wednesday 13th of May 2009

A casino in the centre of Northampton has bid to become the towns first 24-hour, seven-day a week ga....


Gambling sites have friendly, fun rivalry - Wednesday 13th of May 2009

For more than a month, the Isle Casino and Racing in Pompano Beach has promoted a drawing for a Buic....


Grosvenor buys up casino - Wednesday 13th of May 2009

Grosvenor Casinos, which is owned by leading British leisure gaming company, The Rank Group Plc, has....


Sold Ricoh casino in 1m revamp - Wednesday 13th of May 2009

The casino at Coventrys Ricoh Arena is to see a 1m revamp after being sold. The casino was bought b....


Three proposed casinos in Sumner County - Thursday 16th of April 2009

Three developers have proposed casinos in Sumner County, hoping to win approval from a state selecti....


MGM Buys a Lifeline for Big Vegas Project - Thursday 16th of April 2009

In an 11th-hour effort to save its $8.6 billion City Center resort and casino development, debt-stra....