Florida Supreme Court Begins Hearing Gambling Compact Case

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The Seminole Indians have already paid the state of Florida money and have began operating Vegas style slots at the Hard Rock in Hollywood. Those machines could be short lived, however, pending a Supreme Court ruling.

The Supreme Court has begun hearing both sides of a case that involves Governor Crist signing a compact with the Seminole Indians.

The compact was reached between the tribe and the Governor to avoid any further legal action by the Seminoles. They wanted the same rights that were afforded to Broward parimutuels regarding Vegas style slot machines.

The tribe most likely would have received the rights to the machines anyway. The Governor struck a deal with the tribe to ensure that the state would receive revenue money from the Seminoles casinos.

The compact also included the Seminoles being able to offer Blackjack and Baccarat at their casinos.

Legislators from the state are challenging the validity of the compact. They claim the Governor overstepped his boundaries by signing the deal. They also feel that any such decisions should have been reviewed by the Legislature.

The Supreme Court will continue to hear arguments on both sides and will decide at a later date whether the compact will remain in place.

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