US Insight

Florida

The Seminole Tribe of Florida announced earlier this week that it has made “significant progress” in negotiations with the state to renew an agreement to allow it to continue offering table games in its casinos.

The previous agreement expired in July, giving the tribe 90 days to stop offering games like Blackjack and Baccarat. The 90-day deadline expires on October 29.

The horse racing industry is concerned about a possible push to remove the current requirement that that facilities hosting poker rooms must have a certain number of races or jai alai contests. The decoupling of racing and poker could allow other operators to enter the market and increase competition.

A group opposed to the expansion of gambling in the state has proposed a constitutional amendment that would give voters “the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize [further] casino gambling in the state.” Organizers hope to have the proposal on the ballot in 2018.